Serving the men and women of the Colorado Springs Police Department since 1971
Volume 12, Issue 9
2008 CSPPA BOARD ~VERY IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS! ~
Alan Roman Make a Difference, be a part of the PPA board!
President Open positions are: Vice President, Secretary, Sworn At Large
and Civilian At Large. Submit letters of interest by Sept 15.
Vice President Save the Date- PPA Christmas Party!
Saturday, December 20- Antler’s Hilton
CSPPA Casino Night- Back by popular demand!
Rooms: $89 Standard/ $109 King.
Call 955-6208 and state the ID is CSPPP to reserve your room.
Patrick David PPA Annual Ballot Issues
Treasurer Anyone interested in submitting ballot issues for vote by the
general membership needs to contact the board before the
Dave Henrichsen September 11th meeting for approval.
Sergeant at Arms
BOARD MEMBERS 6.5%
Ron Butler THE PROJECTED AMOUNT BEHIND THE MEDIAN OUR SALARY
WILL BE STARTING JAN 1, 2009
Cherie Kruse A LETTER FROM THE SECRETARY~
Roberto Williamson “The budget shortfalls we are facing in 2009 means there will
not be a compensation package recommended for 2009.”
On Nov 27, 2007 I stood in front of City Council and spoke on behalf of all city
employees that were going to be paid under the median. I was successful in getting
City Council to re-visit the issue and ultimately they brought every city employee to the
median point. During the same council meeting almost all of City Council strongly
Rhonda Keller expressed their collective displeasure with the city’s practice of paying employees at
Office Manager median. When I spoke to City Council last year I was not only an advocate for the
police department, staff included, but for other city agencies as well.
CSPPA OFFICE Our police department along with our brothers and sisters of the fire
559 E. Pikes Peak department are now on the verge of falling behind the median by such a margin that
Suite 102 any expectation of getting caught up in the future is not only unlikely but farfetched.
Colo Spgs, CO 80903 Our city is in this predicament for many reasons, but first and foremost it is
because City Council has failed to act. Continued on page 2
Fax 634-0755 In loving memory
800# 1-866-471-6308 Cheryl Kruse
Website: csppa.org Cherie was a strong advocate on the PPA Board speaking
passionately on behalf of PSR’s as well as all civilians of
HOURS OF OPERATION
the police department. Cherie leaves a legacy of caring and
Wed 8:00-2:00 endearment for all of her family at the CSPD.
We are lucky to have known her~ she will be missed.
Dave Henrichsen- Sgt at Arms Colby Doolittle- Sworn At Large Roberto Williamson- Sworn At Large
(PPA members newly appointed to Board of Directors positions)
Secretary’s Letter ~ Continued from page 1
because City Council has failed to act; our city manager is in no way responsible for the current fiscal situation we are in, I truly
believe that she is an advocate for all city employees and for that she should be commended. City government has failed to
educate the citizens of this community. They have capitulated to special interests and collectively have not addressed both the
causes and remedies of this city’s financial situation.
On one hand city council states that public safety is the priority of this city. Yet they then instruct our chief to cut money,
millions from his budget. This is nothing short of insanity. This department is already stretched to the breaking point. City Council
cannot have it both ways, if public safety is their chief concern how can they cut, by millions an already neglected budget.
This department and this city is at a cross roads. We can continue to practice and operate the way we have or we can
take a new approach. This new approach is bold, honest yet may not be politically advantageous. Now is the time to reevaluate
this city’s goals and priorities. City government must be honest with its constituents’. It is time that collectively the elected officials
stand together and be honest with the citizens.
If public safety is indeed a priority then let City Council prove it. On Jan 1, 2009 our police department will be behind the
median by 6.5%. It is time to pay the men and women of both our police and fire departments a fair and honest wage as promised.
This can be done; this must be done. The immediate future of the police department depends on it. We now face real dilemmas in
attracting quality applicants and retaining those loyal police employees that continue to do more for less than their peers throughout
Again this city should recognize the difference between city services that are a necessity and those that are a luxury.
Perhaps it is time we close community centers, parks, and stop providing services that we can no longer afford. The city needs to
support employees over projects; people over politics.
