Colorado Bureau of Investigation seeks more funding and staff

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The request comes at a time when the bureau is increasingly relied upon to handle fentanyl testing and deal with crimes committed with firearms.

DENVER — Among the lesser-known elements of the public safety agenda pushed by Gov. Jared Polis and Democratic lawmakers are building the capacity of the Colorado Bureau of Investigation and doubling the size of the force in three years, especially as law enforcement is grappling with a fentanyl-induced overdose crisis.

The request comes at a time when the bureau is increasingly relied upon to handle fentanyl testing and deal with crimes committed with firearms.

Polis’ 2022-23 budget request included an increase in office funding of $6.6 million and the possibility of hiring 47 additional full-time staff, as part of a three-year plan to “adjust » the agency.

Bureau officials told Colorado Politics this will improve the services they provide to the entire Colorado law enforcement community.

> Read the full story at coloradopolitics.com.

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