The Colorado State Patrol

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When formed by legislation in 1935, the Colorado State Patrol was created to “…promote safety, protect human life and preserve the highways of this state by the courteous and strict enforcement of the laws and regulations of this state relating to highways and the traffic on such highways” (CRS 24-33.5-201). Originally named the “Courtesy Patrol,” over the last 76 years the Colorado State Patrol has evolved into a comprehensive and complex law enforcement agency, without forgetting its original mission. Through the dedication to its members, both past and present, distinguished professional standards, and industry-leading technical competence, the Colorado State Patrol has stayed true to its traditions while taking on changing law enforcement challenges.

The mission of the Colorado State Patrol is to ensure the safe and secure environment for all persons by utilizing the strengths of our members to provide professional law enforcement services that reflect our core values of Honor, Duty and Respect. To truly understand how the Patrol intends to live up to their mission statement, one must also know the Patrol’s vision. As listed on the Patrol’s website, the vision of the Patrol is: “Through our unwavering professionalism and loyal adherence to our core values, the Colorado State Patrol will be nationally recognized leader in public safety. As an agency bound by our tenets of Character, Integrity, Judgment, Loyalty, Courtesy, Honor, and Knowledge, we will advance our profession as we safeguard life and protect property throughout Colorado” (CSP, 2011).

The seven tenets of the badge continue to guide our actions and policies. Moving forward, while remembering the past, is a challenge the Patrol takes seriously. As a progressive...

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...s. Any business, regardless of industry, would love to have a workforce that is dedicated to its profession and strives to continually improve.

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Colorado The Official State Portal (2011). Colorado State Patrol: An Honor to Serve, A Duty to Protect. Retrieved from http://www.colorado.gov/cs/Satellite/StatePatrol-Main/CBON/1251593174818

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