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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...

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