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Colorado Department of Law — Annual Report 2009

of restitution. Fourteen individuals were successfully prosecuted for felonies involving unemployment insurance fraud, with more than $85,646 in restitution being ordered by courts. Twelve cases of workers’ compensation insurance fraud resulted in convictions and restitution in an amount of approximately $221,000 being ordered by the courts.

Protecting Colorado’s natural resources by enforcing environmental laws also is an important part of this unit’s responsibility. The environmental crimes prosecution team within the Special Prosecutions unit filed five environmental crimes cases in the last year. The Attorney General works closely with the U.S. Attorney’s Office and both state and federal agencies in pursuing environmental crimes.

Homicide Assistance Team

The Attorney General employs an expert team of two attorneys and a seasoned homicide investigator to provide critical support and assistance to the elected district attorneys and to local law enforcement throughout the state in matters involving all aspects of homicide investigation and prosecution.

In 2009, members of this assistance team assisted local prosecutors and investigators in many counties, including Boulder County, Larimer County, Park County, El Paso County, Arapahoe County, Douglas County, Rio Grande County, Lake County and Montrose County. The key assistance this past year was the appointment of one of the Homicide Assistance Team attorneys to be the lead prosecutor in the Caudle double homicide case that is now being prosecuted

by the District Attorney for the 12th Judicial District in the San Luis Valley. One of the Homicide Assistance Team attorneys is being assisted by the unit’s investigator in this complex matter. The other ongoing investigation that involves the Homicide Assistance Team is the assignment of one attorney and the investigator to work on the Hettrick homicide that was referenced above. The Unit attorneys and its investigator also are responsible for conducting invaluable training for Colorado prosecutors and investigators.

Peace Officer Standards and Training Board

The Colorado Peace Officer Standards and Training Board manages and documents the training and certification accomplishments of nearly 15,000 active peace officers and reserve peace officers appointed by Colorado law enforcement agencies. The Peace Officer Standards and Training Board and staff continue to manage and improve the accuracy of records of Colorado peace officers, through the application of the Crown Pointe computer software program.

Part 3 of article 31 of title 24, C.R.S. was amended by the addition of a new section, DNA Evidence – Collection – Retention, C.R.S. 24-31-311, which mandated that POST certify DNA-related curriculum for new recruits and in-service peace officer training. The Peace Officer Standards and Training Board approved and implemented DNA-related curriculum for Basic Academies which became effective on March 1, 2009.

In December 2009 the program started an online DNA-training program available to


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