Board Meeting Minutes

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  • 04/30/2019
    14-05-2019

    Western Colorado Peace Officers Association – Board Meeting
    04-30-2019 –CBI- GJ

    Attending: Absent:
    Josh Carrell Brian Turner
    BB Burk
    Lisa Maestas
    Rachelle Redmond
    Susan Skyberg

    Old Business:
    • Spring Conference
    o Conference was very well received, a total of 30 attendees.
    o Channel 11 News did a newscast on the conference
    o Costs for conference will be sent out to board
    o Business Meeting minutes will be updated and held for approval at the next business meeting
    o Election – Collin Reese will serve a second term on the board as President, Joel “BB” Burk will serve on the board as 1st Vice President, Josh Carrell will serve on the board as 2nd Vice President.
    • C. Reese appointed Rachelle Redmond to the Executive Secretary position and sustained L. Maestas as the Secretary/Treasurer position.

    New Business:

    Courtroom Testimony Training
    • 25 registered to date
    • Scenario – will use the scenario from Mt. Village for the class

    Fall Conference
    • Board discussed hosting the fall conference at the Cameo Range in Mesa County – L. Maestas will arrange the next board meeting for this location.
    • Discussed having Blue Badger instruct the training – multiple requests for this training came from the Spring Conference R. Redmond will speak with Dan Pauley about putting on the class. The board discussed needing an alternate co-instructor.
    • Tentative dates October 3 & 4th – L. Maestas will check if range is available on those dates.

    Spring Conference
    • Board discussed hosting in Montrose, in conjunction with the Montrose County Sheriff’s Office – J. Carrell advised he would contact the Sheriff to check interest in co-hosting the 2020 Spring Conference.
    • The board agreed upon Drone Technology for the conference topic. L. Maestas advised she has been in touch with Ben Miller who runs the Drone program for the State. Miller advised hew would be willing to instruct for the conference.
    • Dates are tentative for the last week of April/first week of May.

    Other Training Suggestions for 2019/2020:

    • FTO Class – suggestion for one day training
    • Open Source Class – Class on open source investigations Michelle Stuart out of AZ, is doing a class for CDAC in December, may be willing to stay longer and do a class for our association. J. Carrell will contact to check availability and costs.
    • Inductive Interviewing – Ray Nash

    Other Business
    Board Position Recruitment
    • Pamphlets – Print out and send out to agencies.

    Website
    • The board was asked to look at the website and come back to the next meeting with feedback on design, issues, likes, dislikes.

    Next Meeting: Thursday May 23rd

  • 04/02/2019
    09-04-2019

    Western Colorado Peace Officers Association – Board Meeting

    04-02-2019 –CBI- GJ

    Attending:                                                                  Absent:

    Collin Reese                                                                Vern Knuckles

    Lisa Maestas                                                              Tyler Tobias

    Rachelle Redmond                                                    Brian Turner

    Old Business:           

    Spring Conference

    • The Workforce Center is confirmed for the first day of the conference, CBI for the second. Instructors flights and hotels have also been confirmed.
    • Social Hour networking – it was decided to hold the social hour at Blue Moon at 1800, R. Redmond will call and reserve an area.
    • There are only 12 registrants to date, the following have been contacted about the conference:
      • Send out emails to professionals
        • HR Manager St. Mary’s
        • CMU Campus Police Chief
        • Chiefs
        • City Clerks
      • It was discussed to mail out a hard copy to all the training coordinators, as well as email the GJPD, MCSO, Palisade PD, Fruita PD, Debeque Marshal’s, Colorado State Patrol, ALI Group and the School District directly to spread the word further. All board members will push the word out.
      • Breakfast items – Lisa & Rachelle will pick up the morning of the conference.
      • Catered lunch both dates – 1st day Chik-Fil-A / 2nd McCallister’s, L. Maestas will contact to arrange catering details.
      • Audit – K. Springer has been contacted to conduct audit, will conduct week of April 22nd.
      • Awards – Need to be ordered at least two weeks before
        • Glen Sherman Award – Retired Delta County Sheriff Fred McKee
        • Lifetime Achievement Award – Retired Montrose Chief Tom Chin
      • Rachelle will contact both award recipients to notify them.
      • Election – Will be handled by Rachelle. Rachelle would like to take Executive Secretary position if appointed by incoming board.
        • Need to contact Joel Burk / Josh Carrell to prepare a bio to read before election – Rachelle will contact.

    Courtroom Testimony Training

    • Only liquor enforcement division signed up to date – will also do hard mailer.
    • Scenario – will use the scenario from Mt. Village for the class – R. Redmond will provide
    • Judge – still no judge picked, L. Maestas will contact Eagle Count DA to check for judge. Possible ask Muni Ct Judge for Mt. Village – R. Redmond will contact
    • Hotel accommodations set for instructor

    New Business:

    Annual Renewal Drive

    • 2018 15 Agency memberships / 4 Agency memberships renew – 1 new subscription
    • 2017 – 98 individual members / 2018 51 individual members
    • 2019 6 individual members renewed/22 individual members (part of agency membership)
    • $988.06 collected in renewal fees

    Other Training Suggestions for 2019/2020:

    Facebook Law Enforcement 101

    • Lisa sent Emily Vacher a message on FB, have not heard back from her to date.

    Rolling Surveillance

    • Tim Lewis, California retired LE provides “rolling surveillance” 4 day training. This would have to be a stand-alone training due to the course schedule. Tyler
    • Drone Technology - Update
      • Both CBI and Mesa County have Drone Units C. Reese reached out to see if they have interest in planning training for LE that introduces them to the technology, availability, and types. They are interested, L. Maestas will coordinate with them further for the 2020 Spring Conference.

     Other Business

    Board Position Recruitment

    • Pamphlets – Print out and send out to agencies.
    • 1st and 2nd Vice President positions will be filled by Joel BB Burk, MVPD and Joshua Carrell, 7th Judicial DA Investigator

    Tax / Non-Profit Status

    • Research on status – can’t take in more than $50k annually on a regular basis

    Webmaster

    • Cost Comparison:
      • Prior to 2016 $350 yearly site fee (domain name/ site fee)
      • Sept 2016-2018 Magic Media $500 (complete site rebuild) / $120 yearly maintenance/ A2 Hosting $250 year
    • August 2018 – current Verofly $2873.75
    • A2 Hosting $250 year
    • The board discussed needing to get to the point of maintenance on the site with the webmaster in order to sustain cost. It was discussed that the website is extremely more professional since Verofly has taken over the site, and the new webmaster took on a large amount of updating and projects when inheriting the site, which she has handled beyond expectations.
    • It was discussed to look at the different website functions – social media; mailchimp; web updates etc and see what can be handled by a board member and what needs to be handled by the webmaster. This will be discussed once the new board is in place.
    • An update to the theme is needed for the website. The board approved 8 hours of work, with any further work needed to be brought back to the board for approval.

    Next Meeting:  Tuesday April 30th

  • 03/07/2019
    13-03-2019

    Western Colorado Peace Officers Association – Board Meeting

    03/07/2019@0800 - LED/MED Conference Room GJ

     

    Attending:                                                                  Absent:

    Collin Reese                                                               Lisa Maestas

    Tyler Tobias                                                               Vern Knuckles

    Brian Turner

    Susan Skyberg

    Rachelle Redmond

     

     

    Old Business:

    Spring Conference

    • Susan brought to board attention the Workforce Center was reserved as a backup initially and wanted to confirm the spring conference training was set at the WFC. The board agreed at this late date and having posted the training we would no longer try to secure a school site and keep it at the WFC. Susan would follow-up to confirm site reservation.
    • Tyler is otherwise committed and not attending the spring business meeting, Rachelle will assume his duties at the business meeting. Tyler wants to retire from board and Rachelle agreed to assume position if so appointed by the Board.

    Courtroom Testimony Training

    • Reminder to Lisa to set/confirm hotel reservations for Bert.

     

    Facebook Law Enforcement 101

    • Emily Vacher, former FBI; Brian and Lisa continue to reach out to Emily, she is difficult to reach. Lisa trying via FB…

     

    New Business:

    Other Training Suggestions for 2019/2020:

    • Rolling Surveillance
      • Tim Lewis, California retired LE provides “rolling surveillance” 4 day training. This would have to be a stand-alone training due to the course schedule. Tyler
    • Drone Technology
      • Both CBI and Mesa County have Drone Units and Collin will reach out to see interest in planning training for LE that introduces them to the technology, availability, and types.

     

    Other Business

    Board Position Recruitment

    • Discussion held on website/social media advertising, this is in progress with Bailey and Lisa. Rachelle and Lynn are still planning personal meets with Mesa County Sheriff Lewis and GJPD Chief Shoemaker.
    • Tyler reminded board to take the old pamphlets out with us as we network and recruit members and board positions. Historically it was intended to have board members consisting of state, municipal, and county agencies to provide a broad range of networking. The board agreed this was a good goal to continue to achieve.
    • Rachelle recruited two potential board members: Joel BB Burk, DC MVPD (970-417-6541) and Joshua Carrell, 7th Judicial DA Investigator (970-787-5337). The Board called each fielding questions concerns:   Burk had question about commitment as he has not had a lot of engagement with WCPOA, his Chief has already signed them up for spring training. Board provided an overview of positions, expectations, participation, training planning and delivery. Burk asked if WCPOA has to do any fund raising as he has supported other non-profits in the past and board reported WCPOA has the ability to fund raise but to date has had donors and not needed to do so. Burke said he is willing and able to fill a board position in 2019. Carrell has been a WCPOA member for years and familiar with WCPOA. Carrell inquired about the length of commitment and the board detailed the three year commitment if you entered as a 2nd He asked how many trainings WCPOA commits to and was provided an overview of Spring/Fall commitments as well as ongoing stand-alone trainings that we try to achieve about four a year. Carrell asked how attendance to board meetings was managed and the board covered all possible avenues are used that include physical gathering, face time, telephone conferencing, and email communications. The board did clarify the expectation(s) of attending conferences and trainings. Carrell also said he is eager to join the board and will attend the spring conference as well.

     

  • 11/29/2018
    30-11-2017

    Western Colorado Peace Officers Association – Board Meeting

    11-29-18 - CBI

    Attending:                                                                  Absent:

    Collin Reese                                                               Lisa Maestas

    Vern Knuckles (by phone)                                      Tyler Tobias

    Brian Turner

    Susan Skyberg

    Rachelle Redmond

    Bailey Carrell (by phone)

     

     

    Old Business

    • October Training - Static Vehicle Operations
    • Review on cost – $8274.49
    • Still waiting on photos for the website

    Rachelle has requested photos from Pauley and attendees.

    In light of the travel reimbursement WCPOA will in future have signed contracts detailing training costs, etc.

     

    Spring Conference

    • Conference Topic Train the Trainer Code Red – Run, Hide, Fight
    • Instructor Chris Cicio
    • Date April 29th & 30

    Dan and Chris are available for April 29th

    • Breakfast items will be provided, as well as catered lunch both dates
    • Fee for conference will be waived – free to all registrants
    • Venue 1st Day School (need to contact Tim Leon w/ District 51), 2nd day?

    Called and he detailed the 2010 FLET Code Red active shooter training response procedures. 4 Hour train the trainer designed to have trainers return to their APO to train their own staff. It is designed to allow them to build details unique to their own facility. Will include scenarios on barricading, run hide fight, etc. It is designed for civilians and school administrators all participate in a school setting to include classrooms.   Who should attend should include a mix of civilian law enforcement 60 participants anything more could be observers.

    Second half of the day Dan can cover the RAD self-defense program.

    Board asked for alternative training segments to fill the conference days, Chris will forward.

    • 2nd Day Venue CBI – Tom Stefaniak will do a half day presentation on financial planning. Catered lunch / board meeting will follow.
    • Board Member recommendations (need to fill two positions) Redmond and Hood scheduling luncheon recruit meetings with Mesa Cnty Sheriff Lewis and GJPD Chief Shoemaker.
    • Awards Nothing on the table yet.

     

    Courtroom Testimony Training

    • Date May 2nd, 2019
    • Location secured – Training Room in Lionshead Village, Vail, CO
    • Eagle County DA Heidi McCollum agreed to participate
    • Defense Attorney Berk N agreed to participate
    • Suggested later start time to allow for travel
      • Board approval of 9:00 am start

     

    Other Training Suggestions for 2019:

    • COVA – Human Trafficking / Vicarious Trauma (Redmond)
      • Other local LE has brought this into the western region, WCPOA can offer next year.
    • Emotional Intelligence (Redmond)
      • Pending
    • Financial Planning Tom Stefaniak, CFP®
      • Tom has been in the financial planning business for 30+ years. Discussed topics for training which have been set for an audience from young to middle-aged (mid 30’s-60+)with a focus on retirement planning for law enforcement. Tom’s presentation is 60-90 minutes depending on the question and answers session.
        • April 30th for Spring Conference Colin confirming.
      • Tom does not charge for his lecture, however has to travel from Denver and would require hotel and per-diem.
      • Tom needs a general time-frame
    • Facebook Law Enforcement 101
      • Emily Vacher, former FBI

    Turner will work on this for fall conference

    • Data retention, legal processes, and investigative tips in working with Facebook

     

     

    Other Business:

    • President’s letter electronic review. Feedback:
      • Fine with either option, think option 1 gives a little more information about the association - Big blue window with the badge looks odd, think is too big
      • Like centered format
      • Like option 1- Gives more visual information
      • Like option 1
    • Renewal Letter – will send hard copies, but option will be included with presidents letter
    • Membership Dues – by laws state dues must be paid by May 31st of each year to retain membership benefits.
    • Working on membership to be on website - update from Bailey

    Called Bailey and she provided an update and overview of things to come.

    • Sign card for Glen Sherman’s Birthday

     

  • 10/26/2018
    01-11-2018

    Western Colorado Peace Officers Association – Board Meeting

    10-26-18 @0815 - CBI

    Attending: Collin Reese - President, Rachelle Redmond – Immediate Past President, Susan Skyberg, Brian Turner – By-laws and Lisa Maestas – Secretary/Treasurer

    Absent: Vern Knuckles – 1st Vice President, Tyler Tobias – Executive Secretary

    October Training - Static Vehicle Operations

    • Reported a total of 12 attendee’s, the cost of the training is still TBD, waiting on instructor invoices for fee’s, information will be sent to board upon final determination. The instructors will send out a survey to the class, L. Maestas will send the roster emails to the instructors. R. Redmond will get photos from the training to post on website.

    Spring Conference

    • Conference Topic
      • Civilian response to active shooter program that includes identifying risk factors, run-hide-fight protocols, and hands-on scenarios to barricade and fight. We have developed it as a train the trainer program to get as many people on our school district on board. L. Maestas will follow up with instructor.
    • Conference Location – National Guard Building was suggested. L. Maestas will contact Lt. Col. Bratt for contact info for the building.
    • Conference Dates – TBD by instructor availability
    • Conference Costs – Free to current members - $50 for non-members
    • Board Member recommendations, committee member L. Hood is speaking with several individuals on interest in board participation.
    • Redmond will try to get the ALI meeting scheduled for January hosted by WCPOA in January.
    • Awards – Need to start thinking of potential candidates
    • Suggested an add-on to the training for Soft Skills for civilians (no hands on, C. Reese/B. Turner could instruct).

    Other Training Suggestions for 2019:

    Suggested that some dates/locations be set for upcoming trainings to be sent out with the President’s letter in January 2019.

    • Courtroom Testimony – looking at May of 2019, held in Vail, CO. B. Turner will contact the local clerk to set up training location, and will also contact defense attorney/judge. L. Maestas will contact DA from Eagle County to check interest in participating. R. Redmond will contact Mt. Village municipal judge as well.
    • COVA – Human Trafficking / Vicarious Trauma – R. Redmond will follow-up
    • Emotional Intelligence – R. Redmond will follow-up
    • Financial Planning – C. Reese will follow-up

     Other Business:

    • President’s letter - would like to have completed by December to have ready to send out with renewal letters in January.
    • Renewal Letter – Will send email and hard copies, this letter will announce the future renewals will be automated and paper copies will no longer be received/payment will occur online. Use 2019 as a testing trial for the process.
    • Working on membership to be on website – site will be down temporarily to implement this.
    • Automated renewal – will start fully in 2020
    • Ideas for membership drive
      • Suggested to start “friending” other law enforcement agencies on the social media site.
    • Glen Sherman’s 90th Birthday is Dec 1, suggested to send flowers and coordinate a FaceTime video, or record a video that can be sent to Glen.
    • Former MCSO Undersheriff Rusty Callow passed away on Oct. 18, the association will send flowers to the family.

    Meeting was adjourned at 0900

    Next Meeting: November 29th, 1530

  • 09/26/2018
    26-09-2018

    Western Colorado Peace Officers Association – Board Meeting

    09-26-2018 0800- State Liquor Office

    Attending: Collin Reese, Rachelle Redmond, Brian Turner & Lisa Maestas                                                Absent: Vernon Knuckles, Tyer Tobias & Susan Skyberg

    October Training – Oct 17th & 18th Montrose

    • Static Vehicle Operations training, to date there are six registrations. Costs will be reimbursed for the instructor’s travel, car towing, and other expenses by WCPOA. Receipts required for reimbursement. Rachelle & Lisa will attend in the morning to provide information about WCPOA, recruitment for board members. Rachelle & Lisa will bring water, Gatorade for the day; will provide light snacks for the range. Rachelle will contact local restaurant’s in Montrose to have lunch catered to the range (suggested Jimmy John’s).

     Fall Conference

    • Too late for conference planning at this point, suggested looking ahead to 2019 start planning. Suggested board all bring back one idea to next meeting about possible training topic. We do not have to hold a fall business meeting per the by-laws.

     Spring Conference

    • Need to start planning Spring Conference. L. Maestas brought up the following course that the association received information on.
      • civilian response to active shooter program that includes identifying risk factors, run-hide-fight protocols, and hands-on scenarios to barricade and fight. We have developed it as a train the trainer program to get as many people on our school district on board
    • Reese asked if this is a Run, Hide, Fight curriculum, which would allow civilian employees to take part. If this course of instruction is decided on it was discussed whether the new range in Cameo would be a good venue for the conference location. L. Maestas will email the instructor and find out more details about the training. Looking at hosting the conference in April.
    • At the spring conference there will be two board positions that need filled (2nd vice presdent and 1st vice president). Recruitment was discussed by the board. R. Redmond advised we could ask the webmaster to put together a recruitment page for the website.   L. Maestas brought up WCPOA hosting a luncheon and inviting department admin to discuss WCPOA and the benefits of the organization. C. Reese suggested attending ALI and SWLEG to promote the association/recruit at those meetings. C. Reese and R. Redmond will contact the point persons for these meetings and see if board members can attend the next meetings.
    • Award recipients for the Spring also need to start being determined

    Other Training Suggestions for 2019:

                It was discussed by the board that we need to get some trainings scheduled for 2019, below are potential one day training topics.

    • Courtroom Testimony – R. Redmond advised the MED division is possibly interested in hosting this class, more for the admin hearing side. B. Turner stated he would talk to the AG’s office at his next meeting to bring it up. The board discussed hosting the criminal Courtroom Testimony training in the summer of 2019, as this is one of the most attended classes.
    • COVA – Human Trafficking / Vicarious Trauma – R. Redmond will follow up on this.
    • Emotional Intelligence – R. Redmond will follow up on this
    • Financial Planning – C. Reese advised they have some people in the CBI Denver office that could possibly instruct, will follow up.
    • Reese suggested looking to Aurora/Denver PD’s specialized units to look for trainers (ex. Denver Swat).

