BRIGHTON POLICE DEPARTMENT
REPORT A SEXUAL ASSAULT TO THE
A message from Brighton Police Chief Southard:
Under-reporting of sexual assaults is a major problem throughout this country. The Brighton Police Department’s participation in the You Have Options Program is our commitment 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. The person who commits sexual assault is solely responsible for that assault and our job as law enforcement officers is to gather evidence that will allow that offender to be held accountable for his/her crimes. Our officers and detectives receive advanced training on trauma interviewing and investigative strategies to identify serial sexual perpetrators. Through this program, none of that work can begin without a sexual assault victim reporting. The Brighton Police Department has long recognized the need to partner with community members when it comes to investigating and solving crimes. Nowhere is this more apparent than the investigation and prevention of sexual assaults. This program is a commitment to victims of sexual assault to work with them through this process, should they choose to report.
We pledge to every victim of sexual assault who enters the program by reporting their victimization that we will abide by these concepts. 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. The Brighton Police Department will not require any sexual assault victim to make a decision regarding their participation in a criminal investigation when they initially report. Sexual assault victims are given the time they need to make the decisions right for them, regardless of the criminal investigation. Priority is always given to a sexual assault victim’s physical safety and mental well-being.
I hope that those considering reporting will take a moment to read about the 20 Elements of a Victim-Centered and Offender-Focused You Have Options Program Law Enforcement Response. Outlined within those elements are options for reporting at the Brighton Police Department. Our officers and investigators are always available to speak with victims if there are questions about the reporting or investigative process. There is no requirement to provide any identifying information to get answers. You may remain anonymous. We will provide a sexual assault advocate and medical care whenever possible, even if they never intend to file a police report.
Chief Paul Southard
Report a sexual assault to the Brighton Police Department using an online report form:
There is no requirement to provide any identifying information on the report form and no fields on the form are required. You may choose to have a law enforcement officer contact you regarding your online report, include your contact information but request that law enforcement not contact you unless your information could assist in another investigation, request that law enforcement not contact you or request that a sexual assault advocate contact you instead of a law enforcement officer.
The Brighton Police Department documents every online report received with a case number. All provided information is preserved within the report associated with that case number. This includes any information regarding the victim or the suspect. Reports can be made by someone other than the victim. All reasonable attempts will be made by law enforcement to respect the wishes of the person who was victimized when a report is received by someone other than the victim. If possible, contact with the victim will be made prior to any criminal investigative process being conducted such as speaking with a reported perpetrator.
To report a sexual assault to the Brighton Police Department by phone dial 303-655-2301.
If at this point you would like to remain anonymous consider having a sexual assault advocate initiate this call on your behalf. The advocate can provide their contact information to the law enforcement officer that you speak with allowing law enforcement a way to make contact with you in the future (through the advocate) if new information is discovered regarding your report.
Depending on the time of day, your call will be answered by either a records clerk (6:00 am – 12:00 am MDT) who is located within the Brighton Police Department or a dispatcher who is located offsite at a county dispatch center. Both will want to know the reason for your call. All Brighton Police Department records clerks are trained on the You Have Options Program. County dispatchers will likely not be as familiar with the program options.
It is okay to say you would like to speak with a law enforcement officer regarding your options for reporting a sexual assault or you may choose to tell the call taker you would like to report a sexual assault. You will be asked for your name, phone number and potentially more detailed information such as where the crime occurred. This question is asked to determine what law enforcement agency will receive your request for contact. If you are not ready to give the exact location where the crime occurred it is okay to be more generic such as “in the City of Brighton”.
Please be aware that crimes are typically investigated by the law enforcement agency associated with where the crime occurred, not where the victim or suspect lives and jurisdictional boundaries between the Brighton Police Department and surrounding police departments can vary depending on the specific location of the crime. You are not expected to know those jurisdictional boundaries but providing the specific location of the crime to a dispatcher may help you determine if the Brighton Police Department would likely be responsible for any criminal investigation. In most circumstances the Brighton Police Department is only able to investigate crimes that have occurred within the City of Brighton, Corolrado.
It may take some time for a law enforcement officer to return your call. This will depend on the call activity at the time and the number of other pending calls received prior to your call. Most calls to the Brighton Police Department are returned by an officer within an hour.
It will be helpful to have an idea of the questions you would like answered prior to the law enforcement officer returning your call. If you are only seeking information and do not want law enforcement to document any of the information you provide please tell that to the officer at the beginning of your phone call so they do not inadvertently begin a case report without your permission. There is no requirement that you provide the officer with any identifying information or details about your circumstances until you are ready to do so.
Officers at the Brighton Police Department are trained to assist you with locating sexual assault advocacy services and can provide information on how to obtain a sexual assault forensic examination. See below for more detailed information on services for sexual assault survivors.
To report a sexual assault to the Brighton Police Department in person you may go to the main police department located at 3401 E. Bromley Lane or call
303-655-2301 and request that a police officer meet with you.
The Brighton Police Department is open to the public for walk-in questions or reports from 6:00 am to 12:00 am, seven days a week. Officers are available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. To reach an officer outside of the hours previously mentioned please telephone the department at 303-655-2301. See below for pictures of the police department and interview room.
