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Mission Statement

"Enhance the profession of law enforcement
and the status of the police officer in Colorado."


As of July 1, 2019 the CPPA has over 1500 members in good standing throughout Colorado. The greater our numbers the more effective our collective voice. Our Board (made up of nine law enforcement officers) and Staff (working from Colorado Springs office) are working toward better jobs, legislation, rights, and resources for Police Officers in Colorado. Your membership helps us to find more innovative ways to help protect those that protect us. We hope you will join us in our mission and pledge your support today.


The Colorado Police Protective Association does not make contributions to political organizations, campaigns or individuals running for political offices nor do we affiliate with any specific political agenda.  Our work goes towards the improvement of the profession of law enforcement in the state of Colorado by providing additional products and services such as insurance benefits, body armor, scholarships, monitored legislative lobbying, and legal defense.

We are a Non Profit 501 (c) (8) meaning that donations to us are not tax deductible.






What is the CPPA?

CPPA is a common voice and with a common purpose, to protect the rights and benefits of individuals, associations and agencies throughout the state of Colorado. You will be joining an association of over 1500 other Peace officers who the CPPA advocates for in state legislation working toward the protection and rights of Peace officers. You will have access to excellent benefits, including insurance coverage, death benefits, scholarship opportunities, training, continuing eduction, and access to our Body Armor program to keep you at your best!


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 Can Join?

  • Those who meet the standards defined by Colorado Revised Statues, and be certified by the Peace Officers Standards and Training Board (P.O.S.T)

  • Public safety employee which includes but is not limited to dispatchers, administrative employees of police and sheriff’s departments, line staff at Colorado Dept. of Corrections facilities and/or who do not meet the requirements of active and/or retired membership

  • Previously active member in good standing who have retired after serving the required length of service and who is recognized by their department as having retired.

How is CPPA operated?

A Board of Directors, comprised of five 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?

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. Approximately 80% of Membership dues and LDF costs go directly towards Membership Benefits and LDF expenses. The remaining 20% goes towards operating expenses.

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 Mesa County. 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 over half our members. Half of all members 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.

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 at 4575 Hilton Parkway, Unit 102 in Colorado Springs. Offices hours are normally 9:00am-5:00pm, Monday-Friday. If you need to update your account information you can fax to 719-884-1257 or email to a completed Account Update Form.

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