One of the great things about living in a little town is that you get to participate in many civic activities that you probably wouldn’t if you lived in a large city. One is the swearing in of the Police Department Officers and Chief, which occurred earlier this year. I attended the ceremony; something I’d never seen. As each member individually took the oath to uphold the constitutions of the US and Colorado, enforce the ordinances and protect and defend the property and lives of the citizens of Ouray, it occurred to me, that is a sobering oath.
Now our new Police Department officers and Chief Perry are offering us the opportunity to participate in something else – community policing programs for finding solutions to issues that concern us in our neighborhoods, businesses and in the traffic problems Ouray faces. I attended the first meetings on Traffic and Neighborhoods and soon another Neighborhood session will be held on July 23 at 7 PM in the Community Center.
Another great thing about living in a little town is that you can help to shape its future by participating in things that are important to you. I hope you’ll take this opportunity to participate. After all, the Police Department officers and chief took an oath for us; I think the least we can do is to contribute to making Ouray a better and safer place for everyone.
– Margaret Henderson, Ouray
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