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Notice of Funds Availability (NOFA) - Deadline August 31, 2019

Posted: August 15, 2019

Program Purpose: To provide financial assistance grants annually to local law enforcement agencies and district attorneys through the local governments for the investigation and prosecution costs associated with unlicensed marijuana cultivation or distribution operations.

By filling out the online portal application, Colorado County and Municipality applicants are opting into the grant program. Grant amounts will be determined by population formula.

The grant program has four (4) funding priorities:

  1. Rural areas;
  2. Large scale operations;
  3. Organized crime operations; or
  4. Operations that divert marijuana outside of Colorado.

In accordance with statute, CRS 24-32-119, rural areas will receive priority funding. To achieve this, rural area population figures will be weighted heavier. Rural areas are defined in C.R.S. 24-32-119 as:

  • a) a county with a population of less than 200,000 people, according to the most recently available population statistics of the United States Bureau of the Census; or
  • b) a municipality with a population of less than 30,000 people according to the most recent available statistics of the United States Bureau of the Census, that is located 10 miles or more from a municipality with a population of more than 50,000 people.

DOLA will confirm applicants meet the “rural area” definition at the time of submittal.

Total Funding Available:

  • $5,8000,000 annually

Application Timeline:

  • July 3, 2019: Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) distributed and applications posted through the on-line grants portal
  • August 31, 2019: Application due date

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First Annual Lighting the Torch Awards Luncheon and Discussion

Posted: August 15, 2019

The First Annual Lighting the Torch Awards Luncheon and Discussion on August 28th at the Denver Botanical Gardens, will feature national experts in law enforcement and prosecution, including Mike Signer, former Mayor of Charlottesville, and Mary McCord, Georgetown University Professor of Law and formerly the Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Department of Justice's National Security Branch. Mayor Signer and Ms. McCord will not only share the true story of the incident in Charlottesville in 2017, but they will provide useful and practical guidance to law enforcement a city leaders on how to prepare for a similar event.

Tickets are only $50 and are available now. You can learn more information here:

With a primary program objective to comprehensively address bias-motivated crimes by improving both reporting and law enforcement’s response to hate crimes, the Matthew Shepard Foundation is committed to strengthening trust between officers and targeted communities. Your participation is a critical next step in this effort.


2019 CASCI National Sex Crimes Conference

Posted: August 15, 2019

The 2019 CASCI National Sex Crimes Conference will be September 4-6th in Snowmass Village, Colorado. The venue will once again be the beautiful Viceroy Hotel in Snowmass Village, please see their website at The hotel has recently gone through a huge renovation, making it even more amazing than before!

We hope you will join the 2019 CASCI National Sex Crimes Conference!

Conference tuition: $325, including conference, training materials, breakfast each day and lunch Wednesday and Thursday.

Please visit their website at for more information.

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Please Join MADD's Enforcement Effort to Honor Victims and Survivors

Posted: August 15, 2019

On August 24, 2019, MADD will launch a nationwide “Saturation Saturday,” an opportunity to organize and join law enforcement departments across the country to publicize their “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” summer campaigns.

Here in Colorado, we are asking for law enforcement's help in removing impaired drivers from our roadways in a coordinated effort on August 24. The goal is to involve as many agencies as possible, on one Saturday night, to encourage safe driving and high-visibility law enforcement through one of the most heavily traveled weekends of the year.

During this day, we’re inviting every agency in the state to designate one car to patrol for impaired drivers in honor of victims and survivors of drunk and drugged driving. We know that many of you already have DUI patrols on these days and we are not asking for additional patrols. We are asking for one of your patrol cars to wear the "red ribbon" for support of MADD while doing their patrolling activities on Saturday, August 24.

Here's how your agency can participate:

  1. Please email [email protected] to let MADD know you will be joining the campaign.
  2. MADD will mail you a red ribbon magnet. Please designate one car to patrol for impaired drivers in honor of victims and survivors and display the magnet on your designated car.
  3. Help spread the word about this event on social media by taking a photo of your patrol car and officers with the red ribbon and using the hashtags #SaturationSaturday and #NoMoreVictims. Please feel free to add your own message about impaired driving prevention too!
  4. Please email your arrest total for the one-day period (12pm on Saturday 8/24 to 12pm on Sunday 8/25) to [email protected] by the end of the day on Sunday, 8/25.

We’re grateful to you and your officers for considering participating in this event. Please stay safe and thank you for all you do for our communities across Colorado!


Operation Clear Track 2019 Invitation

Posted: August 15, 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.


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