     Other Business:

    • New Website – Bailey has updated entire sight
    • To Include: Updating board member information, updating history, replace board member place holders with portrait or department
      emblems, load the upcoming conference and training information, fix Colorado Law Enforcement Memorial Brochure Button: URL not found, format desktop header photos, update broken URL links, run WordPress and plugin updates, run file and database backups, replace blog with social media integration
    • Bailey is currently working on: Member database: allow member registration to cross reference membership database, backups: allows routine backups of database and files automatically, social media: allows the website to pull posts from Facebook and display automatically, card reader for registration at conferences: allow new members to pay with a card during registration, automation of renewal payments for membership. Managing social media post approval, posting news, events and other information to social media
    • Maestas requested that the web page be updated to reflect the webmaster to Verofly

    Meeting was adjourned at 0905

    Next Meeting: October 25th, 0800

  • 12/07/2017
    12/07/2017

    Western Colorado Peace Officers Association – Board Meeting

    12-07-17 1600 - State Liquor Office

     

    Attending:                                                                  Absent:

    Rachelle Redmond – President                               Glen Trainor – 2nd VP

    Collin Reese – 1st VP                                                 Tyler Tobias – Executive Secretary

    Lisa Maestas – Secretary/Treasurer                       James Cannon – Web master

    Brian Turner – By-laws                                            Steve Nowlin - Awards

    Susan Skyberg –Past President

     

    Spring Conference

    • Statement Analysis –Lt. Tracy Harpster (911 Call Analysis) and Dr. Sue Adams (Statement Analysis) do their combined class –– April 18th & 19th
    • Location – CBI training room
    • Maestas will contact instructors after the 1st of the year to schedule flights
    • Awards for conference – any suggestions on who should receive
    • New board member – ideas on incoming 2nd VP
    • Turner will invite Ken King with the Attorney General’s Office to attend the business meeting

     

    Other Training Suggestions:

    • LPO –WCPOA will partner with LPO the week of March 19, 2018. Training will be held at CBI. WCPOA will provide breakfast & snacks. Promote WCPOA
    • Can’t Stop What you Don’t Know
      • Location – L. Maestas never heard back from Vail Town Clerk on Donovan Pavilion. R. Redmon will contact the Avon PD Chief to see if training can be held at the new Avon Police Department
      • Trainer asked if we would like to purchase logo items as give aways for the training class, L. Maestas will find out cost and board will decide from there.

     

    Fall Conference – the board discussed

    • COVA – Human Trafficking / Vicarious Trauma
    • ½ Day Gambling training from CBI
    • Discussed hosting Fall Conference in Montrose

     

    Other Business:

    • New Website – J. Cannon, R. Redmond and L. Maestas are still waiting to be trained on updating the site
      • On the current site Cody Kennedy needs to be removed, add the Glen Trainor’s title on the executive board page, Lynn Hood needs to be removed

     

    Next Meeting:  

    February – State Liquor Enforcement Office

  • 05/02/2017
    05/02/2017

    Western Colorado Peace Officers Association – Board Meeting

    May 2, 2017, 1030, Montrose, CO

     

    Attending:                                                                  Absent:

    Rachelle Redmond                                                    Susan Skyberg

    Collin Reese                                                               James Cannon

    Glen Trainor – via phone                                         Steve Nowlin
    Lisa Maestas

    Brian Turner

    Tyler Tobias

    Spring Conference:

    • Conference Costs
      • Attached
      • Seizure board – B. Turner has emailed Deb Murray at the Sheriff’s Office for the reimbursement of the conference has not heard back to date.
        • Challenge Coins as thank you to board – T. Tobias will see if Captain Ozanic is still on board; can present coins.
      • Review
        • Great evaluations
        • 24 total attendees
        • By-law change to GJ as annual host – B. Turner will introduce at the Fall conference, will have to be voted in at the Spring conference. Reasoning is GJPD & MCSO are not actively participating in spring conferences, Montrose SO would like to be more actively involved. Changing by-laws will give more flexibility to where spring conference can be hosted. R. Redmond will meet with Chief and Sheriff of respective agencies to discuss WCPOA and why they are no longer actively involved.
        • What is different now than years past:
          • Used to send hard copy of flyers to Chief’s & Training coordinators, now only an email is sent directly to the members. Will start to send hard copies of trainings and conferences.
          • Need to get training schedule out earlier – more time for admin to cover staff that want to attend
          • POST requirements – small agencies can only allot for staff to do the POST required training, suggested to do some of the POST requirements with the training to get smaller agencies to send staff

     

     

    Future Training:

     

    Courtroom Testimony

    • Scheduled for August 10, 2017 in the City Auditorium
      • Turner will follow up with Bert for the defense part.
      • Maestas to follow up with the District Attorney.

     

    CIT Training :

    • Reese advised CBI will be doing a training soon. It was suggested that we possibly partner with CBI to get the small numbers interested from WCPOA to the training. C. Reese will see if this is feasible.
    • Upcoming training for the 14th Judicial District
      • Trainor will reach out to Brooks Bennett (CBI coordinator) and Doug Winters to see about WCPOA partnering with them for the training.
    • Awareness of training – need to get out what both sides of the training are. Highlight who and why this training would be valuable, the class effects everybody, need to sell it that way. “If involved wouldn’t you want to know”.
    • Could request POST board funding since this is a POST requirement

     

    Other Training Suggestions:

    • LPO – follow up; B. Turner advised he has not heard back
    • Leadership, supervisory – would be covered by LPO training
    • Reid Interview School – L. Maestas will reach out to see what cost would be.
    • Financial Planning – Discussed having L. Hood (former State Tax) teach a class. T. Tobias advised he will reach out as well to a former Trooper that taught a course on this.
    • Indicator of Criminal Behavior for Patrol Officers – L. Maestas suggested Stephen Rhodes. T. Tobias suggested the White Badger Project (facial profiling).
    • Statement Analysis – Discussed having Lt. Tracy Harpster (911 Call Analysis) and Dr. Sue Adams (Statement Analysis) do their combined class – B. Turner will reach out.
    • Municipal Court Training – R. Redmond will contact municipal court judge to see about scheduling this training.
    • Orlando Night Club – Suggested to do at the fall conference. R. Redmond will reach out to see instructors availability.

     

     

    Fall Conference:

    • Venue – Cortez, Colorado
    • Decided on the date range of September 25th - 29th depending on instructors availability.
    • Community Center was discussed as venue – S. Nowlin assigned to contact and check availability.
    • Two day conference.
    • Training Topic – Force Encounters Analysis – C. Reese / Orlando Night Club Shooting – R. Redmond

     

    Other Business:

    • Update on web transition – site should go up within next week or so. L. Maestas advised the new company is waiting on the domain code from the old domain.
      • Company will update the site for us.
    • Challenge Coin order – coins were ordered should arrive within 6 weeks
    • Blue Family Tree – board agreed to decline participation with this organization, believed the information provided was too vague, and too many red flags about the organization.
    • Social Media – discussed that the association does not currently have any active form of social media – this is the key to getting millennial’s on board with the association, as that demographic does not frequent the association.
      • Facebook – need to create a page and close the “group”.
      • Twitter & Instagram – R. Redmond will look into these further
      • Tobias will reach out to person who handles social media for State Patrol, possibly to go over good and bad
      • Connect our social media with other law enforcement agencies social media to expand awareness of the association.

     

     

     

    Next Meeting:  

     

    May 16th @ 1030 - CBI

     

  • 02/01/2017
    02/01/2017

    Western Colorado Peace Officers Association – Board Meeting

    February 1, 2017, CBI Grand Junction CO

     

    Attending:                                                                  Absent:

    Rachelle Redmond – via Phone/FT                         Lisa Maestas

    Collin Reese                                                               James Cannon

    Brian Turner                                                             Jeff Davis

    Susan Skyberg                                                           Tyler Tobias

    Steve Nowlin

     

    Membership Dues:

    Renewal tab on website.

    1. Maestas sent out membership renewals two weeks ago, included training announcements and presidents letter

    CIT Training :

    • Posted and open on the website.
    • Need to circulate flyer to CIIT/Agencies in board member areas.   This will be done by hand by board members. R. Redmond is delivering to Montrose and feels the word is getting out.
    • Video taping witnesses B. Turner – want taped with video recorder or phone or ???  This will be done via smartphone by B. Turner as a witness to the incident
    • Board agency submit any checklists they have in place to give attendees. R. Redmond sent her’s to J. Davis.   Per R. Redmond, the only one’s that J.Davis has received is from GJPD and the 7th Judicial District.
    • Davis will see if GJPD Chief Camper and GJPD PIO are available to share their perspectives. R. Redmond will contact MPD Chief Chin for his availability. Per R. Redmond, J.Davis has confirmed that Chief Camper and the GJPD PIO are available. R. Redmond hasn’t received a response from MPD Chief Chin and will follow up with Chin.
    • Redmond to make sure 14th Judicial District and Avon PD are aware of the upcoming training.   R. Redmond will follow up. C. Reese mentioned that DA Doug Winters had contacted CBI to see if they could host a similar event. R. Redmond will reach out to him.

     

    Spring Conference:

    • Awards;
      • Redmond to follow up with S. Nowlin to see if he has any nominations. No one had any individuals to nominate for the awards at this time, and as of 3 days ago S. Nowlin didn’t have any nominations per R. Redmond.   R. Redmond said that S. Nowlin will try to get to Mountain Village to go over ideas with R. Redmond. Still looking for suggestions.   The Board attendees agreed that if there are no candidates that meet the criteria, no award will be given.
    • Business;
      • Board positions, J. Davis will be resigning from WCPOA Board after the March training. C. Reese will step up to the Presidency position and nominations are needed for both VP positions. R. Redmond will follow up with Chief Trainor on this to see if they have anyone.   Not sure if T. Tobias might have someone to suggest.
      • Audit, L. Maestas to coordinated with K. Springs to conduct audit.
    • Gathering donations for giveaways requires all board members to reach out; T. Tobias suggested we have in hand our 501 status that will encourage donations. R. Redmond does not have any new donations.   C. Reese will try some of his CBI contacts. R. Redmond said she still has some CBI cups, pens, coins, etc. as well.

     

    Future Training:

    • Courtroom Testimony , L. Maestas waiting to hear from Judge to see when his next availability.   L. Maestas sent an email on 01-31-17 stating that Judge Flynn is available on August 10, 2017and asked if we could schedule the other players (Defense Atty, DA) around this date.   B. Turner said that Judge Flynn’s courtroom is not available that day . B. Flynn will see if the City Auditorium is available. B. Turner will follow up with Bert for the defense part.   R. Redmond delegated to L. Maestas to follow up with the District Attorney.
    • Redmond will coordinate with Defense attorney and DA to get a date set.

     

     

    Fall Conference:

    • Board agreed to engage southern region and R. Redmond to coordinate with S. Nowlin to host in Cortez. T. Tobias suggested reaching out to 4 Corners Association to partner this event.  R. Redmond stated that S. Nowlin likes and is very excited about this idea, but no dates have been discussed.
    1. Redmond stated S. Nowlin will pitch the idea to the Four Corners group.

     

    Other Business:

    • Update on web transition
    1. Redmond stated J. Cannon was to have a meeting last Wednesday (01/25/17) but hasn’t heard anything. She will follow up with J. Cannon and will email the Board on the status.
    • Turner said he would like to see WCPOA get involved in LPO. B. Turner will reach out to them. It would require WCPOA to sponsor instructor(s) with per diem and hotel, but feels it would be worth it. We would need to pick 2 months and WCPOA’s name would be behind the training. The Board attendees agreed this would be beneficial. B. Turner will follow up on this and give an update at the next board meeting.
    • Turner had a Seizure Board request asking for $7550 in Seizure Board funds. The breakdown was on the request letter. He will take that to GJPD today (02-01-17).   B. Turner suggested we present the Seizure Board with a few Challenge Coins as a thank you.   All Board attendees agreed.
    • Reese explained that he just received an Emergency Management Card that was issued to a lot of LE agencies.   He explained that the card's magnetic strip contains the identification of the cardholder as well as their credentials.  The card is used to check in and out during a critical incident; the strip being read through a magnetic card reader.  This allows command staff to deploy the proper people with the right credentials to a given task or area of the incident and streamlines the process.   Emergency cards can be received from the Emergency Manager (Drew, last name ??) or Andrew Martsolf Mesa County Emergency Manager.

     

    Next Meeting:  March 03,2017 08:30

    Per B. Turner – L. Maestas is responsible for furnishing Coffee and Danish

     

  • 11/03/2016
    11/03/2016

    Western Colorado Peace Officers – Board Meeting

    November 3, 2016 @1100

     

    Attending:

    Rachelle Redmond – via phone
    Collin Reese
    Susan Skyberg
    Brian Turner
    Lisa Maestas

    Absent:

    Jeff Davis
    Tyler Tobias

       
     
     

    De-escalation training

    • Davis needs to send out roster so certificates can be sent out. S. Skyberg heard very positive feedback about the training.

     

    CIT Training –

    • This training was the focus of the meeting and discussed in great detail
    • Scenarios were reviewed, the board chose an armed robbery scenario to use. This will be a two person scenario, with both officers having potential to be involved in the shoot.
    • 1st Day
      • 830-930 Sign in / registration
      • Select a person from each agency to be involved in the event
      • Put team together – ask who wants to be on team 5-6 people per team
      • 2 shooters will be randomly picked by the seats they are in
      • Whoever is left will be observers – no input to teams; will pick a few of the observers to be witnesses
      • Shooters will go to scenario – after they are done they will get processed
      • During scenario – teams will be briefed on what members of teams do
      • Teams will then start investigation
      • Will set up scene in parking lot to match virtual shoot
      • Scenario – everyone is at CBI for training, event happens, the rest of the training will be put together from there.
      • Persons on team will be given sheets w/information for each task they complete in the investigation – if they don’t complete they don’t get further information
    • 2nd Day
      • Show actual scenario
        • Let officers discuss what they heard / saw
        • Discuss what the call was
      • Table top the investigation
        • Admin vs Criminal
        • Crime Scene Processing
        • DA input
        • Points to consider

     

     

    Spring Conference-

    • Location –CBI
    • Date – Dates were set for April 19th – 20th
    • Instructors –Ray Nash (Police Dynamics) – the contract Nash provided was signed and his deposit will be mailed.
    • Will turn in a seizure board request to J. Davis to submit

     

    Fall Conference 2017

    • Was not further discussed at this meeting.

     

    Other Business

    Website – J. Cannon provided information on a company located in Mesa County that would be able to revamp the association’s website. The initial start up cost is between $400-$500, with a yearly maintenance fee of $120, which is half the cost of what we are currently paying.

     

    The board all agreed on moving forward with the site.

     

    Next Meeting

    November 30, 2016 @ 1100 CBI.

     

  • 09/28/2016
    09/28/2016

    Western Colorado Peace Officers – Board Meeting

    September 28th @1730

     

    Attending:

    Susan Skyberg – President
    Rachelle Redmond -1st Vice Pres (via phone)
    Jeff Davis – 2nd Vice President
    Brian Turner – By-Laws
    Lisa Maestas – Secretary Treasurer

    Absent:

    Tyler Tobias – Secretary
    Cody Kennedy – Nomination Committee
    Cara Pellowski – webmaster
    Lynn Hood – Awards Committee

     

    One-Day Trainings

    Firearms October 2015 –Date October 28th
    J. Davis has been in touch with S. Nowlin and has confirmed dates and location of the training. It will be held on Oct 28th at the Montezuma County Sheriff’s Office Range, in Cortez. The following date the Below 100 class will be taught at the Montezuma County Sheriff’s Office. The Hampton Inn in Cortez offers a government rate of $111. The class will be free to members and $50 to non-members, all attending will need to bring their own ammunition. The training will be limited to 20 students.   A waiting list will be created if more than 20 people register. The Below 100 class is free to all attendee’s, and registration will go through J. Davis, not the WCPOA website.

    Spring 2016 Conference:

    Further discussion was had on what the spring conference should consist of. The board agreed to wanting a two day conference, with the first day for admin and line level employees, and the second day a break out day – one break out for admin and one break out for line level employees.   The first day it was discussed to cover vicarious liability and negligent retention.

    1. Redmond suggested bringing in Glen Trainer the Chief from Granby to speak the first day to speak about the major incident of the bulldozer incident that leveled the town. B. Turner and R. Redmond advised they could contact Trainer to see if he is interested.

     

    1. Maestas advised she had been contacted by Sgt. Ciscio out of Florida, an instructor for Incident Command through Fema. Sgt. Ciscio’s bio was passed around, and the board agreed he would be a good fit for the second day break out sessions. L. Maestas will contact him further to discuss price and other topics that can be trained on.   It was discussed to have the second portion of the afternoon session allow the participants to use the sims room at the guard building as part of the training.

     

    1. Bratt was asked if he could check to see if the sims room would be available for conference attendee’s on the afternoon of the second day.

     

    The board discussed having vendors at the spring conference. B. Bratt stated he would look into where the vendors could set up (suggested hallway between classrooms). R. Redmond stated she would contact Galls, Neves, Cabelas’s to see if they wanted to attend. J. Davis stated he would contact Adamsons to see if they wanted to attend.

     

    The board agreed to keep the conference free to members and $50 for non-members.

     

    Other Business:

    Will need to remove L. Hood from the Awards Committee, he is now officially retired and unavailable to the association.

     

    The meeting was adjourned at 1900

    Next Meeting:

    Will be held November 2, time and place TBD

  • 09/16/2016
    09/16/2016

    Western Colorado Peace Officers – Board Meeting

    September 16, 2016 @0900

     

    Attending:

    Rachelle Redmond President– via phone
    Jeff Davis – 1st Vice President
    Collin Reese – 2nd Vice President
    Steve Nowlin – Awards – via phone
    Brian Turner – By- laws
    Lisa Maestas – Secretary/Treasurer

    Absent:

    Tyler Tobias – Executive Secretary
    Barry Bratt - LEM
    Susan Skyberg – Immediate Past President
    James Cannon - Webmaster

       
     
     

     

    Upcoming Trainings

     

    De-escalation training

    • Davis reported that the POST two day class has 30+ registrants and is expected to be a full class. L. Maestas reported that the one day class has approximately 15 registrants and should also be well attended.
    • Breakfast and snack items will be provided for both of these trainings, lunch will be on the attendee’s own.
    • The website has not yet been updated with the two separate registration links, hopefully this will be completed in the next few days before another email blast goes out.

     

    CIT Training –

    • Davis suggested doing a CIT / OIS scenario training at CBI.
    • Discussed that two days would be best for the caliber of training discussed
      • 1st day Scenarios (put 5-8 officers through OIS scenario) and interviews (have CIT teams do the interviews of the officer’s)
      • 2nd day Table top
        • Admin vs Criminal
        • Crime Scene Processing
        • DA input
        • Points to consider
      • February 8th & 9th were discussed as dates (0930 start / 1500 end to allow time for travel to and from training).
      • Reese will check availability of CBI
      • Goal is to invite Cert teams to training together; invite upper admin that does not have a CIT response team. Officers can register individually, lottery will determine which officer goes through the scenario, all others will observe.

     

    Navigating the Police Life –

    • Redmond discussed bringing in this training as a one day training. Similar to Dr. Gilmartin’s Emotional Survival. The board agreed it would be a good training to bring in. R. Redmond will get more information.

     

    Fall Conference Review

    • There were a total of 17 attendee’s for the conference. R. Redmond advised that the number of attendee’s was worth hosting the conference for what those who attended took away from it. The one out of State attendee we had has already put into use the information he was provided (Coffee with a Cop).
    • Maestas reported the conference costs: -$2307.54, which is typical of a fall conference the only additional expense was flying in instructors, where the association typically finds local instructors for the fall conference.
    • It was discussed to potentially just do a “training” for 2017 instead of a conference, due to the low attendance. It was further discussed that location and training topic make a big impact on attendance numbers – for instance the de-escalation training has had an overwhelming registration and is being held at the same time the fall conference is typically held. It was discussed that having local agency buy in also helps to increase the numbers (i.e. Mt. Village, Steamboat Springs) both had good turn-outs but the local agencies were more involved.
    • Maestas shared the apology letter from the sales manager at the Christie Lodge for all the inconsistencies and inconveniences that occurred during the conference.

     

    Spring Conference-

    • Location –Colorado Mesa University – L. Maestas will contact now that dates have been established.
    • Date – Dates were set for April 12-14 or April 13th & 14th depending on how many speakers are lined up.
    • Instructors –the board agreed on bringing in Ray Nash (Police Dynamics).
    • Davis provided the cost for instruction $3500 for two days. Travel, lodging and per diem as well. There is a $25 fee per student for training materials.
    • Orlando Night Club shooting. L. Maestas reported that Dan Burkard with Kissimmee PD in Florida contacted the Deputy Chief and the DC advised at this time they are not doing any presentations due to the case still be open and the FBI’s involvement. The DC advised they are putting together a power point so when the time comes that they get the go ahead to do the presentation they will be ready. Burkard advised he would ask again at the beginning of the year for us.

     

    Fall Conference 2017

    • It was discussed to host the next fall conference in Durango.

     

    Other Business

    Website – J. Cannon provided information on a company located in Mesa County that would be able to revamp the association’s website. The initial start up cost is between $400-$500, with a yearly maintenance fee of $120, which is half the cost of what we are currently paying. The board was asked to look at the website for the company www.magicmediagj.com to give their opinion on moving forward.

