Heather Willard / NewsBreak Denver / Jan. 27, 2023
(Douglas County, Colo.) Colorado Governor Jared Polis appointed Douglas County Sheriff Darren Weekly to the Colorado Human Trafficking Council.
Previous Douglas County Sheriff Tony Spurlock also served on the council’s Criminal Justice Task Force.
The Human Trafficking Council was established in 2014 and includes 35 members from across the state and a range of stakeholders, such as law enforcement, prosecutors, faith-based organizations and legal sources. The council develops strategies for identifying, investigating, and prosecuting human trafficking cases in the state.
“I am honored to have been appointed to this important council,” said Weekly. “Human trafficking is a serious problem in Colorado, and I am looking forward to helping make a difference in our state. Together we can work to end this horrific crime.”
January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month, and throughout the district and month, the 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office has been promoting relevant information on how to spot signs of trafficking, as well as the office’s commitment to aggressively prosecute traffickers.
Residents can anonymously report anything they experienced that doesn’t seem right through a 24/7 hotline at 866-455-5075. Colorado residents can also text the hotline at 720-999-9724.
In a press release, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office called Weekly’s appointment “a significant step in the fight against human trafficking in Colorado.”
“Sheriff Weekly is proud to be part of this important mission,” the agency release said.
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