Colorado Department of Law — Annual Report 2009
The Colorado Peace Officer Standards and Training Board reviewed the criminal convictions of 26 peace officers convicted of felonies and certain misdemeanors. In each of those cases, the certificate of the convicted peace officer was revoked by the Board. Colorado revocations actions are entered into the POST electronic database, and are also reported and entered into a national peace officer decertification database.
Twenty-five Peace Officer Standards and Training Board-approved basic academies in Colorado graduated a total of 43 basic academy classes, two refresher academy classes and two reserve academy classes. Three of the 25 academies did not conduct any basic academy classes, while 17 academies graduated one or two classes each, and five academies graduated three or four basic academy classes each.
The Colorado Peace Officer Standards and Training Certification Exam was administered to 823 individuals. There were 782 individuals that passed the exam on their first attempt, 16 that passed it on their second attempt and four that passed it on their third attempt for a total of 802 individuals passing the exam in 2009.
all peace officers and reserve peace officers. This training is offered at no cost to officers and their agencies until June 2011.
The Peace Officer Standards and Training Board continued to partner with the Anti- Defamation League to offer the ADL/POST Anti-Bias Training for Law Enforcement Officers program to Colorado law enforcement officers. This project meets the peace officer training requirements of C.R.S. 24-31-309(c)(5); provides training to law enforcement agencies on-line for a nominal fee. More than 14,000 Colorado peace officers have completed either the POST/ADL face-to-face and online training or approved agency training programs.
The Peace Officer Standards and Training Board accepted the recommendations of staff and it training subcommittee in approving more than $1.5 million in grants for FY 2009-2010. This represents a 64 percent increase over the funding level of $720,000 provided for FY 2008-2009. The increased funding was the result of the legislature amending C.R.S. 42-3-304, which provides funding for peace officer training statewide through a surcharge on annual vehicle registrations. The fee was increased from $0.25 to $0.60 per vehicle registration. Funds are dispersed to 10 training regions and four statewide training provider partners. Each training region includes representatives from law enforcement agencies within the region. Each regional committee identifies and facilitates training programs specific to the needs of the peace officers and community members within their region.
The Peace Officer Standards and Training Board staff and its training subcommittee
worked diligently to complete the grant funding process. The subcommittee’s grant funding recommendations were presented to, and accepted by, the Peace Officer Standards and Training Board. The Board approved training grant funding in the amount of $720,000 for the period July 1, 2008 through June 30, 2009. Four statewide training partners and 10 training regions, made up primarily of judicial districts, have been established to manage peace officer training programs. The law enforcement leaders serving on each of the regional committees have identified and facilitated training programs unique to, and needed by, the law enforcement officers serving within their region.