Serving the men and women of the Colorado Springs Police Department since 1971
Volume 13, Issue 8
559 E. Pikes Peak #102
~VERY IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS! ~
Colorado Springs, CO
Chance to win a Joe Sakic signed
Phone: 719-634-0058 hockey stick!
Tickets to win the hockey stick for sale now
at the PPA office $5 each or 5 for $20.
Free: 866-471-6308 (Golfers will receive one free ticket at
Critical Incident: tournament.)
719-229-9227 ~Golf With The Cops~ Fallen Officers Fund~
Hours of Operation Last chance to sign up!
M-F 8:00-4:00 August 14, Friday Shining Mountain Golf Course
Wed 8:00-2:00 Woodland Park- $75 by August 7.
Christmas at the Broadmoor!
NEW: Introducing Birthday CSPPA Holiday Party Sat. December 19th
Sundaes at Culvers! For
Rooms at the Broadmoor-$115 !!!
member’s children ages 12
and under, contact the PPA Call 577-5775 for reservations
office to get your certificate State you are with the Police Protective Association
for a free birthday sundae. And hold that date on your calendar!
Thanks to Culvers for your
~Vice President’s Letter to the Members~
The last two months have seen our department and our organization mourn the loss of two members, and the serious
injury of a third. Our collective thoughts and prayers continue to go out to the families of those three officers.
During that period of time I personally authorized money or funds to be released or used for the families of these officers.
The PPA paid for or spent money to fly loved ones in, to put loved ones in hotels during the days directly after each
tragedy, and to provide food for the families. It is my personal opinion that this is one of the fundamental cornerstones to
why this organization was founded and exists today.
Continued page 2
Having trouble with your health benefits or working with Ameriben?
Aug 11 from 2-4:00 representatives from Ameriben will be at the PPA office to work one-on-one
with members who have issues/questions/concerns. Call 634-0058 to reserve a time slot for
Vice President Letter- Continued from page 1
When our members are involved in a tragedy or unfortunate event the PPA’s goal should be to assist that officer and the
loved one’s through those times, although our own bylaws are unclear on our fiscal responsibilities in these situations. I
make no apologies for the decisions I made. In the future the PPA board will concern itself with clarifying our fiscal
responsibilities in these matters.
For years the PPA was considered primarily a social activity organization, however now we are completely focused on
advocating for our members on the issues of pay, benefits, discipline and morale. Some of our recent accomplishments:
A short time ago, the PPA initiated a dialog with staff over our departmental disciplinary process. An officer or department
employee will soon have an established process for requesting a review with a Deputy Chief outside of their line of
command for a Written Reprimand or a Performance Improvement Plan (PIP). We also were able to discuss our health
benefits with representatives from the City HR department to promote the possible increase in value of benefits to us since
the cost of our benefits continue to rise. We are working with our attorney in on-going conversation with the department
staff and city attorneys on a proposal to the Civil Service Commission regarding the 30 day continuance without pay as
well as back-pay for officers charged with a felony. We are optimistic that an appropriate compromise can be reached in
these discussions. Additionally, we are in constant meetings with our city council members keeping them in touch with the
issues facing our department, the city, and our members.
Recently our department has experienced several incidents where supervisors have made decisions on the street, which
have caused numerous members to express a myriad of opinions. I have been contacted by many members about these
incidents and have listened intently. I urge all members to trust in the process and relationship we have established with
our staff. Please be assured that during the next Chief’s meeting that these issues will be the focal point of our
conversation. Rumors and emotions serve no one’s cause, and again, I ask that all police officers remain professional and
use the organization and systems in place to voice your frustrations and opinions. The PPA is one of those voices that
members can and should use and I appreciate the amount of people who reached out to me in the last week. I would also
ask and challenge those same people to continue to stay passionate and let that frustration turn to motivation.
This organization is in the midst of a transformation. In November several ballot initiatives may have the potential to
change this city’s political and fiscal futures for the positive. The PPA is and will continue to be very active in supporting
these political initiatives. I would finally like to ask again the members of this organization to recognize the direction where
the PPA is going and the return on investment. The PPA will be asking for a dues increase that will be used specifically
and intentionally to further the interests of all members as demonstrated in this and last month’s news letter.
