In 1983, while at the National Law Enforcement Explorer Conference in Fort Collins, Colorado, several advisors from Colorado Law Enforcement Posts met and considered the possibility of developing a state conference for Colorado. A date was set for a meeting and numerous advisors from different agencies attended. The advisors formed an association and named it the Law Enforcement Explorer Post Advisor’s Association of Colorado (L.E.E.P.A.A.C.). The purpose of the association was to sponsor a State Conference for law enforcement explorers. The association recognized the fact that many explorers could not afford to attend the National Conference and wished to provide a low cost local conference in which they could participate.
The first Colorado State Conference was scheduled for July of 1984. The Boy Scouts of America agreed to assist L.E.E.P.A.A.C. with the conference if L.E.E.P.A.A.C. could find a qualified sponsor. The Colorado Law Enforcement Officer’s Association was approached and willingly accepted L.E.E.P.A.A.C. as an entity of their association. The first conference was held at Fitzsimmons Army Medical Center in Aurora, Colorado. Approximately 100 explorers and advisors attended.
Starting with the first conference in 1984, L.E.E.P.A.A.C. hosted a conference on a biennial basis until 1996. Since then, the conference has been an annual event. Nearly every year brings a new change to our conference. The L.E.E.PA.A.C. Board considers the requests and suggestions of the post attending each conference. Individual competitions were added and more evening events created over the years as a result of suggestions and ideas gleaned from the conference evaluations. The Board hopes that every Explorer can participate in every event. We hope our conference provides a fun, challenging and educational experience for all Explorers and Advisors.
From the beginning, one of the reasons for the success of the conference has been the untiring effort of advisors from all over Colorado and the surrounding states. Another reason is credited to the individual Police Agencies, Sheriff's Offices, and State Law Enforcement agencies, who is in ministration provide that support and equipment necessary to continue this event. We think them for their dedication to this program.