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1 Published by the County Sheriffs of Colorado In This Issue: Colorado Sheriffs Assist with Hurricane 5 Las Animas County History 9 In & Around the Capitol 15 Local Law Enforcement Recognized for Training Goals 18 Winter 2005 Volume XXVI, No. 2

2 Colorado SHERIFF C O N T E N T S Officers PRESIDENT Sheriff Jim Faull Prowers County 1st VICE PRESIDENT Sheriff Jim Crone Morgan County 2nd VICE PRESIDENT Sheriff Fred Wegener Park County SECRETARY/TREASURER Sheriff Douglas Darr Adams County PAST PRESIDENT Sheriff Jim Alderden Larimer County DIRECTORS: Sheriff Joseph Pelle Boulder County Sheriff Rod Johnson Grand County Sheriff Rick Rizor Jackson County Sheriff Stan Hilkey Mesa County Sheriff Chris Johnson Otero County Executive Director George Epp Magazine Coordinator Suzanne Ross Layout & Design Amaranth Graphic Design The Colorado Sheriff Volume 26, Number 2 Winter 2005 Published three times a year by the County Sheriffs of Colorado, Inc. Paid for by the CSOC H.M. Fund. No Taxpayer dollars are used. Executive Director s Perspective President s Message Colorado Sheriffs Assist with Gulf Coast Disaster AARP ElderWatch: Furnace Repair Scams Douglas County Sheriff Selected for State Post Park County Sheriff Graduates from FBI Academy Las Animas County, Home to History, Heroes and Scoundrels Colorado Sheriffs Complete National Training AWord with Curd AARP ElderWatch: Medicare Part D Fraud Warning In & Around the Capitol with Peg Ackerman VOICE Update Local Law Enforcement Recognized For Training Goals by Sara Reed Tech Speak: Viruses and Spy Ware, Part County Sheriffs of Colorado Fall Meeting Held in Grand Junction CSOC Store Store Order Form ON THE COVER San Miguel Sheriff Masters next to a wind damaged wall in the French Quarter, New Orleans. See article on page N. US Highway 85, Unit C Littleton, CO Phone: (720) Fax: (720) Web:

3 Executive Director s Perspective Fall 2005 Elsewhere in this issue of the Colorado Sheriff you will read about natural disasters. Even as our attention is drawn to the devastation wrought by tsunamis, earthquakes, tornadoes and hurricanes, there is enormous devastation being done to the lives of Americans through the abuse of methamphetamine. Natural disasters grab our attention with vivid images on the news. Equally vivid scenes are being played out in communities across our country as the lives of men, women, and children are ruined by this drug. Meth s insidious nature is a product of several factors. It is a drug that can be manufactured easily from readily available consumer products. No specialized knowledge or training is needed to make it. The manufacturing process produces and leaves behind poisonous chemicals. Persons exposed to these chemicals, especially children, suffer permanent and potentially deadly health risks. Hidden contamination caused by production of meth lingers in homes, hotel rooms, automobiles, and other location where labs have operated. Flammable materials are produced during the manufacturing process, often resulting in fires and explosions. Meth provides the user with feelings of euphoria and high energy. The addictive power of meth is so great that it is common to see users not only neglect their own health and nutrition, but that of their children as well. Use of meth results in mental and physical effects including extreme paranoia, increased aggression, and damage to the cardio vascular system and the brain. For reasons that are not completely clear, the meth epidemic is concentrated in rural and blue collar areas. The impact of the meth crisis is felt throughout our communities. In some counties reported cases of child abuse and neglect related to meth are overwhelming social services systems. The courts, jails, prisons, probation and parole are feeling the pressure. County commissioners in the Front Range recently ranked meth as one of the top problems that they face. Other states have felt the impact of this drug earlier than we have here in Colorado. We have been looking at the experiences in Oregon, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Missouri, Montana and others to learn what works for them. It is becoming clear that there are several strategies that have been successful. Community task forces that include law enforcement, public health officials, social services, schools, churches and other stakeholders Reducing access to meth precursors Emphasis on prevention, especially with young people Research to improve treatment for meth addicts Increased availability of treatment resources. A number of Colorado communities have already put programs of this type to work, including the community task force in Moffat County and the campaign to help drug endangered children led by Lt. Lori Moriarity of the North Metro Drug Task Force. Colorado citizens must pull together now to expand the efforts we have already started and work to develop and implement the strategies that will stop the spread of the meth crisis. George Epp Executive Director 3 Colorado Sheriff