The world is round and the place which
may seem like the end, may also be only
~Ivy Baker Priest~
~FROM THE DESK OF THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR~
We really ARE a family……..
When Otto Knollhoff hired me, back in January of 2007, he said to me “Welcome to the family” - you
are now a part of something like you have never experienced before. I thought I knew what he was
Over the years I have pondered his comment many times. As I have come to know so many of you, I
thought that I was realizing what this meant- the Family in Blue. However, in recent times, the
demonstration of that sentiment has become truly evident in its reality.
I have never before witnessed the support and outpouring of compassion towards members of
officer’s families as has been seen in the last few months. As we reach out to Officer Kinterknecht’s
family in Montrose (killed in a DV ambush), Officer Heath’s children and in-laws, Officer Builta’s entire
family, and Officer Davis and his family, the selflessness has been incredible and moving.
I wish to acknowledge the ladies of the Officer’s Wives Club. I don’t think they realized how many
times our family would lean on them for assistance when they signed up! Yet they have done an
exceptional job of taking care of everyone’s needs with just a moment’s notice. And they always do it
with a smile on their face and gladness in their hearts. What about all the officers who have mowed
lawns, and carted drinks to the hospitals, and picked family members up at the airport, and stayed
behind at the hospital to make sure that family wishes were carried out? Selfless isn’t a strong
enough word to express how each and every one of you reacted when your friends and peers were in
You know that your job is not an easy one, and you understood the dangers of it when you took that
oath. But as our community progresses into these unchartered times, I beg each and every one of
you to proceed with caution. I love the way Dick Reisler puts it: “be careful out there… and watch
It is an honor to work with you, to witness your strength and caring for each other, and to have the
opportunity to apply my assets and skills in a way that will best advocate for you. Thanks to Otto, for
seeing the potential fit between this association and my talents. And thanks to all of you, for not only
allowing me~ but also welcoming me into your tremendous family in blue. Now, can we please take a
break, no more incidents, and go back to business as usual for a while?
Absolute Defense Handgun Training
~New at the PPA!!!~
Dennis Juhl and Troy Ward will be teaching certified handgun training classes needed for anyone
to get a concealed weapons permit. Cost of the class for families of PPA members is $40.00. The
class for others is $ 50.00. Classes will be conducted at the PPA.
Dennis Juhl: 719-351-2067
23 years full time employment in Law Enforcement
21 years firearms instruction experience.
3 years as full time firearms instructor Colorado Springs Police Department
13 years firearms instructor Pikes Peak Community College Public Safety Academy, the last
4 years as lead instructor.
Colorado Certified Master Firearms Instructor able to train and certify Law Enforcement
Armorer Smith &Wesson Pistols and Revolvers
Armorer Glock Pistols
10 years full time Law Enforcement Officer
Certified by State of Colorado as Police Firearms Instructor
7 years Colorado Springs Police Firearms Instructor
The class provides training in:
Safe Handling/Shooting of Pistols and Revolvers
Defense away from home
Deadly force and non lethal force options
How to properly clean handguns
How to clear Pistol Jams
Range instruction and proper shooting techniques.
Our class is 10 hour course which includes the shooting of Pistols and Revolvers. We provide
handguns for training in the class, as well as ammunition (if needed). Cost for Ammunition if we
provide it is $25.00. (1 Box - 50 rounds). Students may also use their own handgun and
ammunition during the shooting portion of the class.
Classes start at 8A.M and are completed no later than 6 P.M.
Web site for more details is: http://www.absolutedefensehandguntraining.com
FROM THE PRIVATE SIDE
‘HIT AND RUN’ ACCIDENTS AND COLORADO INSURANCE LAWS
By: Dick Reisler (Ret.) 4
If you are the victim of an accident and the “at fault” driver is an unknown, unidentified, hit and run person, under
Colorado law, the driver is considered uninsured and your insurance company pays under the Uninsured Motorist
~CODE 7 SURPRISE~
Anonymous citizens wish to show their sincere appreciation for all that you do for our community. They are
funding one gift card a month for one lucky PPA member and have 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:
Mike Palmer- 1115
Please stop by the PPA office no later than Aug 31st to pick up your $10 gift card for lunch at Chipotle!
Congratulations Mike- and thanks for all that you are doing to serve the citizens of Colorado Springs!
