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When was CPPA started and why?

CPPA was established in 1922 by a handful of peace officers to “enhance the profession of law enforcement and status of the police officer in Colorado.”

Who’s eligible to join CPPA?

Active or retired Peace Officers who are P.O.S.T. certified in Colorado. Associate members include dispatchers, administrative employees of police and sheriff’s departments and line staff at Colorado Dept. of Corrections facilities.

How is CPPA operated?

A Board of Directors, comprised of nine law enforcement officers across the state, provide CPPA’s vision and direction which is implemented by a three-person staff at its office in Colorado Springs. The Board meets monthly and all CPPA members are welcome to attend.

How is CPPA funded?

Almost one third of our annual operating budget currently comes from telemarketing campaigns. As with many non-profits, we rely highly on fundraising to keep our organization in business. We are very thankful for all of our generous contributors. The rest is from Member dues, sales of our yearly Colorado Peace Officers Statutory Source Book, donations, and commissions from members-only benefits CPPA Legal Defense Fund.

Why aren’t contributions to CPPA tax-deductible?

Although CPPA is a non-profit, we can’t issue tax-deductible receipts because we’re designated a 501(c)(8)—not a 501(c)(3). This means that we provide benefits to our members including death benefits and scholarships. We also retain a small lobbying firm in Denver to monitor all the proposed bills each legislative session that impact Colorado law enforcement.

What makes CPPA distinctive?

We’re a state-wide association compared to local police protective or benevolent associations such as Pueblo and Grand Junction. Many CPPA members belong to their local association as well, which often pay for their members’ CPPA dues and, sometimes, their legal coverage costs.

Why should a peace officer join CPPA?

Of the several plans currently available to Colorado peace officers, our Legal Defense Fund is second to none and utilized by nearly half our members. Half of all CPPAers also utilize discounts offered by California Casualty Auto & Home Insurance. Members also appreciate CPPA’s strong lobbying efforts at the state capitol each legislative session, our annual Statutory Source Book, our Academic Scholarships and our quarterly publication Law Enforcement Journal. Other benefits include a $500 death benefit, a Body Armor (vest) Program and discounts at major car rentals and many others establishments.

How many officers belong to CPPA?

As of October 25, 2016 CPPA had over 1600 members in good standing throughout Colorado. The greater our numbers the more effective our collective voice.

What’s the best way to get in touch if I have a question about my dues, an address/phone/beneficiary change, Legal Defense Fund payment method, or need other information?

Call us at (800) 320-2772 or email us at CPPA@CPPA.NET.   We enjoy visiting with members—and potential members—and are here to serve. We would love to have you stop by our office in the Security Services Federal Credit Union in north Colorado Springs. Offices hours are normally 8:30-4:30, Monday-Friday.
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