4 President s Message The Office of Sheriff many times has duties and responsibilities that have little relationship to criminal law enforcement. This summer has shown us all what Mother Nature is capable of when she gets her dander up. Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma have put an unprecedented strain on the Sheriff Offices in the southeast part of our country. The only statewide events that could even come close would be some of the devastating wild fires this state has seen in the recent past. Right after Katrina hit the gulf coast states we started getting requests from the National Sheriffs Association for assistance to the local county and parish sheriffs offices. We sometimes forget or don t realize that the deputies and civilian staff of the sheriff are also victims of natural disasters. The requests from many of the sheriffs were for clothing for their staffs and equipment that had been lost due to the hurricane. Many of the deputies had only the clothes they were wearing when the hurricane hit. Most had moved their families to safe areas but lost their homes and all of their belongings. The deputies went for days without a change of clothing and much of their equipment was unusable. It may sound selfish to some that the Sheriffs were asking for help for their deputies when so many victims were needing assistance. But think about it! Deputies or any first responders are not going to be much good to anyone if they don t have the wherewithal to do their jobs. Law enforcement agencies from across the United States, including those from Colorado, were quick to respond to requests for assistance. One of the problems encountered by those responding was the inability to communicate (use of radio) effectively with the local agencies and those who were also responding from outside the disaster area. One of the basic requirements during any emergency is the ability to communicate with other first responders. Without the ability to communicate effectively with all of the different emergency response entities, there would be very little coordination and the response would be very ineffective during the chaos resulting from the natural disaster. You might ask what this has to do with the Sheriffs of Colorado. I want you to know that every sheriff has been involved in the planning for the response to just about any disaster or terrorist attack. One of the major components of these plans is the ability of responding emergency agencies to be able to communicate with each other. The County Sheriffs of Colorado have been involved in the planning to insure that different first response agencies are able to communicate with each other to insure a rapid and coordinated response to any disaster, man made or natural, that may occur in Colorado. The cost involved to insure radio interoperability is high. There are many obstacles to overcome, but Colorado s first response agencies have made tremendous strides in our ability to communicate with each other. We have a ways to go, but we re in much better shape than we were just a few years ago. Sheriff Jim Faull Prowers County Colorado Sheriff 4

5 Colorado Sheriffs Assist with Gulf Coast Disaster Teams from several Colorado Sheriff s Offices assisted with rescue and recovery operations following Hurricane Katrina. Sheriff Roger Benton from Costilla County and Sheriff Bill Masters from San Miguel County accompanied their teams on the mission. Pueblo County Sheriff Dan Corsentino sent a team of his officers and a Pueblo Police Department officer to the hurricane area. Other counties collected relief supplies for victims and particularly for law enforcement officers and first responders who had lost homes and personal effects. Colorado National Guard troops, including a number of sheriff s deputies and police officers, where quickly activated and sent to the disaster area. Sheriff Masters and his four deputies were placed in the unique position of securing a huge amount of currency in a flooded vault in New Orleans. The Costilla County team worked in St. Bernard Parrish, south of New Orleans, the area hit hardest by Katrina. Pueblo County officers also worked in New Orleans. All of the teams participated in rescues and helped to restore order. Pueblo Sheriff s Commander Greg McCain summed up the experience as being a priceless opportunity to learn and to take the lessons back to Colorado. We in Colorado were very proud of the willingness of our sheriffs and deputies to go the aid of the victims of this enormous disaster. Pueblo County deputies patrol flooded New Orleans 5

6 Flooded warehouse contain the vault Objective of the San Miguel County Mission Colorado officers check on a boat found miles inland Sheriff Masters examines wind damage in the French Quarter 6

7 Furnace Repair Scams BEWARE! With the winter months fast approaching, beware of con-artists who claim to be city building or health inspectors who are there to check the furnace. Once in the basement they either cause damage or claim a health or safety threat exists. Then they demand your money, either for immediate repairs or reassembly. To guard against such scams: Always get a second opinion and written estimates. Be cautious of any unsolicited approach, particularly offers of free inspections, maintenance, and repair service with a today-only price. If you don t already have a regular heating contractor, it s wise to find one before you have a problem. Get references from people you trust. Have your system checked prior to the winter months. Your local BBB can provide a reliability report. As always, don t let con-artists use scare tactics to panic you into buying service that you don t need. Prevent Financial Elder Abuse! Denver Metro Area

