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2021 Annual Conference Sponsor In The Spotlight: Arapahoe Community College

Posted: Aug 22, 2021

We'd like to thank Arapahoe Community College for their continued support of CACP. They were a Lunch Sponsor at the 2021 Annual Conference and we are glad they were able to join us!

Many first responders are looking for a cost effective, time efficient, and high-quality educational opportunity that will prepare them for promotion. Arapahoe Community College offers a bachelor of applied science in Emergency Service Administration (ESA) aimed at students with a response background and designed to maximize previous college credit. 

For students with a previously earned associate degree, ACC transfers in 60 credits of coursework towards a bachelor’s, allowing students to begin the program as a college junior.  For students just starting their higher education journey, POST certification counts for 40 credits towards a dual associate’s in law enforcement and bachelor’s in Emergency Service Administration—all offered at a community college tuition rate.  ESA students are commonly balancing life and careers during their studies. Our innovative, accredited, fully online two-year program is designed for flexibility with students’ schedules. 

The curriculum provides students with knowledge and training to be leaders in managing emergencies and crises while preparing them to rise through the ranks of emergency services.  Leadership-based instruction is provided by experienced faculty and instructors representing the broad field of emergency services. 

Take your emergency services career to the next level with ACC’s BAS degree in Emergency Service Administration.


2021 Annual Conference Sponsor In The Spotlight: PowerDMS

Posted: August 6, 2021

We'd like to thank PowerDMS for its continued support of CACP. They were an Awards Dinner Sponsor at the 2021 Annual Conference and we are glad they were able to join us!


Reducing Barriers to Accreditation

Accreditation is a proven method to help agencies operate more professionally, justify their operations, and promote trust in their community. CACP/CSOC have developed the Colorado Law Enforcement Professional Standards Program to provide agencies a cost-effective alternative to international accreditation. Now is the time to consider how pursuing accreditation may benefit your agency in the long run.

In Colorado, accreditation is still a voluntary process but that is no longer the case in Connecticut, Oregon, Nebraska, and Florida due to the passage of state level police reform bills. While accreditation will not stop the desire to legislate law enforcement, it does create opportunities to flip the narrative. In Arizona, the Buckeye Police Department have used their accreditation journey to improve their image with the community. As a former accreditation manager in Florida, I experienced these benefits first hand myself.

We are excited to announce that PowerDMS is now partnered with CACP/CSOC to provide you a faster and easier way to complete your self-assessment. The PowerDMS accreditation tool cuts the time it takes to prepare for an onsite by 50% or more; making the process far more achievable than the paper way.

Visit our website to learn more about the benefits of accreditation.


Author: Christine Goracke: Christine is the Director of Partnerships for PowerDMS and the former Professional Compliance Administrator for the Charlotte County Sheriff's Office.



3-Day Course: Forensics for Investigators 

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This course holistically approaches criminal investigation. Improved scene walkthrough to identify crucial evidence, recognize staged scenes (homicide v. suicide), bloodstain pattern recognition, and more.

The result for any detective attending this 3-day course will be a new approach to criminal investigation. Attendees will be able to increase their solve rate by understanding crime scene methodology and applying it to the following aspects of their investigations: Improved scene walk-through to identify the most crucial and often missed items of evidence, recognizing staged crime scenes to help better identify manner of death (suicide vs homicide), improving the interview and interrogation process by better comprehending what occurred in the scene even if the investigator can only spent a short amount of time in scene. Also, enhanced testifying skills by understanding the forensics behind the decisions.

November 15-17, 2021

Hosting Agency: Palisade Police Department 341West 7th Street Palisade, CO

Course fee: $385


For more information, click here.


Rail Safety Week 2021

In recognition of Rail Safety Week this September 20-26 across the United States, Canada and Mexico, Amtrak and Operation Lifesaver invite you to participate in the fifth annual “Operation Clear Track” on Tuesday September 21. The following day, Wednesday September 22 will be the rain date.

“Operation Clear Track,” remains the single largest rail safety law enforcement initiative in the U.S. and Canada, with hundreds of departments like yours, committing to educate the public about railroad grade crossing and trespassing laws in the communities that you serve. This public awareness law enforcement campaign is a success because of you and your willingness to make illegal railroad crossing and trespassing a prohibited activity within your jurisdiction.

As in years past, this safety detail asks you to assign personnel to two railroad crossings of your choice on September 21, for the purpose of enforcing your state grade crossing and trespassing laws. The enforcement period at each crossing is typically 2.5 to 3 hours and can be carried out during any patrol shift.

During the exercise, on-site personnel will issue verbal/written warnings to violators or citations when appropriate. We have attached our redesigned rail safety cards to be distributed throughout the Operation to motorists and pedestrians. Also attached are a media advisory and press release for the event inviting the media to cover the operation and serve as a force multiplier in getting the rail safety message out.

If you can join us this year, please register for the event by clicking on the link below by August 20.  

The registration form will ask for the railroad crossings or locations where you will be stationed. One box of 500 pocket cards with railroad safety tips will be shipped to your department in advance for public distribution during enforcement hours. You must provide a street address where the cards should be shipped. Fed Ex will not deliver to a P.O. Box. 

 If you do not have train tracks in your community, please request the rail safety cards to hand out at your recreation centers, downtown business districts or any areas where the public congregates. We encourage you to take photos of your personnel during the enforcement window so Amtrak Police and Operation Lifesaver state coordinators around the country can post them on social media platforms. Please send your photos to [email protected].

At the conclusion of the event, we will send you a second link to report the number of citations and warnings that were issued during the enforcement period, plus the approximate number of cards that you were able to disseminate. We look forward to working with you again this year and hope to meet our 2021 goal of more than 600 departments participating nationwide. Please feel free to reach out to APD Lead Communications Specialist Barbara Petito at [email protected] to answer any questions that you may have regarding the operation. 

For additional information:

 D.Samuel Dotson

Vice President and Chief of Police

Amtrak Police Department


2021 Annual Conference Sponsor In The Spotlight: ThermoFisher Scientific

Posted: July 25, 2021

We'd like to thank ThermoFisher Scientific for their continued support of CACP. They were a Lunch Sponsor at the 2021 Annual Conference and we are glad they were able to join us!


90 Minutes Can Change Everything: It’s time to expedite crime-solving with Rapid DNA


Every minute that a crime remains unsolved is time for someone else to become a victim. Imagine what can happen when DNA testing takes only minutes, instead of days, weeks, or even months. With the ability to process DNA in as little as 90 minutes, Rapid DNA instruments can provide actionable intelligence to immediately impact an investigation, or link suspects with past crimes while they are still in custody. Rapid DNA can help get criminals off the street faster, prevent the needless arrest of innocent individuals and keep your communities safe.

For full article, click here.


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