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Auto Theft Prevention Resources

Motor vehicle theft is on the rise, according to statistics from the Colorado Bureau of Investigation. There were 22,206 cases of auto theft in 2017, a 72{66eaadba41c14e7e553ffe7a4ee73fbae213b19704eda0514b3dd79e37e4c0c5} increase from 2014! Less than half of the vehicles were recovered. And vehicle break-ins are one of the most common types of property crimes in Colorado. So what […]

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December is National Impaired Driving Prevention Month

Whether from drinks, drugs, or distractions, impaired driving is a serious hazard that puts lives in danger. Here are some resources from the State of Colorado that can help you learn about the hazards of driving impaired and how to stay safe: SAFETY AND PREVENTION How to Spot an Impaired Driver The Cost of a […]

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Colorado Motor Vehicle Law Resource Book

Colorado Legislative Council, the nonpartisan research branch of the General Assembly, has just updated their Colorado Motor Vehicle Law Resource Book. This handy online guide can answer many of your questions about Colorado’s various motor vehicle laws. Among the topics covered are taxes and fees chain laws distracted driving laws HOV and express lanes emissions […]

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Colorado's Left Lane Law

It’s a frustrating situation:  you’re driving down the highway and come upon a slow-moving vehicle in front of you, so you wish to pass.  But you can’t…someone is driving slowly or “hogging” the left lane, impeding your ability to pass the other vehicle.  It happens every day, but it’s illegal.  Since the passage of Colorado’s […]

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Marijuana Enforcement, Licenses, and Rules

The Colorado Department of Revenue’s newly-designed website now includes a Marijuana Enforcement webpage which includes helpful information for marijuana retailers, law enforcement, and government officials.  This site includes all licensing information and forms for marijuana retailers, both medical and recreational; applicable laws, statutes, and regulations; tax information; and information on testing, transporting, and registering as […]

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Women's History Month

March is National Women’s History Month.  The State of Colorado has published many helpful resources on the history of women in our state.  Colorado Women:  A History, published by University Press of Colorado and available from our library, provides a good background on women’s history in our state.  Our library also has biographies on several notable […]

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Traffic Safety and the Colorado State Patrol

The Colorado State Patrol is dedicated to public safety on our roads and highways.  You can find statistics and learn about the CSP’s traffic safety initiatives, such as The Heat is On and Click It or Ticket, by visiting the CSP’s Traffic Safety homepage.  You can also arrange to have CSP officers and staff present […]

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Alcohol and Impaired Driving

According to the Colorado Dept. of Transportation, “more than 26,000 people are arrested for DUI and over 150 people are killed in alcohol-related traffic crashes” each year in Colorado.  Alcohol is not the only problem, however — many fatalities occur as a result of drug-impaired driving as well.  CDOT has many resources on alcohol- and […]

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Cold Cases

The passage of HB07-1272 in 2007 created a Cold Case Task Force in Colorado in order to devote more resources to solving homicides and missing persons cases that have remained unsolved for a substantial amount of time.  To aid in the effort to solve these cases, the Colorado Bureau of Investigation as created a Cold […]

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Peace Officers Memorial Day

Today, May 15, is Peace Officers Memorial Day.  The law creating this observance was signed by President Kennedy in 1962.  Since a1994 amendment to the law, flags are supposed to be lowered to half-staff to remember our brave officers who died in the line of duty.  Here in Colorado, you can visit the Colorado Law Enforcement Memorial in […]

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Photo Traffic Tickets

A bill before the Colorado Legislature would make it illegal for Colorado law enforcement to use red light cameras to ticket drivers (see the Denver Post story here). Recently these red light cameras have been in the news as Denver City Council voted to keep them active. For information and clarification on Colorado’s traffic laws, […]

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Do You Have What it Takes to be a State Trooper?

If you’ve ever wondered how much training it takes to become a law enforcement officer, look no further than the Colorado State Patrol. On their website, you can follow along with their Academy Cadet Class 2011-1 as they learn the skills needed to become a State Trooper. See how they start off with physical training […]

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Police Week

This year, May 15-21 has been designated as Police Week (see Governor Hickenlooper’s press release). On May 15, fallen officers were recognized with a ceremony and lowered flags for Peace Officers Memorial Day. Colorado continues to remember its fallen officers through listings and memorial sites. Some of Colorado’s fallen officers have worked for state agenices, […]

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Cold Case Files

The Colorado Bureau of Investigation has a new database on its website where the public can search Colorado cold case files. According to the site, “The Colorado Cold Case Database features unsolved homicides, missing person, and unidentified person cases to assist law enforcement agencies in the development of information which can lead to the identification […]

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I-70 Wildlife Watch

The Colorado Department of Transportation, Colorado Division of Wildlife, Colorado State Patrol, and other partners have just launched a new website, www.I-70wildlifewatch.org. I-70 Wildlife Watch is a website where motorists can log in and report wildlife sightings along the interstate. Then, other motorists can visit the site prior to making their trip and view the […]

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State Parole Board

Due to the State budget deficit, the state has established an “early release initiative” whereby convicted felons are being released from prison a few weeks early to save the state money. According to an article in the Denver Post, the first ten felons have now been released through this initiative. The inmates designated for early […]

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Safe-2-Tell

The Colorado Dept. of Public Safety and the Colorado Attorney General’s Office are both supporters of the non-profit organization Safe-2-Tell, which is a way for teens to anonymously report what they know about crimes being planned or that have already happened. Because teens are often scared or embarrassed to talk to parents, teachers, counselors, and […]

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New to the Collection

Check out these resources new to CoSPL’s collection: -Early in 2006 the Colorado Legislature faced several complaints on ethics that made headlines and ultimately led one Senator to resign. For information on the rules that must be followed by Colorado Legislators, refer to the newly-published 2006 Colorado Legislator’s Handbook (GA4.9/553). The Colorado Legislative Council publishes […]