CATPA Initiatives


CATPA has five (5) specific initiatives identified for funding to combat auto theft.  An applicant is not limited to selection of one initiative, but encouraged to select as many initiatives as appropriate for the scope of the application project that meet the applicant’s abilities, skills, and knowledge.  Additional information regarding these initiatives can be found in the Grant Manager Guidance:


        1.    Enforcement

        2.    Prevention – Public Education

        3.    First Time Offender

        4.    Training

        5.    Prosecution


Current Programs

During the fiscal years 2009 through 2019, CATPA has awarded $48.34 million to twenty (20) statewide multijurisdictional projects and programs meeting the requirements of §42-5-112 C.R.S.  These funded projects have provided support and assistance to address statewide vehicle theft and related vehicle crimes.



FY 09 to FY 19 CATPA Grant Initiatives




Law Enforcement






Public Education











Consistent with the CATPA statute (§42-5-112 C.R.S.), grant applications must identify the geographical project area, the incidence of auto theft, the relevance and degree of impact that may affect prevalent auto theft, and the significance of auto theft to per capita and per vehicle registration rates.  These three variables (geography, crime and population) were weighted for consideration by CATPA for funding programs to identify a statewide impact to auto theft reduction.  Using judicial district boundaries within the state, CATPA has used a six (6) sectional area map of the state to identify applicants and auto theft programs.




In FY2020, CATPA funding apportioned funding for statewide allocation where applications were awarded based on meeting statutory requirements, evaluation standards, and award apportionment criteria.  The following programs have been funded for the FY2020 (June 2019 through June 2020).

Applicant Initiative Award
Attorney General's Office Statewide Prosecution Program $284,195
Auto Theft Intelligence Coordination Center Statewide Enforcement Program $714,831
Beat Auto Theft Through Law Enforcement Statewide Enforcement Program $1,208,223
Coloradans Against Auto Theft Statewide Education Program $750,000
Colorado Auto Theft Investigators Statewide Training Program $319,172
Thornton PD Auto Theft Initiative Non-multijurisdictional Enforcement Program $90,890
CATPA Metropolitan Auto Theft Team Multijurisdictional Enforcement Program $2,349,032
Total Fiscal Year 2020 Awards   $5,716,347



Evaluation Criteria

CATPA used a value based criteria to evaluate the strength of the applications.  There are three (3) primary criteria used:  technical capacity, management capacity and past performance.


Technical Capacity accounted for 70% of the evaluation weighting to determining the best value of CATPA fund allocation.  Technical capacities included description of the proposed project area, the level of multi agency cooperative initiative, key personnel, a summary of the funding request, the impact of reduction or denial of funding by the Board, timeline of implementation, the type of program initiative area (enforcement, prevention – public education, prevention – public information, training, prosecution or intelligence), selection of goal statements, strength and relevance of objectives and applicability and significance of measurements.


Management Capacity accounted for 15% of the evaluation weighting for proficient management and accounting of CATPA funds.  Applications were evaluated on the ability to undertake and effectively manage the technicalities of the project, related personnel, and financial aspects of the grant contract.  Applicants addressed the use of policies, procedures, formal agreements, and other complexities of work requirements involving a multi agency initiative.  Management capacity also includes the ability to ensure effective, efficient, timely, and responsive support to the proposed project, communication with the CATPA Office and responsiveness to ensuring performance objectives are being met by the project supervisors/leaders.


Past Performance accounted for 15% of the evaluation weighting for determining the service level of previous awarded programs.  Applicants were encouraged to demonstrate successful operations and maintenance of similar systems, to include the scale and complexity of the current proposal. The evaluation element was further based on historical information recorded from the CATPA Office and other relevant past performance information obtained from other sources known to the CATPA, and any information supplied in the proposal, to include problems encountered on the identified past awards and corrective action taken. CATPA assessed the relative risks associated with each proposal. Performance risks are those associated with the likelihood of success in performing the acquisition requirements as indicated in a record of past performance.


The cost/price factor was not weighted, as CATPA strives towards value-based criteria where the previous evaluation factors combined are significantly more important than cost or price.  However, cost/price did contribute substantially to the selection decision where an application was reviewed in conjunction with the evaluation capacities that warranted the level of funding.


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