8 Douglas County Sheriff Selected for State Post Former Sheriff Acree Mike Acree stepped down as Douglas County Sheriff on Sept. 7 to take a position as the Deputy Director of the Colorado Department of Public Safety. Acree will be working directly with Joe Morales, Executive Director of the Department of Public Safety, and former Sheriff of Summit County. Undersheriff Dave Weaver was appointed by the Douglas County Commissioners to fill the remainder of Sheriff Acree s term. County Sheriffs of Colorado congratulates both of these officers on their accomplishments. Douglas County honored former Sheriff Acree with a public tribute to his 22 years with the Douglas County Sheriff s Office. Sheriff Weaver Park County Sheriff Graduates from FBI Academy Park County Sheriff Fred Wegener joined an exclusive group when he graduated from the FBI National Academy on September 16. Sheriff Wegener is the first member of the Park County Sheriff s Office to complete the 10 week program, held at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia. Established by former FBI director J. Edgar Hoover as a place for law enforcement executives to receive management and leadership training, the curriculum combines leadership, forensic science, media relations and other academic subjects with rigorous physical training and testing. Sheriff Wegener Colorado Sheriff 8

9 Las Animas County, Home to History, Heroes and Scoundrels (These accounts are adapted from a history of the Las Animas County Sheriffs, provided to County Sheriffs of Colorado by Las Animas County Sheriff Jim Casias) Trinidad and Las Animas County were on the Mountain Branch of the Santa Fe Trail, the early route used by mountain men, settlers, and traders to reach Santa Fe from the east. Trinidad had a singular reputation in the early days as the most frontier town in Colorado. The Office of Sheriff in Las Animas County has a colorful history that matches the town. Juan Gutierrez was one of the signing members of the resolution that formed Las Animas County on February 9, Las Animas County, at that time, stretched from the Sangre de Cristo Mountain Range to the modern day Kansas border and included all of what is now Baca County. Juan Gutierrez became the first sheriff of Las Animas County. Sheriff Gutierrez played a role in what became know as the Christmas Day War, in The weather was very warm for that time of year and the men, having nothing to do after church was over, were going from bar to bar and generally causing a ruckus in town. One particularly obnoxious Anglo was challenging everyone to a boxing or wrestling match. A Hispanic fellow took him up on the offer and immediately pinned the man. Words were exchanged and rocks were thrown. Frank Blue, a stagecoach driver for Barlow-Sanderson, walked out of a bar and straight into a thrown rock. He pulled his gun and shot the Hispanic challenger dead. Blue was taken into custody by Sheriff Juan Gutierrez and placed in a vacant building guarded by six Hispanics and six Anglos. A few days later a mob of Anglos moved to rescue Blue from his captors. Blue and his rescuers began firing on every Hispanic in sight. Fire was returned and every Anglo on the street rushed to hole up in P.B. Sherman s Hotel on West Main at Beech Street. The Sheriff and hundreds of Hispanics took up positions outside the hotel. Then, a large band of Ute s rode into town and offered to assist the sheriff in removing the Anglos from the hotel. The Sheriff politely refused, so the Ute s moved to a hilltop and watched from above. Blue and three companions escaped 9

10 from the hotel in the middle of the night, taking most of the Anglo s ammunition with them. The next morning a truce was called and the rest of the Anglos were released. Dr. Michael Beshoar, who remained neutral during the confrontation, treated the wounded from both sides. In his opinion it was a case of bad booze and bad blood. Sheriff Gutierrez resigned on January 14, 1868, three weeks after the Christmas Day War. Sheriff Jno Kinnear was appointed by the county commissioners to replace Sheriff Juan Gutierrez. Sheriff Kinnear had to deal with the fallout of the Christmas Day War after Sheriff Gutierrez resigned. The main effect of the Christmas Day War was the occupation of Trinidad by U.S. Army Troops. This became know as the first occupation of Trinidad. On February 6, 1872, three brothers with the last name of Wilson rode into Trinidad with a group of cowboys from Texas. During their stay in town one of the brothers ended up at the Exchange Saloon for some gambling and drinking. Thinking he had been cheated, he roared out of the saloon yelling he would be back. While the Wilson brother was gone the barkeep sent for the Sheriff. Sheriff Juan Tafoya was waiting quietly when the cowboys returned with their guns drawn. Despite the saloon s offer to return the money, Wilson declared that someone was going to die. As Sheriff Tafoya moved forward to grab Wilson s gun, Wilson fired twice, hitting Tafoya once in the chest and once in the head. Sheriff Juan Tafoya was the first Sheriff killed on duty in Las Animas County. The Wilson s and other cowboys barreled out of town, but were later dealt with by a posse. In retaliation for the death of Sheriff Tafoya, the posse gunned down two of the Wilson brothers in a running gunfight to the east of Trinidad near present day Beshoar Junction. Believing he would be spared, the other Wilson brother surrendered to the posse. After listening to his plea for mercy, the posse hanged the last Wilson brother from a cottonwood tree on Gray Creek Trail (now Gray Creek Road), as a Sister Blandina warning to other would be scoundrels. Deputy Sheriff Wilford Witt was appointed to replace Sheriff Juan Tafoya on February 6, Witt became Sheriff around one of the most dangerous times in Las Animas County history as chronicled in the writings of Sister Blandina Segale, a Catholic Nun who taught school in Trinidad. After arriving in Trinidad, Sister Blandina found that Trinidad was a town that was frequented by outlaws. Lynching was a common practice and the law was often determined not by the Sheriff, but by the mob. In one such instance, a man had shot another man, fatally wounding him. The mob had gathered around the house of the wounded man. Anticipating his death, they were planning to go to the jailhouse where the man who shot continued on page 21 10

