Jefferson County authorities work to clear homeless camps along Clear Creek Trail

Posted at 5:33 PM, Sep 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-22 01:13:10-04

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. — Authorities and social service agents are working to clear homeless camps along a portion of Clear Creek Trail. 

On Wednesday, several agencies -- including the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and the Arvada and Wheat Ridge Police Departments -- began to clean up a homeless camp on the trail just north of Interstate 76. That camp is among several that have trashed the surrounding area at the trail.

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office said it was prompted to take action after several complaints from area residents.

Social service agencies will first assess the needs of the homeless individuals living along the trail before ultimately being relocated.

Unusable items left behind will be properly disposed of while personal belongings will be stored up to 90 days at the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office for safekeeping until they are claimed by the owner.

The Colorado Department of Transportation has posted “No Trespassing” signage and has initiated efforts to remove the graffiti that plagues the area; remove all debris and trash; and trim the trees and brush to increase visibility.


Sign up for Denver7 email alerts to stay informed about breaking news and daily headlines.

Or, keep up-to-date by following Denver7 on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.