Officer Rossi wears a rainbow mask during the Coronavirus pandemic.Many police departments across the country have recognized a need for better relationships and communication between their department and several underrepresented groups. The CU Boulder Police Department is no different. In th fall of 2019, CU Boulder Police identified several officers and civilian employees as liaisons to the Pride Office within the CU Boulder Center for Inclusion and Social Change.

“We at the Pride Office are excited to be working with liaisons from CUPD and have already had some very fruitful discussions. The aim of this program is to create strong working relationships with the police department, its officers and other safety officers on campus,” said Dr. Morgan Seamont, Director of the Pride Office.

“We have been working for more than a year to improve our relationship with the LGBTQ community,” said CUPD Police Chief Doreen Jokerst. “We look forward to continuing to work with the Pride Center to create a strong relationship of mutual trust.”

CUPD has hosted booths at both Denver and Boulder Pride and started the liaison program. In February 2020, Seamont and his staff provided a training to all of CUPD’s supervisors.

“Now, as has happened in the past, we see the need for working together to ensure that the best practices are being undertaken to ensure fair treatment, inclusive procedures and safety for our community in addition to true allyship," said Seamont.