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Did you know, Arapahoe County has grown by more than 32% since 2000 making us the second largest county in the Denver Metro area and the third largest in the state. With continued growth, we have a lot to accomplish and provide.
We want to engage with you about the services County government provides, how we provide them and how these services benefit you as a community member. We have three questions live on our engagement platform and we want to hear from you.
You also can join NextDoor where we are hosting weekly survey questions Oct 5 - Nov 16.
Our population continues to grow annually and is expected to reach 800,000 by 2030. With that level of growth, there are some key areas that the County needs to take an in-depth look into.
If you live in Aurora, Littleton or Engelwood, primary law enforcement is handled by your local Police Department with the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office providing back-up assistance as needed. In Centennial, law enforcement is handled by the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office under a contract with the city of Centennial. If you live in unincorporated Arapahoe County which means, among other things, law enforcement in your area is handled by the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office.
How do you feel about public safety? What about response times… traffic enforcement… officers on patrol… safety at big public events… crime prevention…. Considering all aspects of law enforcement, how do you feel about public safety in your neighborhood.
The Arapahoe County Justice Center was built in the late 80s and early 90s. You may think the Justice Center is just a place for criminal trials to occur, but it's more than that.
If you live in Arapahoe County, you may be called for Jury Duty and will report to the Justice Center. If you get divorced, your court proceedings will happen here. If a loved one passes and you have to manage issues of their estate, you could go to probate court at the Justice Center or if you're involved in a lawsuit this is where those issues will be handled. With a growing population, the needs of this facility are continually increased.
Capacity is a big issue here. We want to keep pace with the needs so that we can get more judges to handle your cases. When capacity becomes an issue it takes much longer for cases to work their way through the system. Stay tuned for more information. In the meantime, you can get court information here.
Most people who go to Arapahoe County jail spend only about three weeks there - an average of 22 days. Most of those people are normal people who made poor choices.
Did you know that more than 17,000 people are booked in and out of the jail every year? All of our local municipalities bring people they arrest to the Arapahoe County jail.
Our daily population at the jail is approximately 1,000 people.
The Arapahoe County jail is 32 years old and was not designed to support the amount of people who are booked annually.
Stay tuned for more ways to engage in the conversation about the jail - coming soon. In the meantime, learn more about the jail.
If you live in Aurora, Littleton, Englewood or Centennial, your local city is responsible for maintaining your streets.
If you live in unincorporated Arapahoe County, our APWA Accredited, award-winning Public Works and Development Department is responsible for maintaining your roads.
We are a very mobile society. Every day, most of us drive in several different cities and even counties. That means a lot of different things and everyone will have a different take on what is important. Travel time, potholes, congestion and road surface. With all that in mind, rev your mental engines and think about how you would rate the condition or quality of roadways in Arapahoe County?
By the year 2030 – not that far away – it is likely there will be over 800,000 residents in Arapahoe County.
That’s a lot of people to serve!
Here are a few examples of the services provided by Arapahoe County – motor vehicle registration and title, parks and open space, services for veterans, preventing abuse to children and vulnerable adults, and conducting and overseeing elections. Your elected officials and staff in the County are committed to providing the best possible service but growth – 32% since 2000 – presents challenges. So when it comes to levels of service, how do you think we’re doing?