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The Denver Post will be diving deep into key issues facing the city’s top elected leaders in the runup to the pivotal April election. In the coming weeks, The Post will examine crime, homelessness, housing and the future of downtown while providing insight into how each of the 17 candidates for Denver mayor intend to deal with each issue. Read more Denver Post election coverage.

The 17 people vying to be Denver’s next mayor agree on one thing: The city feels less safe than it did the last time there was an open race for its top leader 12 years ago.

Crime data proves that to be true. Denver, like many large U.S. cities, has experienced a spike in homicides and gun violence as well as overdose deaths since the COVID-19 pandemic.

Questions about crime and public safety have been central for the 17 candidates running to succeed Mayor Michael Hancock as the leader of the state’s largest city.

Twelve of the candidates use the word “safe” in their campaign slogans or name safety as a key issue in their platforms. Several have released detailed public safety platforms with solutions ranging from adding 400 more police officers to expanding non-police responses to 911 calls.

— Full story via Elise Schmelzer, The Denver Post

Crime, cops and reform: Here’s what Denverites say the next mayor needs to address about public safety

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