Avenue Merchants ask that donation to CSPD be used for DART officers' needs
The Avenue Merchants group has donated $1,200 to the Colorado Springs Police Department, requesting that the funds help its Downtown Area Response Team (DART).
DART provides personalized police coverage to the downtown and the West Colorado Avenue corridor, including Old Colorado City. The two-member avenue team is called DART West.
The check presentation was made to Police Lt. Mike Lux, who heads up DART, by Linda Schlarb, the owner of a Westside business, and Mary Gallivan, a long-time community volunteer.
Started in 2010, the Avenue Merchants consists of about 10 businesses along West Colorado, such as Schlarb's Old Town Propane, whose owners seek to partner with public safety officials.
She and Gallivan said that the merchants made the donation to show their appreciation for DART's efforts to look out for the community.
Lux expressed appreciation for the donation, commenting that all he hears is “positive” feedback about the DART officers' work.
Under CSPD policies, private donations need to go to the department as a whole. Schlarb said that's OK with the Avenue Merchants, but “hopefully it can be used for the DART officers' equipment."
One reported need is bicycle gear - or even new bicycles. DART officers often use bikes in making their rounds, according to police.
Westside Pioneer article