    The meeting adjourned at 110

    Next Meeting

     

    November 3rd @ 1100 - CBI

  • 08/09/2016
    08/09/2016

    Western Colorado Peace Officers – Board Meeting

    August 9, 2016 @ 1000

    Attending:

    Rachelle Redmond – via phone
    Jeff Davis – 1st Vice President
    Tyler Tobias – Executive Secretary
    Susan Skyberg – Immediate Past President
    Brian Turner – By- laws
    Lisa Maestas – Secretary/Treasurer

    Absent:

    Collin Reece – 2nd Vice President
    Barry Bratt - LEM
    Steve Nowlin - Awards
    James Cannon - Webmaster

    Report Writing for Civilian Investigators-

    • Cost review- L. Maestas passed around the cost review for the one day report writing training that had been previously emailed out. The training ended up making $39.10 after registration fees and costs were computed. The training only held 11 people, there have already been requests from those that attended on when the next training would be. The training was a very good presentation and the instructor did an excellent job presenting the material.

     

    Upcoming Trainings

    • De-escalation training – J. Davis presented an update on this training, he advised the registration was at 42 people, 12 of which were non-sworn. J. Davis advised that when the POST board originally proposed hosting the training it seemed like it would be a good mix with the WCPOA, but has since found out that the rules of POST and the mission of WCPOA are somewhat clashing. POST is paying for 50 spots for the training, but will not pay for non-sworn attendees. Therefore the board would need to discuss if the association would be willing to pay for the non-sworn attending the training ($100 a person). It was discussed to only have the POST training be sworn law enforcement, and to have J. Davis who was originally going to teach the class hold a separate class on the same date for the non-sworn. The non-sworn class could be a one day class on the 11th. This would put the training in compliance with POST, as well as still allow the non-sworn to attend. It was agreed that the non-sworn will attend the de-escalation class taught by J. Davis and his other two instructors that were going to help (R. Piotrowski and J. Steele) at the Workforce Center. S. Skyberg reserved a room for the 11th. L. Maestas will notify the non-sworn registrants that the class location has changed and will only be a one day class.

     

    Fall Conference

    • Maestas reported that DC Daly advised that they will be sending four officers to the conference. There are three other registrations to date, as well as five members of the board that will be attending. There is a deputy coming in from Kansas that will be attending the training.
    • Maestas reported that the Coffee with a Cop instructor – called for a copy of the conference flyer, said they have received interest from several agencies- a copy of the flyer was emailed to them to put up on their website, so far no additional registrations have come in.
    • It was discussed how to get the attendance level up, R. Redmond stated she would call her contacts in Routt and Moffat County and Steamboat PD to encourage them to send people. B. Turner advised that the information could be emailed to Sgt. Lovins at Avon PD to distribute to a training contact list.
    • Christie’s Lodge lowered the rate to $99 a night for conference attendees; this was changed for everyone that has booked a room so far.
    • Update on Give-Aways – no update

     

    Spring Conference-

    • Location – T. Tobias suggested one of the meeting rooms at Colorado Mesa University, it was agreed upon by the board that this would be a good venue.
    • Date – Dates were set for April 12-14 or April 13th & 14th depending on how many speakers are lined up.
    • Instructors – J. Davis suggested Ray Nash (Police Dynamics), who has taught for the WCPOA before. J. Davis will contact Nash and see what his cost and availability are. T. Tobias suggested a case study or panel on the Aurora Theater Shooting, having people from different levels that were involved to review the case. It was agreed upon that this would be a good topic to go with the Police Dynamics course. It was discussed to contact Chris Cicio out of St. Lucie Sheriff’s Office in Fl, to do a review of the Orlando Night Club shooting. L. Maestas will reach out to Cicio. All present agreed that this would be a great line up for the Spring Conference.

     

    Other Business – all except the last bullet point were tabled until the next meeting

    • Challenge Coins – Not able to locate invoice
    • Awards Review – Have secured the filing cabinet; will look through for award criteria
    • Facebook Page – In the works
    • Evaluations/Certificates – website or survey monkey – in the works
    • Glen Sherman 88th Birthday Party – Glen send an invitation to his 88th Birthday Party, which will be held November 19th in Valencia, CA. It was discussed that the WCPOA should do something to recognize Glen due to his strong involvement with the association. R. Redmond suggested getting a video montage together, with everyone who would like to participate giving a message to Glen. S. Skyberg suggested getting archived photos of all the past Glen Sherman award recipient’s to put in a book. B. Turner suggested getting all the write-ups as well to put in the book. L. Maestas advised she would email the membership to see if they had any well wishes they wanted to send in to include.

     

    The meeting adjourned at 1115

    Next Meeting

    September 2, @1500; Boston’s

  • 05/23/2016
    05/23/2016

    Western Colorado Peace Officers – Board Meeting

    May 23, 2016 @ 1000

    Attending: Absent:
    Rachelle Redmond –President
    Jeff Davis – 1st Vice President
    Collin Reece – 2nd Vice President
    Tyler Tobias – Executive Secretary
    Lisa Maestas – Secretary/Treasurer
    Susan Skyberg – Immediate Past President
    Brian Turner – By- Laws
    Lynn Hood – drifter by practice, musician by trade
    James Cannon – Webmaster
    Steve Nowlin – Awards
    Barry Bratt - LEM
     
     

    Upcoming Trainings

    • Firearms training – It was discussed whether or not to re-schedule this training, or host it in Grand Junction. R. Redmond and J. Davis both brought up that the training has been a fail both times it has been scheduled for the south region, and the participation was not that good when we held it in Grand Junction. It was agreed upon by the board to not re-schedule this training at this time. C. Reece advised that he has an investigator (Jeff Brown) in Durango that would be able to better promote the association and our trainings to the agencies in the southern region.
    • Report Writing for Civilian Investigators – L. Maestas reported that the instructor GJPD Ofc. Deanie Earthman is willing to teach the class, but has been on vacation so we are waiting to hear back on which date will work for her. S. Skyberg advised the Workforce Center fills quickly and to let her know the date as soon as possible so we can reserve the room.
    • Municipal Courtroom testimony – No update on this class. R. Redmond asked L. Hood to see if the defense attorney we have used in the past would be willing to go to Delta/Montrose for the training.
    • De-escalation training – J. Davis advised GJPD Officers Jake Steele and Ryan Piotrowski will be helping with this training. This training will be held on October 11th at the Grand Junction Police Department Training Room. The training room can hold up to 50 people comfortably. As soon as J. Cannon is back from vacation we will open registration on the website.
    • Fall Conference – L. Maestas advised that Avon Chief Ticer has accepted a position as Chief for Loveland PD, our new contact for the conference is Deputy Chief Daly, who is on board with the conference. L. Maestas reported that flights and rooms are booked for the Coffee with a Cop instructors. The instructors will rent their own rental car so the board does not have to provide transportation to and from the airport. R. Redmond advised she will send out the information packet they provided so J. Cannon can put the information on our website, and we can get the information out to the members.
    • Redmond suggested that we see if the Chief in Avon wants to coordinate a Coffee with a Cop event the first evening of the conference. This being a regional training should draw a lot of attendance.
    • Christie’s Lodge – L. Maestas reported the down payment has been paid for the venue, B.Turner and L. Maestas were able to the tour venue, we can bring in breakfast items and restaurants for lunch are within walking distance. L. Hood asked what rate we received for rooms ($109), L. Hood advised he would contact Lisa who is in charge of sales and see if he could get us a rate of $99 since it is off season. L. Maestas brought up that the hotel does have a policy for quiet time, so they requested that training did not start before 0900. It was discussed that this would not be an issue as we do registration/breakfast from 0800 to 0900. The hospitality room was discussed, it was decided to wait and see what type of numbers we have before we decide if we need to book a space at a local bar or just host it in one of the suites.
    • The second day of the training still needed to be decided. Last meeting it was discussed to have the Aurora Theater Shooting, since then it was determined that CPPA is doing presentation on June 6th in Denver; the board agreed we did not want to repeat the same training two months later. T. Tobias provided the cost for Steve Young - course on officer survival, which is $5000, way out of budget range for the fall conference. R. Redmond reported that Chief Kolar would likely not be able to do his presentation on Jon Benet Ramsey due to a contract he had with another company.
    • The board agreed the second day should be a topic that affects mountain towns and/or ski communities. R. Redmond suggested Bear Mitigation, citing the process and presentation they went through in Mtn. Village last fall. The board agreed this would be a good presentation and one that affects all mountain towns. R. Redmond advised she would ask Chief Broady and their rep from DOW if they would be interested in doing the presentation, which is projected to be about 4 hours.
    • Reece suggested the 14th Judicial Review on the Officer Involved Shooting that occurred in Dinosaur. The board agreed that this would also be a good topic for rural area law enforcement, and agreed on the presentation. C. Reece will get in touch with the instructors for this presentation and see if they would be willing/available to present. This would be a two hour presentation.
    • Other topics discussed dealt with intoxication cases on the ski mountains, how to handle them, what to look for etc.
    • Give-Aways – J. Davis advised he had asked the department quarter master to put together a box of stuff from vendors that could be used as giveaways at the conference. C. Reece also offered to reach out and contact vendors he has contacts for to secure more give-away items. R. Redmond advised she will reach out to Galls again to see if they will give us some giveaways for the conference.

     

    Other Business

    • Challenge Coins – L. Maestas advised she has not been able to locate the invoice as of yet. Has not been able to get to the filing cabinet to look through it.
  • 04/04/2016
    26-12-2018

    Western Colorado Peace Officers – Board Meeting

    April 4, 2016 @ 0830

     

    Attending: Absent:
    Susan Skyberg – President
    Rachelle Redmond – 1st VP (phone)
    Steve Nowlin – Awards
    Tyler Tobias – Executive Secretary
    Brian Turner – By-Laws
    James Cannon – Webmaster
    Barry Bratt – LE Memorial
    Lisa Maestas – Secretary/Treasurer
    Jeff Davis – 2nd Vice President
     
     

    Membership Dues

    • Membership dues were reviewed, 83 members have renewed to date, the following agencies have signed up with an Agency Membership:

    San Miguel County Sheriff’s Office

    Garfield County Sheriff’s Office

    Fruita Police Dept

    Town of Mtn Village

    Leadville Police Department

    Craig Police Dept

    Meeker Police Dept

    Montezuma County Sheriff’s Office

    Moffat County

    Town of Telluride

    Town of Palisade

     

    • Dues are only accepted until March 31st, J. Cannon will take the membership renewal tab off the website. Membership for the remainder of 2016 will be included with registration fee for a training or conference.
    • Cannon added a “Donations” tab on the website

    Spring Conference April 19th & 20th 2016 – location National Guard Building

     

    • Maestas reported that the seizure board approved funds ($6500) for the training. There are 30 total registrants for the conference to date.
    • Tobias reported that the SIMS room is confirmed, the Guard will have one of their instructors present. It was discussed if the association will need to provide an instructor as well to run the attendees through the course – this was unclear. L. Maestas will email the contact for the guard to clarify.
    • The Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to retired Rio Blanco County Sheriff Si Woodruff during the business meeting. S. Nowlin provided an overview to the board on Si’s career.
    • Glen Sherman Award will be presented to Grand Junction PD Ofc. Donohue. J. Davis provided the information needed to qualify for the Glen Sherman award, the only needed information for the presentation is an overview of Ofc. Donohue’s career. J. Davis will provide.
    • Maestas and B. Turner brought up retired CSP Sgt. Dean Garcia as another possible recipient of the Glen Sherman Award. This created conversation in regards to the awards and the specific criteria for them. It was discussed that the chair of the Awards Committee S. Nowlin should re-vamp the awards that the association presents, and come up with specific qualifications/guidelines to go by in deciding future award recipients.

     

    • Business Meeting was discussed. L. Maestas advised that the only candidate for 2nd VP Travis Anderson had rescinded his interest in the position, and there were no other candidates that had come forward. R. Redmond advised she would contact Chief Chin of Montrose PD to see if he would be interested in joining the board and supporting the association. B. Bratt advised that if no other candidates came forward he would put his name out for 2nd T. Tobias advised he had spoken with Capt. Ozanic briefly on a prior occasion about becoming involved with the association. B. Bratt called Capt. Ozanic and briefly asked if the position was something he would be interested in. Capt. Ozanic advised he would like to know more about the position and the requirements. The board discussed other members that have been actively involved in WCPOA, and CBI Agent in Charge Collin Reece’s name was brought up. L. Maestas volunteered to contact Reece to see if he would be interested in the position. T. Tobias advised he would put the ballot together and asked that the bio’s be sent to him once we heard back from everybody. As far as the rest of the business meeting there are not any new changes to the by-laws that need to be addressed and it is not an audit year for the association.
    • Vendors were brought up, R. Redmond advised that she had contacted a handful of vendors and had not received any response. It was discussed that the association’s conferences are too small to attract vendors. R. Redmond advised she thought that J. Davis may have one vendor lined up, and she would double check with Chief Kolar about the booth with his book on Jon Bennett Ramsey. B. Turner added that Grand Canyon University will also be there. R. Redmond and T. Tobias both advised that since the association is non-profit we should secure give aways and door prizes from these companies opposed to trying to get them to be vendors. It was agreed that the vendor piece did not work for our needs, and we would try and secure give aways from these companies in the future. B. Bratt suggested contacting 1st Tactical, a new company that might be willing to be a vendor since it is just getting its name out. R. Redmond advised she would contact them.
    • The networking/social hour will take place at the Blue Moon, L. Hood did contact them and reserve the upper back area for the association.

     

     

    Upcoming Trainings

    • Training dates were discussed for upcoming one day trainings and the Fall Conference.
    • Municipal Courtroom testimony – R. Redmond stated that the municipal court judge in Montrose had already advised they would help to do a training all we needed was a date. L. Maestas suggested August 1, 2016 since that date had already been looked at for the Courtroom Testimony training that had been canceled. R. Redmond stated she would contact the judge and see if that date worked. It was decided to host the training in Montrose as a central location to areas surrounding it.
    • Firearms training – This will take place in Cortez. S. Nowlin advised the week of May 9th or May 16th would be a good week to host. L. Maestas advised the week of the 16th would give us more time to get the information out. S. Nowlin stated that May 18th or 19th would be best for staffing purposes to send people through. L. Maestas advised she would contact J. Davis and see if his schedule would accommodate either of those dates.
    • Report Writing for Civilian Investigators – S. Skyberg advised she would look at dates for the Workforce Center.
    • De-escalation training – S. Skyberg advised that she believed that J. Davis was now certified in this. It was suggested to have J. Davis pick a date that would work for him and we could arrange the training around that.
    • Fall Conference – L. Maestas brought up the presentation of Dabbing, Doping, Stashing & Legalization – advising the instructor has very limited availability. The board looked at the dates of availability. Based on availability it was agreed to host the conference August 30 & 31. This is earlier than the fall conference is usually held, but was agreed it may draw more participation since it does not intervene with hunting season. R. Redmond advised Chief Kolar had advised he would be willing to do his two hour presentation on the Jon Benet Ramsey Case as well for us. B. Bratt advised he went to a training that the DEA had put on Dangers of Fentanyl, which would be a good course to compliment the other day of training. B. Turner advised he would reach out to the DEA and see if he could get the course information. The location of the conference was discussed, L. Maestas and B. Turner advised hosting the conference in Avon, CO as the Chief in Avon is always great to work with, and welcomes the WCPOA. It is also off season during that time so hotel rates would be reasonable. The board agreed to host the conference in Avon. L. Maestas will contact the Chief and start making arrangements for location & accommodations.

     

     

    Other Business

    • Skyberg advised the board that in regards to the CPPA wanting to co-conference with the WCPOA she had called CPPA President Suzette Freidenberger in January and had not received contact back from her. S. Skyberg stated Paul Frey with CPPA had called and left a voicemail, to which she contacted him back and left a voicemail and has never heard back from him either. It was agreed that since the venue and the instructors have been set, and Avon PD will be the co-host for the conference we would not co-conference with CPPA for the fall conference.
    • Geer Donation – L. Maestas reported to the board that a $500 donation was made to the Derek Geer Memorial Fund.
    • Law Enforcement Memorial – B. Bratt reported that the ceremony for the new statute at the memorial will take place on May 6th, 2016 @ 1000. There will be four current names going up and eight historical names going up. The association has raised $150k of the needed $200k for the project. B. Bratt advised it would be nice to get the information out to the Western Slope as there is usually not a very large presence from the Western Slope. L. Maestas advised the information could be sent out to the membership, and J. Cannon could post the information on the website.   B. Bratt also advised that there are 12x12 paver’s that are being sold for $300, that information could also go out so anyone wanting to support the memorial could purchase one.

     

    Next Meeting

    April 25th @ 0800 – State Liquor Enforcement Office

  • 01/21/2016
    01/21/2016

    Western Colorado Peace Officers – Board Meeting

    January 21, 2016 @ 1000

     

    Attending:

    Susan Skyberg – President
    Rachelle Redmond – 1st Vice President (via phone)
    Brian Turner – By Laws
    Lisa Maestas – Treasurer/Secretary
    Lynn Hood -

    Absent:

    Jeff Davis – 2nd Vice President
    Tyler Tobias – Executive Secretary
    Steve Nowlin – Awards

       
     
     

    Membership Dues

     

    1. Maestas reported the current account balance of the association is $12,020.24, up $1300 from last year. The association had 146 active members in 2015.
    • Maestas reported renewal notices were sent out electronically to all the members on January 5, and all past members (up to 2011). Agency membership letters were sent out on January 8.
    • Kennedy posted the membership announcement on the FB page
    • Cannon updated the website is updated to accept online renewals and agency membership.

     

    Spring Conference April 19th & 20th 2016 – location National Guard Building

     

    The instructors flights come in on April 18th @ 1549, L. Maestas and B. Turner or S. Skyberg will pick up the instructors from the airport. It was discussed to take the instructors to dinner the evening they come in with the board.

     

    1. Maestas will book a hotel downtown for all the instructors. R. Redmond who will also be staying downtown will bring the instructors to and from the conference each day.

     

    Lt. Burkard provided an overview of his presentation for the Admin portion of the training. It deals with table top exercises on dealing with the mentally ill (officer involved shooting, suicide by Cop, department policies etc). Would also like to know if Crisis Intervention Training is mandatory in Colorado. The board agreed this would be fitting and coincide with the first days presentation. R. Redmond will send the statute that requires each judicial district to have a critical incident team. We are still waiting on Sgt. Cicio’s presentation outline, it will be distributed to the board as soon as it is received.

     

    It was discussed whether or not to request seizure board funds – the board unanimously agreed to do so. Will ask J. Davis to submit the proposal to the seizure board.

     

    The SIMS room for the afternoon portion of the training is still not booked, will ask T. Tobias to contact the Guard and see if he can book the room for the afternoon portion. If the room is not available it was suggested to contact CBI to use their SIMS machine.

     

    Glen Sherman Award was discussed, Sy Woodruff’s name was brought up again, he was considered last year, but the board was never able to determine if he had any community involvement. It was discussed to present him with the Lifetime Achievement Award if he did not meet the qualifications for the Glen Sherman Award. Will have S. Nowlin contact Sy to get more information, and let him know the dates of the conference for the presentation of the award.

     

    1. Turner brought up GJPD Officer Martin Donahue for the Glen Sherman award, due to his involvement/professionalism in the shooting he was involved in last year. It was undetermined if Donahue has any community involvement, L. Maestas offered to find out. It was discussed that he should receive a different award if the Glen Sherman award did not fit.

     

    It was suggested to send an email to the membership to offer them the opportunity to nominate someone for the awards.

     

    1. Maestas reported she spoke with Glen Sherman on 01-18-16 and he advised he will not be able to attend the conference again this year due to health reasons. Sherman appreciated the letter he received from S. Skyberg, and advised he will be sending his yearly donation. Sherman would like to set up Facetime like last year so he could be a part of the business meeting. L. Maestas will coordinate with Sherman’s daughter to do this for Sherman.

     

    The Business Meeting was discussed, there is a board position (2nd Vice President) that will be open at the Spring Conference. It was suggested to put the announcement on the website, FB page and an email to the membership to generate interest. B. Turner suggested Chief Trainor from Granby PD as a possible candidate. B. Turner advised he would reach out to Chief Trainor and see if he is interested.

     

    There will be one amendment to the by-laws for the agency membership, B. Turner will draft this and have it ready for the business meeting.

     

    This is not an audit year, so the audit committee will not need to prepare a report.

