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News 5 Investigates: State Patrol creates new escort policy after speeding probe

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The Colorado State Patrol has implemented a new policy designed to provide guidance to troopers who participate in an official escort of a dignitary or other special event. This change comes after News 5 Investigates raised questions about how fast troopers were recorded driving during an escort last December for the US Honor Flag.

The Colorado State Patrol Internal Affairs Unit completed an investigation and allegations of misconduct were sustained. However, no traffic citations were issued to the troopers involved. 

"The State Patrol took appropriate action with the involved members to ensure that this does not occur again," Kimberly Ramsey of the Central Records Unit wrote to News 5 in response to a follow up inquiry.

The new policy establishes a four tier system of escorts. In the lower two tiers, troopers are advised to travel at the posted speed limit or with the flow of traffic.  For Tier 3 and Tier 4 escorts, members are advised to "travel at speeds necessary as dictated by the needs of the event and to maintain the integrity of the escort with due regard for the safety of themselves, the people being escorted and the public."

News 5 Investigates continues to gather more information on this development. See the latest on this story tonight on News 5 and online.

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