Conferences and Events

Improving Professional Standards

Western Colorado Peace Officers Association works to improve law enforcement all over western Colorado through conferences aimed at improving professional standards through networking and training opportunities. We host several events throughout the year to fulfill this goal. Events are open to both members and non-members, though non-members will have to pay a fee for attending. For information about becoming a member, send us a message through the Contact Us page.

See below for information on upcoming events. Please know that you must pre-register, and if you are a non-member, pay the conference/training fee. Each event has a form below it which allows you to pre-register.

Is the Caller the Killer?

OCTOBER 6th & 7th, 2021

Montrose County Event Center
1036 N 7th Street
Montrose, CO 81401


DAY 1: Basic Class
DAY 2: Advanced Class

8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.(doors open at 7:30 a.m.)

Training Instructor

Tracy Harpster has served as a police officer in Ohio since 1984. He has worked as street officer, undercover narcotics officer, Sergeant, Detective Sergeant, Lieutenant and Deputy Chief. In 2006, DC Harpster achieved a Graduate degree from the University of Cincinnati where his Master’s Thesis examined the indicators of innocence and guilt of 9-1-1 homicide callers reporting the offense. The study defined and analyzed the indicators in order to assist homicide detectives gain insight into the offense, suggest offender probability, and explore pertinent issues during the interview and interrogation phases of the investigation.

Deputy Chief Harpster is a member of the Vidocq Society and has shared his research at homicide conferences across the country and used his research to investigate over 1500 homicides.

Who should attend?

This training is specifically designed to educate all criminal justice personnel including Dispatchers, Law Enforcement Officers, Detectives, Supervisors, Medical Examiners and Prosecutor’s.

Registration is Required

Free to WCPOA Members, $50 for Non-Members.


Bayfield Marshal’s Office | Bronze


Colorado Bureau of Investigations | Bronze

Colorado Liquor Enforcement Division | Bronze
Colorado Welfare Fraud Council | Gold
Delta County Sheriff’s Office | Bronze
Delta Police Department
Mesa County Sheriff’s Office | Gold
Montezuma County Sheriff’s Office | Bronze
Mountain Village Police Department
Rangely Police Department | Bronze
Rio Blanco County Sheriff’s Office | Bronze


  • Free for current members ​
  • Pre-registration REQUIRED


  • Includes WCPOA membership through 2021​
  • Pre-registration REQUIRED


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Western Colorado Peace Officers Association
632 Market Street, Suite G3
Grand Junction, CO 81506