     

    The board agreed to have breakfast items available as in years past, it was asked if food is allowed throughout the Guard building. Will have T. Tobias ask if food will be allowed, if so S. Skyberg and L. Maestas will meet at the 28 Rd Wal-Mart the morning of the conference and pick up breakfast items.

     

    Vendors – R. Redmond advised she had not yet passed any information along to J. Davis in regards to vendors. R. Redmond has a list of vendors to contact (Cabela’s Neve’s, Shooter’s World and a few local vendors). R. Redmond got dispatched to a call during this conversation and left the meeting. R. Redmond can coordinate with J. Davis on recruiting vendors for the conference.

     

    Networking/Social Hour was decided to keep at Blue Moon – L. Hood will contact Brad to reserve a space for the association.

     

    The board agreed that the conference is ready to open registration on the website. After registration is open on website we will also post on FB page, and send an email out to membership. Free members; $50 non-members

     

     

    Upcoming Trainings

     

    These trainings were briefly discussed, the updates needed on the scheduled trainings are from S. Nowlin, and R. Redmond

    • Social Media – S. Nowlin
    • Courtroom testimony – Judge Flynn is unable to host this training
    • Firearms training – Montezuma in Spring
    • Fall Conference –
    • Report Writing for Civilian Investigators – L. Maestas will contact CMU to see if they have an instructor for report writing that would be suitable.
    • Municipal court Training – R. Redmond
    • PIO Training – L. Hood suggested this training for PIO’s and records personnel. L. Hood suggested Mark Couch as the trainer, and will contact him in regards to instruction for us.
    • De-Escalation Training – S. Skyberg suggested this training, said it was too expensive for her department to bring in, but maybe the association would be able to provide it at a reasonable cost. S. Skyberg advised she can see who the trainer her department was looking at was.
    • Huffing, Dabbing, Doping, Stashing & Legalization – L. Maestas brought up this training, and advised it is a great training, L. Maestas will contact the instructor and see what his costs/availability is. Good for one day training.

     

    We need ideas/location for the upcoming Fall Conference.

     

     

    Other Business

     

    1. Maestas brought up that J. Davis had informed her that the Colorado Peace Protection Association was interested in co-hosting a conference with our association as they will not be putting on a conference this year (2016), due to potential money issues. The board unanimously agreed that they did not think this would benefit our association by allowing CPPA to put their name on our Fall Conference if they were not going to contribute with either an instructor or monetarily. It was discussed that we would be willing to send out conference information out to their members, and we will send their conference information out to our members if they want to help each other in that regard.

     

    1. Turner brought up that a local high school (Palisade HS) vice principal had contacted him in regards to donating to their school for Prom Week where they put together a Live Above the Influence week long presentation. They are looking for a monetary donation. L. Hood advised donating would affect our 501(c)(3) status, as we specifically set up the non-profit for law enforcement training. B. Turner advised he would notify the school we would be unable to donate.

    Next Meeting

    Monday April 4th @ 0830, State Liquor Office

  • 01/10/2016
    01/10/2016

    Western Colorado Peace Officers Association – Board Meeting

    January 10, 2016, CBI Grand Junction CO

     

    Attending:                                                                  Absent:

    Tyler Tobias                                                               Lisa Maestas

    Jeff Davis                                                                    Brian Turner

    Susan Skyburg – Via phone                                     James Cannon

    Collin Reese

    Rachelle Redmond

     

    Visiting:

    Kip Albanese – MVPD

    John Zamora - CBI

    William Baker - GJPD

     

    Membership Dues,

    Follow needed for J. Cannon to open renewal tab on website. All present agreed with March 31st deadline for membership dues deadline.

    1. Maestas will send out email to membership by end of week.
    2. Redmond to include letter from board president with email, completed 1/14.

     

    CIT Training – Finalizing details:

    • Cannon has to get it posted and open on the website.
    • Redmond will coordinate with L. Maestas to make sure flyer is developed then sent to board to deliver to CIIT/Agencies in their areas.
    • Board agreed would like to see it promoted as a team attendance, however will incorporate individuals into working groups.
    • Open discussion about training details included: Selection of random participants, participation and observation guidelines and expectations will be covered by board members at beginning of training (Davis/Reese/Redmond). CBI Evidence Technicians will have the parking lot set up to mirror simulator scene and will be on site to support reality based scenario. Task sheets already exist and C. Reese will have B. Bennett supply them prior to training.
    • Witness will be chosen from the board to act as video taping witnesses we want to video the training anyway. (B. Turner?)
    • Having each agency come with their CIIT policies and protocol may help them identify and sort out hurdles prior to an event.
    • Each board agency was asked to submit any checklists they have in place to give attendees samples to go by, lessons learned have proven helpful for teams to have check lists in place to make sure nothing gets overlooked. J. Davis will be central collection for these lists and will generate digital formats for class. R. Redmond will reach out to surrounding agencies for their checklists to further expand the samples available.
    • 2nd day discussions should include additional resource availability and contact points to get attendees into thinking outside of their own resource pool. Touching on what role individuals play in some of the smaller agencies would be prudent as small agencies may have their CEO as the involved officer, etc., Opening this up to discussion will promote pre-planning prior to an event. Discussing peer-support programs and who in their own regions is able to deliver trauma informed care. Share agency protocol on who and how reports are written and accumulated. J. Davis will see if GJPD Chief Camper and GJPD PIO are available to share their perspectives. R. Redmond will contact MPD Chief Chin for his availability.
    • Redmond to make sure 14th Judicial District and Avon PD are aware of the upcoming training, both expressed interest at fall conference.
    • WCPOA will provide Morning and afternoon snack food, water, sodas; CBI will provide coffee. R. Redmond, S. Skyburg, and L. Maestas will coordinate pick up just prior to training.

     

    Spring Conference:

     

    • Masestas send J. Davis cost details and he will submit Seizure Board Request.
    • Awards;
      • Redmond to follow up with S. Nowlin to see if he has any nominations.
    • Business;
      • Board positions, J. Davis will be resigning from WCPOA Board after the March training. C. Reese will step up to the Presidency position and nominations are needed for both VP positions.
      • No new additional business.
      • Audit, L. Maestas to coordinate with K. Springs to conduct audit.
    • Gathering donations for giveaways requires all board members to reach out; T. Tobias suggested we have in hand our 501 status that will encourage

     

    Future Training:

    • Discussion about future training included planning out as far as possible allowing agencies that set their training early to include WCPOA events.
    • All in agreement to host courtroom testimony as this continues to be well attended. L. Maestas contact Judge to see when his next availability, R. Redmond will coordinate with Defense attorney and DA to get a date set. GJ seems to be a good central location. C. Reese discussed 911 call in T. Harpster training board determined this had been held by WCPOA twice before.

     

    Fall Conference:

    • Board agreed to engage southern region and R. Redmond to coordinate with S. Nowlin to host in Cortez. T. Tobias suggested reaching out to 4 Corners Association to partner this event.

     

    Other Business:

    • Website, J. Cannon was unable to attend meeting email indicted he was working on web transition. R. Redmond will contact him and update board in separate email.

     

    Next Meeting: February 1, 1400 at CBI.

     

  • 12/01/2015
    12/01/2015

    Western Colorado Peace Officers – Board Meeting

    December 1, 2015 @ 1000

    Attending:

    Susan Skyberg – President
    Rachelle Redmond -1st Vice Pres (via Facetime)
    Jeff Davis – 2nd Vice President
    Brian Turner – By-Laws
    Lisa Maestas – Secretary Treasurer
    James Cannon Webmaster

    Absent:

    Tyler Tobias – Secretary
    Cody Kennedy – Nomination Committee
    Steve Nowlin – Awards Committee

     

    Other Business:

    Today’s meeting was called as a Special Meeting to discuss a group rate for agency participation. At the last regular meeting R. Redmond suggested offering a group rate to departments to try and drive more participation. The group agreed that this would be a good idea, and decided to hold a special meeting to break down what a group rate would look like. B. Turner looked through the by-laws and advised that a change would have to be made to incorporate a group rate. Right now the by-laws only incorporate active members and associate members.

    The meeting was opened with B. Turner advising the board that it was written into the by-laws that a new membership is $5 application fee and $15 sign up ($20), renewals are a $5 application fee and $10 sign up ($15 yearly). B. Turner advised the only other cap in the by-laws is the $100 per person registration fee that can be charged for the conferences.

    The board discussed giving a group rate to departments broken down by size, starting at $15 for initial sign up for departments 100+ and increasing in increments of $1 for every step of 25 of 25 employees (i.e. 75-99 initial sign up $16, 50-74 initial sign up $17,under 25 initial sign up $18). It was brought up that for many larger agencies the cost to sign up the entire department may not be beneficial as they would likely not be able to send all those employees to trainings and conferences throughout the year. It was stated that scheduling and rotating positions would make it hard to determine if agencies could commit to sending specific employee’s to trainings throughout the year.

    It was then discussed instead of charging agencies for every sworn employee, to instead offer them a discount for a certain number of registrations. These registrations could be could be filled by which ever employee was available to attend the conferences or trainings throughout the year. It was agreed that this would be a better sell to agencies as the “spots” could be used by sworn or non-sworn people at the agency depending on what type of training was being offered.   It was discussed to offer the agencies an across the board discount rate of $15, which would be a lump sum depending on agency size, the following is the breakdown:

     

    $450 for 30 spots offered to agencies with 100+ employees

    $225 for 15 spots offered to agencies with 50-99 employees

    $105 for 7 spots offered to agencies with less than 49 employees

    It was discussed that once individuals from those spots signed up or attended a training or conference their individual information would be captured, and yearly renewals would be sent to them individually, if their department decided to pay for their renewal the next year it would be included in one of the “spots”.

    It was decided that the annual newsletter the President puts out with renewals would be sent out with this information specifically to department heads.   It was brought up that emphasis on the training that is being offered as well as the cost savings needs to be emphasized. It was also discussed to include in the letter that the training being provided by WCPOA will help to meet the POST training requirements, as well as that WCPOA can bring specific training to individual departments.

    1. Cannon brought up that POST is going to start offering free trainings as well as part of their mandate for training hours. B. Turner suggested that we contact POST and see if we could partner with them in regards to trainings. J. Davis advised Chief Camper and Sgt. Chavez sit on the State board for POST and he would communicate with them about this.
    2. Skyberg will work on the President’s letter to be sent to the department heads with the new agency discount. It was agreed that regular renewals will still be sent to the current membership. B. Turner will draft the information to be presented at the Spring Conference so the by-laws can eventually reflect the change for agency rates.

    The meeting was adjourned at 1130

    Next Meeting:

    January 21, 2016 @ 1000, will be held at the State Liquor Enforcement Office

  • 11/02/2015
    11/02/2015

    Western Colorado Peace Officers – Board Meeting

    November 2, 2015 @ 1015

     

    Attending:

    Rachelle Redmond -1st Vice Pres (via phone)
    Brian Turner – By-Laws
    Lisa Maestas – Secretary Treasurer
    Steve Nowlin – Awards Committee (via phone)

    Absent:

    Susan Skyberg – President
    Jeff Davis – 2nd Vice President
    Tyler Tobias – Secretary
    Cody Kennedy – Nomination Committee
    Cara Pellowski – webmaster

     

    One-Day Trainings

    Firearms October 2015
    This training was cancelled due to lack of registration. L. Maestas suggested scale back on the amount of rounds required for individuals to bring, may help cut the cost for individuals whose department will not supply ammunition for the training. S. Nowlin advised he felt that attendance wasn’t there because fall is a very busy time of year, possibly could see more attendance if training was hosted at a different time of year. The group suggested hosting the training in the spring for 2016. R. Redmond suggested making scholarships available for those who could not afford to purchase their own ammunition, and their departments wouldn’t supply it for them. By creating a scholarship application we as a board can determine if cost is the reason why people aren’t attending this training.

    Spring 2016 Conference:

    1. Turner has confirmed Chief Glen Trainer to instruct for the first day of the conference, he will provided a 6 hour training session. His main topic will be the “Killdozer Rampage”, but he also has two other major incidents to review. L. Maestas has confirmed Sgt. Cicio (St. Lucie County Sheriff, FL) and Lt. Burkard (Kissimmee Police Dept, FL) to do the break-out sessions for line-level and admin level for the second day of the conference. Once their course outlines are received they will be emailed out to the board. L. Maestas will coordinate travel arrangements for the instructors this week.

    It was discussed to have the business meeting at the end of the first day’s training session since the training will not take a full 8 hrs. It was agreed upon by the board to have the meeting at the end of the training session. Lunch will be on the attendee’s own, so no catering will be needed for this conference. A draft of the conference flyer will be sent out to the board to review the schedule.

    It was agreed to have the Networking/Social Hour at Blue Moon again.

    The Glen Sherman Award was discussed, S. Nowlin was asked to start researching anyone that may be fitting to receive this award, and the rest of the board is encouraged to consider any candidates as well. L. Maestas will email S. Nowlin the criteria for the Glen Sherman award. S. Nowlin asked about the Lifetime Achievement Award – this has been discussed at previous board meetings but a decision was never made on revamping the award. The group agreed that this would be a great award to bring back; S. Nowlin will come up with the award parameters. B. Turner suggested that if there were any other awards that we as an association want to present S. Nowlin could set criteria for those as well as chair of the Awards Committee. S. Nowlin advised he will work on these and report back at our January meeting.

    The 2nd Vice President position will need to be filled at the upcoming Spring Conference. It was put out to the board to contact anyone they feel would be a good candidate and interested in the position. It was also suggested to put an announcement on our webpage about the position, as well as on the Facebook Group to generate interest in the position. The newsletter sent out at the beginning of the year can also have the information included.

    It has not been confirmed if the Sims room at the National Guard will be available for the afternoon of the second day of the conference. B. Turner will go to the Guard and inquire about this.

    Vendors – R. Redmond will coordinate with J. Davis on contacting the vendors, R. Redmond has a letter that was sent out last year that she will update to use again for the Spring Conference.   B. Turner offered to contact any vendors that were in the area locally. It was discussed to keep the vendor fee at $100 for a space.

    The conference will be free to members and $50 for non-members.

     

    Other Business:

    1. Maestas reported the Secretary of State needs to be updated; the site was down on today’s date. There is a yearly renewal fee of $25 to update.
      We will need to remove L. Hood from the Awards Committee; he is now officially retired and unavailable to the association. (Although R. Redmond will be getting ahold of him to see if he can provide entertainment for the hospitality during the Spring Conference).
    2. Maestas reported that James Cannon with MCSO has agreed to take over the webmaster position. It was discussed to have the president speak with Cara in person to advise her that the position is being re-assigned, and to get back the folder containing passwords/instructions/information on the website. Once the information is received everything will be changed over to Cannon.

    The yearly newsletter that is sent out to all members in January was discussed. L. Maestas will send the format to S. Skyberg to put the newsletter together. The newsletter typically includes a highlight of all the trainings that were offered in 2015, the renewal notice for 2016, and information on upcoming trainings. Renewals were discussed, R. Redmond suggested offering a group rate to departments to try and drive more participation. The group agreed that this would be a good idea, and decided to hold a special meeting to break down what a group rate would look like (i.e. different rates for different sized departments, limited # of members vs. whole department etc.). B. Turner looked through the by-laws and advised that a change would have to be made to incorporate a group rate. Right now the by-laws only incorporate active members and associate members.

    Facebook page, it was discussed to check with C. Kennedy to see if he was still interested in administering this page, as the Off Duty Carry Class was never announced on the site, and the Fall Conference summary was not posted either. It was agreed upon by the board that the site is a good way to get information out, and that good information is being shared, but the primary purpose for the page needs to be for the Association, and the trainings put on by the association need to be priority. It was agreed upon to also offer members of the page the renewal rate in January when the renewals come out if they would like to become members of WCPOA, as the majority of the people on the page are not current members.

     

    Trainings for next year were discussed; the board would like to include a general schedule in the newsletter so members know what they will be getting with their membership payment.

    *Social media – S. Nowlin advised he would look through past conference information, as he had attended a social media training with a great instructor, he will provide that information to the board to contact the instructor.

    *Spring Conference – Date set April 19th & 20th, 2016

    *Off Duty conceal carry – was discussed to host in spring instead of fall; S. Nowlin would be happy to host the training in Montezuma County again.

    *Courtroom testimony Date set August 1st, 2016

    *Fall Conference- date, topic and location TBD

    *Report writing for civilian investigators – S. Skyberg had brought up this idea at a past meeting, training for civilian employees who don’t go through an academy to learn report writing, but are still required to write reports as a job function (Human Service investigators, civilian officers etc.).

    *Municipal Court Training – R. Redmond will ask their District Court Judge if he would be willing instruct this training, host in Montrose, possibly summer 2016.

     

    The special meeting to discuss the Group Rate will be held on December 1st @ 1000. We will meet at the State Liquor Office; R. Redmond and S. Nowlin will teleconference in.

     

    The meeting was adjourned at 1117

    Next Meeting:

    January 12, 2016 @ 1000, will be held at the State Liquor Enforcement Office

  • 08/11/2015
    08/11/2015

    Western Colorado Peace Officers – Board Meeting

    August 11, 2015 @1500 (Guard Building)

     

    Attending:

    Susan Skyberg – President
    Rachelle Redmond -1st Vice Pres (via phone)
    Jeff Davis – 2nd Vice President
    Brian Turner – By-Laws
    Barry Bratt – LEM
    Lisa Maestas – Secretary Treasurer

    Absent:

    Tyler Tobias – Secretary
    Cody Kennedy – Nomination Committee
    Cara Pellowski – webmaster
    Lynn Hood – Awards Committee

    De-Brief Courtroom Testimony Training:

    1. Maestas reported 54 people registered and 48 were in attendance of those 26 evaluations were turned in. $1016 was collected in registration fees, and the training costs came to $153.02. Overall the evaluations were very positive.
      Judge Flynn set the date for next years training for August 1st in his courtroom. There were a few suggestions for next year – from the evaluation to do a trial on a welfare fraud case. R. Redmond and B. Turner suggested starting with a welfare case and taking it through conclusion of the arrest to involve the civilian and sworn attendees. The DA suggested being able to meet with us prior to the training to outline the afternoon session. L. Maestas suggested no “report writing” section, provide affidavit to registrants ahead of time and have them come prepared to testify.
    2. Skyberg suggested doing a class on report writing skills, she stated her staff could certainly use the instruction. It was suggested for S. Skyberg to plan the training for her staff and the WCPOA could find the instructor to do the training. The training will be opened up to all members as well.

    One-Day Trainings

    Firearms October 2015 –Date TBD
    J. Davis reported he is still waiting to hear back from S. Nowlin on the dates, but the tentative date he proposed is October 27 or 28. Once S. Nowlin confirms with him he will let the board know so we can get the information out to members. Once date is confirmed a group rate will be established at a hotel in Cortez. The class will be free to members and $50 to non-members, all attending will need to bring their own ammunition. The training will be limited to 40 students.

    Fall Conference Mexican Drug Cartel:

    September 29-30, 2015.

    The lodging is set for the conference. R. Redmond reported she will reserve the town council chambers for Sept 28-30, to allow the instructor time to set up the day before the conference starts. R. Redmond reported the Town Council chambers can hold up to 100 people. Food is allowed in the town council chambers, it was agreed upon by the board to have breakfast items available since none of the lodging provide a complimentary breakfast. Snack items for the afternoon session will be provided as well.
    L. Maestas advised the registration still needed to be open on the website, J. Davis advised he would contact C. Pellowski and remind her that the registration portion was still needed to be opened.
    L. Maestas reported the following instructor requests:
    -4 dozen roses (for shrine)
    -projector for computer and speakers
    -highest possible internet connection for video presentations
    -four easels for large posters
    R. Redmond advised all (except for the roses) will be able to be provided at town council, she will notify the board if any more easels need to be brought. R. Redmond asked for help from the board to contact vendors for door prizes for the conference. The board volunteered C. Kennedy to re-contact some of his contacts to check for door prizes. It was discussed that due to timing if door prizes couldn’t be secured we would not have any for the conference which was okay with the board.
    The cost will be free to members and $50 to non-members.

    Spring 2016 Conference:

    It was decided by the board to not host the 2016 conference at the Rocky Mountain Gun Club due to their lack of organization and unwillingness to provide a projected cost for the conference.

