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CUPD Mission and Police Authority


The purpose of the University of Colorado Boulder Police Department is to support the University and its mission by providing public safety services that meet the unique needs of its constituents.


The University of Colorado Police Department will become a cohesive organization, achieving a significant improvement in the quality of the public safety services we provide as assessed by our constituents.


CUPD officers receive their authority through the provisions of Colorado Revised Statutes (Title 24, Article 7.5) and through their city of Boulder commission. As such, CUPD officers have full police authority on all university properties and within the city of Boulder. In addition to state and municipal laws, the Board of Regents further delegates authority to CUPD officers to enforce university rules and regulations. Similar to their municipal counterparts, CUPD officers are armed and are legally empowered to issue summonses for persons to face charges in court, arrest persons and place them in jail, write affidavits for and execute arrest and search warrants, perform investigations, and file cases with the local district attorney’s office.

Officer Training

University police officers receive the same training as other full-service police officers in Colorado; they must successfully complete an authorized Colorado Law Enforcement Training Academy program with a minimum of 480 hours of specialized instruction. Also, all university officers must successfully complete an on-the-job field training program under the supervision of experienced officers and supervisors. This training lasts a minimum of four months and covers security and crime concerns specific to the university community. Finally, officers must complete a probationary period of one year before being certified for their staff positions.