CBI Celebrates its 50th Anniversary With Ceremony at Capitol on August 1
07/26/2017—The Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) celebrates its 50th anniversary in the summer of 2017, and will commemorate this important milestone at a special ceremony on the West steps of the Capitol Building (200 E. Colfax Ave. Denver, CO 80203), beginning at 10:00am on Tuesday, August 1, 2017.
Established by the Colorado Legislature and Governor John Love on July 1, 1967, the CBI’s first director was Hilbert Schauer. The CBI team (comprised of Director Schauer and Agent Joseph Moomaw) was housed in an office building located at 16th and Lincoln in downtown Denver.
In the past five decades, the CBI has provided investigative assistance and forensic science testing in thousands of investigations across the state. High profile cases such as the shootings at Columbine; the Dougherty gang’s nationwide rampage that concluded in southern Colorado; the Ted Bundy serial murders, and many others, have helped form the foundation of integrity and exceptional service for the Bureau.
In addition to investigative and forensic science testing, the CBI manages many criminal justice information systems. The CBI’s Crime Information Management Unit oversees the Colorado Crime Information Center (CCIC), which is accessed by the state’s law enforcement agencies thousands of times each day. The Biometric Identification and Records Unit provides fingerprint-based background checks for more than 400,000 people each year. Lastly, the InstaCheck Unit conducts more than 350,000 background checks for firearms transfers in Colorado each year.
“I am extremely honored to be part of the rich history of the CBI,” said Director Mike Rankin. “The cornerstone of extraordinary service demonstrated by the two founding members of the CBI in 1967 continues to this day. It drives the vision of the Bureau’s innovative team to raise our level of excellence to meet Colorado’s public safety needs.”
The CBI currently employs 271 people who work at offices in the Denver metro area, regional facilities in Grand Junction and Pueblo, and satellite locations in Boulder, Durango, Greeley and Montrose.