    Further discussion was had on what the spring conference should consist of. The board agreed to wanting a two day conference, with the first day for admin and line level employees, and the second day a break out day – one break out for admin and one break out for line level employees.   The first day it was discussed to cover vicarious liability and negligent retention. J. Davis stated he would speak to Chief Camper about potential instructors for the session. The second day it was suggested to do a class over incident command/major incident. B. Turner stated he could contact FEMA to see if they have an instructor that could come and speak, and R. Redmond advised she could look into the Southwest Incident Management Team as well.

     

    1. Bratt advised that the Guard building was free for use and a tour was given. The facility is very nice, and has the capacity to hold a large number of people, with multiple classrooms for break-out sessions. It was decided by the board to host the 2016 Spring Conference at the Guard building. The board discussed the dates of April 19 & 20, and B. Bratt advised he would check to see if the classrooms were available on those dates.

     

    The board discussed having vendors at the spring conference. B. Bratt stated he would look into where the vendors could set up (suggested hallway between classrooms). R. Redmond stated she would contact Galls, Neves, Cabelas’s to see if they wanted to attend. J. Davis stated he would contact Adamsons to see if they wanted to attend.

     

    The board agreed to keep the conference free to members and $50 for non-members.

    Other Business:

    Tax-Exempt Status, L. Maestas reported that the paperwork was re-completed on today’s date and sent to the State.

    The meeting was adjourned at 1600

    Next Meeting:

    Board will communicate by email prior to the Fall Conference, date for next meeting will be determined at Fall Conference for the first week of October.

  • 05/15/2015
    05/15/2015

    Western Colorado Peace Officers – Board Meeting

    May 15, 2015 @1330 (DOR Liquor Enforcement)

     

    Attending: Absent:
    Susan Skyberg, President

    Rachelle Redmond, 1st Vice President

    Jeff Davis, 2nd Vice President

    Brian Turner, By-Laws

    Lisa Maestas, Sec/Treas

    Cara Pellowski, webmaster

    Lynn Hood, Awards committee

     Tyler Tobias, Executive Secretary

    Cody Kennedy, Nomination Committee

     

     

    2015 Spring Conference:

    Account balance after conference costs were miscalculated. L. Maestas used the account balance after the seizure boards $6500 check was deposited ($17,957.30). Account balance before $6500 check was deposited should have been used ($11,556.01). Correct account balance after conference costs is $12,501.74 not $18,903.03.

     

    One-Day Trainings:

    Courtroom Testimony training date August 10, 2015
    - Information is ready to be put on website and open training registration.
    - Once information is on website a blast will be sent out to membership, as well as a posting on the associations Facebook group will be posted.

    Firearms October 2015
    -
    R. Redmond will contact Steve Nowlin to set date and venue
    -J. Davis will be lead instructor; S. Nowlin will provide a firearms instructor to co-deliver the training
    - Once date and venue is set registration can be posted to website/information sent to FB group/member list

    Social Media 101 (NW3C)
    -
    Due to lack of response from NW3C this training will be postponed until next year
    -L. Maestas will contact C. Kennedy to see if he still has contact for social meeting instructor he attended and discussed at previous meetings.

    Knife training TBD:
    -Still pending

    Fall Conference:

    September 29-30, 2015.

    Mexican Drug Cartel Two day training will be conference instruction
    Conference will be hosted in Mt. Village. R. Redmond will contact lodging and secure venue/room rate.
    R. Redmond will look into door prizes for conference – all door prizes secured for last Fall/Spring conference have been used up. It was decided that no vendors are necessary for the Fall Conference as it does not yield as many attendee’s as the Spring Conference. L. Hood volunteered to organize the hospitality room for the conference.

    Other Business:

    Tax-Exempt Status – L. Maestas reported paperwork was sent in for tax-exempt status, this process takes approximately six months.

     

    Updates to the website were viewed. It was agreed upon that the Legislative Committee will be removed from the website, and that since the association is now a non-profit organization this position does not need to be filled. It was offered by B. Turner and L. Maestas to have legislative updates provided by the division director.

     

    1. Turner will forward C. Pellowski photographs from the Spring Conference so she can update the website with the spring conference information. By-law information has been forwarded and will be updated by C. Pellowski.

     

    The monthly fee for the website has been switched from prior webmaster Connie Hatch’s personal credit card to the association’s credit card. This will take $19.95 out of the associations account each month for the website.

     

    The WCPOA Facebook group was brought up for the board to review. Everyone approved of the page and thinks it will be a great way to get information about the association out.

     

    Discussion was revisited for awards to be given outside of the Glen Sherman award. It was discussed to give out a Challenge Coin Award Recognition to recognize officer’s actions that are worthy of recognition but might not meet the Glen Sherman requirements

     

    Spring 2016 Conference: Rocky Mountain Gun Club in Grand Junction for venue. J. Davis advised we can use the facility for $25 a day. This venue would provide a banquet room, shooting events for both guns and bows, firearms simulator on premises for demonstrations or use. The board discussed different ideas on fun shoots to hold during the conference. It was agreed upon to meet at the venue for the next meeting to take a tour and discuss conference instruction ideas.

    Next Meeting:

    June 25, 2015 @ 1500 at the Rocky Mountain Gun Club (545 31 Road, Grand Junction). A tour will be taken of the venue and spring conference will be discussed.

    The meeting was adjourned at 1445

  • 04/17/2015
    04/17/2015

    Western Colorado Peace Officers – Board Meeting

    April 17, 2015 @1330 (DOR Liquor Enforcement)

     

    Attending: Absent:
    Susan Skyberg, President

    Rachelle Redmond, 1st Vice President

    Jeff Davis, 2nd Vice President

    Brian Turner, By-Laws

    Tyler Tobias, Executive Secretary

    Cody Kennedy, Nomination Committee

    Connie Hatch, Web Master/History

    Lisa Maestas, Sec/Treas

     

     

    2015 Spring Conference:

    Review of conference attendance and cost were discussed, thanks to the seizure board, Glen Sherman’s donation, and renewal fees collected the association came out $420 ahead after the conference.  Evaluations were great! They were certainly favorable for both sessions. There were a couple of good submissions for future trainings; Sheriff Nowlin submitted a training outline one of his deputies provides “Mexican Drug Cartels Criminal Interdiction Course”. Thank you’s will be sent out to include seizure board, Glen Sherman, and Neves. (Susan will write)

    Vendor list will be produced for next conference. (Rachelle will make this list).

     

    One-Day Trainings:

    Courtroom Testimony training date August 10, 2015, Susan asked if it would be open to other DHS outside of the area, the board agreed this is valuable to any/all individuals working within the judicial systems and promotes membership. Role players are all confirmed. Cody suggested surrounding academies are contacted to support their courtroom portions of training. Jeff will contact to the Grand Junction and Glenwood Springs academies, Rachelle will contact Delta and Mancos academies.

    Firearms October 2015, Steve Nowlin will provide a firearms instructor (Cortez or Montezuma County) to co-deliver the training.

    Social Media 101 (NW3C) TBD: Rachelle asked to provide additional information to NW3C for specific training room, parking needs etc. Jeff provided dates that would be open for GJPD to host. Final scheduling will be determined once NW3C approves. Rachelle will bring update to next meeting.

    Knife training TBD: Cody has not gotten approval from GJPD administration to deliver training off-site. While it is a POST academy course Jeff suggested getting approval for both the knife and firearms training off-site at the same time. This will be brought back to the board once approval and dates can be set.

    Fall Conference:

    Set for September 29-30, 2015. Aspen PD expressed desire to host, to date no follow-up confirmation received. Board discussed without confirmation from Aspen alternative location should be considered. Breckenridge was offered as a possible alternative.

    Training topics included: Brian suggested Boston Bombing debrief, Jeff proposed Aurora Police Chief theatre shooting debrief. Only concerns is that the aurora theatre trial happening and the debrief was limited to LE only, Tyler reminded the board we should outline the audience for any/all instructors we bring in and they can make adjustments to their presentation if needed.   Both topics will be brought back to board with more information.

    Board agreed to inquire with MCSO to see of the Mexican Drug Cartel training would be available for the fall conference. Rachelle will contact Sheriff Nowlin and trainer.

    Tyler proposed human trafficking training, he will bring this back to the board.

    Jeff and Tyler initiated discussion about advertising WCPOA training through other entities like Calibre Press and HIDTA both offer broader reaches for attendance.

    Other Business:

    Board approval was granted for the Police Memorial Fund donation of Seven hundred dollars ($700.00)

    Brian will make changes to the by-laws voted on during the conference.

     

    Law Enforcement Memorial will remain Maj. Berry Bratt with Evan Curtis and Lonnie Chavez as co-chairs.

     

    Tyler and Cody will be the nominating committee.

     

    Awards Chair will be Steve Nowlin with Lynn Hood as co-chair. Tyler prompted discussion for awards to include some in addition to the Sherman award, past award committees have identified other additional awards that would be great to revive.   Incidents like the recent Meeker one were brought up to recognize officer’s actions

     

    Susan will be added to the bank account when she and Lisa can coordinate.

     

    Discussion prompted by Cody to move toward using Facebook as an effective tool to reach additional members and increase WCPOA outreach. Board agreed this is needed to stay in line with current social media trends and reach broader membership.   Cody volunteered Lisa to work with him on developing, suggested to include New Web Master.

     

    Discussion about filling the legislative seat was introduced by Tyler, recognizing the position has not been filled since Mark Trostel. Jeff mentioned Suzette Friedenberger who is the CPPA President already provides this to CPPA and WCPOA could recruit her to do same for us tracking legislative updates.

     

    Spring 2016 Conference: Jeff suggested the Rocky Mountain Gun Club in Grand Junction would officer a great venue for the next spring conference. It would provide banquet room, shooting events for both guns and bows, they also have firearms simulator on premises for demonstrations or use.

    Mountain Village Police Mounted Patrol Officer Holland provides law enforcement “Empty Saddle” memorial tribute for LE events.

    Next Meeting:

    May 13, 2015 Tuesday @ 0900 at the State Liquor Enforcement Office (632 Market Street, Suite G3).

    The meeting was adjourned at 1500

  • 03/23/2015
    03/23/2015

    Western Colorado Peace Officers – Board Meeting

    March 23, 2015 1000

     

    Attending:

    Susan Skyberg – 1st Vice President
    Rachelle Redmond – 2nd Vice President
    Brian Turner – By-Laws
    Tyler Tobias – Executive Secretary
    Lisa Maestas – Secretary/Treasurer
    Lynn Hood – Awards Committee
    Jeff Davis – Board Candidate

    Absent:

    Cody Kennedy – President
    Connie Hatch - Webmaster

       
     
     

    Membership Dues

    1. Maestas reported 50 renewals to date

     

    Spring Conference April 13 & 14 2015 – location Mesa County Workforce Center

     

    To date – 24 people registered – T. Tobias advised he would send the conference information out to the troops in our district as well as surrounding. J. Davis advised he would sent the conference information out to the list of training coordinators he has.  R. Redmond advised that Montrose County will be sending a few people.

     

    Airport pick up for Dr. Adams is 1500 on April 12th, C. Kennedy and L. Maestas will pick her up. Hotel is Spring Hill Suites on Main Street.

    - Board dinner with Dr. Adams on Sunday evening – board decided on 1800 downtown, will let Dr. Adams decide where, we will let board know that afternoon.

    -B. Turner will pick up Dr. Adams for conference each morning.

    -Will be taking Dr. Adams on a hike to Hiking Hanging Lake (Glenwood) on Wednesday, B. Turner, L. Maestas and possibly T. Tobias will be attending.

     

    Seizure board request was approved ($6500) – should receive funds anyday. Breakdown of proposed costs:

    • Adams cost is $5500 for a day and a half presentation,
    • Adams flight was $695.40 (had to rebook)
    • Adams hotel will be approximately $270
    • Catering for the business meeting/lunch is approximately $650
    • Breakfast items will be approximately $150.
    • Approximate total $7265

     

    Glen Sherman Award – L. Maestas spoke with Glen last week, he wants to make the conference, but will be seeing the dr this week to determine if he would be okay to travel. Glen will let L. Maestas know this week.. Glen is considering giving the association another donation.

     

    1. Hood update on Rio Blanco Sheriff Si Woodruff as award recipient.

    - L. Hood advised that he spoke with Ron Hilkey about a month ago, but has not heard anything further. L. Hood advised that Woodruff had a life long career in law enforcement, but it is unknown what his community involvement was – if any. The board agreed that Woodruff did not qualify for the Glen Sherman Lifetime Achievement Award.

    -L. Hood brought up Todd Martin (CSP) as a possible award recipient, he has had a lifelong career in law enforcement (Montezuma County/State Patrol). T. Tobias will inquire on community involvement. R. Redmond will inquire with Montezuma Sheriff Steve Nowlin about his career and community involvement.

     

    Breakfast items – L. Maestas and S. Skyberg will meet at 1830, Patterson Safeway to get breakfast items the day of conference.

     

    Lunch – S. Skyberg advised that Qdoba will cater for $9.95 a person. At this time it is unknown an exact head count, S. Skyberg will contact Qdoba to see how much notice they need to place an order.

     

    Vendors- R. Redmond has secured Neve’s for the conference. R. Redmond advised she contacted Cabela’s – they can’t staff a table but would like to be kept in mind for the next conference; Jerry’s was not polite when asked to have a table; Blue Star she has not heard back from, will re-contact; Turtle Tracks, will follow up with; Coaches Mother (Katie Johnson) would like to set up a table but will not be able to staff. R. Redmond will report back on any other confirmations. R. Redmond suggested setting up a table for the academy directors to be able to promote the academies to different departments. J. Davis advised the director of the Delta Academy should be contacted to see if he could bring his TI machine for students to use in between sessions/on breaks.

     

    Business Meeting

     

    Election
    - Jeff Davis – is running, will prepare bio for business meeting.

    • Maestas will prepare the ballots to bring to the business meeting.

     

    By-laws- Designation of funds to another non-profit

    • At the business meeting B. Turner will present to the floor to accept the addition into the by-laws if for any reason WCPOA ceases to exit, all remaining funds and any money associated with the association will be given to the Law Enforcement Memorial.

     

    Audit – This is an audit year, L. Maestas will coordinate with Karen Springer (DOR Tax) and L. Hood to get the audit completed.

    Bank account – C. Kennedy will need to make a motion prior to turning over the reigns to put S. Skyberg on the association bank account.

     

    Networking/Social Hour –networking/social hour will be held at Blue Moon, confirmed.

    1. Turner asked if anyone could do a media push, J. Davis will give conference information to GJPD PIO to put out to the media for coverage.

     

    Board will meet at 0730 on the first day of the conference to get room set up.

     

     

    Upcoming Trainings

    One Day Training – Social Media

     

    Update - R. Redmond has not heard back from National White Collar Crime Center

    Social Media 101 (30 students) as of today’s date.

    Will host at GJPD; R. Redmond will coordinate with J. Davis once dates are proposed/set

     

    • Courtroom testimony – will be hosted in Grand Junction in August 10 (per Judge Flynn’s calendar)
    • DA and Defense – L. Hood confirmed Roberta N. will be able to instruct on behalf of the defense. B. Turner will contact Trish Mahre with the Mesa County DA to arrange to prosecutors for the training.
    • Venue – L. Maestas will contact City Hall to see if the auditorium is available.
    • Cost (non-members) $50 non-members – free to members
    • Post on website – check with C. Hatch to get this on the website
    • Firearms training – would like to host in Cortez in October
      • No date set yet
      • Davis advised he would be willing to help instruct this class again, brought up the liability issues, will check with command staff to see if he gets approved to teach
      • Davis advised if a host agency could have instructors there he could co-instruct
      • Redmond advised she will reach out to Montezuma Sheriff Steve Nowlin to see if he could check on the range, and if there were instructors that would be willing to be primary.
      • Maestas advised she would contact Cortez PD as well.
    • Fall Conference – will be hosted during the last week of Sept/ first week of Oct (Sept 28 thru Oct 1st are open). Other conferences being held in that timeframe:

    -RMWLE held Sept 23-25 (Blackhawk)

    -CPPA held Sept 25 - 27 (Mt Crested Butte)

    -Aspen PD stated they would be willing to host, L. Maestas has not heard back from them on second request for definite confirmation on hosting, will follow-up.

    -Instructor / training topic - TBD

    -Venue – L. Maestas will check with Limelight and Inn at Aspen for rates of rooms and conference rooms.

    • Knife Training – TBD – C. Kennedy offered this as a new training for the association.
      • This training was tabled as C. Kennedy was not present to discuss

     

     

    Other Business

    • Webmaster – No leads on someone to take this position. L. Maestas will send out email to entire membership to see if there is interest.

     

    The Committee Members were reviewed, updates were discussed. The committee members are as follows:

    • Audit
      • Agent Karen Springer – Tax - will remain
    • Law Enforcement Memorial
      • Major Barry Bratt – CSP – will remain
    • Legislative – no update
      • Vacant
    • Nominating
      • Tyler Tobias – CSP –T. Tobias would like to remain in this position.
      • It was discussed to ask C. Kennedy if he would also like to be on this committee to remain involved with the association after the spring conference.
    • Awards/PR
      • Lynn Hood – Retired DOR –L. Hood would like to remain in this position, board agreed to ask Montezuma Sheriff if he would like to co-chair this committee.
    • By Laws
      • Brian Turner – DOR/Liquor – will remain
    • Web Master / History
      • Open seat

    *Hospitality needs to be removed from the website – no longer a committee

    1. Tobias brought a consideration for next spring that seized funds may be dwindling with the decision of the AUSA on seizure funds.
    2. Tobias brought up RMIN as a possible funding source if seized funds does become a non-option.

     

    Next Meeting

    April 16th @ 1000 – State Liquor Enforcement; debrief conference and discuss upcoming trainings.

    Meeting was adjourned at 1105

  • 01/06/2015
    01/06/2015

    Western Colorado Peace Officers – Board Meeting

    January 6, 2015 1000

     

    Attending: Absent:
    Susan Skyberg 1st Vice President

    Rachelle Redmond, 2nd Vice President

    Lisa Maestas, Sec/Treas

    Brian Turner, By-Laws

    Cody Kennedy President

    Tyler Tobias, Executive Secretary

    Connie Hatch, Web Master/History

     

    Jeff Davis – board candidate

    One Day Training – Social Media

     

    1. Redmond advised that she has been in contact with the National White Collar Crime Center, and was advised that they are not available until June or July to train. The NWCCC will pay to send instructors and equipment to our location, so there would be no cost to the association to host the training. They host a Social Media 101 – What Law Enforcement Needs to Know one day training. This training is limited to 30 students, with 5 spots going to the host agency. R. Redmond advised it would probably be best to hold the training in Grand Junction, as it is an easier travel destination than Telluride. It was agreed by all to host this training, R. Redmond will contact NWCCC to schedule a date. S. Skyberg suggested asking if they could host the same training two days back to back to increase the number of people that could attend the training. R. Redmond will contact them and let the board know more information as she receives it. J. Davis advised that the training could be hosted at the GJPD Training Room.

     

     

    Membership Dues

    1. Maestas reported that the current account balance of the association is $10,697.70. The association had 135 active members in 2014, and 199 members total. L. Maestas will be sending out the renewal notices by the end of the week electronically to all the members. Per the by-laws we will be keeping dues at $15 renewal / $20 new membership. The website is updated to accept online renewals.

     

    1. Kennedy provided a newsletter to be included with the renewal notice. The letter was reviewed by the board, and the only additions to the newsletter will be the upcoming trainings for 2015.

     

    Spring Conference April 13 & 14 2015 – location Mesa County Workforce Center

     

    1. Maestas reported that the instructors for Below 100 have confirmed, and well as Dr. Sue Adams. Dr. Adams flight was booked on 01-05-15. L.Maestas and C. Kennedy will pick up Dr. Adams from the airport. L. Maestas will book a room for Dr. Adams on Horizon Drive.

     

    The seizure board request was discussed. Dr. Adams cost is $5500 for a day and a half presentation, her flight was $663.20, hotel will be approximately $180, catering for the business meeting/lunch is approximately $650, breakfast items will be approximately $150. The board decided to request $6500 from the seizure board to help cover the cost of the conference. C. Kennedy will be in charge of putting forth the request.

     

    Glen Sherman Award – L. Hood suggested Rio Blanco Sheriff Si Woodruff. Woodruff has been in law enforcement for over 20 years. L. Hood will write up a bio on Woodruff for the board to see if he meets all the qualifications of the award. It was asked if any of the board members could think of anyone else that would qualify for the award.

     

    Breakfast items – will be served on both mornings, L. Maestas and S. Skyberg will pick up those items the morning of the conference.

