Our department is dedicated to equity, inclusion, non-discrimination and protecting the civil rights of our employees and the public we serve.
CDPS is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all applicants and employees and does not discriminate on the basis of disability, race, creed, color, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity and sexual orientation), religion, national origin, citizenship, age, veteran status, disability or marital status.
The goal of CDPS is to create an environment that is inclusive, respectful, and equitable, and to employ the talents of people with different backgrounds, experiences and perspectives to accomplish the various missions of public safety.
Unlawful discrimination or any conduct calculated to discriminate is prohibited. Retaliation against any employee expressing their rights under any civil rights law is prohibited.
Civil Rights & Non-Discrimination
It is the policy of the Colorado Department of Public Safety to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, disability, age, low-income, or limited English proficiency (LEP).
The CDPS Director of Civil Rights serves as the department's federal Title VI Coordinator, providing administrative direction necessary to ensure that policies and procedures relating to Title VI are implemented throughout all divisions of the department.
Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Initiative
In July 2020, CDPS launched an initiative to weave equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) into the fabric of everything we do. Our department has formed an EDI Council consisting of staff from all of our divisions, who represent a diverse cross-section of our members. This Council is responsible for creating and implementing a department-wide EDI strategic plan, in alignment with the Governor's Executive Order on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and the state's universal policy.
CDPS appointed a dedicated Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Officer, Theresa Staples, to lead the initiative. Additionally, we have support staff whose job duties have been updated to include a focus on implementing the department's EDI strategic plan and on ensuring that CDPS achieves a culture where every person feels welcome, heard and included.
CDPS will present progress on our EDI efforts to the Colorado legislature annually as part of our SMART Act hearings, and will report on our progress regularly to the Governor's Office.