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MSU Denver Criminal Justice & Criminology Students Present LoDo Crime Study Results to Downtown Bar Owners Group

Contact: Contact: Tim Carroll, Office 303-556-5136, Cell 303-870-7705

Posted: March 13, 2014

WHY: The LoDo bar/business owners group approached Metropolitan State University of Denver’s Criminal Justice and Criminology (CJC) department last summer seeking support in primary and secondary research related to growing crime problems downtown. The goal was to present objective information and data to the local bar owners and government officials for consideration when contemplating potential public policy changes for the district. The project was fully funded by MSU Denver’s CJC department and no external moneys were used for the research.

WHAT: CJC students from MSU Denver’s research methods course chose the perceived crime problems afflicting the Denver LoDo area as their fall 2013 research project. Since violence in and around entertainment districts is a problem for larger cities both nationally and internationally, the students wanted to identify what strategies have proven effective in reducing crime. Following is a summary of research area reviewed:

Literary review - A secondary review of strategies and tactics put in place to reduce crime and violence in comparable cities was performed; this addressed bar closing times.

Denver Police crime statistics review – Crime statistics in the LoDo area were compared and contrasted by date, time and surrounding neighborhoods.

Observation research – During Sept., Oct., Nov. of 2013 students collected observational data on Friday and Saturday nights between 11 p.m. and 1 a.m. and from 1 a.m. and 3 a.m., analyzing foot traffic, taxis, street vendors, crowds exiting bars, etc.

Owner/Operator surveys – A series of questions were asked of bar owners as well and security personnel to define their perceptions of the cause of the problems.


WHERE: MSU DenverStudent Success Building, 890 Auraria Pkwy, Suite 400, Denver CO 80204

WHEN: Friday, March 14, 2014 (1-2 p.m.)  (Media parking available on west side of Tivoli in loading zones)

Event Agenda

Student presentation to LoDo bar/business owners                                         1  – 1:30 p.m.

LoDo business owners discussion with students                                              1:30 –  1:45 p.m.

Media Q & A and one-on-one interviews                                                         1:45 – 2pm


WHO:  The following people will be available for interviews:

MSU Denver CJC assistant professor and former prosecutor Denise Mowder

Research methods students: Taylor Henry, Aisha Grimes, Joe Colavito, Marisol Gomez (Bilingual)

Lodo bar/business and neighborhood representative Paula Grey

Denver Police Department: Commander Tony Lopez Dis. 6, Spokesman Sonny Jackson



About Criminal Justice and Criminology

The CJC program at MSU Denver provides students with opportunities to broaden their understanding of criminal justice systems and criminal behaviors within the information age. Knowledge and investigation in these areas contribute fully to an individual’s professional development. Included in this understanding is an awareness of the technological, societal, political, and economic implications of various approaches to different crime control policies and implementation strategies. The CJC undergraduate degree provides students with a wide range of employment opportunities given its strong preparation for entry-level positions throughout government, corrections, policing and social services. The most common occupational categories for graduates’ include: police officers, probation officers, victim advocates, social service workers, correctional officers and youth workers.


About Metropolitan State University of Denver

MSU Denver is a leader in educating Coloradans in university programs particularly relevant to the state economy and the demands of today’s employers.  With the highest number of ethnically diverse students among the state’s four-year colleges, MSU Denver offers 55 majors plus master’s degrees in accounting, teaching and social work.  More than 22,000 students are currently enrolled, and 75 percent of the university’s 77,000 graduates have remained in Colorado as valuable members of the state’s workforce.

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