State Criminal Justice Profile

Colorado

BJA Investments

In Fiscal Year 2014, BJA provided more than $8 million* in state and local funds to Colorado.

Justice Assistance Grant Program—State Formula $2,848,501
Justice Assistance Grant Program—19 Local Awards $1,515,731
Other Direct Discretionary Funds $3,843,875

Source: Bureau of Justice Assistance
*This amount does not include funding for national training and technical assistance programs that benefit all states and territories.

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Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program—State Formula

Grantee Name GMS Project Period Project Title GMS Award Amount
Colorado Department of Public Safety 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 State of Colorado JAG Program $2,848,501

Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program—Local Awards

Grantee Name GMS Project Period Project Title GMS Award Amount
Adams County 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Adams County Sheriff’s Office Equipment and Thornton Police Department Equipment $124,346
City and County of Denver–Denver Police Department 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 2014 Denver JAG Program $404,307
City of Arvada 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Thermal Imaging Program $16,886
City of Aurora 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 2014 JAG Program $182,876
City of Boulder 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Enhancing Public Safety Through Education, Equipment, and Enforcement Project $49,517
City of Brighton 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 FY 2014 JAG Program Radio Replacement $10,264
City of Centennial 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 JAG City of Centennial $17,622
City of Colorado Springs 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Investigative Support and Risk Mitigation for Law Enforcement Agencies in El Paso County $277,791
City of Commerce City 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 2014 Taser Purchase $16,923
City of Englewood 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Incident Command Van and Police Command Vehicle Upgrades $10,080
City of Fort Collins 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 2014 JAG Program $58,642
City of Grand Junction 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Equipment for Expansion of Women’s Locker Room $26,341
City of Greeley 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Enhancing Public Safety Through Improved Technology $64,417
City of Lakewood 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Lakewood/Jefferson County Partnership $86,969
City of Loveland 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Special Investigations Unit at the Northern Colorado Drug Task Force $13,980
City of Pueblo 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Law Enforcement Resource Enhancement Project FY 2014 $91,604
City of Westminster 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 North Metro Task Force JAG Project $28,070
City of Wheat Ridge 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Equipment Enhancement and Community Policing Program $15,304
Mesa County 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 FY 2014 JAG Project $19,792

Other Direct Discretionary Funds

Grantee Name GMS Project Period Project Title GMS Award Amount
City and County of Denver 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2016 District of Colorado FY 2014 Project Safe Neighborhoods Initiative $499,980
City and County of Denver 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2016 Coordination and Implementation of Risk-Based Pretrial Services $197,081
City and County of Denver–Denver Police Department 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2017 City and County of Denver FY 2014 Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation Program: Planning and Implementation $999,982
Colorado Department of Public Safety 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2015 Colorado John R. Justice Grant Program $33,398
Colorado Department of Public Safety 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2015 State of Colorado Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) Reallocation $64,446
Colorado Division of Criminal Justice 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Colorado Residential Substance Abuse Treatment Program $138,662
Colorado Judicial Department 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2017 18th Judicial District Recovery Court (Adult Drug Court)—Project Hope $293,457
Native American Rights Fund 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Tribal Criminal Legal Assistance Program $597,253
Native American Rights Fund 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Tribal Civil Legal Defense Program $527,253
Southern Ute Indian Tribe 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2017 Tribal Court: Families First $392,363
Ute Mountain Ute Tribe 10/01/2014 – 03/31/2016 UMUT FY 2014 Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation Program: Planning $100,000

Law Enforcement Agencies and Officers

Law Enforcement Agencies: 236

Sworn Officers: 11,981

City     County     Tribal     State     Other

Source: FBI Uniform Crime Report (2013)

  • More than 82% of the 236 law enforcement agencies in Colorado have 50 or fewer sworn officers.
  • Nearly 70% of sworn officers work for agencies with 100 or more officers.

Officer Fatalities and Assaults

Between 2004 and 2013, 8 officers were feloniously killed (0 in 2013) and 8 officers were accidentally killed in the line of duty. In 2013, 995 officers were assaulted (2.00% of all officers assaulted in the United States).

