Reimagine Policing in Boulder

Words and dialogue are not enough. It is time for change through action. Partner with us to reimagine policing.

  1. Plan

  2. Design

  3. Community Engagement

  4. Implement

Project Overview

The Boulder Police Department, in partnership with other city colleagues, is working to make significant changes in the midst of local and national discussions around the need for reform in policing. The master planning process will provide a framework for the department to do a broader and more in-depth examination of community input, use data-driven strategies to review current operations in the context of changing conditions and determine future policing goals and strategies. This master plan will be used as the roadmap for creating meaningful changes to public safety in Boulder. An in-depth examination of community needs and utilization of police department resources is currently underway.

Your Voice Matters

Engagement Window I: Values, Hopes and Concerns for the Reimagine Policing project took place from June 8 - Aug. 3, 2021. Detailed information about Window I processes and results is included in the Window I Summary Report.

Information from Engagement Window I was used to develop draft community values statements around safety and the role of police in safety; as well as draft focus areas to include in the forthcoming master plan for the City of Boulder Police Department. Each draft focus area also includes subtopics to be addressed during the remaining phases of the Reimagine Policing plan process.

During Engagement Window II, community members had the opportunity to give feedback about whether these proposed values and focus areas resonated with them. Feedback is being analyzed now and will guide the ongoing work on this updated plan. Please watch this space for information about future engagement opportunities as we continue together to reimagine policing in Boulder.

Engagement Window III: Learning Together

During prior windows, we received questions about our police department and how it currently operates. So before we ask you to consider and help us prioritize potential strategies, we'll be dedicating time to learning together.

We will feature a series of short explainers on relevant policing topics. The information on each topic will be posted on this page and on the Reimagine Policing Engagement Hub on BeHeard Boulder.

Engagement Window III is open from December 2021 through April 2022.

Project Commitment

The city understands the importance of robust community engagement in creating a vision and Master Plan for the Boulder Police Department. As such, the project commits to the following:

  • Defining a clear purpose

  • Planning for thoughtful, respectful engagement

  • Encouraging and including all voices

  • Fostering public contribution and civic participation

  • Implementing a trustworthy and transparent process