CATPA came into existence in 2003 due to the efforts of the Colorado Auto Theft Investigators Association (www.coloradoautotheft.org) a non-profit organization of law enforcement, insurance companies, and other auto theft investigators in Colorado.
Colorado General Assembly legislation in 2003 (House Bill 03-1251) permitted "voluntary" funding for the purpose of creating CATPA. Over the next four years funding from State Farm, Progressive, Liberty Mutual, Country Insurance, National Equipment Register, and other committed insurance companies created several part-time multi-agency task forces to accelerate auto theft investigations, prosecutions, and public awareness to reduce vehicle theft in Colorado. As a result of these cooperative efforts, stolen vehicle recoveries and criminal prosecutions of auto theft rings have both increased since 2006.
In 2008 Senator Betty Boyd of the Colorado General Assembly authored Senate Bill-60, which was passed by the legislature and signed by Governor Bill Ritter that same year. Senate Bill-60 provides CATPA with permanent funding of $1 per insured vehicle, each year until the sunset review in 2018. As a result, CATPA has four more years of approximately $4 million per year to assist motor vehicle theft training, prevention, investigation, enforcement, and prosecution.
The Colorado Auto Theft Prevention Authority has funded through a semi-annual grant award, two full, four overtime, and four statewide multi-agency task forces in Colorado. Under the authority a law enforcement agency or other qualified entity may apply for grant funds specifically dedicated to assist in auto theft prevention programs, enforcement, or prosecution of auto theft crimes. The following Task Forces have received grant funds through CATPA:
Metropolitan Auto Theft Task Force (MATT)
East Metro Auto Theft Team (EMATT)
Beat Auto Theft Through Law Enforcement (BATTLE)
Western Colorado Auto Theft Task Force (WCATT)
Southern Colorado Motor Vehicle Theft Task Force
Commerce City/Thornton/Adams County Auto Theft Prevention Program
Attorney General's Auto Theft Prosecution Initiative
Colorado Auto Theft Investigators (CATI)
Coloradans Against Auto Theft (CAAT)
Auto Theft Intelligence Coordination Center (ATICC)