by Eric Mullens
WALSENBURG / TRINIDAD — Current crime issues facing the residents of the Third Judicial District in southern Colorado will be addressed on the local and federal level in two meetings next week in Walsenburg and Trinidad hosted by 3rd Judicial District Attorney Henry Solano and Acting U.S. Attorney for Colorado Bob Troyer.
The meetings will be held in Huerfano County Monday, June 26 from 6 until 8 pm at the Huerfano County Community Center on Russell Avenue. The Las Animas County meeting will be held Tuesday, June 27 from 6 until 8 pm at the new Trinidad Police Station, 160 E. 1st St.
According to 3rd JD Administrator Miller Hudson, the attorneys will engage residents in conversations regarding the legal challenges facing community residents. “The discussion will be open, including a focus on bank robberies, firearm crimes, and drugs; including opioids, methamphetamine and heroin, and their illegal distribution,” Hudson said in a press release Wednesday morning.
Both Troyer and Solano will also be meeting with all law enforcement agencies, as well as our various first responders, fire and ambulance services, Hudson said. Their goal is to develop a coordinated program for addressing the legal and social challenges presented by the burgeoning drug epidemic which contributes to other criminal activities,” he added.
Huerfano County ranks third in the state for per capita overdoses and Las Animas County is not far behind, Hudson said. “The ripple effect in terms of domestic violence, child abuse and neglect is alarming,” he said Wednesday morning.
“Healthy communities address their challenges and that starts with an honest dialogue between law enforcement and the citizens they serve and protect,” Hudson added.