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Organization and Personnel

University of Colorado Boulder
Department of Public Safety

Organization Chart

Organization Overview

Department: The Department of Public Safety (DPS) is responsible for providing public safety and commuter access services to the CU-Boulder community. The department is comprised of five units; the Police Services Division, the Parking and Transportation Services Division, the Business, Information and Technology Services Division, the Emergency Management Division; and the Communications Management Section.


  • The Police Services Division, or University of Colorado Police Department (UCPD), 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 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 Parking and Transportation Services Division or Parking and Transportation Services Department (PTS) is an auxiliary (self-funding) agency that provides the following services to the campus: Oversight of planning for the development and construction of campus parking facilities; development, implementation and oversight of transportation and transit programs for campus departments and affiliates; provision of administrative oversight and maintenance services for 121 campus parking areas encompassing approximately 31 acres; parking enforcement for all campus properties and parking areas; operation of the Williams Village Shuttle program; fleet management for university-owned vehicles; maintenance services for university- or state-owned vehicles operated by campus departments and other state agencies; driver training for campus employees; vehicle leasing for campus departments; and collaboration with external entities, such as the City of Boulder, the Regional Transportation District (RTD), and the Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG), concerning development of programs, services and infrastructure supporting commuter accesses to the university.
  • The Business, Information and Technology Services Division is comprised of the Communications (Dispatch) Center, Police Records, Information Technology, and Police Property and Evidence sections of the Department of Public Safety.  The DPS 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 DPS 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 UCPD.  The DPS 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 Business, Information, and Technology Services Division is also responsible for development and oversight of the department’s budgets, accounting and fiscal policies; and for coordination of purchasing, payroll, and human resources processes for the department.  The DPS’ annual budget is in excess of $13 million; the department employs 120+ full time employees and another 140+ hourly employees.

  • The Emergency Management Division is responsible for development, promulgation, implementation, training, coordination and oversight of emergency management plans and programs for CU-Boulder. The Division is also responsible for the coordination of development of Business Continuity Plans for the campus. The division 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 Emergency Management Division 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 (for those projects within the purview of the DPS) or for coordinative oversight to Emergency Communications Systems projects for the campus as directed by the Vice Chancellor for Administration through the Executive Director of Public Safety.
  • The Communications Management Section is responsible for conducting research, statistical analysis and development of position papers in support of DPS police budget allocation requests, legislative initiatives, grant applications and public position statements; oversees the development and dissemination of non-emergent and emergency public safety communications to the university community; provision of the Police Department’s Public Information Officer (PIO) services, with responsibility for development and dissemination of police department media releases; provision of “webmaster” services for the DPS website and administrative oversight of its content development, structure and posting; manages special projects for the DPS as directed by Chief of Police/Executive Director of Public Safety; and provision of administrative support to the Chief of Police/Executive Director of Public Safety.