11 Colorado Sheriffs Complete National Training Left to right, Sheriff Drescher, Mr. Fred G. Wilson, Sheriff McKee, Sheriff Frangis Delta County Sheriff Fred McKee, Cheyenne County Sheriff Virgil Drescher, and Elbert County Sheriff Bill Frangis graduated from the 89th National Sheriff s Institute on October 1st, joining over 3,000 other graduates of the program since it began in They were awarded their certificates by Mr. Larry Solomon, Deputy Director of the National Institute of Corrections, and Mr. Fred G. Wilson, Director of Training of the National Sheriffs Association. The National Sheriffs Institute is the only national level executive development program designed for sheriffs. Twenty five other sheriffs from across the country also graduated with McKee, Drescher, and Frangis. During the 89th session participants discussed leadership issues and response to continuing issues in criminal justice, public safety, and homeland security. The National Sheriffs Institute is a partnership between the National Sheriffs Association and the National Institute of Corrections. NIC is a division of the United States Department of Justice Bureau of Prisons. NIC is the leading national resource for training and technical assistance for jail operations, planning, design, and programming. The National Sheriffs Association is a non-profit corporation located in Alexandria, Virginia. NSA represents the nearly 3,100 elected sheriffs across the United States, and has more than 20,000 members including sheriffs, deputy sheriffs, and other law enforcement professionals. 11

12 A Word with Curd Dean Curd CSOC Training Director There is considerable excitement in the CSOC Training Unit, for several reasons, and we re always pleased to receive new opportunities to increase our services to the Colorado Sheriffs and their offices. Improving our training increases the overall viability of the Sheriffs Association, as well as assisting the Sheriffs with their obligations to protect the public and provide constitutional services to the people of Colorado. We are delighted to welcome a new staff member to the training unit, Ms. Janet Larson. Janet is a former law enforcement officer, legal assistant, and an accomplished, quality trainer. She is an experienced developer of curricula for new courses, has a strong law enforcement background in patrol and FTO program training, and is a proven, high output individual. A valuable addition to our unit, and we re excited to have her here at CSOC. CSOC is honored to be able to assist our fellow elected officials, the Colorado Coroners, with the development of their newly mandated state training program. Our training staff will meet regularly with the Board of Coroner s, to provide staff assistance for the Board and to develop a forty hour mandatory training program for newly elected coroners. This training is to be provided after each four-year election, and will be developed by CSOC staff with the advice and consent of the Board. The forty hour course will likely address a broad spectrum of topics related to the duties of a coroner, to include death investigations, relationships with other law enforcement, courts and citizens, Media duties, notification issues, legal issues, and more. The program will be designed to provide necessary information to new coroners, as well as providing them networking opportunities with existing coroners and generally easing their transition into this challenging office. In addition to the forty hour course, CSOC trainers will assist with the development and presentation of a sixteen hour yearly in-service training course for coroners, on a variety of topics. These courses will possibly be presented across the state, to effectively and efficiently reach all coroners. CSOC truly welcomes the opportunity to assist the Coroners Association, and we will do our best to deliver high quality training and assistance to this elected group of professionals. Director Epp and the training unit are undertaking the development of a Leadership Seminar for Sheriffs, Chiefs of Police and Fire Chiefs. It s new, and not developed sufficiently to be fully described in this article, but it seeks to provide the leadership of emergency service agencies and offices in Colorado with tools necessary to work together to more effectively safeguard our communities and solve community problems. We recognize that in times of crisis, such as Hurricane Katrina, the leaders of emergency service agencies within a community don t always connect personally and/or effectively to address the crisis. We intend, through this seminar and its facilitators, to assist in the development of communication and leadership skills which will enable our leaders to comfortably work together to address crisis situations. 12