Crime Trends

According to the FBI Annual Report, nationwide violent crime in 2013 decreased more than 4% from the 2012 estimates. Below are the current crime trends for Colorado:

Crime 2012 2013 %
Violent Crime 16,023 16,226 1.3
Murder and Manslaughter 162 178 9.9
Forcible Rape* 2,113 4,984 N/A
Robbery 3,395 3,151 -7.2
Aggravated Assault 10,353 9,963 -3.8
Property Crime 139,270 140,057 0.6
Burglary 26,157 25,081 -4.1
Larceny-Theft 101,021 102,443 1.4
Motor Vehicle Theft 12,092 12,533 3.6
*This state’s agencies submitted rape data according to the revised UCR definition of rape.

Arrest Data

In 2013, total arrests (230,910) increased 8.02% from 2012. Violent-crime arrests increased 5.88% (5,691), and property-related arrests increased 24.67% (28,833).
Source: FBI Uniform Crime Reports

Court Structure

Court of Last Resort:    Supreme Court
Intermediate Appellate:    Court of Appeals
General Jurisdiction:    District Court; Denver Juvenile Court
Limited Jurisdiction:    Municipal Court; County Court

Corrections

Prisoner Admissions: 10,137
Prisoner Releases: 10,220
Total Prisoners: 20,371

Source: Bureau of Justice Statistics (2013)

Major Correctional Facilities: 24
Recidivism Rate*: 48.8%
Top Offenses: Controlled substance, assault, burglary (FY 2013)

Source: Colorado Department of Corrections
*Colorado Department of Corrections defines recidivism as a return to prison or inmate status in Colorado within 3 years of release, for either new criminal activity or a technical violation of parole, probation, or non-departmental community placement.

Regional Informations Sharing Systems® (RISS)

The Rocky Mountain Information Network (RMIN), a RISS Center, serves Colorado. There are 218 Colorado criminal justice agencies that are members of RMIN.
Source: Regional Information Sharing Systems

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Highlights

In Colorado, Byrne JAG state funding has assisted with numerous innovative initiatives and supports:

  • Aurora Police Department’s (APD) gang/violence-prevention project (ViP) under Aurora's Gang Reduction Impact Program (A-GRIP), with the goals of decreasing the attractiveness of gangs, reducing risk factors for gang membership/violence and increasing protective factors, and providing opportunities for youth/families to build positive relationships with the APD. The ViP’s programming will be provided by Friends for Youth, Hood Monsters, and the APD's Aurora for Youth.

  • Comprehensive case management system (CMS) for the District Attorney's Office, 2nd Judicial District, in partnership with the Colorado District Attorney’s Council and law enforcement, in a project to ensure the safety of individuals who face an imminent threat of danger directly related to their participation in the criminal justice system. This CMS will allow law enforcement/prosecution to identify, collect, securely share, and weigh possible protection needs. Supervisors can track expenditures and assess the success of their teams.

  • Pre-sentence assessment and treatment services for first-time juveniles accused of sexual offenses, where no other source of funding is available. The project will allow the District Attorney to more accurately assess the risk level of first-time juveniles accused of sexual offenses, to assure they get appropriate supervision and treatment, and to prevent them from moving deeper into the criminal justice system.

Source: National Criminal Justice Association

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State Administering Agency (SAA)

Department of Public Safety, Division of Criminal Justice Jeanne Smith, Director
http://cdpsweb.state.co.us/

Colorado At-A-Glance

Total Population: 5,268,367
Population Under 18: 1,237,932
Population Over 65: 647,391

Source: U.S. Census (2013 est.)

State Investigative Agency:
Colorado Bureau of Investigation Michael S. Rankin, Director

Local Governments: 2,905
Source: U.S. Census (2012)

Federally Recognized Tribes: 2
Source: Bureau of Indian Affairs

U.S. Attorneys’ Office: John F. Walsh—District of Colorado, Denver Source: U.S. Department of Justice

Homeland Security Agency: Colorado Department of Public Safety Stan Hilkey, Executive Director http://cdpsweb.state.co.us

Drug Courts: 75
Source: National Drug Court Resource Center