In 1971 eight members of the CSPD met for the purpose of creating an organization that would equally represent all of the members of the police department and in doing so, creating an organized and unified voice. At that time the department consisted of 198 sworn officers, and once formed, about 150 of those individuals joined the newly created CSPPA. The cost of membership was $2 per month, and the organizers of the Association had to hand collect the dues from each member. Organizing the Police Protective Association was difficult and stressful for the original members, however once established, the Association proved to be a tremendous venue for presenting a positive image of the police force in the eyes of the Colorado Springs community.
One of the highlights of the original membership was a Christmas toy drive that occurred around 1974. The PPA membership purchased 25 Big Wheels from a downtown toy store, assembled them, and rode them down the street to donate to the children at the Colorado Deaf and Blind School. This gained great publicity and started the trend of positive public support for the members of the Colorado Springs Police Department.
In 1975 the city of Colorado Springs donated the old Fire Station #4 located at 29 S. Institute to the CSPPA for their first building. The facility was a shattered core with all the windows broken out. The group organized and members did all the work to donate supplies and renovate the building into a beautiful facility. This membership effort helped cement a strong and powerful bond for the group that still exists today. (History provided by Ron Butler- Board Member at Large)
The CSPPA was established in 1971 and incorporated in 1972 by employees of the Colorado Springs Police Department with the goal of providing members with the maximum number of benefits and the highest level of protection. CSPPA is classified as a 501(c)(5). The Association is now focused on serving both sworn and civilian members of the CSPD. We are committed to elevating and enhancing the professionalism and integrity of our membership, law enforcement in general, and the status of police officers in particular, to establish a closer bond and affinity among the officers, and to work toward enhanced salary and benefits. We strive to improve our services to all of the men and women of the Colorado Springs Police Department. The CSPPA also works to establish close ties between the officers and our community through a variety of charitable contributions, educational programs, and volunteer work.
Our association currently consists of 695+ active CSPD officers (including sergeants, lieutenants, commanders, and deputy chiefs), civilians, marshals, as well as 160+ retired CSPD officers. The CSPPA is here to support our members starting as rookies, continuing through their careers, and on into retirement. If you are not already a member, we urge you to protect yourself and your career by joining the Colorado Springs Police Protective Association.
1st Thursday of every month
CSPPA Board Room
516 North Tejon Street
All members are welcome to attend!
The Colorado Springs Police Protective Association represents sworn and civilian employees and retirees of the Colorado Springs Police Department. We work cooperatively with city government to represent our members, especially in the area of pay and benefits. We provide a variety of services to our members including legal representation. The Colorado Springs Police Protective Association speaks with one voice and moves with one purpose; to support our members.
- Cooperative relationship with the City
- Equitable pay and benefits
- 100% membership with active participation
- A professional and highly respected employee association
- Highest paid with competitive benefits in the labor market
- Fair and appropriate working conditions
- Improved retirement and medical plans
- Support of and participation in relevant community activities
- Increase pay and improve benefits
- Keep pay at median or higher
- Improve benefits- increase holiday hours, sick sellback, court time, shift pay, hazardous duty pay
- Increase membership by 10% of all current non-members
- Decrease legal costs
- Identify group (pool) of attorneys
- Identify additional ways to reduce overhead
- Increase attendance at Board meetings
- Educate members
- Marketing plan external and internal
- Increase organizational benefits for Civilian members
- Relocate office
- Implement internal accounting system
- Train staff
- Continue cooperative relationship with City Council
- 100% membership
- Assess building fund
- Decrease legal costs
- Attain a fair pay and benefit program policy for all city employees/retirees
- Pay highest and competitive benefits within the labor market
- Maximize member benefits
- Help other agencies/ city employee associations organize
- Buy or build a building
- Consolidate city employee associations
- Double our assets