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This data contains information related to officer-initated stops by the City of Boulder Police Department. Information on the demographics of the person stopped (sex, race, ethnicity, year of birth, whether they are a Boulder resident) and the outcome of the stop (stop location, duration, search, and result) are included. This demographic data is collected at the stop level, and no individual-level identifiers are recorded in the system during a stop.

The data published are limited to stops where the officer initiated, or had discretion, in making a stop. Instances where an officer is responding to a community or police call are considered non-discretionary, and demographics information is not collected for those stops and not included here. There are some instances of non-discretion within a stop interaction as well. For example, there may be instances where there is an outstanding felony warrant for the person stopped, and by law the officer must arrest that person.

This data will be released annually. Please read the methodology and data dictionary documents below for more information.

Data and Resources

Format Title and Description
2018 Police Stop Data - Demographics File - Live View

2018 Police Stop Data - Demographics File - Live View

Main dataset containing demographics about each discretionary stop by the Boulder Police Department in 2018.

2018 Police Stop Data - Outcomes File - Live View

2018 Police Stop Data - Outcomes File - Live View

Results dataset containing information about various actions (type of stop, search conducted, result of stop) from each discretionary stop by the Boulder Police Department in 2018.

Police Stop Data Dictionary

Police Stop Data Dictionary

Definitions of fields in both the main and results data files for police stop data.

Data Cleaning Methods for Police Report

Data Cleaning Methods for Police Report

Useful background information about the Boulder Police Record Management System and data cleaning conducted for annual Police Report.

Areas of Inquiry

Use the information below to explore possible uses for this dataset.

What are the most common outcomes of a stop? What proportion of stops are of non-Boulder residents? What are the most common times of day and parts of town for stop activity?


Maintained By Patty Raab
Author Patty Raab
Update Frequency Annually
Department Police
Categories Public Safety, General Government and Community Profile
Sustainability Framework Category Safe Community
License Creative Commons CCZero This material is Open Data
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