     

    Vendors- R. Redmond advised she has tentatively spoken with a few vendors, and will send them formal requests. We will set aside time on the first day of the conference for vendor promotion (0800-0900) and during the lunch hour on both dates. The vendors will have their own room adjoining the conference room. It was agreed upon by the board to set the vendor space fee at $100.

     

    Networking/Social Hour – it was decided that the networking/social hour will be held at Blue Moon again.

     

    The board decided the registration fee for the conference will be $25 for non-members, and free for members. It was agreed to lower the cost for non-members since there will not be seizure board money to help cover registration fees.

     

    Upcoming Trainings

    • Social Media – will be hosted in Grand Junction in June or July - TBA
    • Courtroom testimony – will be hosted in Grand Junction in August. L. Maestas will contact Judge Flynn to see what his availability is to help with the training.
    • Firearms training – will be hosted in Cortez in October – J. Davis advised he would be willing to teach this class again.
    • Fall Conference – will be hosted during the last week of Sept/ first week of Oct (hunting calendar will be checked to determine date). It was discussed to host the conference in Aspen since they have requested to host a training in their town. L. Maestas will contact Aspen PD to discuss hosting the fall conference there.
    • Knife Training – TBD – C. Kennedy offered this as a new training for the association.

     

    All these trainings will be announced in C. Kennedy’s newsletter, tentatively to give members a preview of what their dues will get them.

     

    Other Business

    • IRS 501c(3) status –
      • Approved
      • Need to make an amendment to the by-laws: Provide that an organization’s assets must be dedicated to an exempt purpose within IRC 501(c)(3), either by an express provision in its governing instrument or by operation of law.

    It was discussed by the board which organization to name for the change in by-laws, it was decided that the Law Enforcement Memorial will be named. B. Turner will write up the amendment to the by-laws and will present at the spring conference.

    Webmaster – C. Hatch has advised that she will keep the website up through the next conference, but after that would like to step down as the webmaster. R. Redmond advised that she has a new officer that is of the younger generation (23 years old) and she would ask her if she would be interested in taking over this position. It was also discussed to present the opportunity to the membership at the spring conference.

     

    The Committee Members were reviewed, as some the members that are listed on the web are outdated. The committee members are as follows:

    • Audit
      • Agent Karen Springer – Tax - will remain
    • Law Enforcement Memorial
      • Major Barry Bratt – CSP – will remain
    • Legislative – no update
      • Vacant
    • Nominating
      • Tyler Tobias – CSP – ask T. Tobias if he would still like to remain in this position. It was discussed to ask Montezuma County Sheriff Steve Nowlin if he would be interested in this position, along with C. Kennedy to remain involved with the association after the spring conference, and Jeff Davis if he is not nominated to the board to become active with the association.
    • Awards/PR
      • Lynn Hood – Retired DOR – ask L. Hood if he would like to remain in this position
    • By Laws
      • Brian Turner – DOR/Liquor – will remain
    • Web Master / History
      • Connie Hatch – Retired DOR Auto Industry – stepping down, looking for replacement
    • Hospitality – decided to eliminate this committee as there has been no utilization of it for several years
      • Inv Brian Dyet

    Next Meeting

    March 23rd, 2015 @1000am at the State Liquor Enforcement Office

  • 08/10/2017
    08/10/2017

    Western Colorado Peace Officers Association – Board Meeting

    August 10, 2017, 1145 - Downtown GJ

     

    Attending:                                                                  Absent:

    Rachelle Redmond – President                               Collin Reese – 1st VP

    Lisa Maestas – Secretary/Treasurer                       Glen Trainor – 2nd VP

    Brian Turner – By-laws                                            Tyler Tobias – Executive Secretary

    Susan Skyberg – Immediate Past President          James Cannon – Web master

    Steve Nowlin - Awards

    Review:

    • Seizure board – Received the reimbursement of the conference
    • Challenge Coins as thank you to board – will ask T. Tobias if he can attend with Captain Ozanic to present coins.

     

     

    Fall Conference:

    • Force Encounters Analysis
    • Venue – Sheriff’s Office Training Room - Cortez, Colorado
    • Hotel – Rooms were blocked until Sept 1, 2017
    • Date of September 27th - 28th
    • Only 32 class limit – after charge of $250 per student (15 registered to date)
    • Instructors asked if assoc could cover hotel room – board agreed yes

     

    Spring Conference

    • Statement Analysis –Lt. Tracy Harpster (911 Call Analysis) and Dr. Sue Adams (Statement Analysis) do their combined class – B. Turner has reached out with dates – April 18th & 19th
    • Location – see if CBI training room is available (C. Reese)

     

    Other Training Suggestions:

    • LPO –B. Turner heard back, WCPOA will partner with LPO the week of March 19, 2018. Training will be held at CBI. WCPOA will provide breakfast & snacks
    • Can’t Stop What you Don’t Know
      • Instructor asking for location – Discussed Donovan Pavilion in Vail, L. Maestas will contact Town and check availability.

     

    Other Business:

    • New Website – J. Cannon, R. Redmond and L. Maestas are to be trained on updating the site
      • On the current site Cody Kennedy needs to be removed, add the Glen Trainor’s title on the executive board page, Lynn Hood needs to be removed

     

    Next Meeting:   

    September 21st @ 1000 – State Liquor Enforcement Office

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  • 10/21/2014
    10/21/2014

    Western Colorado Peace Officers – Board Meeting

    October 21, 2014 1030

     

    Attending: Absent:
    Cody Kennedy President - via phone

    Susan Skyberg 1st Vice President

    Rachelle Redmond, 2nd Vice President

    Lisa Maestas, Sec/Treas

    Brian Turner, By-Laws

     Shawn Bornschein, Immediate Past President

    Tyler Tobias, Executive Secretary

     

    Connie Hatch, Web Master/History

     

    One-Day Trainings:

    The off-duty carry conceal firearms training has 9 people registered to date, the information was widely broadcasted, but the registration rate remained low. The board will provide water and breakfast items for the off-duty carry class, otherwise the instructor.

    It was agreed upon by the board that the February one –day training should be focused around social media/open source investigations. L. Maestas again suggested Tracy Torres, an instructor with NLLEA who teaches a course on social media/open source investigations. C. Kennedy advised he has not heard back from Michelle in regards to teaching for us. It was agreed to reach out to Torres to see if she would be available to teach. L. Maestas advised she would contact her on today’s date. It was suggested of finding an instructor from CBI as a back-up. B. Turner advised he would contact CBI and find out who they use to teach these types of courses.

    It was still suggested to hold the class for two days to allow people from the same agency to attend without there being a coverage shortage for smaller agencies.

    The dates of the February One Training if available by speakers are the week of February 23-27.

    Spring Conference:

    1. Kennedy advised he has not heard back from Reid in regards to a class, or Michelle in regards to the social media class.
    2. Turner again suggested Dr. Sue Adams, who was considered for last year’s spring conference. B. Turner advised Adams rate is $4000 and he would speak with her to see if she could cut us a break. The board agreed have B. Turner contact Adams and get her booked. The dates that were proposed are April 13 & 14th.

    It was discussed to have the business meeting during the first day of the conference like the 2013 Spring Conference, and cater in lunch. S. Skyberg will contact Qdoba and see what they will do for pricing for lunch.

    1. Kennedy will ask the seizure board for funds to cover the conference, a letter will be drafted and submitted after the first of the year.
    2. Redmond will contact vendors for the spring conference. It was discussed to offer a price dependent on attendance at the conference.

    It was discussed who are potential candidates for the next 2nd Vice President. L. Maestas offered GJPD Cpl. Jeff Davis as a possible candidate and Steve Nowlin (potential next Montezuma County Sheriff). The board agreed Cpl. Davis would be a good candidate if he is interested in the position. R. Redmond suggested getting Nowlin involved in a committee for the association during his first year as Sheriff and then asking if he would be interested in the next term for 2nd VP. L. Maestas and C. Kennedy advised they would speak with Cpl Davis in regards to this to see if he is interested.

    Other Business:

    No other business at this time.

    Next Meeting:

    January 6, 2015 @ 1000 at the State Liquor Enforcement office.

    Agenda for meeting will include details/finalization for February Training, further planning for Spring Conference, membership renewals.

    The meeting was adjourned at 1135

  • 09/02/2014
    09/02/2014

    Western Colorado Peace Officers – Board Meeting

    September 2, 2014 1030

     

    Attending: Absent:
    Cody Kennedy President

    Susan Skyberg 1st Vice President

    Rachelle Redmond, 2nd Vice President

    Lisa Maestas, Sec/Treas

    Brian Turner, By-Laws

    Connie Hatch, Web Master/History

    Shawn Bornschein, Immediate Past President

     

    Tyler Tobias, Executive Secretary

     

    Fall Conference:

    The total registrations for the conference are 15 at this time, with hopes of approximately 20-25 for actual attendance. L. Maestas has contacted the Hayden, Oak Creek and Kremmling Police Departments to try and strike up attendance. B. Turner advised he will contact Granby PD, and R. Redmond stated she will contact the undersheriff at Routt County to check on possible attendees.

    1. Redmond reported that she has confirmed donations from Telski and Galls for the conference. C. Kennedy advised that he has also secured donations for the conference, but has to contact vendors closer to time to receive the donations (Blue Star / Adamson Police Supply).

    Social Hour/Networking will take place in a board members suite, due to usual low attendance it was agreed that the association would not spend the money to rent a room and cater. The board will purchase snacks/drinks for the social hour/networking. The conference attendants can find dinner on their own and return to the social hour if they please.

    One-Day Trainings:

    The off-duty carry conceal firearms training has already had three people sign up for the 20 limit person class. The class will be promoted at the Fall Conference, the board believes this class will fill up quickly.

    It was agreed upon by the board that the Winter one –day training should be focused around social media/open source investigations. L. Maestas suggested Tracy Torres, an instructor with NLLEA who teaches a course on social media/open source investigations. C. Kennedy suggested Michelle (unknown last) out of AZ, who also teaches these trainings.

    1. Tobias suggested holding two classes that way departments could send more staff and not worry about shift coverage.

    Location for the training was discussed at either City Hall (30 computers), or CMU (L. Maestas will contact J. Reece at the college to check on classroom size/availability).

    The dates of the Winter Training if available by speakers are the week of February 23-27.

    Spring Conference:

    Discussion into the planning of the Spring Conference was the bulk of the meeting. It was suggested to host the conference in April, the week of the 13th, 20th or 27th, depending on the availability of the speakers.

    1. Kennedy suggested having Reid come in and do a three day course for the conference. C. Kennedy advised he would contact Reid and check the price and availability.
    2. Turner suggested Dr. Sue Adams, who was considered for last year’s spring conference. B. Turner advised Adams rate is $4000 and she will not budge on that. The board agreed to check with Reid first to see what their cost/availability was, and leave Adams as a back-up choice.

    It was discussed that once a speaker and cost was established that we would again approach the seizure board to help cover the cost of the conference.

    Location for the Spring conference was narrowed to the following choices:

    1st choice – Workforce Center

    2nd choice – GJPD

    3rd choice – City Hall

    1. Skyberg advised she would check with the workforce center on availability for the dates we are looking at. C. Kennedy would check for the PD.

    It was discussed to invite vendors to attend the spring conference, as they have been very willing to donate to our association. It was discussed to charge $200-$250 for booth space. As part of having vendors we would include in the schedule time for the vendors to speak about their products, and allow vendor time for attendees to speak with them.

    1. Redmond and C. Kennedy will contact vendors in regards to a booth at the Spring Conference.

    Other Business:

    No other business at this time.

    Next Meeting:

    September 29, 2014 @ 1030 at the State Liquor Enforcement office.

    Agenda for meeting will include details/finalization for Fall Conference, further planning for Spring Conference and update on October one day training.

    The meeting was adjourned at 1105

  • 06/11/2014
    06/11/2014

    Western Colorado Peace Officers – Board Meeting

    July 11, 2014 1000

     

    Attending:                                                                Absent:

    Cody Kennedy President                                      Connie Hatch, Web Master/History

    Susan Skyberg 1st Vice President                           Tyler Tobias, Executive Secretary

    Lynn Hood, Awards                                              Shawn Bornschein, Immediate Past Pres

    Rachelle Redmond, 2nd Vice President                   Lisa Maestas, Sec/Treas

    Brian Turner, By-Laws

    Karen Springer, Chair Audit Committee

     

    One Day Trainings:

    Courtroom Testimony training date July 29, 2014, to date 30 registrants are signed up and more are expected from Palisade and Fruita. Mountain Village and Department of Revenue are looking to send 2 each. There will be 2 prosecuting attorneys in the morning as well as 2 in the afternoon. This training should be well attended.

    Discussion on the training scenario, the board agreed the training video that was used previously provided a great platform with lots of avenues for Judges, Attorneys and attendees and would be used again. B. Turner will get the video (Daniel Vigil, defendant) from the District Attorney so the participating Judges and Attorneys can review in advance of the training.

    A recommendation from the last court room training was how beneficial it was to have working groups among the attendees, supporting a mixed level of experience allowing each member to gain as much from the training as possible.

    With the venue only allowing water in the auditorium, the board agreed to have light breakfast items to include coffee in the lobby area for attendees during breaks. The website will have to be updated to show light breakfast. The board agreed this training will provide exposure and provide future opportunity for higher levels of training WCPOA can offer at little to no cost.

    Off Duty carry training set for October 24, to date there is 1 registrant to date. C. Kennedy asked the instructors about dividing the attendees into 2 sets of 10 allowing for better use of the facility and instruction.

     

    Attendees will have to bring their own equipment (weapon, ammunition, ear/eye protection, belt, holster/mag carriers) A bullet proof vest is required on the Grand Junction range and GJPD does have some available if an attendee does not have one. The board expects this training to fill completely, so early registration is recommended.

    The board discussed other avenues of getting information out to smaller outlying agencies, having printed flyers/handouts on training and WCPOA so you can give them to the agencies we encounter on a routine basis will promote getting to more agencies. C. Kennedy received permission to send out the WCPOA link to all Grand Junction PD users, giving even broader exposure to training and membership. The fall conference will be promoted at each of these one-day trainings.

    Fall Conference

    Set for October 2-3, 2014, with 1 registrant to date, the board expects more after upcoming trainings. Alex Zappe confirmed his participation and delivery of the Sovereign Citizen 101 presentation at the fall conference. Agent Zappe is fairly new to the office in Grand Junction and this will also give him good exposure to western slope agencies.

    The scheduling conflict with the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Amber Alert training was discussed, CBI indicated if they did not meet needed (75) registration interest they would cancel. B. Turner will get updates from CBI (Kirby) in the event the Amber Alert training is cancelled interested attendees can be redirected to the fall conference.

    The board agreed to pay the one hundred ($100) dollar room fee and let the attendees have breakfast on their own. Shifting Friday’s (xxx) start time to 0830 giving time to seek breakfast and get to training.

    A board member’s room will serve as the venue for the networking social hour, to be determined based on room size and location. Both beer and spirits will be included. L. Hood will coordinate drink menu to include a variety of options, WCPOA will pay for the cost of the drinks and snacks for the networking and social hour.

    Updates on door prizes included R. Redmond has already received agreements to donate from Galls and Telski. C. Kennedy prepared a list of other vendors being used by WCPOA member agencies and will follow-up for donations, R. Redmond will also continue seeking donations. Interest from vendors in setting up vendor spaces at conference, L. Hood suggested we may not have time to coordinate for Fall Conference but should look to do this for the Spring Conference. L. Hood suggested charging the vendors for space ($200-$250) to offset some of the conference costs. Discussion about the types of door prizes included that guns are always big draws but WCPOA would have to some money for initial purchase, certificates would be great option. C. Kennedy will contact new company (Viking Armor) who specializes in custom holsters, etc. and they are looking for new customers.

    1. Kennedy will be able to attend fall conference; he has resigned other board obligations allowing focus on WCPOA!

    Spring Conference:

    1. Hood suggested the Two Rivers as a venue for the Spring Conference; they have a nice set up for vendor booths. The board discussed using the Avalon, Jim Duty (City GJ City Counsel) be contacted get a coordination plan going.

     

    Discussion of potential “high profile” presenters for the Spring Conference included, REID would be a good presenter to have at the Spring Conference with a shorter version of their week long existing training. Dr. Sue Adams (FBI Academy Instructor) with her analysis presentation was considered for last conference but her fee was $4000. The board is willing to consider her again. Having an expert presenter like Entomologist Linda Lu O’Connor will continue to promote WCPOA and the quality of offered trainings. C. Kennedy suggested NICD was a viable consideration for the conference offering insight into alternative database searches and they have several people assigned to the northwest area, he will follow-up.

    Cost to vendor tables can be evaluated by the number of those who want to attend and vend. Board agreed this would be beneficial to promote conference exposure. S. Skyberg offered that the Two Rivers venue can bring its existing reputation for formal conferences to the WCPOA Conference.

    Other Business

    IRS 501c(3) application status – L. Maestas checked the IRS website on 07-09-14 and they are processing applications received in October 2013, WCPOA was received November 2013.

    Historical data (WCPOA) file cabinet presently in the IRS Criminal Investigator Office will be transferred to the chair of the audit committee (K. Springer). L. Hood will coordinate the transfer.

    Next Meeting

    July 22, 2014 Tuesday @1000 at the new State Liquor Enforcement Office (632 Market Street, Suite G3). Scheduled to accommodate final preparations for the July 29th training.

     

    Agenda for meeting will include details/finalization for Courtroom Testimony, further planning for Fall Conference, and update on October one day training, and initial planning for social media training.

     

    The meeting was adjourned at 1215.

  • 05/27/2014
    05/27/2014

    Western Colorado Peace Officers – Board Meeting

    May 27, 2014 1000

    Attending: Absent:
    Cody Kennedy President

    Susan Skyberg 1st Vice President

    Rachelle Redmond, 2nd Vice President

    Lisa Maestas, Sec/Treas

    Lynn Hood, Awards

     

    Connie Hatch, Web Master/History

    Tyler Tobias, Executive Secretary

    Shawn Bornschein, Immediate Past President

    Brian Turner, By-Laws

    One-Day Trainings:

    Courtroom Testimony training date was confirmed for July 29, 2014. L. Hood confirmed the defense attorney/judge for that date. L. Maestas contacted Mesa County DA Trish Mahre to see if she or another DA could help with the training and has not heard back. C. Kennedy advised he would contact Trish again and see if she would be interested in prosecution portion of this training, or if she could enlist another DA. A case to use for the class is still being determined.

    Off Duty Carry Firearms training date was set for October 24th. This will be a training that runs from 0800-1700, with a classroom portion in the morning and hands on training in the afternoon. C. Kennedy advised the instructors are POST certified. All the instructors will be from Grand Junction Police Department, and the training will take place on the GJPD range. The training will focus on deploying off duty carry, with legal and tactical considerations being discussed.   This class will be limited to 20 students due to the set up capacity of the range. The training will be free to current members, but each student will have to supply their own ammunition. The board discussed doing an early bird registration for smaller agencies (those with 20 or less sworn officers) to give priority to smaller agencies for the training.

    Fall Conference:

    Will be hosted in Steamboat Springs, CO on October 2nd & 3rd. The first day will be instructed by Special Agent Alex Zappe – FBI on “Sovereign Citizen 101”. This will be a half day, beginning at 1430, with a hospitality room to follow that evening. The second day will be instructed by Agent in Charge Kirby Lewis – CBI on “Aftermath of Officer Involved Shootings”. There will be no business meeting at this conference as there is no new business or changes to the by-laws to discuss. The conference host site will be the Holiday Inn in Steamboat Springs. They are offering a government rate of $99, and L. Maestas will contact them to see if they will comp the meeting room (normally $100 a day) if the conference can fill 15 rooms. It was discussed that the food for the conference will not be catered by the hotel, but will be brought in by the board, similar to the food selection at the Spring Conference.

    Other Business:

    It was discussed to decide on another one-day training for the winter that can be announced at the Fall Conference.   It was discussed to possibly host another social media training, as the topic is timely and ever changing.

    1. Kennedy discussed having door prizes or give aways at the conference. C. Kennedy advised he could contact a few LE friendly businesses and see if they would be willing to donate to the conference. L. Hood suggested that the door prizes be given away at the end of the second day and must be present to win to encourage people to stay for the whole session.
    2. Maestas brought up that Aspen Police Department is interested in hosting a conference or some sort of training. L. Maestas will email the investigator that voiced interest to see if there is a specific training that the association can host in Aspen.

