Member Recognition

The Colorado State Patrol recognizes its members as our greatest asset.  We are committed to investing in our personnel by providing education, personal enrichment, and professional development that enables them to utilize their individual strengths to achieve our collective mission of offering the highest quality of service to the public.  Featured within this section of our website are members both past and present who deserve to be recognized for their contributions.


FALLEN OFFICERS

Since its creation in 1935, the Colorado State Patrol has lost 26 members in the line of duty. These 26 individuals made the ultimate sacrifice in their service to the people of Colorado. Every current and past member of the Colorado State Patrol keeps these individuals and their families in their thoughts each and every day.


VALOR AWARD

The Valor Award is bestowed upon an employee for a conspicuous act of heroism calling for an outstanding degree of dedication and devotion above and beyond professional duty that involved a high degree of risk to the life of the Member of the Colorado State Patrol. This award is given for an act or series of acts committed with outstanding courage in a perilous situation. These situations due to extraordinary circumstances must have placed the member and/or others in actual physical jeopardy. While exposed to danger, the member must have acted with deliberate intent and while acting must have exercised judgment and performed competent action sufficient to reflect credit and admiration upon themselves and the Colorado State Patrol.


LIFE SAVING AWARD

Bestowed on an employee for an act or acts resulting in the saving or preservation of human life that would have expired without direct action by the rescuer, and which was beyond the scope of normal, professional performance.


CITIZENS APPRECIATE STATE TROOPERS (C.A.S.T.)

Citizens Appreciate State Troopers (C.A.S.T.) Award is to acknowledge, commend and congratulate State Troopers for on or off duty endeavors of an exceptional, compassionate, magnanimous nature involving their personal commitment. These are selfless, human acts which invoke a strong, positive feeling for the Trooper by the public.


PURPLE HEART AWARD

The Purple Heart award is for a member who has been seriously injured, wounded, or killed by acts of aggression or assault upon them while performing basic law enforcement functions of protection of life or property, enforcement of laws, preservation of the public peace, prevention of criminal acts, or apprehension of criminals. The act of aggression was carried out by bodily assaults, assault with a weapon or firearm, or assault with a vehicle. Injuries sustained either at the time of actual injury or at a later time must involve a substantial risk of death, a substantial risk of serious permanent disfigurement, a substantial risk of protracted loss or impairment of the function of any part or organ of the body.


DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD

The Distinguished Service Award is bestowed upon an employee for an act of heroism calling for an outstanding degree of dedication that is above and beyond professional duty and may include the protection of life or intervention under instances of personal risk. This award is given for an act or series of acts committed with outstanding courage in a situation that, because of its extraordinary circumstances, placed the member and/or others in actual physical jeopardy. While exposed to danger, the member must have acted with deliberate intent and while acting must have exercised judgment and performed competent action sufficient to reflect credit and admiration upon themselves and the Colorado State Patrol.


FORMER CHIEFS

The Colorado State Patrol is proud to recognize the following individuals for their dedication and leadership. Each member served as a valuable resource to the Patrol by helping to create the solid foundation that the Patrol has been built upon. This page is dedicated to the former Chiefs of the Colorado State Patrol in sincere appreciation for serving as Chief of the Colorado State Patrol.


COLORADO STATE PATROL ANNUAL AWARDS

The members of the Colorado State Patrol work hard to serve and protect the citizens of Colorado every day. Each year, the Colorado State Patrol acknowledges some of these individuals and their efforts. Through a peer nomination process, the following members are recognized for demonstrating outstanding work performance, initiative, leadership, character, integrity, and whose actions or performance significantly exceeded expectations as they exemplified the State Patrol's Core Values of Honor, Duty, and Respect.


MOTHER'S AGAINST DRUNK DRIVING (MADD) ANNUAL AWARDS