The Colorado mounted rangers (rangers) are established as an all-volunteer, unpaid auxiliary unit for the purpose of lending assistance to statewide and local law enforcement agencies and emergency management, fire-fighting, emergency medical service, and search-and-rescue agencies (emergency management agencies). A director of a statewide law enforcement agency; a county sheriff, police chief, town marshal; and a senior management official of an emergency management agency may call upon the rangers to lend assistance in any situation wherein he or she deems such assistance to be necessary.
A ranger who lends assistance to an emergency management agency shall, at a minimum, meet the training standards imposed by the agency. Any expenses associated with such training shall be borne by the ranger.
A ranger who lends assistance to a law enforcement agency shall, at a minimum, possess a valid reserve peace officer certification issued by the peace officers standards and training board. Any expenses associated with such certification, as well as any expenses associated with any additional training required by a law enforcement agency to which the ranger lends assistance, shall be borne by the ranger. A ranger who possesses such certification is a reserve police officer.
A ranger who lends assistance to a law enforcement agency shall do so only at the request of, and under the direct supervision and control of, a county sheriff, police chief, or town marshal, or under the direct supervision and control of a designee of such a person, so long as the designee is a certified peace officer.
Rangers who lend assistance to emergency management agencies, and rangers who lend assistance to law enforcement agencies, shall wear distinctive uniforms to distinguish themselves from each other.
Rangers in all circumstances shall serve without compensation.