    Spring Conference:

    1. Hood brought up the idea of Natural Disasters and Manmade Disasters for the Spring conference. Possibly having different sessions concerning the topic. Incident command (D.O.T), wildfire etc.

    Next Meeting:

    July 11, 2014 @ 1100 at the State Liquor Enforcement office.

    Agenda for meeting will include details/finalization for Courtroom Testimony, details for Fall Conference update on October one day training, discussion of winter one day training and Spring Conference.

    The meeting was adjourned at 1110

  • 04/21/2014
    04/21/2014

    Western Colorado Peace Officers – Board Meeting

    April 21, 2014 1000

    Attending: Cody Kennedy: President, Susan Skyberg: 1st Vice President, Lynn Hood: Awards, Lisa Maestas, Sec/Treas and Brian Turner: By-Laws

    Absent: Connie Hatch: Web Master/History, Tyler Tobias: Executive Secretary, Shawn Bornschein: Immediate Past President, Rachelle Redmond: 2nd Vice President

    Old Business:

    There were 46 attendees for the 2014 Spring Conference. The total cost for the conference was $1692.98. Overall the conference received very good reviews from attendees. B. Turner will email the photographs from the conference to Connie to put on the website.

    Spring Conference:

    Suggestions for next year’s conference. Awards Ceremony: It was brought up by several people that the awards ceremony seemed to be lacking this year, possibly not enough information given out on the award recipient’s.   B. Turner suggested that next year possibly taking it out of the formal business meeting and giving the presentation its own time spot.

    Social Hour/Networking numbers were very low this year. C. Kennedy suggested for next year’s conference to have a host hotel for the conference where we can host a networking/social hour at the hotel, making it more convenient and comfortable for attendee’s.

    One-Day Trainings:

    Courtroom Testimony training date was set for July 29, 2014. L. Hood confirmed the defense attorney for that date. L. Maestas contacted Mesa County DA Trish Mahre and see if she would be interested in prosecution portion of this training, and is still waiting to hear back from her. L. Hood advised that he will contact a judge to help with the training. L. Maestas will email the City Auditorium to try and schedule it for the date. A case to use for the class is still being determined.

    1. Kennedy suggested conducting a firearms training for the one day training in October. The morning consisting of classroom instruction preparation and the afternoon being a live shoot. C. Kennedy suggested instructor Ron Avery to instruct the training. C. Kennedy will contact the range and see what dates are open in October, and then contact Avery to see if he would be available to instruct for the one day training.

    Fall Conference:

    Will be hosted in Steamboat Springs, CO on August 21 & 22nd. L. Maestas will contact the chief and detective to set up location and possible training topics.   This will be a one day training conference with registration open on the evening of August 21st, and a hospitality room to follow, with the training being conducted on August 22nd. B. Turner will contact the Holiday Inn in Steamboat Springs to get a host hotel rate.

    Other Business:

    No other business at this time.

    Next Meeting:

    May 27, 2014 @ 1000 at the State Liquor Enforcement office.

    Agenda for meeting will include details/finalization for Courtroom Testimony, further planning for Fall Conference and update on October one day training.

    The meeting was adjourned at 1052

  • 03/24/2014
    03/24/2014

    Western Colorado Peace Officers – Board Meeting

    March 24, 2014 1000

     

    Attending:                                                                                      Absent:

    Shawn Bornschein, President                                         Connie Hatch, Web Master/History

    Cody Kennedy 1st Vice President                                  Tyler Tobias, Executive Secretary

    Susan Skyberg 2nd Vice President

    Lynn Hood, Awards

    Brian Turner, By-Laws

    Lisa Maestas, Sec/Treas.

     

     

     

     

    Spring Conference:

    1. Skyberg gave the board a tour of the new workforce center facility, and showed the room(s) where the conference will take place. The facility is very nice, and the room has direct access to outside therefore walking through the workforce building will not be an issue. S. Skyberg advised that the kitchen is also available for our use. L. Maestas offered to get directions out to the attendees so they can park in the area nearest the conference room.
    2. Maestas reported that there are 40 people registered for the spring conference, and that the email blasts seem to be helping as the registrations do seem to come in after email reminders are sent out. C. Kennedy suggested that since the Seizure board is covering the cost of the registration fee to the conference if non-members could attend the conference for free, therefore boosting the attendance for the conference, and the number of people on the contact list. This was discussed and it was agreed upon that if non-members want to attend the conference for free they could, but they would not be considered a member or receive membership benefits. If they choose to attend a future one day training or fall conference they would have to pay the $20 membership fee at that time. With the amount of registrants so far and additional costs of the conference it was determined that 25 people could sign up for the conference and be covered by the seizure board.

    It was suggested to invite the instructors and serious forensic students of the body farm program at CMU to the first day of the training, as numbers are low for that date. S. Bornschein stated that he would contact Jane Quimby, the director of the CMU criminal justice program and reach out to her in regards to this.

    1. Kennedy suggested inviting the DA’s, especially the baby DA’s to attend the second day of the conference, and advised he would contact Dan Rubenstein to let him know he can invite the DA’s.
    2. Maestas advised she would contact Chief Angelo at Fruita PD and encourage his staff members to attend, especially in light of the fact that he will be receiving an award.
    3. Maestas reported that Glen Sherman will not be able to attend the conference due to health issues. Sherman called and advised that he will be sending letters to the board to give to the Lifetime Achievement award recipients.
    4. Turner remotely reminded the board that the by-law change to allow a president to run for a consecutive term in the instance of an emergency situation needs to be voted on during the business meeting of the conference.

    Food for the conference was discussed, the board agreed that breakfast items would be provided both days (muffins, fruit, juice etc), the board will purchase those items on 04-14-14. The board will also meet on 04-14-14 at 1500 at the workforce center to set up the room and test the audio, anyone on the committee is welcome to come and help.

    Blue Moon Bar and Grill has been reserved for the networking/ social hour Tuesday evening.

     

    One-Day Trainings:

    Courtroom Testimony training was discussed. The board decided to host the training the week of July 28th, day would depend on availability of instructors. L. Maestas will contact Mesa County DA Trish Mahre and see if she would be interested in prosecution portion of this training. It was discussed to contact Judge Rauum to see if he would be willing to participate as the judge in the training.   The board will ask L. Hood if he could contact the defense attorney that was used at the last training to see if she would be willing to participate.

    1. Kennedy advised that he has received his NTOA Active Shooter instructorship and would be willing to travel to smaller departments to train other officers. C. Kennedy advised that he still needs to get approval from his department before we offer this to smaller departments.

     

    Other Business:

    1. Maestas updated the board on membership renewals: of the 90 sent out 67 people have returned them with membership payment.

    It was suggested that we put a page on our website that lists the types of trainings that the association can offer, that way training can be requested through the association specifically.

    Next Meeting:

    April 21, 2014 @ 1000 at the State Liquor Enforcement office.

    Agenda for meeting will include a review of the Spring Conference, details for Courtroom Testimony one day training and discussion for the fall conference.

    The meeting was adjourned at 1100

  • 02/27/2014
    02/27/2014

    Western Colorado Peace Officers – Board Meeting

    February 27th, 2014 1300

    Attending:                                                                                      Absent:

    Shawn Bornschein, President                                        Connie Hatch, Web Master/History

    Lynn Hood, Awards                                                         Tyler Tobias, Executive Secretary

    Cody Kennedy 1st Vice President

    Susan Skyberg 2nd Vice President

    Lisa Maestas, Sec/Treas.

    Brian Turner, By-Laws

     

    Major Bratt with the Colorado State Patrol attended the meeting, he presented Brian Turner with the Colonel’s Coin for the M.A.D.D recognition he received last fall. Major Bratt wanted to discuss the possible move of the Law Enforcement Memorial out of the academy grounds and into a museum, as well as discussed cleaning the stone which would require removing the names and dates off the stone and then re-etching them, and finally determining whether different types of death (felonious vs accidental) should be on a different stone. The board agreed that the memorial should be moved, in a museum it will more visible to the public at large and families. The board agreed that the names and dates of death should be etched on the stone, but it did not particularly matter what order. The board agreed that all the deaths should be listed on the same stone, on duty death regardless of accidental or intentional is an accidental death. This concluded Major Bratt’s itinerary for the meeting.Spring Conference:

    Discussion on the nominees for the 2nd Vice President began. B. Turner suggested L. Maestas or State Liquor Enforcement Investigator Tony Marsh, both respectfully declined. L. Hood suggested Rachelle Redmond with Mt. Village PD, Hood advised that she would be interested and he would speak with her futher. L. Hood also advised that he would speak to a few other people and see if he could generate interest.

    Nominees for the Glen Sherman Lifetime Achievement award were discussed. Two names were brought up Daryl Meisner a past WCPOA President, and retired chief from Rifle PD (34 years) as well as Mark Angelo also a past WCPOA President and soon to be retired chief from Fruita PD (33 years). The board agreed that both were fitting candidates and would honor them both at the business meeting during the conference. L. Hood will do the bio’s, get awards, and contact the award recipients.   L. Hood also advised that Glen Sherman was looking at attending the conference to present the awards.

    1. Maestas reported that registration for the conference was at 18 people. L. Maestas advised that when the initial email blast went out there were lots of positive responses of people interested in attending, but after the registration actually opened the numbers didn’t match. It was suggested to put out another email blast to remind people about registering.   Also it was suggested to contact P.O.S.T to see if we could get our training on their training website. Many of the board members had ideas in mind of agencies to send the flyer too (F.B.I, State Parks, BLM, Forensic Investigators) L. Maestas will forward the flyer out to the members again to pass along to these agencies and do another email blast reminding members to get registered.

    It was suggested to confirm with Joel Wade on his portion of the presentation as he has a reputation for not showing up to trainings he is supposed to speak at.

    Food for the conference was discussed, the board agreed that breakfast items would be provided both days (muffins, fruit, juice etc). L. Hood stated that he would check with a company in town that is law enforcement friendly and may be willing to cook breakfast both days.

    It was decided that the social hour would take place at the Blue Moon Bar and Grill again, L. Maestas will take care of getting a reservation for the association there.

    One-Day Trainings:

    1. Kennedy advised that he has received his NTOA Active Shooter instructorship and would be willing to travel to smaller departments to train other officers. C. Kennedy advised that he needs to get approval from his department before we offer this to smaller departments.
    2. Hood advised that the Courtroom Testimony training was highly spoken of and he could get the instructors together for the training. The board agreed that was a very well attended training, and many members have asked about another session.

    Other Business:

    1. Maestas provided an update on the 501(c)(3) status – still pending. L. Maestas updated the board on membership renewals: of the 90 sent out 37 people have returned them with membership payment.

    It was suggested that we put a page on our website that lists the types of trainings that the association can offer, that way training can be requested through the association specifically.

    1. Hood was asked if he could set up a time with the federal building so that we can go and pick up our filing cabinet containing historical WCPOA information. L. Hood advised he would set a date and time.

    Next Meeting:

    March 24th, 2014 @ 1000 at the Workforce Center, 512 29 ½ Road, Grand Junction Room 150.

    Agenda for meeting will include final details for the Spring Conference, discussion for one day trainings.

    The meeting was adjourned at 1400

  • 11/12/2013
    11/12/2013

    Western Colorado Peace Officers – Board Meeting

    November 12th, 2013 1000

     

    Attending: Absent:
    Cody Kennedy 1st Vice President

    Susan Skyberg 2nd Vice President

    Shawn Bornschein, President

    Connie Hatch, Web Master/History

    Lisa Maestas, Sec/Treas. Lynn Hood, Awards
    Brian Turner, By-Laws Tyler Tobias, Executive Secretary
       
       
       

    Spring Conference:

    The main focus of this meeting was to determine what speakers to bring in for the Spring Conference.   B. Turner previously suggested Linda O’Conner (Senior Anthropologist) and advised he reached out to O’Conner and she is willing to teach her 6-8 hour course for cost of travel/per diem/cover work wage, but she is not available the week of April 21-26th. It asked if anyone would be opposed to changing the conference dates to the week of April 14-18th for purposes of bringing in O’Connor.   The board agreed that there were no conflicting conferences the suggested week, and agreed to move the dates if O’Connor is available. B. Turner contacted O’Connor during the meeting and asked her directly if she would be available the week of the 14th-18th, and O’Connor advised she was available and willing to come and teach, O’Connor advised she preferred the beginning of the week.   April 15th was the agreed upon date.

    1. Kennedy advised that he spoke with Hobin, but Hobin was not in a position to talk about costs or availability and asked that C. Kennedy send him another email regarding the conference. C. Kennedy advised that he sent Brian Dyet a request for training for the second day of the conference but had not heard back from him as of this date.

    Brian Dyet the supervisor for the Marijuana Division was asked to speak with us in regards to the training, and he advised he was waiting for the approval to do the 4 hour training. We advised Dyet that a date has been set for the training, and we would like to confirm him for April 16th. Dyet advised the biggest problem he encounters is questions that are asked that should be directed to CDPHE (Colorado Department Public Health & Environment) who handle the caretakers. Dyet provided the name and number of the representative from CDPHE – Joel Wade. C. Kennedy contacted Wade and asked him if he would be interested in speaking at the conference. Wade advised he would be interested in speaking at the conference, and offered a four hour block. C. Kennedy advised he would like to confirm Wade for the 16th, and he asked that C. Kennedy send an email with the details and he could then confirm. It was also suggested to bring in a District Attorney to speak on the prosecution of marijuana laws. C. Kennedy contacted Dan Rubenstein with the Mesa County DA’s Office and he advised he would be willing to speak at the conference, and confirmed he would be there on the 16th.

    It was discussed to look into the possibility of seized funds again to cover the cost for the spring conference.

    Due to the change in dates of the conference the Grand Junction Police Department training room is not available on the 15th & 16th of April. L. Maestas suggested using the City of Grand Junction training room if it is available as it is free of charge, L. Maestas and will look into availability. Dyet suggested using the hanger or classrooms at Startech, and advised they are very law enforcement friendly and would allow us to use their facilities for free. B. Turner will look into availability of Startech space.

    Next Meeting:

    January 14, 2014 @ 1000 at the State Liquor Enforcement Building

    Agenda for meeting will include final details for the Spring Conference, discussion for one day trainings, membership due letter, review of potential board members.

    The meeting was adjourned at 1115

     

  • 11/05/2013
    11/05/2013

    Western Colorado Peace Officers – Board Meeting

    November 5th, 2013 1300

     

    Attending: Absent:
    Shawn Bornschein, President   (via phone) Connie Hatch, Web Master/History
    Cody Kennedy 1st Vice President

    Susan Skyberg 2nd Vice President

    Lynn Hood, Awards
    Lisa Maestas, Sec/Treas. Tyler Tobias, Executive Secretary
    Brian Turner, By-Laws  
       
       

    Old News:

    The association only received one response from the 35 letters that were sent to Chiefs and Sheriff’s in regards to the request for what individual departments need. The undersheriff for the Pagosa Springs Sheriff’s Office left a message for C. Kennedy, and he has not yet heard back from him.

    It was suggested by T. Tobias to find out what other conferences may be taking place during this time frame as to not compete with other significant conferences. L. Maestas researched the well known associations in CO and found that there were no conflicting conferences with the associations conference date.

    Spring Conference:

    The main focus of this meeting was to decide on what speakers to bring in for the Spring Conference.   B. Turner suggested Linda O’Conner – she teaches a course on the decomposition of a corpse, the board agreed that the training may be to specific, and will keep her as a potential filler.   B. Turner also suggested Captain Plum – a motivational speaker, former Navy and POW. B. Turner will contact Plum to determine availability / cost. C. Kennedy Dates discussed bringing in Jack Hobin –author of the Ethical Warrior. C. Kennedy will contact Hobin to check availability cost.

    1. Maestas suggested the second day of the conference covering marijuana laws. Brian Dyet the supervisor for the Medical Marijuana Division advised he would be willing to do a 4 hour training, he needs a written request from the association to get the training approved. C. Kennedy will submit a request to Dyet for the training.

    It was discussed to look into the possibility of seized funds again to pay for the spring conference.

    A deadline of November 12th was given to the group to contact speakers so that information about the conference can start to be sent out.

    New Business

    1. Maestas brought up the membership dues to be sent out at the beginning of the year. The board agreed that this should be done, L. Maestas will draft the letter and send out to the board to review.
    2. Maestas brought up that the board needs to start thinking of who might be interested in the 2nd Vice President position, which will need to be filled at the Spring Conference.
    3. Kennedy recommended that we have a list of specific trainings that our association can offer so it is available to send out to departments that are expressing interest in having our association train. The board will provide a list of specialized trainings at the next board meeting.

     

    Next Meeting:

    November 12 @ 1000 at the State Liquor Enforcement Building

    Agenda for meeting will include final decision on speaker for the Spring Conference, discussion for one day trainings, membership due letter, review of potential board members, specific list of trainings we can provide.

    The meeting was adjourned at 1351

     

  • 10/08/2013
    10/08/2013

    Western Colorado Peace Officers – Board Meeting

    October 8, 2013 1600

     

    Attending: Absent:
    Shawn Bornschein, President Brian Turner, By-Laws
    Cody Kennedy 1st Vice President

    Susan Skyberg 2nd Vice President

    Connie Hatch, Web Master/History
    Lisa Maestas, Sec/Treas. Lynn Hood, Awards
    Tyler Tobias, Executive Secretary  
       
       

    Old Business:

    1. Maestas reviewed the Fall Conference costs. Total registrations were $180, total cost of the conference was $1058.41, for a total of $878.41 out of the association’s funds. The association account is at $6000.

    Spring Conference:

    Dates discussed for the spring conference are proposed for the week of April 21-25, 2014 – the board would like to notify members of a save the date as far in advance as possible to try and bring in large attendance for the conference. It was suggested by T. Tobias to find out what other conferences may be taking place during this time frame as to not compete with other significant conferences.

    The training room at Grand Junction Police Department was reserved by C. Kennedy to host the spring conference.

    1. Tobias suggested having another organization/agency co-sponsor the conference with us in order to help with the costs of bringing in a keynote speaker. Also looking into the possibility of seized funds again.
    2. Kennedy suggested Jack Hoban’s Ethical Warrior presentation for the spring.   C. Kennedy will check into availability and fees for Hoban’s presentation. C. Kennedy also suggested a panel for Officer Involved Shootings, which would include an attorney, department head, and psychologist to discuss issues and expectations of an OIS. C. Kennedy will check into availability and fees.
    3. Tobias suggested an instructor that covers open-source investigations, he will check into availability and fees (this is also a potential one day training idea).

     

    New Business:

    1. Maestas provided an update on the 501c3 status that was completed by Immediate Past President Ptak, and sent to the Department of Treasury in early August by L. Maestas. L. Maestas received a letter from the Department of Treasury advising the fee to process the application was raised in January, and the association needs to pay an additional $100 to have the application processed. The board agreed to send the additional $100 so the application can be processed. Obtaining the 501c3 status will allow the association to receive donations as the donator will be able to write off the donation for tax purposes.

    Discussion on trying to increase membership and attendance at conferences was had. B. Turner left a suggestion of writing a letter to all the Chiefs of Police and letting them know about our association, and also finding out what type of training their department needs. The board agreed the letter would be a good idea, and suggested asking for a response by November 1st, as to give the association time to try and plan according to need. L. Maestas will draft the letter, and get approval to be sent out by October 16th.

    1. Turner previously advised that he will find out when the Eagle County Chiefs meeting is so that we can go and speak at their meeting to discuss the organization with them.
    2. Maestas advised that the ALEE meeting is being held on Oct. 16th from 1100-1300 in Mountain Village, and asked if the board would be willing to go and speak to the chiefs from the southern region. S. Skyberg advised she could make herself available, S. Bornschein stated he is scheduled for trial that day, but if it cancels he would be available to go as well. C. Kennedy is scheduled for trial and not able to attend.

     

    Next Meeting:

    November 5 @ 1300 at the State Liquor Enforcement Building

    Agenda for meeting will include discussion of Spring Conference, discussion for one day trainings.

    The meeting was adjourned at 1710

     

  • 07/29/2013
    07/29/2013

    Western Colorado Peace Officers – Board Meeting

    July 29, 2013 1000

     

    Attending:                                                                                      Absent:

    Shawn Bornschein, President                                        Connie Hatch, Web Master/History

    Tyler Tobias, Executive Secretary                                 Lynn Hood, Awards

    Brian Turner, By-Laws

    Lisa Maestas, Sec/Treas.

    Cody Kennedy 1st Vice President

    Susan Skyberg 2nd Vice President

     

    Old Business:

    There was no old business to discuss.