If the city fails to bring the police department and fire department to median this year then it will suffer far into the future in
regards to a professional police department. On a personal level I’m tired of being approached by my peers who are either in the
process of leaving the department for other agencies or are demoralized by the current working conditions.
I do not need to remind anyone of the risks of our job, to not be paid a fair wage is a collective slap in the face; to every
man and woman who wears the badge. I wonder: if the City Council is not willing to honor their promise to keep us at median, then
what % behind median do they think will be an appropriate amount to compensate us?
City Council has some tough choices to make; I have faith that if they push politics aside and approach this issue with an
open mind that they will also come to the same conclusion we have. We must be honest about what our priorities are. They must
be honest with the public, cut non-essential city services and not apologize for doing so. They should openly debate and confront
Doug Bruce and his self-serving initiatives. They also need to support whole heartedly a long term solution regarding the future
sustainability of public safety, (police and fire only) and most of all they need to pay fair and competitive wages to members of the
police and fire departments. The future of our city and our quality of life depends on this.
I know this letter is going to anger certain members of our City government, leaders of our community and possibly
members of our own department. That being said, I challenge anyone who feels that this letter is not factual or not honest. I
encourage these same people to contact me and tell me where I am wrong. The purpose of my letter is to be honest with the
direction that public safety is going. The men and women of the Colorado Springs Police Department and Fire Department are not
asking for what they deserve. We are only asking for the city to keep its own promise of paying us at the median.
The PPA had two great golf tournaments in August! August 1st at
Fort Carsons’ Cheyenne Shadows was one of the record breaking
hot days of the sumnmer, and Woodland Park’s Shining Mountain
tournament on Aug 15th was one of the dampest and coldest on
record. Thanks to Shawn Compton for organizing this years events.
Thanks to all golfers for showing up and having a great time!
~Chicago Police Department~ joke of the month…
In an effort to determine the top crime fighting agency in the country, the
president narrowed the field to three finalists, the CIA, the FBI, and the Chicago Police.
The three remaining contenders were given the task of catching a rabbit which was
released into the forest.
The CIA went into the forest. They placed animal informants throughout. They
questioned all plant and mineral witnesses. After three months of extensive investigation
they concluded that rabbits do not exist.
The FBI went into the forest. After two weeks without a capture, they burned the
forest killing everything in it, including the rabbit. They made no apologies. The rabbit
The CPD went into the forest. They came out two hours later with a badly beaten
The bear was yelling "Okay, Okay, I'm a rabbit, I'm a rabbit".
FROM THE DESK OF THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR~
Here at the PPA office, staff is committed to conducting daily operations utilizing the most
efficient and cost saving practices as possible. We realize that your dues need to get you, our
members, the greatest possible return on your investment. To that end, we are always working to
purchase items at a discount, or to get office equipment and furniture donated or second hand,
and engage volunteer help as frequently as possible. That is why we, the office staff, find the
upcoming holiday season very stressful.
To some members, a large part of membership privileges is the opportunity to attend our
two holiday parties. The PPA pays for the entire cost of attendance for our members, and the
bulk of the cost for the non-member guests. The board has made a conscious decision to charge a
very small fee for members to bring guests, the majority of the cost of the party rests on the PPA
budget. In other words, the $20 members pay to bring a guest does not even come close to
covering the actual cost of the ticket.
Therein lies our frustration. In 2007, the PPA lost over $2,000 in charges to cover
reservations of PPA members and their guests where registrants did not show up for the event!
Not only did they not show up, they did not call to tell us that they were not going to be able to
attend. After the reservation deadline, the PPA can no longer change our reservation numbers, so
we must pay for the spaces in full, even though no one was in attendance to enjoy the meal.
Personally, I cringe to know how much money was lost, due to folks not taking their reservations
seriously. If you do make reservations for a PPA event, please take that reservation seriously
and make attendance a priority. If you cannot make it, please notify the PPA office so that
we can fill your slot. I don’t know about you, but I can think of a lot of things we could do with an
On another note, if you are planning to purchase a firearm through the PPA, realize that
we do not accept COD on guns. Please do not plan to purchase a gun on COD as that creates a
difficult situation that is very time consuming and labor intensive for staff.
