Tuesday, November 22, 2016

CDPS Procures Tool to Alert Employees During Emergencies

In times of crisis, effective communication is vital to ensure you have the information you need to act quickly and appropriately – whether that is mobilizing to respond or taking steps to keep yourself, your coworkers and our building visitors safe.

The Department of Public Safety has procured the Swift911 system and made it available to all state departments to alert employees during emergencies.   Participating departments can use Swift911 to send notifications via voice and text to an employee’s landline, email and cell phone.  Swift911 messages are used to keep users informed during emergencies such as evacuations, active shooter incidents, and more.

CDPS will be utilizing Swift911 as one important tool within our broader departmental Emergency Action Plan.  Swift911 is administered by the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM).

We will be performing a test of the system by sending a test message to CDPS employees in December 2016.

What actions you need to take:
You do not need to opt in order to be included in this alert system; however, we encourage you to take one important step to ensure that you can receive these potentially life-saving notifications:
Please ensure your contact information is up-to-date in the Employee Self-Serve System.

To update your contact information in the Employee Self-Service (ESS) system:

  1. Visit https://ess.state.co.us/ess/welcome.jsp and log in with your employee ID number and password. If you have never used the ESS before, follow the steps for “first time user.”
  2. In the left-hand navigation bar, click “Personal” to expand choices and choose “Change Residence Address and Phone No.” (Do NOT change your emergency contact – that field is for the person we should notify in the event that something happened to you.)
  3. Review and update your phone numbers and email addresses. NOTE: Enter the phone number(s) you wish to be used to contact you during emergencies. For example, under "work or personal cell phone," you may prefer to receive emergency alerts to your work phone, or, if you do not have a work cell phone, make sure to enter your personal phone. 
  4. Click save if you made any changes.

Mark Savage Tapped to Serve as CSP Deputy Chief

Former Lt. Col. Mark Savage has been selected to serve in the newly created position of Colorado State Patrol Deputy Chief, effective Nov. 1, 2016.

During the summer of 2016, Chief Scott Hernandez decided to hire a Deputy Chief to assist the Chief’s Office in efforts to align operational business practices, increase organizational accountability and assist in the overwhelming demand for Colorado State Patrol representation within the communities we serve and with our allied partners across the country.

Deputy Chief Savage was selected from a very competitive, highly qualified field of applicants. Savage has served with the Colorado State Patrol for more than 21 years, bringing leadership, knowledge and management experience to the Deputy Chief’s position.

Chief Hernandez also selected Major Barry Bratt as the next Lt. Colonel of the Colorado State Patrol. Lt. Colonel Bratt has over 30 years of dedicated law enforcement service. Although both promotions are effective November 1, 2016,  both Deputy Chief Savage and Lt. Colonel Bratt will be promoted at the December 16th promotion ceremony.

Deputy Chief Mark Savage has been with the Colorado State Patrol since 1995.  He is currently responsible for the day to day operations of the Colorado State Patrol.

Mark has worked in the State Patrol’s field operations, Executive Security Unit but focused the majority of his career on improving commercial vehicle safety.

In 2012 the Colorado Port of Entry was transferred to the Colorado State Patrol and then Major Mark Savage was tasked with successfully integrating the largest ever expansion of personnel in CSP history.  In 2013, Major Savage transferred to District One as the district commander and was assigned all Denver Metropolitan field troopers and the Executive Security Unit. Deputy Chief Savage was promoted to the rank of lieutenant colonel on July 1, 2014.  

Deputy Chief Savage has been an active member of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance serving as the organization’s President in 2012 and 2013 and is considered a subject matter expert in commercial vehicle safety for the state and the nation.

Deputy Chief Savage has a bachelor’s degree in political science and history from Coe College in Iowa and is a graduate of the 256th Session of the FBI’s National Academy. Deputy Chief Savage also is a graduate of Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command session #304 and the 63rd Session of the Senior Management in Police training at Boston University.

Monday, November 21, 2016

DHSEM Appoints Director of Office of Preparedness

Ezzie Michaels was appointed to the position of the Director of the Office of Preparedness within the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management in the Colorado Department of Department of Public Safety on November 3, 2016.

