Monday, December 5, 2016

Fallen Hero License Plate in danger of going away

UPDATE: The Colorado DMV says if the goal of 3,000 speciality plates are not ordered by July 1, 2017 like the statute requires, it will give the Colorado Chapter of Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) a year grace period before it retires the Fallen Heroes Plates.

MESA COUNTY, Colo - The license plate that honors our fallen Colorado Law Enforcement Officers will no longer be an option for Colorado motorists if more aren't purchased by next summer.

Over 600 sets of the speciality plates must be ordered before July 1, 2017 or the State of Colorado may no longer offer it.

The Fallen Hero license plate is an important fundraiser for the Colorado Chapter of Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.).

The non-profit organization provides programs and contributes to the emotional and psychological well-being of the surviving family and co-workers of a line-of-duty death.  C.O.P.S. is able help provide hope and services to those survivors of officers killed here in Colorado.

Those interested in getting a Fallen Heroes license plate must obtain a PayPal receipt of a one-time $50.00 donation to Colorado Concerns of Police Survivors or C.O.P.S. You can get that here.

Print the receipt and take it to the Mesa County DMV to order the plate.  The plate will be mailed to you. 

This is a one time donation, and from then on you can renew the plates at the normal rate.

*Note: The State of Colorado also charges you a specialty license plate fee of $50 when you buy any specialty license plates. The total cost will be $100 initially with $50 of that going to C.O.P.S. as a donation. 

The Background Of Colorado’s Fallen Hero License Plates
Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper signed HB12-1023 on April 26, 2012 in a ceremony at the Capitol, establishing a Colorado Law Enforcement Fallen Heroes License Plate. Larimer County Sheriff's Office Deputy Basil Marciniak originated the idea for the license plate in response to the death of Weld County Sheriff's Deputy Sam Brownlee. Northern Colorado legislators B. J. Nikkel and Steven King sponsored the legislation.

Justin Smith, who was then the Larimer County Sheriff, attended the ceremony with the Governor, and said, "This is an opportunity for citizens to recognize and remember the ultimate sacrifices many law enforcement officers have made and the risks officers face on a daily basis."