13 NEWS RELEASE Colorado Department of Law Attorney General John W. Suthers AARP ElderWatch FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October, 2005 Contact: Kristen M. Hubbell, Communications Director Janice L. Friddle, AARP ElderWatch Director CONSUMER ALERT ATTORNEY GENERAL SUTHERS AND AARP ELDERWATCH WARN CONSUMERS ABOUT MEDICARE PART D FRAUD (DENVER) With the enrollment period for Medicare Part D fast approaching this November, the Colorado Attorney General s Office and AARP ElderWatch today warned Medicaid Part D consumers about avoiding fraudulent enrollment offers. The new drug benefit is the biggest change in the Medicare program since its creation forty years ago, said Attorney General Suthers. As the enrollment date approaches, seniors should watch out for scams and be cautious about any offer to enroll them in Medicare Part D. Medicare Part D is available to anyone eligible for Medicare to help with the cost of prescription drugs. Effective January 1, 2006, Part D will be provided by private health-insurance companies for a monthly premium. Federal officials estimate that 41 million seniors are eligible to enroll in Medicare Part D across the country. Of those, roughly 520,000 reside in Colorado. AARP and the Attorney General s Office want to ensure consumers take advantage of the new benefit in a safe and cautionary manner, including not giving out your Social Security number over the phone unless you originated the call, said AARP state director Jon Looney. The Attorney General in conjunction with AARP ElderWatch, issued the following tips to consumers to help them avoid becoming a victim of identity theft and fraud: -more- 13

14 Medicare Part D Fraud Tips page 2 Protect all personal information, including your Medicare number. Do not give out personal information, including bank, credit card and Social Security numbers. Plans are not allowed to request personal information such as this in their marketing activities. Never provide payment over the phone or the Internet. The provider must send you a bill if you enroll over the telephone or web. Don t be pressured. Be suspicious of anyone who calls you that you have not contacted yourself or do not already have a plan with. Companies can call to tell you about their Medicare drug plans, but they can t sign you up by calling you. Companies also cannot visit you at your home unless you invite them. Take your time to make the best decision. You have from November 15, 2005 until May 15, 2006 to decide. Joining is free. You never have to pay for a form, or to get help filling it out. You don t have to join. Medicare s prescription drug plan may be good for many people, but you don t have to join. Even if you don t join a Medicare drug plan, you won t lose your other benefits from Medicare (Parts A and B) or from Social Security. Look for the Medicare-Approved seal on plan materials. All Medicare approved plans will carry this seal. Know the enrollment rules. Medicare prescription drug plans, for instance, cannot begin enrolling people with Medicare until November 15, Call MEDICARE if you are not sure about Medicare s rules. Medicare recipients who believe their information has been inappropriately used should contact MEDICARE and the Attorney General s Colorado Consumer Line at Consumers can also contact the Federal Trade Commission s ID Theft hotline at to file a report. AARP ElderWatch is a project of the Colorado Attorney General s Office and the AARP Foundation. # # # 14

15 In & Around the Capitol with Peg Ackerman For the first time since the enactment of the 120-calendar-day limit on regular sessions of the General Assembly, the Legislature adjourned before the 120th day. This was possible because an agreement on a proposed solution to the state s fiscal crisis was accomplished before that deadline. As previously reported, the County Sheriffs of Colorado were involved in a number of significant bills until the closing hours of the 2005 session. A very brief description of the measures that were enacted into law follows: H.B by Rep. Romanoff and Sen. Johnson This bill making outpatient substance abuse treatment a service that may be paid for by Medicaid became law when signed by Governor Owens on May 26, 2005 H.B by Rep. Stafford and Sen. Windels - This bill creating a competency to proceed statute for juvenile delinquency cases was signed by the Governor on June 3rd and took effect on July 1, H.B by Rep. Hall and Sen. Williams As passed by the House, this bill removed the restrictions on the release of information about persons registered as sex offenders and authorized law enforcement agencies to place such information on their web sites. In the Senate, posting on the Internet was limited to adult felony offenders and the most serious juvenile offenders. Although the Sheriffs did not agree with that limitation, they are still happy that the bill was approved by the Governor and became law on May 27, H.B by Rep. Decker and Sen. Williams This bill prohibiting the possession and use of radar jamming devices in motor vehicles was signed by the Governor in April and took effect on July 1, H.B by Rep. Ragsdale and Sen. Johnson This bill mandating the court to order a criminal who injures or kills a law enforcement, fire, or search and rescue service animal to pay for the costs of treating or replacing that animal was also signed by Governor Owens in April became law on July 1, H.B by Rep. Judd and Sen. Takis This bill enabling Sheriffs civil divisions to recover the actual costs of serving and executing court orders related to the recovery of property has been approved by the Governor and will become law on August 8, H.B by Rep. McCluskey and Sen. Grossman This bill designed by the Peace Officers Standards and Training Board to improve the quality of Colorado s peace officers was signed by the Governor in April and will also take effect on August 8, H.B by Rep. Larson and Sen. Bacon This bill keeping communications between an peace or fire officer and a peer 15

