In determining the desired CFS Ratio in Wheat Ridge, the police department considered recommendations of the Problem-Oriented Policing Center (POP), the 1.0 industry standard, and examples of ratios in other communities.
The POP Center is a nonprofit organization comprising affiliated police practitioners, researchers and universities dedicated to the advancement of problem-oriented policing. The mission of the POP Center is to advance the concept and practice of problem-oriented policing in open and democratic societies.
Motels with low CFS/room ratios set a natural baseline for what can be accomplished at similar properties, which is how the 1.0 standard was established.
For the passage of Ordinance 1723, the City of Wheat Ridge chose a 1.8 ratio, similar to that of Lakewood for 2022, before increasing to 1.5 in 2023. The 1.8 ratio would represent an overall reduction of CFS in hotels by 40%. At 1.5, the reduction would be 50%. It is important to understand that half of the hotels are already compliant with the standard. The other four hotels significantly exceed the standard causing the average CFS ratio among the eight hotels to be 2.9 (for 2020) and 2.6 (for 2022). The fact that four of the hotels are able to achieve a ratio between 0.1 and 1.2 in the same city/area would certainly lead to believe that a standard of 1.5 is achievable for all hotels and would create a significant reduction in calls for service and resources and increase safety.