And, another important reminder, if you change your address, or any detail of your PPA
membership with the city (such as going on FMLA leave, or a change in family status) please let
Rhonda know as well as the city. It is not the city’s responsibility to inform the PPA of your
~CSPD Wives Association Monthly Update~
Our meeting in August was an informal discussion around the topic, “What is the best thing about
being a cop’s wife?” Our lively discussion included many funny stories and we came up with a long list
of “best” things including we are proud of what our officers do, they are great role models, ride alongs are
so much fun, and let’s not forget that our officer’s look great in uniform!
CSPD Wives Association will be an official sponsor of the Peace Officer’s Memorial Walk on
October 18. We have raised about $420 of the $500 we need, so keep those donations coming and bring
your change for the coffee can at our next meeting. Along with sponsorship comes a brick in the Peace
Officer’s Memorial. Our association will have a team for the Peace Officer’s Memorial Walk. Erin Davis
is our team leader. Anyone wife or girlfriend interested in joining our team can contact Erin at
firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Our cookbook sale is going great. We only have about 50 cookbooks left for sale. Our cookbook
contains recipes from friends and family members of CSPD officers. More than 170 people contributed a
total of 440 recipes. Each book is $10. You can buy copies of the book at the PPA office, Court Liaison
office, or by mailing your cash or check to us at:
CSPD Wives Association
PO Box 63236
Colorado Springs, CO 80962
Our next meeting will be Tuesday, September 16 at Sand Creek Substation. We would like to
encourage any wife or girlfriend of a CSPD officer to come and check us out!
Nikki, Jen, Kristi, and Katie email@example.com
~CODE 7 SURPRISE~
An anonymous citizen wishes to show her sincere appreciation for all that you do for our community. She is
funding one gift card a month for one lucky PPA member and has asked staff to randomly draw a name once a
month. The winner will be announced in the Centurion, at the PPA board meeting and on www.csppa.org.
This month’s winner is:
Dominick Luna- IBM# 2634
Please stop by the PPA office no later than Sept 30th to pick up your $10 gift card for lunch at Chipotle!
Congratulations Dominick- and thanks for all that you are doing to serve the citizens of Colorado Springs!
If you don't make mistakes,
you're not working on hard enough problems.
And that's a big mistake.
~Bertha von Suttner~
SEPTEMBER AND OCTOBER DATES TO REMEMBER:
EVENT SEPTEMBER OCTOBER
PPA Board Meeting Sept 11th, 11:30 am Oct 2nd, 11:30 am
Extra Hours Tues Sept 16 Tues Oct 21
Extra Duty Wed Sept 10 Wed Oct 15
Thurs Sept 11 Thurs Oct 16
Retiree Luncheon- Maggie Mae’s Mon Sept 8, 11:30 am Mon Oct 13, 11:30 am
Informal City Council Mon Sept 8 Mon Oct 13
Mon Sept 22 Mon Oct 27
Formal City Council Tues Sept 9 Tues Oct 14
Tues Sept 23 Tues Oct 28
CSPD Wives Association- 6:30pm Sept 16- Sand Creek Oct 13- Gold Hill
Office Closed Labor Day Sept 1 Oct 13- Columbus day
Civil Service Commission Mtg. Tues Sept 23, 8:30 am N/A
CPOC meeting in Colo Spgs Sat Sept 13, noon N/A
PPA Memorial Fallen Officers Golf Tournament
~A Heartfelt thanks to those who care about our Fallen Officers~
Our generous sponsors for this year were: Radabaugh, Barker and Callison; Pat Newell and Associates;
Homburg Realty Services, Inc.; Edward Jones Investments (Chris Trinceri); Attorney Jeanne Wilson; Liberty Mutual;
Douglas Raskin, MD; CPPA; Shelter Insurance (Brian Barela); Neighborhood Lending (Selina Rodriguez); Pepsi- Lane
Sales; Chipotle; and Sparks Willson Borges Brandt& Johnson, P.C.
Food provided by: Chipotle, Pepsi-Lane Sales, and Starbucks.
