Department: The Police Department is responsible for providing public safety and commuter access services to the CU-Boulder community. The department is comprised of three units: the Police Services Division, the Support Services Division, and the Events and Emergency Management Division.


  • The Police Services Division, or University of Colorado Police Department (CUPD), is a full-service police agency that provides a variety of police services to the university community including: 24/7/365 police patrol, criminal case investigations, facility and residential security, crime prevention programs, victim rights amendment compliance and social program referrals, traffic and parking code enforcement, emergency and disaster preparedness planning, hostile threat assessment and response, and event security oversight. University of Colorado Boulder police officers are armed and authorized to make arrests, issue summonses/citations and execute arrest and search warrants. Criminal cases investigated by the University of Colorado Police Department are forwarded directly to state (District Attorney) and municipal (City Attorney) prosecutorial authorities for review and filing of charges.

    University police officers’ authority to act as “peace officers” as defined in Colorado Revised Statute (CRS) 16-2.5-101 is based in authority vested in the University of Colorado’s Board of Regents by CRS 23-5-106. University of Colorado police officers are commissioned under state authority as defined in CRS 24-7.5-101 through 106, and are also issued City of Boulder, Colorado Police Commissions.

  • The Support Services Division is comprised of the Communications (Dispatch) Center, Police Records, Information Technology, Accounting and Procurement, Professional Standards Unit and the Police Property and Evidence sections of the Police Department. The Communications Center is one of four Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) or E-911 call-centers operating in Boulder County, Colorado.  It provides 24/7/365 radio communications support to Police and Parking units, and E-911 call answering services to the CU-Boulder community. The Police Records and Police Property and Evidence sections provide fundamental mission services to CUPD. The Information Technology section is responsible for strategic planning regarding the application of information, communications and other technologies to the accomplishment of the department’s mission, and for the maintenance of technologies implemented in support of the department’s mission. The Accounting and Procurement section is primarily responsible for budgeting, purchasing, and accounts payable functions. The Professional Standards Bureau has the responsibility of conducting background investigations on potential department employees, writing policies and investigating complaints against officers. 
  • The Events and Emergency Management Division is comprised of the Emergency Management and Special Events Units. The Emergency Management (EM) unit is responsible for development, promulgation, implementation, training, coordination and oversight of emergency management plans and programs for CU Boulder. The EM Unit is also responsible for the coordination of development of Business Continuity Plans for the campus. The EM unit is responsible for developing and maintaining effective relationships with local, state and federal emergency management and planning elements, e.g., the Boulder County Office of Emergency Management, the Colorado Division of Emergency Management, the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Region VIII Office; in support of effective emergency management planning and preparation for CU Boulder. This EM unit is also responsible for coordinating follow-up to the recommendations of the Emergency Communications Systems Task Force charged by former CU Boulder Vice Chancellor for Administration Paul Tabolt in 2007, by the Emergency Communications Systems progress review effort commissioned by then-Vice Chancellor for Administration Frank Bruno in 2010, and for projects that may be identified in the future. The position incumbent may be responsible for direct project management or for coordinative oversight to Emergency Communications Systems projects for the campus as directed by the Vice Chancellor for Administration through the Chief of the Police Department. The Special Events Unit is responsible for security and traffic planning for special events that occur on the CU Boulder campus. The Special Events Unit processes, on average, 3,000 special event requests for the CU Boulder campus each year. The Special Events Unit helps event organizers determine security risks and requirements for events, and assists in providing staffing for those needs with police officers and Community and Events Specialists (CESs).