Elizabeth Police Department offers safe site for transactions

Agency aims to accommodate people transferring money, goods

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The Elizabeth Police Department unveiled its new Community Safe Trade e-commerce transaction site on May 24 at the Elizabeth Board of Trustees meeting. The site offers a wide range of features and is meant to create a safe transaction space for members of the community.
 
The site consists of two designated spots in the EPD parking lot, a trade box, and a monitored space to sign and transfer documents and money. The site is outlined with thick yellow and black lines. It is equipped with seven cameras that run 24/7 and hold footage for seven days. Those who utilize the site can request footage of their transaction. The station also has a backup surveillance system in the unlikely event that the first fails.
 
With people buying, selling and trading on the internet more than ever, the Community Safe Trade space allows for a safe location to carry out transactions that residents make online.
 
“It gives the community more assurance that they have a safe place to trade,” said Sgt. Kurt Hulce. “With the community growing, residents need more reassurance that law enforcement is here and ready to help and support.”
 
Hulce has worked over the course of the past few months to bring the Community Safe Trade space to fruition. He worked with painters and contractors to create the physical space and worked to install the document transaction space and signage himself.
 
“The camera system cost $180. The lines for the whole parking lot costs $400,” Hulce said. “The town sponsored the project. Overall, we spent well under a thousand dollars on something that will really benefit the community.”
 
Police Chief Melvin Berghahn shared his thoughts about why having an e-commerce trade site is important for a community.
 
“People are doing a lot of e-commerce trade right now. Most of the time people will do the exchange in a store parking lot or at their home,” said Berghahn. “There’s risk when you do that. If you’re buying a car from someone, you can come to the department, and we can check our system right then and there to see if it’s stolen. Even if it is a smaller item, we can check its serial number.”
 
“If they come here, they can have a little bit of security and know that surveillance is happening constantly,” said Berghahn. “If the sale or exchange occurs during business hours, those who use the site can also ask to have an officer present if they choose.”
 
The space is designed for e-commerce; however, the site can also be used for child custody exchange.
 
In Kiowa, the Elbert County Sheriff's Office allows people to make transactions in its parking lot at 751 Ute Ave., and the office says a deputy's presence can be requested.
 
Though community members have 24/7 access to Elizabeth Police Department site at 425 Main St. in Elizabeth, appointments can also be made. To make an appointment, call 303-646-4664.
 
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