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Cold Case Investigations – Strategies & Best Practices

Posted: April 25, 2018

Register for the Cold Case Investigations - Strategies and Best Practices no-cost training on May 1 and 2, 2018. This is a 16-hour course that will be held at the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, and it will provide participants with an overview of proven strategies for resolving previously unsolved homicide cases (“cold cases”) under best practice investigative process and strategies for cold cases incorporating evidence testing & DNA forensic technology. 

To Register Contact coloradosheriffs.org.

Colorado Bureau of Investigation
1st Floor Conference Room
690 Kipling Street
Denver, CO 80215

 

Multi‐Agency Partnership Addresses Rise in Heroin Use and Deaths 

Posted: April 26, 2018

DENVER – As heroin use and overdose deaths continue to climb in Colorado, a federal, state, and local multi-agency partnership (Heroin Response Work Group) will initiate the “Heroin Impact Project”. Tom Gorman, Director of the Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (RMHIDTA), equates the rising heroin and fentanyl epidemic to a deadly viral pandemic. Gorman says, "if we had a deadly virus killing our citizens, we would get those affected
immediate help and then try to eradicate the source of the virus.”  This is the concept behind the Heroin Impact Project. 

Douglas County Sheriff Tony Spurlock, chairman of RMHIDTA, explains that there are two components of the project:  Operation Poison Pusher and Operation Helping Hand.  He goes on to explain that, “In Operation Poison Pusher law enforcement and prosecution will aggressively target dealers who sell their poison that is destroying lives and killing our citizens. These merchants of death who line their pockets with blood money disregard the destruction to 
individuals and their families.”  This media event is a warning to those poison pushers to get out of the business or suffer the consequences. 

Attorney General Cynthia H. Coffman who is the Chair of the Colorado Substance Trend and Response Task Force said:  “We will continue our pursuit of criminals who bring this dangerous product into our state and sell it to our loved ones and fellow community members.  At the same time, we must make sure that there are systems and services in place to support the many Coloradans who need treatment for substance use disorders and support in recovery.  The effects of the opioid crisis are far reaching with repercussions in many areas of our society, so we must tackle this problem from every angle and with coordinated efforts.” 

U. S. Attorney Bob Troyer, representing federal law enforcement, wants it to be known that the federal government is lending their resources to help address this terrible problem.  “We will use our powerful tools – long mandatory sentences, penitentiaries out of state, no parole, no early release –to remove poison suppliers from Colorado and deter others from replacing them,” said U.S. Attorney Bob Troyer. 

“Operation Helping Hand” provides law enforcement officers the resources to help guide users and their families to get help.  The Department of Human Services, Office of Behavioral Health, has trained the 24‐Hour Colorado Crisis Services Hotline staff to better serve Coloradans related to opioid use.  Since law enforcement is 24/7, they can be a resource for treatment through “Operation Helping Hand” to provide assistance to users and their families.  Additionally, the Department of Human Services was able to help facilitate two new initiatives providing law enforcement with additional tools to de‐escalate situations involving mental health or substance use disorder, get people the services they need, and reduce the cycle of recidivism. The Office of Behavioral Health Director, Robert Werthwein, says: “We are eager to partner with law enforcement to provide an additional resource to combat opioid abuse in their communities.  The Colorado Crisis Services Hotline team is trained to help anyone, including law enforcement officers, who needs to connect with a trained provider and access substance abuse services.”

“As the father of a victim of this epidemic, I applaud the work being done in Colorado with law enforcement and treatment working as partners,” stated retired Admiral James Winnefeld.  “It’s not always easy to bring together different cultures and approaches but it’s terribly important.  As co‐founders of S.A.F.E. Project US, Mary and I wholeheartedly support the interdependent approach to rallying public health, treatment, recovery, prevention, and law enforcement to address this threat.  This is how we will save lives.” 

Operations Manager Gina Olberding of the Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention, of which the Heroin Response Work Group is a part, is excited about the ongoing statewide collaboration.  She also wants to recognize the work group’s valuable partner, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, for an update to the Heroin Assessment Report that clearly demonstrates the extent of the problem to the public.  This report will be available on their website www.corxconsortium.org and at www.RMHIDTA.org, click on reports. Some information contained in the report includes: 

  • Heroin‐related deaths among Colorado residents have doubled in four years from 79 in 2011 to 228 in 2016.
  • Age‐adjusted heroin‐related hospitalization rate increased 41% from 2011 to 2016.
  • Age‐adjusted rate of heroin‐related emergency department visits tripled from 2011 to 2016.
  • The documented use of naloxone by emergency medical services in Colorado to treat suspected heroin overdoses has increased 248% from 2011 to 2016.
  • Cases of opiate withdrawal syndrome in Colorado newborns has increased 120% while the state birth rate has remained relatively stable.
  • The number of people in treatment for opioid use disorder has increased 189% from 2,748 in 2011 to 7,949 admissions in 2016. 

Click here to view original press release. 

 

Ron Saunier Has Renewed To CACP! 

Posted: April 26, 2018

CACP would like to recognize our most recently renewed member, Ron Saunier of the Denver Police Department. Thank you for your continued membership with CACP!

Do you have officers on your staff who would like to become Associate members of CACP? Encourage them to join today!

Be sure to connect with any of these members if you're in the same region. Remember -- you can search all CACP members on the website.

 

This Week's CACP Sponsor In The Spotlight: Verizon

Posted: April 26, 2018

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New Job Posting Available On Website

Posted: April 19, 2018

A new job for the Town of Simla has been posted on the CACP website. Applications are due May 2. You can find it here. Be sure you are logged in to access the job posts and descriptions.

If you have a Chief of Police job that you would like to post on the CACP website, please send the information to [email protected].

Not a member? Join today!

 
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