16 support team member confidential was signed by Governor Owens in March and became law on July 1, H.B by Rep. Borodkin and Sen. Fitz-Gerald This bill creating a task force to address the escalating problem of trafficking in adults and juveniles became law when the Governor signed the measure on April 5, H.B by Rep. Larson and Sen. Williams This bill requires drivers to yield the rightof-way to parked emergency vehicles was signed by Governor Owens on June 1st and took effect on July 1, H.B by Rep. Kerr and Sen. Fitz-Gerald This bill requiring the driver s license of a person convicted of providing alcohol to a minor to be suspended for 6 months was approved by the Governor and became law on July 1, H.B by Rep. Butcher and Sen. Tapia This bill compelling the court to order a person found not guilty by reason of insanity of a sexual offense to register as a sex offender upon his or her release from a mental health institution took effect when signed by the Governor on June 2, H.B by Rep. Romanoff and Sen. Tapia This bill, that meets the need for a new forensic psychiatric facility at the Colorado Mental Health Institution by authorizing the state to lease a facility constructed by a private party, was allowed to become law without the Governor s signature on June 9, H.B by Rep. Solano and Sen. Bacon This bill making it a serious misdemeanor to gain personal identifying information of another person by computer, telephone or other electronic device was approved by the Governor and became law on July 1, S.B by Sen. Takis and Rep. Vigil This bill making several improvements in the juvenile parole laws took effect when signed by Governor Owens on April 14, S.B by Sen. Williams and Rep. May This bill designed to reduce teen-age traffic fatalities by imposing restrictions on newly licensed minor drivers was signed by the Governor at a press conference on April 21st and became law on July 1, S.B by Sen. Keller and Rep. Hefley This bill authorizing the creation of multi-jurisdictional mental health service districts became law when signed by Governor Owens on June 2, S.B by Sen. Grossman and Rep. T. Carroll Despite recent complaints by the press, the Sheriffs still believe this bill strikes the necessary balance between disclosing how homeland security grant money is being spent and the need to prevent the release of information that could be used by terrorists or other criminals. The measure was signed by the Governor in May and took effect on July 1, S.B by Sen. Grossman and Rep. Paccione This bill, attacking identity theft by allowing a consumer to put a security freeze on his or her credit report, was signed by Governor Owens on June 1, Parts of the bill became law when signed and other parts have effective dates of July 1, 2005 and July 1, S.B by Sen. Kester and Rep. Jahn This bill establishing a county officers salary commission to make recommendations to the Legislature on appropriate levels of compensation for elected county officers became law when signed by the Governor on June 7, Although these good bills did make it through the legislative process, there were also some significant losses. The identity theft bills strengthening the penalties for this serious crime were lost because of the projected costs of putting more criminals in prison for a longer period of time. The bill providing a means of identifying the adult who purchased the keg of beer seized at teenage drinking party failed because it was seen as imposing an undue burden on business. The bill making failure to wear a seat belt a primary traffic offense was defeated by one vote because some legislators were concerned about personal freedom and others were concerned about the potential for harassment of minorities. Despite these disappointments, the County Sheriffs of Colorado would not characterize the 2005 session as unsuccessful. Some very good legislation did pass and Sheriffs know that in the Legislature, as in baseball, there is always next year. 16

