The Police Department is responsible for providing public safety and commuter access services to the CU Boulder community. It is comprised of three units: the police services division, the support services division, and the events and emergency management division.

A CUPD officer assists someone on the CU Boulder campusThe Police Services Division

​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 police services divison is also comprised of civilian Residential Service Officers (RSO) who aligned within our patrol staffing to allow for appropriate enforcement of lower level violations within the residence halls when practicable. The fleet and property and evidence sections provide essential support to the police services division.

The Support Services Division 

Comprised of the communications (or dispatch) center, police records, information technology, accounting and procurement, professional standards and the property and evidence sections of the department. The communications center, a member of the Boulder Regional Emergency Telephone Service Authority (BRETSA), 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 answers 911 calls from the CU Boulder community. Just like a municipal police department, the CUPD records department provides a 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 & Emergency Management Division 

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 team is also responsible for the coordination of development of business continuity plans for the campus 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.

The Events Team is responsible for security and traffic planning for special events that occur on the CU Boulder campus. The team processes, on average, 3,000 special event requests for the CU Boulder campus each year and helps event organizers determine security risks and requirements for events and assists in providing staffing for those needs with police officers.