Western Colorado Peace Officers – Board Meeting
July 11, 2014 1000
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.
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.
- Kennedy will be able to attend fall conference; he has resigned other board obligations allowing focus on WCPOA!
- 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.
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.
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.