17 VOICE Update Robert Holland CSOC Information Services Director We continue to make progress with VOICE Re-engineering Project. We have the new, smaller, more powerful IBM servers installed which will eventually pick up the duties of the older, much larger systems. You would have to be a techie like myself and Ryan (CSOC Manager of Technology Development) to be excited by this news, but it is a big step and for us and the culmination of a great deal of work. There is now a whole new set of tasks that can begin. Without going into the boring details of how we will be spending the next few months at work here, we have to duplicate the older systems on the new ones and then work on the new ones until we get them operational, tested and finally ready for deployment---which means when we use them to go live with victim notification services. Soon I will begin looking for candidate counties to step up and help us test the new systems. We have added over 250 Victim Advocates this year throughout all the new counties which have been brought online with the VOICE/CJAILS systems. We have over 900 active Victim Advocates statewide now and that s a lot of victim services provided by CSOC to our sheriffs. Even while we are building the new hardware and enhanced software for the next incarnation of VOICE/CJAILS, we are still actively growing the amount of participating counties as we go. The counties listed below will soon begin working on connections to the VOICE/CJAILS systems: La Plata, Archuleta, Alamosa, Chaffee, Grand and Elbert. It is quite exciting to see them now poised to begin the work of connecting to the CSOC services. The Global Justice XML project we are working on is making good progress now as well. The Department of Corrections systems analyst has completed her preliminary work of mapping the CJAILS system to the Department of Corrections forms and also the other justice related systems in the state which need the real time jail/offender information that CJAILS contains. The work on this information sharing standard is quite important for the State of Colorado and also for the nation s larger law enforcement systems to be able to connect one another. Interestingly enough, this work is being done in compliance with the Federal Bureau of Investigation s computer systems development requirements and that is quite a challenge for us. On another front, we have spent considerable resources and efforts in applying for a new federal grant opportunity called SAVIN, which stands for State Automated Victim Information Notification. This grant, if it comes through, will give us enough additional resources to fully enhance the VOICE/CJAILS systems by creating an offsite duplicate system which could be brought into play if there was ever a catastrophe here at the CSOC site. We ll be busy for the next two years with this and it will also help us create new jail management software for our most rural jails. This new software will use the aforementioned Global Justice XML Data Model standard as a means to connect to the VOICE/CJAILS systems and will continue to enhance and improve our technology and services to the citizens Colorado. It is your grassroots support that enables us here at CSOC to create and maintain these critical services for the citizens of this fair state. I cannot overstress the importance of your help in keeping us operational. While the grants we apply for are funding major capital improvement projects, it is your assistance that keeps our day-to-day operations ongoing. We are always striving to keep your safety and well being as our number one priority. So, always remember that by helping CSOC you are also helping your fellow citizens and by helping one another we also help ourselves as well. Our number one goal is the safety and well being of all those living in the beautiful State of Colorado. So, as I always say, thanks so much for your help and support and please be safe and cautious out there! Colorado Sheriff 17

18 Local Law Enforcement Recognized for Training Goals BY THE NUMBERS Since last October, number of Colorado law enforcement agencies with Crisis Intervention Teams: 43 Number of officers trained (as of June 2005): 1,257 Percentage of CIT calls that result in transport to treatment centers, including hospitals, detox and mental health centers: 74 Percentage of CIT calls that result in arrest: 4.2 Percentage of CIT calls that involved weapons: 55 Percentage of calls involving weapons that result in injury to officer or citizen: 2 by Sara Reed Reprinted with permission from the Ft. Collins Coloradoan Local law enforcement officials say a year-old training program has given them more confidence in dealing with volatile situations, especially when there s mental illness involved. Crisis Intervention Team training, which began in Memphis, Tenn., in 1987, and was made available in Northern Colorado last October, equips law enforcement officials with tools they might not otherwise have. The Larimer County Sheriff s Office and Fort Collins police are two of 43 law enforcement agencies across the state that train their officers or deputies how to handle people in crisis situations be it from mental illness, substance abuse or situation. The Sheriff s Office recently was recognized by the state of Colorado for its commitment to the training by meeting training goals and several of its deputies singled out for awards, according to spokeswoman Eloise Campanella. The program, administered through the Colorado Division of Criminal Justice, has a training goal of 25 percent of patrol deputies or officers in each agency, Campanella said, and the Sheriff s Office is the only one to have met that goal. This new perspective has been very valuable to deputy Brian Ficker, who said a lot of the training deals with breaking things down to a personal level and helping people realize there are solutions to their problems. I use it at every opportunity, Ficker said. It s very, very valuable. After 22 years, it s nice to finally look from the other side of things. Mental health professionals see this type of training as a valuable tool. They (law enforcement) have the ability to put a mental health hold on anybody and take them to the hospital, said Kurtis Royer, a therapist with the Larimer Center for Mental Health and the 18