    Fall Conference:

    Everything is on track for the conference. Connie opened the website for registration last week. The paper mailers will go out on Wednesday (July 29) to 88 different law enforcement agencies. On today’s date L. Maestas emailed all of the current and 2012 members, and attached flyers for the training.   S. Bornschein will attend the next meeting for the Sheriff’s & Chiefs in his area to promote the conference and ask them specifically what type of training they would like to see in future conferences.

    1. Bornschein will be organizing the fun shoot and emailing everyone with the details. S. Bornschein will also make the travel arrangements for the instructors for the conference.
    2. Kennedy will continue to research the tourniquets and look for the group price to order for the conference attendees.
    3. Maestas will bring the morning and afternoon refreshments.

     

    New Business:

    1. Tobias provided the forms for the 501c3 status that were completed by Immediate Past President Ptak. L. Maestas will complete the forms and send them in this week. Obtaining the 501c3 status will allow the association to receive donations as the donator will be able to write off the donation for tax purposes.

    It was also discussed to send out a letter and a renewal registration to all members in January 2014. It was agreed upon by all members to send a renewal to all current membership, to keep membership going and so that members can be aware of training that will be / has been offered.

    It was also discussed to host more one day trainings in the winter and spring as these trainings have done well in the past. Topics for one day trainings that were brought up are:

    Medical Marijuana
    Statement Analysis
    Courtroom Testimony

    Further discussion on the one day trainings will take place at the next meeting.

    Next Meeting:

    September 10th @ 100 at the State Liquor Enforcement Building

    Agenda for meeting will include finalization of Fall Conference and discussion of Spring Conference. Discussion for one day trainings.

    The meeting was adjourned at 1100

  • 06/12/2013
    06/12/2013

    Western Colorado Peace Officers – Board Meeting

    June 12, 2013 1000

     

    Attending:                                                                                      Absent:

    Shawn Bornschein, President                                        Stan Ancell, Immediate Past

    Cody Kennedy, 1st Vice President                                Richard Ptak, Immediate 2nd Past

    Susan Skyberg, 2nd Vice President                               Tyler Tobias, Executive Secretary

    President

    Connie Hatch, Web Master/History                             Brian Turner, By-Laws

    Lisa Maestas, Sec/Treas.                                             Lynn Hood, Awards

     

    Old Business:

    Payment has still not been received from the Auto Theft Task Force. It was brought to the attention of C.Kennedy that immediate past president S. Ancell advised after the invoice for $2296.79 had been sent to the financial analyst that the Auto Theft Task Force only had $500 in its training budget. S. Ancell advised there was a potential $1000 that could be transferred to training. No payment has been received by the WCPOA as of this date. L. Maestas asked C. Kennedy if he could contact the financial analyst and check the status of the payment.

    Fall Conference:

    1. Bornschein previously reported to the board that based on his attendance at the P.O.S.T meeting, they will not be able to supply any funds to the organization for training. Based on a tight budget for training, the previously proposed speakers of Jack Hoban and Kevin Gilmartin are no longer being considered for the Fall Conference. C. Kennedy notified the board of a speaker Andrew Murph, an Officer for College Station in Texas. C. Kennedy advised Murph puts on a free presentation of a debrief of the College Station Shooting (approximately 2.5 hours).

    It was discussed to bring in Murph for the first half of the first day, and bring in the second day speaker – Matt Harmon with the Grand Junction Fire Department for the second half of the day for Field Trauma Care. C. Kennedy will be contacting both speakers to confirm.

    It was discussed to keep the fun shoot scheduled for the second day of the conference.

    The cost of the conference will be $30 for members and $45 for non-members (includes membership dues). It was discussed to charge for the conference to cover the cost of supplies for the Field Trauma Care training (Cost of tourniquet is $30 – participant would get to keep after training).

    New Business:

    An invoice was submitted by L. Maestas received from Colorado Law Enforcement Memorial Committee. The invoice is for $204.00, the itemized expenses for the 2013 Memorial Service are as follows:

    Erickson Monument – Inscriptions on monument
    Fleur-De-Lis – Flowers for ceremony
    Hang-It-Up-Framing – Framing for proclamations

    It was approved by S. Bornschein and seconded by S. Skyberg to pay the invoice for our organizations portion.

    Next Meeting:

    July 8 @ 1330 at the Delta/Montrose Votech

    Agenda for meeting will include final details for the Fall Conference and discussion of keynote speaker for 2014 Spring Conference. Discussion of winter trainings.

    The meeting was adjourned at 1054

  • 05/14/2013
    05/14/2013

    Western Colorado Peace Officers – Board Meeting

    May 14, 2013 1000

    Attending: Absent:
    Shawn Bornschein, President

    Cody Kennedy,  1st Vice President

    Susan Skyberg – 2nd Vice President

    Stan Ancell, Immediate Past President

    Lynn Hood, Awards

    Connie Hatch, Web Master/History

    Tyler Tobias, Executive Secretary
    Brian Turner, By-Laws
    Lisa Maestas, Sec/Treas

    Richard Ptak, Immediate Past President

     

     

    Old Business:

    1. Bornschein presented R. Ptak with a $25 gift card for his active participation in the association, R. Ptak will be leaving the Western Slope area/association in June 2013.

    Spring Conference:

    A review was given of the Spring Conference. All reviews received for the 911 Call Analysis were excellent – great feedback was given on the training on the reviews and by members during and after the conference. Reviews on the Auto Theft presentation ranged from excellent to good, the members biggest suggestion was they wanted more Colorado laws in the presentation.

    The overall cost of the Spring Conference was $7391.79, the total coverage received from the seizure board, auto theft task force and member registrations was $7278.89, therefore leaving $112.90 coming directly out of the associations account.

    New Business:

    Due to R. Ptak leaving the association the name on the Paypal account will need changed. L. Maestas provided the list of documentation needed by Paypal to change a name on the account. It was suggested to close the account completely and open a new account. It was suggested to put C. Hatch as the name on the account if she is willing to take on that responsibility.

    A vote was taken by the board to remove immediate past president S. Ancell from the associations bank account and add current president S. Bornschein to the bank account. T. Tobias moved and B. Turner seconded the motion.

    Fall Conference:

    The dates of September 24th and 25th were decided as tentative dates for the Fall Conference. L. Maestas advised the director (Paul Frey) of the Delta-Montrose Vo-Tech offered to allow us to host the conference at that location with no charge. L. Maestas will confirm the location with Frey.

    1. Kennedy suggested bringing in speaker Jack Hoban – author of the book Ethical Warrior. C. Kennedy will contact Hoban to check availability and cost.
    2. Maestas suggested bringing in speaker Kevin Gilmartin – author of Emotional Survival. L. Maestas will contact Gilmartin to check availability and cost.
    3. Tobias suggested bringing in Barbara Case King to speak the updates in legislature, B. Turner offered to contact King to check her availability.

    It was discussed to have one of the aforementioned speakers for a full first day of the conference, and have a half day consisting of ½ day training, and ½ fun shoot. C. Kennedy suggested doing a combat medical training the first half of the day, suggesting Matt Harmon with GJFD. C. Kennedy advised he would contact Harmon in regards to teaching the training (possibly at no cost).

    1. Bornschein advised he would be attending a P.O.S.T funds meeting at the end of May. S. Bornschein will determine what is required to request funding to support the training we will be providing.

    Spring Conference:

    Lt. Col. Grossman was discussed as being brought in for the Spring Conference. T. Tobias advised he was brought in at a past conference and there was a very substantial turnout for the presentation.

    It was also suggested to bring in a speaker on the new marijuana laws that are taking effect. B. Turner advised he would contact the Director of Medical Marijuana – Matt Cook to see if he would be interested in teaching the training.

    It was suggested on possibly having one of the speakers discussed for the Fall Conference to come in for the Spring Conference instead.

    1. Ptak advised he could get an instructor for an ID Theft training in January for a one day winter training.

    Next Meeting:

    June 12th @ 1000 at the Delta/Montrose Vo-Tech

    Agenda for meeting will include discussion/details for Fall Conference / trainings, discussion for 2014 Spring Conference.

    The meeting was adjourned at 1056

     

  • 04/18/2013
    04/18/2013

    Western Colorado Peace Officers – Board Meeting

    April 18, 2013 1000

    Attending: Shawn Bornschein: 2nd Vice Present, Tyler Tobias: Executive Secretary, Brian Turner: By-Laws, Lisa Maestas: Sec/Treas. and Lynn Hood: Awards

    Absent: Stan Ancell,   President, 1st Vice President - Vacant, Richard Ptak, Immediate Past President and Connie Hatch, Web Master/History

    Old Business:

    There was no old business to discuss.

    Spring Conference:

    Everything is on track for the conference. As of today’s date there are 47 registrants signed up for the conference.

    There will only be two lifetime achievement awards given out – one too JD Hayes, and the other to Deletha Assenmacher on behalf of the late Greg Assenmacher. S. Ancell will speak with the DC at the GJPD to have a command presence at the awards ceremony. L. Hood will give out the awards with Glen Sherman.

    This is an audit year for the Association, Karen Springer will conduct an audit of the associations books on 04-24-13.

    1. Maestas will contact Barry Bratt to ask him to give an update/report on the Law Enforcement Memorial.

    Board

    On 02-22-2013 1st Vice President Edward Clark submitted his resignation to President Stan Ancell. Clark advised he is being moved from his troop in Grand Junction to a position in Denver, and therefore can no longer fulfill the duties of being a board member.

    It was initially discussed to have current President Stan Ancell stay on as president for a second year. It was discussed in the meeting today that the by-laws prohibit a president from succeeding himself, therefore this is not a viable option.

    2nd Vice President Shawn Bornshine decided that he will move directly into the president spot.

    Mesa County Department of Human Services Fraud Supervisor Susan Skyberg, and Grand Junction Police Department Officer Cody Kennedy were present at the meeting. Both Skyberg and Kennedy expressed interest in holding a 2nd Vice President position on the board. Skyberg and Kennedy were briefed on the history of the organization, and were advised of the duties of the position. Both Kennedy and Skyberg are still interested in being on the board. They will both prepare a short bio to present at the business meeting, and their names will go on the ballot for a vote for the members during the business meeting, for 2nd and 1st Vice President. We will also be taking any floor nominations, which can be a write in on the ballot.

    1. Hood will be retiring at the end of May and his position as chair for the Awards Committee will be open, T. Tobias expressed interest in the position. It was discussed to check interest for S. Ancell to take over the chair for the Nominating Committee.

    Immediate Past President R. Ptak will be transferring out of State, he has advised that he will complete the 5013C status for the association before he departs in June 2013.

    New Business:

    It was discussed by the board to make an amendment to the by-laws for an emergency clause to allow the president to be able to hold the position for two years – at the discretion of the Executive Board. B. Turner will make a motion at the Spring Conference to make an amendment to the by-laws.

    A discussion was had to also amend the by-laws to allow a proxy vote for members who are not able to attend the spring conference. T. Tobias will make a motion at the spring conference to remove the restriction on allowing a proxy vote.

    Next Meeting:

    May 14th @ 1000 at the State Liquor Enforcement Building

    Agenda for meeting will include recap of Spring Conference and discussion of keynote speaker for 2014 Spring Conference. Discussion for Fall Conference and trainings.

    The meeting was adjourned at 1130

  • 02/25/2013
    02/25/2013

    Western Colorado Peace Officers – Board Meeting

    February 25, 2013 1000

    Attending: Stan Ancell: President, Shawn Bornshine: 2nd Vice Present, Brian Turner: By-Laws, Lisa Maestas: Sec/Treas. and Richard Ptak: Immediate Past President

    Absent: Tyler Tobias: Executive Secretary, Connie Hatch: Web Master/History, Lynn Hood: Awards and 1st Vice President: Vacant

    Old Business:

    There was no old business to discuss

    Spring Conference:

    Everything is on track for the conference. Mailers will be printed out today and sent out this week.

    Board

    On 02-22-2013 1st Vice President Edward Clark submitted his resignation to President Stan Ancell. Clark advised he is being moved from his troop in Grand Junction to a position in Denver, and therefore can no longer fulfill the duties of being a board member.

    With registration we will also be asking people to submit a bio for interest in the 2nd Vice President position, it will open up for the president spot as well. It was discussed that we would like to have a bio submitted so there is true interest the position, and we can put together a vote for the members during the business meeting.

    2nd Vice President Shawn Bornshine is ready to move into the 1st Vice President spot, but does not want to be moved directly into the president spot.

    Next Meeting:

    TBD

    The meeting was adjourned at 1045

  • 01/30/2012
    01/30/2012

    Western Colorado Peace Officers – Board Meeting

    January 30, 2012 1341

     

    Attending:                                                                                          Absent:

    Stan Ancell, President                                                             Shawn Bornshine, 2nd Vice Present    Tyler Tobias, Executive Secretary

    Brian Turner, By-Laws                                                          Connie Hatch, Web Master/History

    Lisa Maestas, Sec/Treas.                                                  Ed Clark, 1st Vice President

    Richard Ptak, Immediate Past President                                Lynn Hood, Awards

     

    Old Business:

    There was no old business to discuss

    Spring Conference:

    1. Maestas opened the meeting advising the board that the current balance of the associations account is $9555.32.

    We then opened the discussion of the spring conference. B. Turner offered to contact Tracy Harpster to check availability to speak, Harpster is LT. in Dayton Ohio Police Department, he will give his 911 homicide review of phone calls, which is an 8 hour class. B. Turner contacted Harpster and he advised he is willing to come speak for a fee of $3200, plus travel. Harpster is available April 25th & 26th. It was discussed to request funds from the seizure board to cover the cost of Harpster’s fee. S. Ancell will draft the letter to provide to the Chief to request seizure funds for the cost of the instructor fee.

    1. Ancell advised that we could host the conference in the training room of the Grand Junction Police Department, which would be free of charge to the association.
    2. Ancell also stated that the Auto Theft Task Force has approximately $2500 for training law enforcement, as long as the topic covers auto theft. T. Tobias suggested we could try and bring in Bob Kenney, he is with the Connecticut State Police, and he is an expert in auto theft, specializing in motorcycles. T. Tobias stated he would contact Kenny and check availability.

     

    1. Ancell suggested instead of a banquet this year that we should conduct a catered lunch on the second day of the conference to give out awards and conduct the business meeting. Everyone agreed this would be more cost efficient, and include the entire membership that attends the conference. R. Ptak will contact Azteca’s and find out what the cost per person would be to have them cater the lunch.

    The cost of the conference will be the same as in years past, $20 for new members (includes membership) and $15 for current members (renews membership).

    The Glen Sherman Lifetime Achievement Award was discussed, the three names that were brought up for the lifetime achievement award are:

    J.D. Hayes – retired Steamboat Springs Chief – ex-president of the association

    Daryl Meisner – retired Rifle Chief – ex- president of the association

    Greg Assenmacher – late Commander of Grand Junction Police Department

    Board

    With registration we will also be asking people to submit a bio for interest in the 2nd Vice President position. It was discussed that we would like to have a bio submitted so there is true interest the position, and we can put together a vote for the members during the business meeting.

    We also want to touch base with the 1st Vice President and 2nd Vice President to ensure they want to move into the succeeding position of President and 1st Vice President.

    Other Business:

    It was discussed to donate flowers for the funeral service of Cmdr. Assenmacher or a donation to a fund for his children, this will be determined upon further details of the service for the Cmdr.

    Next Meeting:

    Will be held Tuesday February 5th@ 1130 at EC Asian Station.

    We will finalize details on the Spring Conference.

    The meeting was adjourned at 1430

  • 10/05/2011
    10/05/2011

    Western Colorado Peace Officers – Board Meeting

    October 5, 2011 0900

     

     

    Attending:                                                                                                      Absent:

    Richard Ptak, President                                   Stan Ancell, 1st Vice President

    Brian Dyet, Immediate Past President

    Brian Turner, By-Laws                                       Connie Hatch, Web Master/History

    Lisa Maestas, Sec/Treas.                                  Tyler Tobias, Executive Secretary

    Ed Clark, 2nd Vice President

    Lynn Hood, Awards

     

    Fall 2011 Conference:

    There were a total of 16 participants for Monday’s session, 21 participants for Tuesday’s session, and 14 participants for the fun shoot. The feedback was very positive from the conference; all evaluations were given at a good/excellent level for the trainings and the instructors.

    Cost savings was discussed for future fall conferences. The first suggestion is to utilize the local PD or SO training rooms, as they are free, and better suited for the small turnout. Secondly it was discussed to determine what costs for extra amenities are and discuss those at a meeting prior to committing to purchases.

    Winter Training:

    1. Ptak stated he will teach the Financial Investigations class in February if RMIN is not available to teach the Face book/Craigslist class. It was discussed to have Tobias contact RMIN to verify whether or not they will be able to conduct the Face book/Craigslist class, we would like to start putting information out about the winter training at the end of October.

    Spring Conference:

    1. Ptak again requested the contact information for Lexus Artwall be provided to him so he could contact her and extend an invitation to speak at our conference. Maestas advised Ptak to contact Ancell directly for the contact information. It was discussed to hold the Spring Conference on a Wednesday, Thursday and half day Friday, with two days of the speaker and a half day golf tournament on Friday.

    L.Hood phoned in during the meeting and advised that Encana via Mark Trousdale would possibly be willing to cover the cost of food for the Spring Conference.

    Other Business:

    Ptak brought stationary from 1975 & 1977 that showed two different logos for the WCPOA, and discussed possibly putting those on the back side of the coin. Ptak stated he would dig further into the historic records and see if he could find a letter from the 1950’s when the association was began to find the original logo.

    Maestas brought up mailing out membership dues to all current members at the beginning of 2012. Turner and Ptak agreed that all members should pay their dues annually, with the current president attaching a letter regarding the organization and upcoming trainings.

    Maestas also brought up hosting the winter training at another location besides Grand Junction. Ptak suggested sending an email out to the agencies that have indicated they would like to host training and see if anyone is interested.

     

    Next Meeting:

    Will be held Monday October 24th @ 0900 at Einstein’s Bagel.

    We will discuss and continue planning the winter training and Spring Conference. Discuss/decide what the backside of the WCPOA coin should be.

     

    The meeting was adjourned at 0955

     

     

  • 12/05/2011
    12/05/2011

    Western Colorado Peace Officers – Board Meeting

    December 5, 2011 0900

     

     

    Attending:    Richard Ptak: President, Tyler Tobias: Executive Secretary, Brian Turner: By-Laws, Lisa Maestas: Sec/Treas. and Stan Ancell: 1st Vice President

    Absent: Brian Dyet, Immediate Past President, Connie Hatch: Web Master/History, Ed Clark: 2nd Vice President and  Lynn Hood: Awards

    Winter Training:

    1. Tobias heard from RMIN and they are available to teach the Face book/Craigslist class, which is a one day course.  The class will be held  on February 13th.  S. Ancell will reserve the computer lab at the City Hall building, which can accommodate 25-30 people. It was discussed to request funds from the seizure board to pay for the class so that it can be offered free to members.  S. Ancell stated he would talk to the Chief to put in the request for $3000 to cover the trainers cost and travel.

    Spring Conference:

    1. Ancell confirmed that  Lexus Artwall is available April 25th and 26th.  S. Ancell will fill out the confirmation paperwork to guarantee that Artwall will speak at our conference.  It was discussed to keep costs down to hold the conference at the City Hall Auditorium, which is centrally located and is free for use.  S. Ancell will reserve the auditorium for the spring conference dates.  It was discussed to request $2000 from the seizure board to off set the cost for Artwall.  S. Ancell will make that request at the same time he requests money for the winter training.   The cost for the spring conference will be $65 membership fee which includes the banquet (non-member), free for members with a $30 banquet cost.  It was discussed to hold the Spring Conference on a Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, conducting the  half day golf tournament on Tuesday, starting around noon or 1300 to allow attendees travel time.

    L.Hood was not present at the meeting to report back on the possibility of Encana via Mark Trousdale possibly covering the cost of food for the Spring Conference.

    Other Business:

    Ptak asked that the symbol art be sent to him so he could get final pricing on the challenge coins.

    Maestas brought up mailing out membership dues to all current members at the beginning of 2012.  Turner and Ptak agreed that all members should pay their dues annually, with the current president attaching a letter regarding the organization and upcoming trainings, Ptak stated he would send the letter out to the board for approval.

    Next Meeting:

    Will be held Monday January @ 0900 at Main Street Bagel.

    We will finalize winter training and discuss Spring Conference.

    The meeting was adjourned at 0955