News Flash module icon

To see older press releases, visit our archived press release page.

News Flash

City of Brighton Press Releases

Posted on: January 22, 2021

City of Brighton bus shelters and benches feature You Have Options Program campaign

YHOP-bench-NF

In its continued effort to promote its You Have Options Program (YHOP) to encourage reporting of sexual assault, the Brighton Police Department has launched a new campaign featuring the YHOP banner on city bus shelters and benches. As part of this campaign, three bus shelters (two of which are in English and one in Spanish) and one bus bench (in Spanish) feature the YHOP banner in Brighton, with a mirrored setup of bus shelters and a bus bench in Commerce City — locations in Brighton are at Bridge Street west of S. 18th Ave. (nearby Safeway), Bromley Lane west of Fulton Ave. (nearby Walmart), Platte Valley Medical Center east of 1600 Prairie Center Parkway, and 4th Avenue north of Jessup St.


Funding comes from a Victims of Crime Act grant to continue the City’s outdoor YHOP campaign. Under-reporting of sexual assault remains a major problem throughout this country. The nationally-recognized You Have Options Program uses a victim-centered approach to offer options to victims of sexual violence who are considering reporting to law enforcement. The program ensures that every reporting party receives advocacy services throughout the process. In 2015, the Brighton Police Department was the first agency to adopt the You Have Options Program, after it was initiated by the Ashland, Oregon Police Department. As a certified YHOP agency, Brighton Police remains committed to sexual assault victims that they will not only be heard, but also have their individual concerns addressed during both the reporting and investigative process. Officers and detectives receive advanced training on trauma interviewing and investigative strategies to identify serial sexual perpetrators. This program is a commitment to victims of sexual assault to work with them through this process, should they choose to report. 


“We understand that every victim of sexual assault will have unique concerns during the reporting process and we will work with each victim to address those concerns,” said Brighton Police Chief Paul Southard.


Reports of sexual assault can be made by phone at 303-655-2301, online, or in-person at Brighton Police headquarters located at 3401 E. Bromley Lane (or call 303-655-2301 to request that a police officer meets with you). All reports can be done anonymously. To learn more about YHOP and reporting options, visit www.reportingoptions.org/brighton-co.


If you have questions, please contact Kim Messina, Victim Services Manager for the Brighton and Commerce City Police Departments, at kmessina@brightonco.gov or 303-655-2308.

Facebook Twitter Email

Other News in City of Brighton Press Releases

SurveyResults2021-NF

2021 Community Survey results available

Posted on: October 27, 2021
evac-craft-fair-NF

Get inspired at the Annual Craft Fair

Posted on: October 26, 2021
turkey-trot-poster-and-sponsorsNF

Annual Turkey Trot returns November 20

Posted on: September 28, 2021
artfestNF

ARTfest at The Armory seeking artists

Posted on: September 23, 2021
Police lights

Brighton Police investigate armed robbery

Posted on: September 2, 2021
Police lights

Brighton Police respond to fatal crash

Posted on: August 31, 2021
Touch-A-Truck_NewsFlash

Touch-A-Truck returning on August 28

Posted on: July 26, 2021
partybusNF

Hop on Brighton’s pARTy Bus

Posted on: July 22, 2021
New-City-Attorney-NF

City Council hires new city attorney

Posted on: July 20, 2021
freddys-NF

Freddy’s coming soon to Brighton

Posted on: July 13, 2021
OasisLG-NF

Oasis still seeking lifeguards

Posted on: May 12, 2021
summerfest-nf

Summerfest coming June 5th

Posted on: May 7, 2021
speak qpr

SPEAK Week to offer QPR training

Posted on: April 9, 2021
SPEAK_Walk

SPEAK Week to kick off April 26

Posted on: April 2, 2021
garden-in-a-box-2-nF

Garden in a Box kits soon for sale

Posted on: February 5, 2021
CoronaVirus

Coronavirus (COVID-2019) Updates

Posted on: May 26, 2020
Police lights

Police investigating shooting

Posted on: December 23, 2020
Police lights

Armed carjacking

Posted on: December 21, 2020
xmas-tree-recycling

Go green and recycle your Christmas tree

Posted on: December 10, 2020
Virtual Turkey Trot 2020

2020 Turkey Trot 5K goes virtual

Posted on: October 14, 2020
Police lights

Arrest made in child abuse investigation

Posted on: September 22, 2020