Denver, CO (Denver Police Department)
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Detailed Program Information: Available here [PDF].
Name of Program: Countering Violent Extremism Collaborative Grant Program.
Type of Program: Intervention; Community Outreach.
Type of Organization: Police Department.
Grant Amount: $481,313.
Targets: Faith communities, diverse communities, refugee communities, LGBTQ communities and Black Lives Matter in Denver.
Key Facts: The program is premised on the notion that Denver’s ethnic/religious minorities and other marginalized groups are susceptible to violent extremism because they are disenfranchised and isolated. To address this threat, 240 police officers will be trained to recognize and analyze unspecified “behaviors and indicators of violent extremism,” and to partner with community organizations to intervene. Officer training will be developed with input from DHS, the National Counterterrorism Center, the Department of Justice, the Denver Police Academy, Colorado Muslim Connection, and unidentified community members. The proposal also states that DHS and the U.S. Attorney General’s Office will assist in the development of this program. Officers will lead CVE- specific “mentoring” programs in five unnamed Denver public middle and high schools for students identified as “at-risk” by school counselors, teachers, community partners, or the criminal justice system. These will be supported by Goodwill Industries, a non-profit organization. Finally, officers will conduct workshops with immigrants and refugees, which aim to integrate them into city life, teach them to recognize “the signs and tactics of radicalization,” and increase the likelihood that they will report “suspicion of radicalization” to law enforcement or other city agencies.
Despite the obvious risks, the grant proposal does not mention potential impacts to civil rights, civil liberties, or privacy. It states that the police will enter into memoranda of understanding with partner schools, but provides no information on what these will cover.
Two data managers will track participant information and evaluate program outcomes, gathering data such as the number of classes, unspecified “participant data,” demographics, classroom contact hours, attendance, supportive services, volunteers and hours, and description of activities that occurred during the reporting period. Also, officers will take pre- and post-course evaluations to measure their “understanding of implementation of the curriculum and concepts of the course.”
Partners: Goodwill Industries, Denver Office of Immigrant & Refugee Affairs, Colorado Muslim Connection, Denver Agency for Human Rights and Community Partnerships, Denver Public Schools, DHS Office of Strategic Engagement, and the U.S. Attorneys’ Office.
Pass-through Organizations: Goodwill Industries ($132,362); Denver Office of Immigrant & Refugee Affairs ($14,990).
Consultants: None identified.
Supporters: None identified.