Since the killing of Robbie Ramirez in November of 2018, ACoPP has demanded more transparency and accountability in policing and local government.

ACoPP organized a petition demanding body and dash camera footage. We delivered nearly 600 Albany County signatures. 
Community members gathered to discuss police reforms they wanted from local law enforcement. We produced a report of their findings, available here. 
After Corporal Colling was not indicted by a grand jury, community members demanded more transparency. The grand jury proceedings were not public information, but we continued fighting for access to information. When Sheriff O’Malley told us Colling was working again, we broke the news that Colling was back on duty.
Shortly after Colling returned to work, Robbie’s family gave ACoPP the autopsy results. We published a review of the findings with help from former coroner, KC Vernon. The full autopsy report was published in the effort of transparency on our website. 
Six months after Robbie was killed, the community was still demanding answers and change. On April 16th, dozens of community members demanded that County Commissioners publicly address Corporal Colling’s continued employment in the interest of public safety and trust.

Despite public outcry, several county officials have demonstrated no intentions of working with community members on police reforms. 

ACoPP has our eyes set on pursuing meaningful police reforms through the use of community oversight boards of law enforcement.
We have hosted educational community forums to inform the public what oversight of police can look like. More forums are to come as we work with city officials in implementing our first oversight board in the coming year.
When former Sheriff Dave O’Malley wouldn’t fire Derek Colling in the interest of public safety and trust in law enforcement, we took the concerns of our community to the Peace Officer Standards and Training office (POST). As of January of 2021, we have delivered 2,608 petition signatures demanding that Corporal Colling be decertified so he can no longer work in law enforcement.
Colling is currently under consideration for decertification.
After more than a year of pleading that Sheriff O’Malley fire Corporal Colling, ACoPP had done enough asking. Sheriff O’Malley had shown his loyalty was with law enforcement and not the community he swore to protect and serve. We began petitioning for O’Malley’s removal by the Wyoming Governor. Fortunately, O’Malley left on his own terms.
ACoPP’s voice helped select our new sheriff – Aaron Appelhans.
District Court Judge Kricken and Sheriff Appelhans (Photo credit Tess Kilwein)
With a new year, new sheriff, new County Commission, and even a new legislator – ACoPP Executive Director Karlee Provenza – there is much to be hopeful for when it comes to policing in Albany County.
This year, ACoPP is working with the City of Laramie in detailing the budget for the Laramie Police Department and Wyoming’s first civilian oversight board. And we want you to help us ensure policing in Albany County aligns with our community values.
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