Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Colorado Makes Strides in National Programs that Support Local Law Enforcement

Over the past year, the Colorado Department of Public Safety has been making improvements to an important set of programs that support law enforcement and emergency response agencies statewide.

Alice Huyler is the state manager of
Colorado's 1033 and 1122 programs.
CDPS supports the Colorado Law Enforcement Support Office (LESO), which houses the programs commonly known as 1033 and 1122. These programs provide assistance from the federal government to state and local law enforcement and emergency response agencies. For both programs, the federal government requires the Governor to appoint a single individual to provide statewide management and serve as a liaison between the federal government and other agencies. That individual is Alice Huyler, manager of both the 1033 and 1122 programs in Colorado. Alice works out of the Compliance and Professional Standards Office of the CDPS Executive Director’s Office. Without the support from CDPS, local law enforcement agencies would not have the opportunity to have access to free and reduced- price equipment.

Internally, three divisions in CDPS are customers of the programs: CBI, CSP, and DFPC. During this past year, CDPS implemented a transition to increase program integrity by creating a clear separation of duties between management of CSP’s internal program and oversight for all state participants. As a result of this transition, Alice Huyler’s oversight role as the state manager is clearly defined.

Additional improvements also include increasing program compliance reviews of participating agencies.  This consists of onsite reviews of equipment inventory, policy and procedures, and assisting local participants with ongoing support. We have increased compliance reviews by 213% over the past year, and that is not a typo!

LESO at the La Plata County Sheriff's Office. 
To improve program outcomes, we designed and facilitated training sessions in various formats, which include webinars and on-site training in multiple regions. We also recognized the need for enhanced communication with participants. A quarterly newsletter was developed and is a hub for news and tips on how participants can best utilize LESO programs.

We wanted to pull together all of these exciting achievements and created Colorado’s first 1033 and 1122 Annual Report. The report aims to increase the visibility of the programs in Colorado and provide transparency to our processes. At this point we have yet to identify another state program that delivers an annual report – which potentially makes Colorado a leader nationally.

This year, Jennah Kitchell  joined Alice’s team to provide additional support and will be attending the 2017 LESO National Training Seminar in Virginia.

The outcomes and improvements being implemented by the Colorado team have not gone unnoticed; Alice was asked to present at the 2017 LESO National Training Seminar on the new training programs she designed, and she will brief other states about Colorado’s experience and success. Our Federal LESO partners also invited Alice to apply to serve as a member of the National LESO Advisory Committee. On August 28, she will join the representatives from six other states to begin her three-year term on the committee. Committee members provide input to LESO regarding program administration and changes at the national level, establish best practices, and provide advice and guidance upon request to other states. Alice looks forward to serving in this capacity and collaborating with other state programs.

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