Leadville News – February 5

Active Shooter Vests Secured for Local Officers

Lake County has acquired 16 active-shooter vests for law enforcement officers in the Lake County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) and the Leadville Police Department (LPD), thanks to a grant from the Office of Homeland Security. 

A new look for local law enforcement officers includes active-shooter vests for officers in the Lake County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) and the Leadville Police Department (LPD),

In a media advisory released by Public Information Officer Betty Benson with the Lake County Office of Emergency Management, the vests are funded from a Homeland Security grant to ensure officers are well protected in the event of active shooter situation.  This non-matching grant from Homeland Security, allocated via the All-hazards Region, and managed via the Office of Emergency Management has provided over time, 4 shields, breaching kits, weapon lights, headsets, protective masks, helmets, and these vests.  According to the advisory, this equipment ensures that local officers and members of the Special Operation Group are well trained and have current equipment and standard uniforms. 

According to Benson, 9 of the vests will be allocated to the LPD, with the other seven being provided to the LCSO.

In a statement issued via Benson, representatives from the LCSO, stated that  “these vests will save precious seconds, as well as adding protection to our patrol deputies and officers as they run toward the danger.”

LPD Chief Robert Glenny, echoed that same gratitude, stating:  “These vests would not have  been available except for this grant opportunity. These funds are provided for a one-time purchase of specific equipment to allow agencies to acquire current and appropriate equipment.  Agencies will have about 5 years of life before the items will need to be replaced, allowing time to plan for those purchases and keeping the officers current into the future.”

CO State Patrol Youth Academy

By Trooper Gary Cutler, Colorado State Patrol

This month I want to divert a bit from driving tips and discuss a topic very important to troopers.  The mission of a Colorado State Patrol Trooper is not just enforcing the laws on the state’s highways, and interstates.  We are also very involved in educating the public in various areas.

One way we do this is working with Colorado’s youth.  Once a year for one week in June, the Colorado State Patrol allows teens who are at least 16 years old from across the state a chance to see how state troopers are trained at our academy in Golden. 

The goal of the CSP Youth Academy is to assist in the development of future leaders for Colorado. It is a weeklong adventure for the 45 teens that are accepted.  Some of the academy requirements include that they must be a junior or senior for the fall of 2018, write an essay, have two letters of recommendation, and complete an interview with troopers.

While in the youth academy, teens will get to experience a long list of activities.  These include defensive driving on our state patrol track, firearms safety, self-defense tactics, traffic stops, building searches, team building, and ethics in law enforcement, just to name a few.  At the end of the week there is also a special field trip for the participants.  Past years have been visits to the Bronco’s football facilities, and Rockies games.

The academy is not just for teens interested in law enforcement.  The week long class will help them in their future endeavors.  It will also be an experience they will remember the rest of their lives.  If they want to continue with a career as a trooper, well, we won’t complain. 

The academy is free of charge.  It is paid for by private donors.  For more information contact Captain Lawrence Hilton at 303-273-1882, your local Colorado State Patrol Office, or visit our website: LINK.

This year’s youth academy is June 17-23.  Applications are due by March 7, 2018.

Next month we’re talking distracted driving. As always, safe travels!


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