Born and raised in Israel, Ezzie migrated to the U.S. to further his education. Ezzie holds a master's degree in Homeland Security and an MBA in Finance from the University of Denver.

Ezzie began his career in the homeland security field with the State of Colorado in 2008. As a Grant Manager with the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security Ezzie managed various federal preparedness grant programs. His experience includes directing, overseeing, and managing all grant programs managed by the Office of Preparedness, including Homeland Security Grant Program (HSGP), State Homeland security Grant Program (SHSP), Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI), Hazardous Materials Emergency Preparedness (HMEP), State and Local Implementation Grant Program (SLIGP), and Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP) involving stakeholders at the local, regional, Tribal Nations, and federal levels.

Before entering public service, Mr. Michaels held the IT Director position with multiple publicly held companies. Ezzie is married and has two children.

CSP Victim Assistance Director Honored with Award from COVA

By Kristen  Foust
On October 24, Victim Assistance Director Dolores “Dee” Poeppel was presented with the Exemplary Leadership Award from the Colorado Organization for Victim Assistance (COVA). The
Exemplary Leadership Award is given to an individual who has provided outstanding leadership at
the statewide level to the victims’ movement.

In her nearly 39 years with the Colorado State Patrol, Dee has influenced significant changes in the way traffic victims are viewed and treated in the state of Colorado. To say she is a pioneer in this field would be an understatement.

It’s hard to envision a day when victims of traffic crimes were overlooked and underserved, but when Dee began her career with the Colorado State Patrol in 1978, she experienced what this was like, and set forth to make a difference. When Dee was hired by the Colorado State Patrol she first worked as an Administrative Assistant out of the Glenwood Springs troop office. Dee realized very early on that there was a need for a victim services unit within the Colorado State Patrol, and in 1991 she wrote her first grant to obtain funding for the program. Dee has built the CSP’s Victim Assistance Unit from the ground up and has gone from covering every single fatal and serious injury crash in the entire state (which she did alone for five years), to now overseeing a unit of seven full-time advocates. She not only writes the grants and administers the program from a supervisory level, she has never lost sight of where she began, and still responds to crashes; assisting victims and making a true difference each and every day.

The Colorado State Patrol was one of the first Highway Patrol Agencies in the United States to create a Victim Assistance Unit. Until recently, we were only one of three Highway Patrol Agencies that have a specific unit in place to assist victims of traffic crimes. Just as Dee was pivotal in starting the Colorado State Patrol’s Victim Assistance Unit, she has led the way and paved the path for other agencies who now not only recognize the need for service to traffic victims, but have created their own program as well, many of which have even been modeled after ours.

Dee’s vision, passion and dedication to serving traffic victims was also recognized by the United States Department of Justice in 2006 when her unit received the award for Professional Innovation in Victim Services. We would like to thank Dee for her nearly four decades of service to victims of crime and congratulate her on her award.

Emergency Management Academy Graduates 46 Professionals

On Nov. 17, 2016, the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management graduated 46 Emergency Managers from across the state from its 2016 Emergency Management Academy.

The program for new and existing emergency managers consists of training opportunities and courses that are developed to be Colorado specific and tailored to show Colorado processes. Participants attend a series of three-day sessions spread out over the course of seven months. The academy provides networking opportunities with emergency managers and professionals across the state.  It culminates with a day and a half final Emergency Operations Center exercise.
Participants engage in an emergency exercise.

The program began on May 10, 2016, and all courses were held at the State Emergency Operations Center in Centennial. DHSEM provides the academy at no cost to participants.

The Colorado Emergency Management Academy provides the knowledge, tools and processes for local emergency managers in the state of Colorado to be successful leaders in their profession and local communities. The academy allows the students to develop skills and capabilities that allow them and their partners to provide sound consequence management operations, during and after their disaster incident.

This is the 6th year DHSEM has hosted the academy. Since its founding in 2010, approximately 150 emergency managers have completed the intensive training.

Having a Colorado-focused training academy allows the students to understand the unique geographic, rural, urban, and governmental challenges in Colorado. By understanding these challenges, our emergency managers, their partners and communities are better prepared to respond to and recover from any of Colorado's threats or hazards.