Colorado State Patrol Trooper Named as Finalist for IACP Trooper of the Year Award

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(Colo.) – Each year the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and Motorola Solutions recognize state troopers and provincial police who have demonstrated bravery, courage, leadership, and professionalism. Hundreds if not thousands of nominations were submitted to the IACP and ultimately four troopers representing specific regions around the country were nominated. Trooper Lance Curry of the Colorado State Patrol was the selected finalist to represent the entire Mountain Pacific Region.

“IACP is proud to honor those law enforcement officers who go above and beyond to serve their communities, putting their lives at risk each day.” Said IACP President Cynthia Renaud. “Congratulations to our finalists Trooper Curry, Trooper Fletcher, Detective Hershey, and Trooper Saget. We appreciate the selfless courage, commitment, and professionalism displayed by all the finalists. They are exceptional examples of the heroism displayed by law enforcement officers across the globe. On behalf of the entire association, congratulations and thank you for your public service.”

In an online awards ceremony held May 26, Michigan State Patrol Trooper Mark Fletcher was announced as the 2020 Trooper of the Year. Nevertheless, it is with great pride Trooper Curry was selected as one of the elite law enforcement officers in the country. Trooper Curry was selected in part because of his actions on July 11, 2020, when a suspect driving a stolen vehicle brandished a firearm and attempted to elude officers. Trooper Curry was able to stop the suspect while he was attempting to carjack another vehicle. The suspect subsequently attempted to gain access to a home with a family of 10 inside, but Trooper Curry was able to remove the family to safety before the armed suspect entered the home.

“Trooper Curry is a hero, and I am proud to serve alongside him as a Colorado State Trooper,” said Colonel Matthew Packard, Chief of the Colorado State Patrol. “He embodies what it means to serve in this capacity.”

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: For additional information regarding this incident, please visit the 2020 Winner and Finalist section of the IACP/Motorola Solutions Trooper of the Year:



Since our origin in 1935, the Colorado State Patrol (CSP) has focused on preserving human life and protecting property within our communities. Our 1,100 members embody the core values of Honor, Duty, and Respect in their daily jobs.  In addition to our expertise in motor vehicle safety on the state’s roadways, the CSP is responsible for the Governor and other dignitaries’ protection, commercial motor vehicle enforcement, hazardous materials, homeland security, communications, investigative services, criminal interdiction, community education, aviation operations, and more. For additional information, visit us online at Colorado State Patrol or follow us on TwitterInstagram, YouTube, or Facebook.