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IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR VIRTUAL MAY 2, 2020 BIENNIAL STATE CONFERENCE
TO: All Colorado FOP Members FROM: Stephen Schulz, Colorado FOP President DATE: 6 April, 2020 RE: Virtual Biennial State Conference via Webinar Linking Brothers & Sisters On May 2nd we will be conducting our state conference via a webinar. These are unprecedented times we face with the COVID-19 Pandemic. Our members are warriors who continue to proudly serve their communities in the face of invisible killer which has unfortunately taken the life of one of our deputies in El Paso Cou...

Preventative Coronavirus Guidelines For Our Law Enforcement Family
Our priority will always be protecting our communities and amidst the Coronavirus outbreak, we’re still out there ensuring that everyone is safe while our nation experiences new challenges every day.Here are some useful tips for our fellow officers to remember via the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that can help keep all of us protected as well.Be sure to share and together we can all help #FlattenTheCurve!Source: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/guidance-law...

STATEMENT OF NATIONAL PRESIDENT PATRICK YOES ON OFFICER SAFETY ISSUES RAISED WITH HOMELAND SECURITY DEPARTMENT
National President Patrick Yoes and Executive Director Jim Pasco joined other State and local law enforcement leaders on a conference call this afternoon hosted by top officials with the Office for State and Local Law Enforcement in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to discuss officer safety issues posed by the coronavirus pandemic. National President Yoes forcefully made a case for the immediate distribution of vital personal protective equipment (PPE) to law enforcement off...

Colorado FOP Assistance Local Lodges on Special Shopping Hours 1st Responders
Brothers and Sisters, First, we want to thank you for your tireless service and devotion to the public safety needs of the citizens of your communities during this difficult time in our nation’s history. Words cannot express the gratefulness of the citizens for the risks you take to keep them safe. During this national emergency it is imperative for law enforcement officers to stay healthy in order to continue to provide necessary public safety services to their communities. As such it is...

MESSAGE FROM THE DIRECTOR WORKERS’ COMPENSATION
I’d like to begin by expressing my gratitude for your patience and resolve. At the Division of Workers’ Compensation, we remain committed to ensuring that we are able to continue to serve our stakeholders through this challenging time. We have been working to revise processes, implement emergency rules, and maintain our level of services for you. My top priorities for working through these challenges have been to ensure that injured workers are able to receive necessary medical care and ...

Legal Opinion - COVID-19 and Workers Comp First Responders
MEMORANDUM To: Sean McCauley, General Counsel, Colorado FOP Labor Council From: Nick Ruble Re: Colorado Workers Compensation and Coronavirus Exposure Date: March 25, 2020 In Colorado, exposure to coronavirus would likely be a compensable workplace “accident” or “injury.” The Colorado Workers’ Compensation Act, 8-40-101, et seq. defines “accident” to include any “unforeseen event.” This would include exposure to commonly-occurring diseases, except that to b...

Testing kits to Larimer, Mesa, and El Paso counties for health care workers and first responders.
DENVER, March 26, 2020: The Colorado State Emergency Operations Center (EOC) and Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) are distributing 4,500 testing kits obtained from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to health departments in Larimer, Mesa, and El Paso counties so that those agencies can promote testing of first responders and health care workers in their regions. This testing strategy helps strengthen medical capacity through early identification of h...

Forced Leave During COVID-19 Pandemic - FOP Position
Brothers & Sisters of the Colorado FOP FOP Executive Director Mike Violette and State President Stephen Schulz asked me to prepare an email regarding an ongoing situation with regard to mandatory quarantining of members who may have been exposed to the COVID-19, but who are not exhibiting any symptoms of the virus. I believe we need to take a universal position as an organization on this issue so that we are all playing off the same sheet of music. Here is how I think we should address the s...

Colorado FOP, CSOC and CACP Joint Press Release COVID-19
For Immediate Release: March 20, 2020 Contact: Amy Fletcher Faircloth, (720) 460-0276 [email protected] Colorado Law Enforcement Organizations Continue to Keep Communities Safe Departments implement measures to improve safety, communication; say public has an important role in stopping spread DENVER — The County Sheriffs of Colorado, the Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police and the Colorado Fraternal Order of Police released information today detailing the measures la...

CANCELLATION OF THE 2020 NATIONAL PEACE OFFICERS’ MEMORIAL SERVICE
STATEMENT OF NATIONAL PRESIDENT PATRICK YOES ON CANCELLATION OF THE 2020 NATIONAL PEACE OFFICERS’ MEMORIAL SERVICE It is with great regret that, for the first time in the event’s history, the Fraternal Order of Police and its Auxiliary will be unable to host the 39th Annual National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service in Washington, D.C. due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This decision was a difficult one, but we believe it is the right one. We are consulting with the Concerns of Poli...

COVID-19 Impact on FOP Meetings at All Lodge Levels
TO: All FOP Members FROM: Patrick Yoes, National FOP President DATE: 16 March, 2020 RE: Impact of COVID-19 on FOP Meetings at National, State and Local Levels We have received numerous questions regarding the advisability of FOP meetings in light of the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Our Constitution and Bylaws do not address state of emergencies under these circumstances, and Robert's Rules do not offer any clear guidance. However, based on our review of the various emergenc...

Colorado FOP President's Message Concerning Cancellation Of State Conference
TO: All FOP Members FROM: State FOP President Stephen Schulz DATE: 16 March, 2020 RE: Colorado State FOP 2020 Biennial Conference - Cancellation Brothers and Sisters, In light of President Trump’s Address to the Nation regarding the Coronavirus worldwide pandemic (COVID-19), I have been in discussions with your State FOP Executive Board, the National FOP President, and the National FOP Trustee concerning the current Pandemic’s potential impact and exposure risk to our delegates an...

