Attorney General presents award, announces ‘My Why’ project in honor of Law Enforcement Appreciation Day
Jan. 7, 2021 (DENVER)— Attorney General Phil Weiser today presented an Attorney General’s Award for Excellence in Criminal Investigations to a Fort Collins Police Services detective and announced Colorado Peace Officer Standards and Training’s “My Why” project in honor of Law Enforcement Appreciation Day.
The Attorney General’s Award for Excellence in Criminal Investigations is awarded to peace officers who displayed exceptional professionalism, dedication, skill, innovation, and compassion to solve a complex investigation or a series of complex investigations over the course of their career. Today, Weiser presented the award to Detective David Lindsay, who has been with Fort Collins Police Services since 2011.
In 2020 and 2021, Lindsay led the Operation Daylight Burglaries investigation, a multijurisdictional case involving a string of residential burglaries across the state that targeted Asian-American small business owners.
“As he has proven when working with our office on multijurisdictional cases, Detective Lindsay is an inquisitive, diligent, and thorough leader and expert in his field,” Weiser said. “He exemplifies what law enforcement leaders in our state should aspire to be: public stewards who first and foremost care about protecting the public, serving with compassion for victims, and achieving justice. Today, we honor him and others who share their ‘why’ for joining the field.”
In addition to honoring Detective Lindsay, today’s event highlighted Colorado POST’s My Why project. The project highlights the motivation of law enforcement members statewide, sharing why they choose to wear the badge and serve the public, thereby encouraging others to enter the profession.
The videos focus on stories of service to the community and the reality of the profession’s important day-to-day work. By so doing, it seeks to improve recruitment efforts. And by highlighting the stories of women and persons with diverse backgrounds who serve as peace officers, POST aims to increase recruitment from these communities.
The series also aims to remind other peace officers of their own “why,” as well as show the value of their service. By improving the morale of law enforcement, POST aims to help support peace officers’ wellbeing and, in turn, protect public safety.
Finally, by offering a glimpse into the daily life of law enforcement, the series also aims to build trust between the public and law enforcement community.