~CSPD Wives Association Monthly Update~
CSPD Wives Association would like to extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of
Officer Michael Builta. Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time.
In light of all the recent tragedies and crises, we invited a grief counselor and a CSPD chaplain to
our July meeting. If you are struggling with recent events, you are not alone, please seek help. There are
many resources available to you including EAP (Employee Assistance Program) Counselors and CSPD
As novices, we think we’re entirely responsible
for the way people treat us. I have long since
learned that we are responsible only for the way
we treat people.
AUGUST AND SEPTEMBER DATES TO REMEMBER:
EVENT AUGUST SEPTEMBER
PPA Board Meeting Thursday August 6 Thursday Sept 3
Extra Hours Tues Aug 18 Tues Sept 22
Extra Duty Wed Aug 12 Wed Sept 16
Thurs Aug 13 Thurs Sept 17
Retiree Luncheon- Maggie Mae’s Mon Aug 10, 11:30 am
Informal City Council Mon Aug 10 Mon Sept 21
Mon Aug 24
Formal City Council Tues Aug 11 Tues Sept 8
Tues Aug 25 Tues Sept 22
Office Closed Friday Aug 14 (Golf Tourn) Sept 7 Labor Day
Civil Service Commission Mtg. Tuesday Aug 4 Tuesday Sept 1
Absolute Defense Handgun Sat Aug 8 Sat Sept 12
Training- PPA Board Room Sat Sept 26
CSPPA officially endorses Emergency Network as a state of the art security provider. Thank you to
Emergency Network for the ongoing donation of the equipment and monthly monitoring for security at the
PPA office. If members are interested in a security system, please contact Emergency Network at 328-0911.
They offer a 20% discount.
Members, thank you for supporting the businesses that actively support us!
PPA FALLEN OFFICERS
Shining Mountain, Woodland Park
Friday, August 14, 2009 RSVP by 8/7
Price $75 by 8/7/09
$85 at the door
HURRY- LAST CHANCE-
Includes: SPACE IS LIMITED SO
18 holes of golf
(4 person scramble) SIGN UP NOW!
Continental Breakfast 559 E. Pikes Peak Suite 102
Lunch Colorado Springs, CO 80903
* One free ticket to win a signed Joe Sakic 634-0058 phone 634-0755 fax
hockey stick- chance to purchase more
tickets available at the door!
2009 Golf Signup Sheet
Phone________________ _ Pager_____________
Others in foursome: ___________________________________
Amount paid _____________Cash ___ Check____ #_____ 8
Robin Rogers and the PPA,
I just wanted to thank you for awarding me this scholarship. I know that it was a competitive
process and I am flattered that you chose me to receive this scholarship. College is so
expensive and any money to help me afford tuition and living is greatly appreciated. Thank you
so much for making my hard work pay off.
Dear CSPPA and Robin Rogers,
I would like to thank you for this wonderful scholarship that will help me to reach my academic
goals. I will be graduating from Colorado State University in December with a Wildlife Biology
degree. Thank you so much for helping me throughout the years of my college career. Again,
thanks so much!
Dear PPA Board, Members, Robin and Rhonda,
Thank you so much for the generous donation to assist with Officer Builta’s reception. Your
assistance allowed more money to go to his family and we are grateful for that!
Joel Kern and Shift 3, Sand Creek
Members to Members- Discounts and Deals
Advertisements are displayed on the website: www.csppa.org/ sponsors and donors/ discounts and
deals. Please check out the discounts offered to members of the PPA on line by the businesses of this
community. Thank you.
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. This list IS
published on the www.csppa.org website, which is accessible to the general public. If you
have concerns about your name and phone number being available to the public please
contact 634-0058 so that we can remove you from the list. Thank you.
*Brett Poole drywall/ construction 491-7356
*Chris Garcia power raking/aeration 320-5003
*Brian Grady tile/ bathrooms/basements 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
*Judd Tyson retirement planning services 287-0168
*Lee Doll Sprinkler Sys. Install/Repair/Winterization 535-9238
*Vern and Stacy Thomson
Franklin Gothic to w
Children’s Clothing/ and consignment
2009 CSPPA BOARD Colorado Springs Police Protective Association
Alan Roman 559 E. Pikes Peak Ave. Suite 102
President Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Sergeant at Arms
Rhonda Keller 12