The Boulder Police Department investigates allegations of misconduct against any of its employees. Complaints of misconduct are classified as either Allegations of Serious Misconduct or Allegations of Misconduct. Allegations of Serious Misconduct, such as excessive force, abuse of authority, or criminal violations, are normally investigated by the Professional Standards Unit, and are referred to as PSU investigations. Allegations of Misconduct, such as discourtesy, minor violations of policy, or performance issues, are normally investigated by the employee's supervisor Supervisor Investigations (SI).
The Independent Police Monitor (IPM), a professional civilian monitor, categorizes the allegations within each complaint, prior to assignment for investigation, and may observe officer, complainant, and witness interviews. The IPM will have access to relevant case files and may make recommendations for additional investigation as well as disposition and disciplinary recommendations to the Chief of Police.
Once a PSU or SI investigation is completed, each supervisor in the employee's chain of command, to include a Deputy Chief, reviews the case and makes a recommendation for disposition and discipline. The case may then be reviewed by the Police Oversight Panel (POP), a panel of Community Members selected to increase community involvement in police oversight. The POP may provide case disposition and disciplinary recommendations to the Chief of Police. The panel is also authorized to provide policy and training recommendations to the department. After considering all of the input received, the Chief of Police makes the final decision on the disposition of the complaint, to include discipline, if the complaint is sustained.