National FOP President's Update: 2020 Police Week & COVID-19 Pandemic
TO: All FOP Members FROM: Patrick Yoes, National President DATE: 13 March 2020 RE: 2020 Police Week Update - COVID-19 Pandemic Brothers and Sisters, FOP Leadership participated in a conference call this afternoon with leaders of the various organizations who are responsible for the most crucial parts of Police Week. Together it was decided to release the attached statement regarding Police Week 2020. Please share with our members. We will be monitoring the reports and recommend...

National FOP President's Message - Coronavirus Update
TO: All FOP Members FROM: Patrick Yoes, National President DATE: 14 March 2020 RE: FOP activity in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic Brothers and sisters, I wanted to make sure all our members are fully informed about the activities of the National FOP in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and direct your attention to the specific actions we have taken to date: 14 March: The National Legislative Office provided FOP members with information regarding the measures undertaken by the F...

FOP Colorado Avalanche Benefit Game
Please join members of the Colorado Fraternal Order of Police at 8:00PM on Wednesday March 11th at the Pepsi Center for a Colorado Avalanche FOP Benefit Game against the New York Rangers. The Colorado FOP is partnering with the Colorado Avalanche to raise funds for the Colorado Police Officers Foundation in an effort to raise awareness for Law Enforcement Officer Mental Health and Wellness. $10.00 of every ticket sold through the attached ticket link (see below) will go to the Color...

Join Us February 14th, 5pm for "Roaring into 2020" Benefit Gala
What a better way to spend your Valentine's Day then supporting a great cause!   Please join us February 14th, 2020 our Fundraising Gala, "Roaring into 2020" benefiting the Colorado Police Officers Foundation.   Dress to Impress 20's Style Your ticket will include, dinner, dancing, live and silent auctions and more!   $60/person  Held at the DoubleTree by HiltonDenver-Westminster 8773 Yates Drive, Westminster, Colorado 80031 Visit our event page f...

Sgt Derek Rosales' Family in Need of Help
Grand junction Police Sergeant Derek Rosales has worked in law enforcement for 26 years and has been with the Grand Junction Police Department for the past 22 years. Sgt. Rosales also mentors and helps kids through the city’s little league football program, where he has volunteered countless hours of his own time to coach and mentor local children. His wife, Shelley, has a passion for working with special needs clients and has worked for the State of Colorado for the past 27 years.​ Der...

National FOP Officers' Wellness Summit 2020
Announcing the National FOP's inaugural "Officer Wellness Summit" which will be held in Nashville, Tennessee on January 30th & 31st. This outstanding educational event features some of the best subject matter experts on a wide range of issues concerning law enforcement officer mental health. This training event will be covering subjects such as Mental Trauma(PTSD), Police Suicide, Depression, Substance abuse, legislation and more. The online booklet below covers in detail the agenda, hot...

Update On Fort Lupton Sgt Chris Pelton Family Support Fund
The Colorado FOP wants to thank each and every one of you who have donated through our Colorado Police Officers Foundation to help Fort Lupton Sgt Chris Pelton and his family in this difficult time. We received $14,809.17 in donations directly through the Foundation’s special account set up for Chris on the Foundation’s website. Additionally, we have received $5,335 in donation’s through the Foundation’s online Facebook donation button. Bringing the total amount donated to $20,144.17....

Sherri Martin Named NFOP Director of Wellness
The National Fraternal Order of Police recognizes that, alongside our Legislative and Labor-related initiatives, Officer Wellness should be among its top priorities. National President Patrick Yoes is pleased to announce that, effective December 1, 2019, Sherri Rowan Martin has been appointed as Director of Officer Wellness for the National Fraternal Order of Police. “It is important that we recognize and force discussions on the effects our members experience from repeated traumatic event...

Fort Lupton Police Sergeant Shot - Donations Requested
Fort Lupton Police Sergeant Chris Pelton was seriously wounded in the shootout Monday evening and remains in stable but critical condition. Chris was hit in the face suffering serious injuries including lost teeth and a shattered jaw. He has since undergone two surgeries and remains in the hospital. Additional surgeries are expected. Chris is married with three children. Donations are needed to help Chris and his family during what is expected to be a long recovery. The family is staying...

Colorado Gives Day - Colorado FOP Police Foundation
The Colorado Police Officers Foundation has joined forces with the Community First Foundation for Colorado Gives Day on December 10th. Colorado Gives Day celebrates Non-Profits in Colorado and encourages people to Give Where You Live thru on-line giving. Will you please consider supporting the Colorado Police Officers Foundation this coming Tuesday? A huge plus to giving during Colorado Gives Day, is there is an incentive fund. So, for every donation, the Colorado Police Officers Foundatio...

Brian Barry Suicide Awareness
Psychological injuries such as Post Traumatic Stress and/or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder are not life sentences or career-enders; especially in our department. There are helpers, givers, difference makers, services and support available to anyone needing a lift or the presence of support when going through a rough patch. No judgment. No stigma. Just love and support. Here is one of our very own courageous and brave officers willing to invite you into his life as he shares his story of stru...

Big Victory for FOP in Aurora Colorado!!!!
GREAT NEWS!!!! The bargaining agent challenge in Aurora, Colorado for the FOP to take over as the collective bargaining agent has resulted in a great victory for the guys and gals of the Aurora FOP who put this challenge together and have prevailed.  Aurora is the 3rd largest Police department in the state. Three years and a lot of hard work by our boots on the ground paid off. Congratulations to our brothers and sisters in Aurora. We are very proud of the work that's been done over th...

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