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Law Enforcement, Public Safety and Criminal Justice Information Sharing Grant Program

Posted: September 5, 2019

The Law Enforcement, Public Safety and Criminal Justice Information Sharing Grant Program. It is intended to provide funding for rural or cash strapped agencies to join the Colorado Information Sharing Consortium (CISC) 

1.1          Executive Summary

The purpose of this Request for Applications (RFA) is to solicit applications for the Law Enforcement, Public Safety and Criminal Justice Information Sharing Grant program (HB 19-1073). This is a discretionary grant program and a total of $413,246 in funding is available to eligible applicants.

This grant program provides rural and cash-strapped local law enforcement agencies with one-time grants to allow them to join the Colorado Information Sharing Consortium (CISC).

While funding amounts are distributed on a competitive basis, final awards are not automatic and are contingent upon:

  1.    the submission of a completed application that meets the Eligibility Criteria set in this RFA, and
  2.    an executed grant agreement.

This document contains information about the program rules and requirements, the types of expenses eligible for funding, and instructions for completing and submitting the grant application.

The program is open to County Sheriff’s Departments, Municipal Police Departments OR a Town Marshal’s Office.

The authority to administer this grant program rests with the Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM), including amendments, alterations or changes to these guidelines and award distribution.

1.2          Timeline

Announcement and Application Handbook Available            August 27, 2019

Application Submission Deadline:                                          November 1, 2019, 5 PM MST

            Grant Agreement(s) Emailed to Recipients                           December 1, 2019

            Grant Fund Distribution Deadline:                                          As soon as possible thereafter

Period of Performance-12 months:                                        July 1, 2019-June 30, 2020                                               

1.3          Issue/Problem Statement

This funding announcement is in response to the needs identified by the State Legislators to increase secure and efficient data sharing among local law enforcement agencies.

1.4          Purpose of the Funds

The purpose of the grant program is to provide disbursements to rural and cash strapped local law enforcement agencies with one-time grants to allow them to join the CISC information-sharing system. Grant recipients may use the money received through the grant program for the following purposes: 

  1. Computer hardware, software, or programming costs that are necessary to allow the recipient to share law enforcement date and intelligence information through the CISC.

1.5          Target Applicants

              Applicant must be a local law enforcement agency which includes County Sheriff’s Department, City Police Department or Town Marshal’s.

1.6          Eligible Applicants

            Any application that does not address the eligibility requirements listed below will be eliminated from further consideration. To be eligible to apply for and receive grant funding, an applicant must:

  1. Submit a new Colorado Agency Membership application on the Colorado Information Sharing Consortium Website:
  2. Submit an electronic application to the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management in the form prescribed by the Division on or before November 1, 2019; and
  3. An applicant must be able to demonstrate financial need.
  4. The applicant must commit to share accessible and relevant law enforcement and intelligence information in the applicant’s custody.
  5. This grant funding will cover the first year of costs only. If the agency continues its membership with CISC, it will be the responsibility of the agency to cover those costs.

Additionally, recipients of the grant agree to provide DHSEM, upon request at any time during the life of the grant contract, such cooperation and information deemed necessary by the DHSEM to evaluate the outcome and success of this Program.

1.7          Amount Available

This grant program is appropriated from in section 24-33.5-1617(2)(d), C.R.S. For the 2019 Program, $413,246 is available for recipients of this grant program. The balance of the funds will be utilized by the DHSEM to manage this grant program.

1.8          Award Period of Performance

 The period of performance for contracts supported by the Program will be July 1, 2019-June 30, 2020.

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Aims Full-time Academy

Posted: September 5, 2019

In our efforts to help Colorado law enforcement agencies meet the ever growing demand for qualified personnel, I wish to inform you that The Aims Community College Public Safety Institute will offer a full-time police academy for sponsored students beginning January 13, 2020.

The academy will run concurrently with the Spring semester of our part-time police academy, and all academic training will be conducted at the Windsor Campus. Skills-based training (firearms, arrest and control, and driving) will be conducted at the Adams County Sheriff's Office Flatrock training facility in Commerce City.

The full-time Academy will run from January 13 — May 5, 2020 and will be based on a 40-hour work week. Approximate cost for tuition and books will be $6,500 (in-state) per student. We anticipate that the Colorado Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) certification examination will be conducted on May 6, 2020 at the Windsor Campus.

For complete details and registration information, please contact me no later than November 15, 2019 at [email protected] or 970 339 6313.


Save the Date for Executive Command Breakfast - September 19, 2019

Posted: September 5, 2019


Operation Clear Track 2019 Invitation

Posted: September 5, 2019

This is your official invitation to participate in the third annual “Operation Clear Track” railroad safety detail on Tuesday, September 24th to mark Rail Safety Week 2019 from Sept. 22-28 across the U.S. and Canada.

As in previous years, if you can devote three hours to railroad safety on this day, or the rain date, Wednesday, September 25th, we would be honored to have you as a member of our national railroad safety law enforcement team.

As background, “Operation Clear Track” is a safety initiative hosted by Amtrak Police and Operation Lifesaver Inc. to bring police and sheriff’s departments together to enforce state grade crossing and trespassing laws on America’s railroad tracks. Operation Lifesaver is a non-profit organization dedicated to the reduction of railroad-related deaths and injuries across the U.S. and Canada.

Since its inception, this exercise targeting high incident railroad grade crossings, has resulted in thousands of citations and warnings issued to motorists and pedestrians violating these laws. The campaign remains the single largest railroad safety law enforcement activity ever assembled in the United States and starting this year in Canada. Last year nearly 530 Police, Sheriff’s, and other agencies participated across 48 states.

If you’re able to take part in this year’s campaign, you will be asked to report to any two railroad grade crossings in your community to enforce your grade crossing and trespassing laws and distribute railroad safety tip cards that will be shipped to your department at no cost to you (see attached). Those who do not comply with the law should be issued verbal or written warnings, or citations when appropriate. The three-hour enforcement period can occur during any shift and any time throughout a single day. At the end of the detail, your department will receive a link to report your enforcement results (number of warnings, citations and cards distributed) so we can establish statistical data for the operation nationwide.

Here is a letter from Amtrak Police Chief Neil Trugman with additional information about the event and the following link, to register for the operation and obtain your free rail safety tip cards. This year, the cards will be shipped immediately upon registration to avoid delays.

We look forward to working with you to help keep your communities safe. Please contact Barbara Petito at [email protected] or (202) 906-3337 if you have any questions or concerns.


Become CACP Accredited Today!

Posted: September 5, 2019

Professional Standards exist to enable CACP and CSOC members to achieve a “Professional” status. The adoption of minimum professional standards is necessary for Colorado Police and Sheriff Organizations to achieve the status of “Professional”. CACP/CSOC through the Professional Standards Committee safeguard the integrity of the accreditation process for their members by utilizing professionally accepted methods for CACP/CSOC professional accreditation. The CACP/CSOC exists to assess law enforcement operations of applicant agencies. Agencies that provide detention services are encouraged to attain professional accreditation through other accrediting entities for such services.

Professional Standards are statements of minimum requirements adopted by CACP/CSOC with the intent to more clearly define the role and responsibilities of a Colorado Peace Officer and to enhance the quality of services provided. Professional Standards at a minimum incorporate a Professional Code of Ethics, minimum professional standard requirements, and a recognized body of knowledge. Practitioner expertise is acquired through the study of these minimum standards translating to professional law enforcement services.


Learn More About Accreditation!

CACP Members, Apply for Accreditation!

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