If you would like to remain anonymous consider having a sexual assault advocate accompany you to this initial meeting with law enforcement. The advocate can provide their contact information to the law enforcement officer that you speak with allowing law enforcement a way to make contact with you in the future (through the advocate) if new information is discovered regarding your report.
Once inside the lobby of the police department you will be greeted by a records clerk. It is okay to say you would like to speak with a law enforcement officer regarding your options for reporting a sexual assault or you may choose to tell the clerk you would like to report a sexual assault. You may also just request to speak with an officer and tell the clerk you would rather not provide a reason until you are talking to the officer. All Brighton Police Department records clerks are trained on the You Have Options Program.
The Brighton Police Department has a private interviewing room directly off of the lobby. You do not need to enter the secure area of the police department to speak with a law enforcement officer in that interview room. Answers to frequently asked questions about the law enforcement interview process can be found HERE.
Resources for sexual assault survivors in
the 17th Judicial District
Sexual Assault Examinations:
For free, immediate care after a sexual assault you may go to St. Anthony North Hospital and tell them you are there for a sexual assault exam. Sexual assault forensic examinations are free and available at any time of the day or night. See the Frequently Asked Questions page for more information about sexual assault forensic examinations.
St. Anthony North Hospital
2551 West 84th Avenue
Westminster, CO 80031
Help is here. The SANE Program at St. Anthony North Hospital offers:
Confidential forensic exams which consist of your medical history, your account of the assault, a head-to-toe exam, a genital exam and forensic evidence collection.
We offer treatment for sexually transmitted disease and pregnancy prevention.
Specially educated and trained forensic nurses who will treat patients with the utmost comfort and care. Our nurses are experts in evidence collection and providing medical testimony that can be used in a court of law to apprehend or prosecute perpetrators who commit violent and abusive acts.
A victim's advocate who provides support, as needed, at your personal request. The advocate can stay with you during the exam.
We know it may be a difficult decision to come to the hospital, but we will take good care of you.
Exams usually take 90 minutes. The SANE nurse will explain everything to you before it begins and ask you for details of the assault to determine where to look for injury and evidence. You have the right to receive this care whether you report to law enforcement or not and you may refuse any part of the exam.
The SANE Program is also available at St. Anthony Hospital in Lakewood, Porter Adventist Hospital in Denver, St. Anthony Summit Medical Center in Frisco and Littleton Adventist Hospital.
If you would like more information, call SANE at 303-430-2648.
Click below to visit the Brighton, Colorado victim resources page for additional information.
A victim can report to the Brighton Police Department through an advocate, whomever they feel most comfortable with. This can be a Brighton Victim Services Unit Advocate (303-655-2308) or a Community based advocate from the following agencies:
SAVA (Sexual Assault victim Advocate Center)
Hotline Phone Number: 970-472-4200
Hotline Phone Number: 303-322-7273 English
Moving to End Sexual Assault (MESA)
Hotline Phone Number: 303-443-0400
When can the Brighton Police Department not keep information a sexual assault victim provides confidential or private?
In most cases the sexual assault victim controls who is contacted during an investigation at all You Have Options Program Participating Law Enforcement Agencies. This includes suspects and witnesses. This helps to limit who knows a report has been made until the victim is ready for that information to be known.
In some instances the law does not allow us to offer all of the You Have Options Program’s 20 Elements regarding confidentiality and investigative control. Most often this occurs during investigations involving domestic violence, child abuse or a unique circumstance where there is a significant threat to public safety. Colorado public records requests or court orders may also mandate that the Brighton Police Department release information on a case, though this is unlikely in the vast majority of sexual assault investigations. You are encouraged to speak anonymously with a police officer at the Brighton Police Department if you are concerned about maintaining your privacy during the reporting and investigative process.
If a reported sexual assault involves a student at a college or university, Brighton Police Department does not provide information that identifies the sexual assault victim to the school without that victim’s permission.
Law enforcement officers at the Brighton Police Department work diligently to identify and collect evidence on perpetrators of sexual assault. Many of these sexual offenders are serial offenders. Documenting reports of sexual assault is an important first step in making it more difficult for these offenders to continue their criminal behavior. When a victim chooses to participate in a Complete Investigation and their case is turned over to an office of prosecution, other reports involving the same perpetrator may also be provided to the prosecutor. This could impact the level of confidentiality requested by other victims. The Brighton Police Department will respect each victims request for confidentiality whenever legally possible.
Who at the Brighton Police Department is responsible for the agency's participation with the You Have Options Program?
All personnel at the Brighton Police Department have received training on the You Have Options Program and the elements offered to all victims of sexual assault. Participation in the Program requires each law enforcement agency to designate, at a minimum, one YHOP administrator and one YHOP trainer. The following listed personnel are serving in those capacities for the Brighton Police Department.
Sergeant Matthew Domenico
Kim Messina, Brighton Police Department Victim Services Coordinator
Sergeant Matthew Domenico
Kim Messina, Brighton Police Department Victim Services Coordinator
Detective Justin Moore
Officer Rudy Underwood
Michele Wolf, 17th Judicial District Sexual Assault Response Team Coordinator
Questions, comments or concerns regarding personnel working at the Brighton Police Department should be directed to the Program Administrators listed above.
Any person who has reason to believe a law enforcement agency participating in the You Have Options Program is willfully and repeatedly disregarding the elements of the You Have Options Program is encouraged to contact the You Have Options Program Manager directly by using the contact page found HERE.