19 Connections program. They need to know what the criteria are. And because law enforcement has a fair amount of contact with people with mental health problems, Royer said it s important for them to be able to recognize that there could be a variety of reasons that cause a person to act out. The Sheriff s Office has 22 of nearly 75 patrol deputies with Crisis Intervention Team training certificates, according to Sgt. Tim Sullivan, who is in charge of the program training for the Sheriff s Office. Sullivan said he plans to have half the deputies trained within the next few years. Active listening and how to de-escalate a situation where emotions are running high without going in to authoritarian mode is part of what the training is about, Sullivan said, and the goal is to help the person find solutions and connect them with the appropriate resources. As law enforcement officials, they are often among the first on scene when someone is in a crisis state, and officers often don t have the training to deal with people in those situations, law enforcement officials said. As police officers we re trained to take control of a situation right away, said Fort Collins police Sgt. Joel Tower, who oversees training in the department. With mental health situations, you have to slow it down. Officers and deputies who have gone through the training said they have had occasion to use it and feel more confident when they re handling crisis calls. A big part of it is understanding what situation that person is in, said deputy Nancy Kay Yarberry. The training helps you understand. Yarberry, a hostage negotiator with the SWAT team, said the training was helpful in helping her communicate to a developmentally disabled man who was trying to get in to an area they d blocked off for a SWAT call. Some of it was realizing the limitations of the disability, which we learned in class, she said. These skills can be used at any time. The usefulness of the training goes beyond extreme situations, said deputy Travis Matkin, a patrol deputy with the Estes Park squad. Matkin said he utilizes the training every day, whether he s conducting a traffic stop, taking a report over the phone or walking into a domestic violence situation. When you walk into a situation where the emotions are running high, you are able to pull yourself back, Matkin said. When people call you, they re probably not calling you to get coffee tomorrow morning. Matkin said he also used the training one night to talk a young man out of jumping off the Olympus dam at Lake Estes. The training gives you a new perspective, he said. Originally published September 19,

20 TECH SPEAK Viruses and Spy Ware - Part 2 Ryan Buerger Manager of CSOC Technology Development Welcome back to another edition of Tech Speak. Last issue I gave a brief overview of viruses; this issue we will visit a virus s close cousin, spyware. Spyware can act much like a virus in many ways but how your computer contracts them and the consequences of having them are much different than those of viruses. Spyware is described by Webopedia (www.webopedia.com) as Any software that covertly gathers user information through the user s Internet connection without his or her knowledge, usually for advertising purposes. This definition covers the basic reason that spyware exists, to get as much information about you and your web surfing habits as possible, but it does not explain how devastating spyware can be to a user s computer and how easily your computer can be infected by spy ware. Spyware is installed on a user s computer via use of the internet. Just clicking on a web link can redirect you to a site that will automatically install software on your computer. This is mostly 20 true in the case of non-trusted sites, for example most major corporate sites do not contain spyware but if they link to external sites, those sites could potentially contain spyware. The majority of the time if you surf well known and/or corporate websites you do not need to worry about spyware. The problem is that pretty much every web user ventures out beyond these safe areas. If the point of the internet is to explore and gain information then how do we safely surf without exposing our computer to these risks? There is no definite answer, but the best way is to only traverse sites and links that seem to house legitimate information. For example you are more likely to encounter spyware on pornographic and hacking websites than you are your local news channels website. How do you know if you have spyware? Spyware can exhibit many strange behaviors. The most common is problems with your web browser not acting right. If you are being redirected to websites that you have never visited and did not type into the address bar or if you end up at non-standard search pages (examples of standard search pages are google.com, yahoo.com, msn.com), spy ware might be controlling your web browser. Spyware will also take control of your browser, sometimes opening up windows without you clicking on a link. How do you get rid of spyware once you have it? There are many products out that remove spyware; you can either get a free version of one like AdAware or you can pay for a more robust solution like Spy Sweeper. As with viruses prevention is the best recipe. Many of these programs have preventative software that will stop spyware from being installed but you can also lower your risk by using a more secure web browser, for example Mozilla FireFox instead of Internet Explorer. Another viable option is to change the security settings of your web browser to disable scripting and ActiveX. Most of these programs are installed via scripts and if you disable these in your web browser your chances of getting infected by spyware are dramatically reduced. Spy ware can contain almost any program imaginable. Spy ware can be used to log everything you type and then send it to the spy ware company for analysis. In this modern web based world, spy ware is what viruses use to be. Viruses are still dangerous but to the average user spy ware is much more devastating, both financially and emotionally. The ease of which spy ware can infect your computer places it as one of the largest problems that the growing web community is facing.

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