Colorado Economic Recovery and Accountability

Public Safety



Byrne Justice Assistance Grants:
In August 2009, Colorado announced funding for 77 programs statewide that will fund 65 jobs that were newly created or had been identified for elimination. The funds for those programs will come from $18.3 million to be used over the next four years to improve the administration of justice, crime prevention and other public safety programs. Colorado counties and municipalities have also received $11.5 million directly from the Department of Justice based on pre-existing formulas. Under the Byrne Justice Assistance Competitive Grant Program, the First Judicial District Attorney’s Office received $149,029 and the Colorado Judicial Department received $2.7 million. Contact: Meg Williams, Colorado Division of Criminal Justice, (303) 239-5717,


  • The Colorado Department of Human Services received a $1,496,570 JAG grant to provide specialized case management services to adult offenders with behavioral health disorders who are transitioning from incarceration to the community. This grant will create 10 full-time counselors at 10 mental health centers across the state.


Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS):
Administered by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing, the COPS Hiring Recovery Program (CHRP) is a competitive grant program that provides funding directly to law enforcement agencies to create and preserve jobs and to increase their community policing capacity and crime-prevention work. Colorado will receive more than $5 million in grants to fund the hiring and rehiring of 23 law enforcement officers in Englewood, Grand Junction, Ault, Commerce City, Florence, Telluride, Colorado Springs, Steamboat Springs, Alamosa, Ignacio, Idaho Springs, Vail and Black Hawk. There is no local match requirement. COPS grants provide 100 percent funding for approved entry-level salaries and benefits for three years for newly-hired, full-time sworn officer positions (including filling existing unfunded vacancies) or for rehired officers who have been laid off, or are scheduled to be laid off on a future date, as a result of local budget cuts. At the conclusion of federal funding, grantees must retain all sworn officer positions awarded under the CHRP grant. More information is avaliable at


Violence Against Women:
The Recovery Act designates $225 million nationwide for state, local and tribal governments and courts for programs that prevent and combat violence against women. Of that amount, $50 million in competitive grants will be dedicated for a transitional housing assistance program for victims of domestic violence, stalking or sexual assault. The Department of Justice has awarded a $500,000 transitional housing assistance grant to Crossroads Safehouse in Fort Collins to expand its Housing Opportunity and Mentoring Enrichment (HOME) Project, while the state of Colorado has received $2.3 million under the STOP (Services, Training, Officers, Prosecutors) Violence Against Women Formula Grant Program. The Colorado Coalition Against Domestic Violence has received $78,125 under the State Coalitions Program; another $78,125 is earmarked for an organization under the State Sexual Assault Coalition. Contact: Nancy Feldman, Colorado Department of Public Safety, 303-239-4437,; Ruth M. Glenn, Colorado Department of Human Services, Domestic Violence Program, 303-866-2855,


Victim's Assistance and Compensation:
The Recovery Act provides $100 million nationwide to support state compensation and assistance programs for victims and survivors of domestic and sexual violence, child abuse, impaired driving and other crimes. The state received 49 applications requesting $2,602,045 with more than 20 new positions and a smaller number of jobs restored or retained. The Colorado Division of Criminal Justice has received $1.8 million. Contact: Nancy Feldman, 303-239-4437,


Substance Abuse Treatment:
The Colorado Department of Human Services received $94,296 to maintain substance abuse treatment to high-risk girls at the Betty K. Marler Youth Services Center in Denver. These funds served 30 girls as of April 2010 and created a part-time counselor position.

Suicide Prevention:
The Colorado Department of Human Services received a $3,480,190 grant for a program to reduce suicides at a facility in Pueblo. They expect to use these funds to serve 64 people.


Juvenile Justice Capacity Building:
The Colorado Department of Human Services received $1.8 million to provide training in juvenile justice programs and to provide direct services to children in the justice sytem in 9 counties. The program began in March 2010. The goal is to serve 400 youth in Alamosa, Conejos, Denver, Douglas, Fremont, Grand, Garfield, Larimer and Mesa counties.

Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force:
These funds are distributed by the US Department of Justice to states and local law enforcement agencies to enhance investigation of child sexual exploitation over the Internet. The City of Colorado Springs received a $675,991 grant in May 2009. The Colorado Springs Police Department ICAC Task Force plans to use funds to create a new ICAC Coordinator position. The ICAC Program Coordinator will coordinate and oversee the operations and activities of the Colorado ICAC Task Force. Contact: Det. Brian Steckler, Colorado Springs Police, 719-444-7000

Law Enforcement in Rural Communities:
The Recovery Act provides $125 million nationwide for drug enforcement, drug prevention and treatment, and other law enforcement work in rural areas. As with the other grants, this one focuses on job creation and retention and provides national support, including training and technical assistance programs, strategically targeted to address rural needs. Colorado state and local governments and non- profit groups can compete for these grants. Montezuma County has received $394,428 and Routt County has received $1.5 million to combat crime and drugs. Contact: Meg Williams, Colorado Division of Criminal Justice, (303) 239-5717,


Local Youth Mentoring Initiative:
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado and Poudre R-1 School District have received approximately $500,000 each to develop, implement, or expand local mentoring programs that promote measurable, positive outcomes for at-risk youth and reduce juvenile delinquency, violence, gang participation, school failure, and dropout rates. The U.S. Department of Justice administers these grants.


Firefighter grants:
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security will distribute competitive grants (known by the acronym SAFER) to emergency service providers to help fire departments increase the number of trained “front-line” firefighters in their communities. The Colorado Department of Public Safety is involved in the grant applications, which begins in November 2009. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is also distributing $210 million in competitive grants for improvements or construction of non-federal fire stations. The City of Pueblo Fire Department has received $2.7 million and Fairmount Fire Protection District in Golden has received $132,787.