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Steve Thomas

About the Boulder Police Department

The city of Boulder is located in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, just 35 miles northwest of Denver. Home of the University of Colorado's main campus and the National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder sits 5,430 feet above sea level and is surrounded by a greenbelt of city trails and open spaces.  The Boulder Police Department is managed by a chief of police and two deputy chiefs. 


Like most police departments, the Boulder Police Department is comprised of patrol officer, detectives and specialized united.  The patrol officers provide 24-hour service to the community utilizing three main patrol shifts and several support units such as traffic, DUI, Hill and Mall teams. Services provided include, but are not limited to, responding to calls for service, writing detailed reports, patrolling neighborhoods or potential trouble areas, and enforcing laws.  The shifts are staffed with 20 to 24 officers and sergeants who have a wide range of training and experience.


The Detective Division of the Boulder Police Department is responsible for the investigation of crimes committed within the City. The Division is responsible for preparing thorough cases to present to the District Attorney's Office for prosecution. The Division is divided up into the Major Crimes Unit, Specialized Investigations, General Investigations, the Narcotics Task Force and Crime Analysis. Detectives are on a one week on-call rotation and are available to respond immediately to the scene of a crime at the request of a supervisor.


An example of a specialized united within the Boulder Police Department is their Bomb Squad.  The Bomb Squad was formed in 1967 and is one of more than 450 such units in the nation.  The squad is trained and certified by the Federal Bureau of Investigation Hazardous Devices School.  All four members of Boulder's squad belong to the International Association of Bomb Technicians and Investigators, which has more than 4,600 members around the world




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