Community Services Response Team Begins Work in Aurora Responding to Car Accidents

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On average, there are between 15,000 and 20,000 car accidents in the city of Aurora each year. In order to better handle this difficult situation, the Aurora police have formed a group of civilians to respond to minor wrecks and assist more drivers. They started their missions this week.

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The Community Service Response Team is a group of civilians employed by the Aurora Police Department who serve their community while driving. They respond to non-emergency traffic accidents, helping to free up an understaffed department.

“This is going to give our officers more time to respond to priority calls, while providing better customer service to those involved in accidents,” said ODA Sgt John Marek.

Marek says the new team is still working alongside APD officers in their first few weeks.

They have undergone training, ranging from learning to report to de-escalation. Each vehicle is equipped with emergency lights, a car jack, flares and a tactical medical bag.

They also have a radio to contact the APD if necessary.

“They will primarily respond to crashes with damage and no injuries. If there is none of that available, they will help officers direct traffic and obtain statements if needed on more serious crashes,” said Mark.

He says there were dozens of people interested in taking on the role, but APD could only take four.

Before Agustin Torres joined the team, he worked in college security.

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Augustine Torres

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“I’ve always wanted to start a career in law enforcement and this is a great way to get your foot in the door,” Torres said. “It’s great. It’s an honor to serve in this capacity alongside these officers. I feel like it’s a tremendous help to the department as well as the community.”

It’s only his first week and Torres says he’s already responded to rear-end collisions and a rollover.

He hopes to wear the shield one day.

Until then, Torres is ready to do his part and help drivers on the streets he loves.

“I feel like, to some degree, we’re providing a sense of relief to people. I feel like it makes them feel comfortable knowing that another member of the community is helping them.” , said Torres. “It’s up to us to guide them and help them through this ordeal.”

The APD says the Community Service Response Team will be away during times when most people are driving. From Monday to Friday, they will be on the roads from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. The team also works on Saturdays.

APD is working to bring another group to train later this year, with the aim of having them on the road in early 2023.

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