Door prizes donated by: Adamson Police Products; The Peppertree Restaurant; Picture Show; Fargo’s Pizza;
Sky Sox Baseball; Hooters; Southside Johnnies; CSPD SWAT; Sportsman’s Warehouse; Natalie Jensen; Kimberly Lucky;
Big 5 Sporting Goods; All About Promotion; Mary Kay (Shauna Abbotts); Cheyenne Mountain Resort; The Pampered Chef
(Tina Wisler); Chipotle; Private Quarters (Leslie Perry); and My Father’s Eyes (Julie Ross).
With appreciation for you thoughtfulness. Thanks for thinking of me. The candy was
July 31, 2008
Dear Friends of LLS:
This is an exciting time to be part of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and your
support is critical. Thank you for your generous gift of $200 in support of Christy
Tomine for our Team in Training Program.
Over the years, we have made great progress in the research and treatment of blood
cancers. The Society has invested more than $550.8 million in research, specifically
targeting leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma. Over the past 58 years, leukemia
survivorship among children has increased dramatically. A child with leukemia had a 4%
chance of survival while today a child has more than an 83% chance. And still, much
progress needs to be made because leukemia remains the leading cause of cancer death
in children under the age of 20. In addition, lymphoma is the fastest growing cancer in
the United States and, combined with leukemia, is the leading cause of cancer death
for men under the age of 35. We expect additional, major innovations in the very near
future, and we are constantly mindful of the critical role played by our generous
donors, without whom these important developments wouldn’t be feasible.
In addition to our research, the Society provides an array of programs designed to
support patients with leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma and their families. They include
educational information, family support groups, peer-to-peer support, advocacy
programs patient education seminars and financial assistance for patients. Together
we will make a difference.
Thank you again for joining us in our life saving efforts. Your support of our mission is
Dear Rhonda and the CSPPA;
Thank you so much for the lovely plant you sent to Lucille. She loves flowers very much
and it really brightened up her day when she saw the begonia plant.
To the Members of the Police Protective Association:
On June 21, 2008 the Pueblo Police Department lost a member of our family, Officer
Nicholas K. (Nick) Heine. Despite the valiant efforts of our own officers as well as a
myriad of emergency responders and medical professionals, Nick left us much too soon.
On behalf of the men and women of the Pueblo Police Department, I thank you for your
concern and support. Your monetary contribution to his family will make one of life’s
most difficult situations a little easier to bear.
Our community had not lost an officer in thirty-five year, so the loss of Officer Heine
was devastating for all of us. Your act of kindness was significant and meaningful, and
your support in our time of grief will not be forgotten. Thank you and God bless.
James W. Billings, Jr.
Chief of Police
Pueblo Police Department
Members to Members- Discounts and Deals
COPS TO THE RESCUE!
Many members have a second business providing services to our community. We want to
develop a list for those who are interested in hiring their peers by including cops and their
specific business skills!
Please contact the office at 634-0058 if you would like to be included on this list.
*Brett Poole drywall/ construction 491-7356
*Chris Garcia power raking/aeration 320-5003
*Brian Grady tile 238-8712
*Lance Lazoff marble/granite countertops 499-2586
*Stan Padalski painting 598-1543
*Rob McPike decks 237-6074
*Paul Malchow tree removal 339-9981
*Pete Szentmartoni frame/trim carpenter/basements 331-1145
*Jim Waters hardwood flooring/ tile 235-1875
*Bob McCafferty hardwood flooring/ tile 330-8204
*Scott Wisler real estate services 210-4775
10% discount to PPA Members
Faricy Boys will give PPA members $300 off
any new or used vehicle including 4 door Wranglers.
Contact Ian Johnson (Sgt. Randy Johnson's son)
at 636-1333 or 650-6836 for more information.
PPA members receive a 10% discount on
auto and a 5% discount on home insurance
20% discount to PPA members
PPA members will get
$750.00 off any Motorized RV and
$500.00 off any Travel Trailer or Used RV.
Also $100.00 off any ATV.
Free credit evaluation and
free appraisal with closing of loan!
10% off - tell cashier you are a member of the
Police Protective Association
Colorado Springs Police Protective Association
559 E. Pikes Peak Ave. Suite 102
Colorado Springs, CO 80903