Downtown Denver Security: It’s all About the Team
“I had family members who refused to go to Downtown Denver,” claims John Mize, Allied Security Officer. Today, things are changing, and he is proud to be a part of it.
The Downtown Denver Security Action Plan called for private security. Today, these officers create a safe environment around the clock. Mize strolls the BID from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. “This is when I am the most helpful,” he says.
Access to resources lessen as the sun goes down, which is why Mize’s passion for supporting those in need – a lost visitor or someone experiencing homelessness – is so valuable. To the best of his ability and through careful conversations, Mize mitigates situations before they worsen. During the winter, Mize connects people in need to city agencies or service providers about four times per week. “I am happiest when I can help someone,” he says.
Mize goes above and beyond the call of duty. He knows the people who spend lots of time in downtown by name; offers to drive U.S. military veterans, who are down on their luck, directly to service providers who can provide a warm meal, shower, and place to sleep; and advises compassionate residents on how to help those in need without putting themselves in danger.
Despite the tough situations Mize has experienced, such as helping evacuees from a burning building and successfully administering CPR on a stroke victim, he remains positive and excited. “I believe in what we are trying to accomplish.” Mize also acts as a mentor to the newer officers to ensure they feel the same way.
With all his accomplishments, life-saving stories, and tremendous impact on our downtown, Mize will not take credit without praising the entire Allied Security team, Denver Police Department, and service providers.
“It is a universal effort. The BID and the Downtown Denver Partnership are doing a lot to make downtown a great place to be,” says Mize.
This story was originally published in the 2018 BID Annual Report.