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Police Officer

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Boulder, Colorado

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University Staff



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Job Summary

The University of Colorado Boulder Police Department (CUPD) encourages applications for a Police Officer! This position exists to maintain order, prevent, solve, and document criminal activity. Officers' duties can include the following: conduct various methods of patrol, arrest violators, file criminal cases with prosecuting attorneys' offices, respond to emergencies, and provide a wide range of citizen assistance. Police Officers will routinely find solutions to issues that require heightened decision making abilities, and use analysis and individual discretion to make choices affecting others and the campus at large.

At first, Police Officer Recruits will attend the CUPD police training program to learn the position and how to be a successful officer in the department. Upon successful completion of the program, a recruit can progress to a solo status and at one year of service can enter into the Police Officer step system.

At the POI level, police officers have at least one year of experience in an equivalent sized agency. After completing an abbreviated training program specifically from CU, police officers can go into a solo status.

The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Who We Are

The members of the University of Colorado Boulder Police Department (CUPD) are dedicated to providing the highest quality police services in order to improve community safety, protect life and property, and reduce crime and the fear of crime. To do this, we pledge to develop a partnership with the community, to lead a community dedication to resolve problems, and to improve the quality of life for all CU affiliates. The CUPD is a full-service police agency with 46 sworn and 36 non-sworn employees providing community-based public safety services to a diverse community of 36,000 affiliates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, all year long. Every year the department responds to approximately 20,000 calls for service and ensures the safety and security for all of their PAC-12 Conference athletic events with attendance at football games exceeding 50,000 fans. Patrolling the campus by foot, bicycle, motorcycle, and vehicle, the CU Boulder Police work diligently with the University community and surrounding agencies to ensure a timely and coordinated law enforcement response.

Learn more about our community: CU Student Involvement in CUPD Recruitment, Collaboration with the Campus Community, and our Recruitment Plan

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

Police Operations - Patrol

  • Promote public safety by preventing, detecting, and identifying criminal and suspicious activity, issuing summonses, making probable cause arrests and/or incarcerating offenders, completing arrest and search warrants for violations of federal, state, and municipal laws and traffic offenses.

Filing of Cases

  • Submit criminal cases directly to federal, state, or municipal prosecuting attorneys, or university officials for filing of criminal charges or referrals for violation of university rules/regulation by writing detailed reports, affidavits for search warrants and other paper work as required, as well as preparing and delivering courtroom testimony.

Evidence Recognition, Preservation, Collection, and Submission

  • Collect and preserve evidence by photographing, videotaping, and sketching crime scenes, collecting fluid specimens, hair and fiber samples, fingerprints, and other items of evidentiary value, while maintaining chain of custody requirements.

Interviewing and Interrogating

  • Obtain accurate accounts of incidents by conducting interviews of victims, witnesses, complainants, and obtaining statements from suspects by conducting lawful and appropriate interrogations.

Special Event and Contract Assignments

  • Provide for orderly public events by maintaining crowd and traffic control and specialized enforcement at political rallies, demonstrations, concerts, and sporting events, as well as providing money guards and working with other agencies for security for dignitaries.

Emergency and Citizen Responses

  • Assist the public with non-criminal emergencies such as medical emergencies, fires, hazardous materials accidents, natural disasters, stranded motorist, and missing persons, as well as provide directions and information to the public.

Proficiencies and Liability Reductions

  • Limit person agency and institutional legal liability, by obtaining certified peace officer status through the State of Colorado and the city of Boulder, by maintaining strict proficiency in knowledge of laws, use of computer based resources, crime scene processing methods, arrest control techniques, non-lethal weapons methods, and firearms skills through regular training sessions.

The Patrol Officer might also need to act independently and assume a duty not assigned by the position. These include being the Department representative at campus meetings and groups, City of Boulder meetings, State Boards or a citizen ride along.

This positions requires a full background check (criminal, financial, motor vehicle), which also includes a psychological examination, job suitability assessment, a polygraph, pre-employment physical and drug screening.

What You Should Know

  • All University of Colorado Boulder employees are required to follow the campus COVID-19 vaccine requirement
    • New employees must provide proof of vaccination or receive a medical or religious exemption within 30 days of employment.

What We Can Offer

  • Salary range is $66,729 - $92,376 annually.
  • The selected candidate will receive a $2,500 signing bonus and a one-time payment of $2,500 after successful completion of the training program.
  • A $2,500 referral bonus is available to current CUPD staff within divisional guidelines.


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

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What We Require

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent combination of specialized education or training as described further below.
  • At the start of employment, must have completed a police academy and possess a current POST certification.
  • At the POI level, must have a POST certification and one year of police law enforcement experience. Qualifying experience is categorized as follows:
    • Patrol law enforcement experience from an equivalent sized agency or larger (experience from all other CU campuses is acceptable).
    • Law enforcement experience from a municipal, state, or county commissioned agency.
    • Policing experience such as federal, railroad, private police, military, and correctional facilities law enforcement will not be considered.
    • Currently employed as a police officer (or employed as a police officer within the last 6 months).

Must be at least 21 years of age: possess a valid Colorado Driver License and no:

  • Felony convictions.
  • Acquiring no more than seven points in the last year and/or more than 12 points within the last two years on a driver’s license.
  • No alcohol/drug related traffic convictions in the last three years and repeat alcohol/drug convictions after the age of 18 within the last ten years.

What You Will Need

Education or training that meets the requirements for a bachelor’s or graduate degree or equivalent specialized experience or combination of both; specific areas of advanced or specialized training include:

  • The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act.
  • The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).
  • Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).
  • State of Colorado and municipal laws applicable to criminal offenses.
  • State and local laws applicable to traffic and liquor offenses.
  • Understanding and application of U.S. constitutional law with particular emphasis on the 4th, 5th, 6th and 8th Amendments.
  • Federal classifications of controlled substances.
  • Identification of drug and alcohol intoxication and impairment.
  • Hazardous material identification and response.
  • Knowledge and application of the National Incident Management System and the Incident Command System.
  • Courtroom testimony and evidence handling.
  • Victim’s rights.
  • Laws applicable to juveniles and at-risk adults. 

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Additional training in Crisis Intervention, De-escalation and Community Policing.
  • The university police officer must also have heightened decision making skills. University police officers have to decide whether they arrest someone or refer them to the dean of students. Their role here is not just one of law enforcement, but one of guidance to make good decisions.
  • University police officers are prepared to interact with Campus Mental Health providers to ensure the safety of Campus and students of concern. 

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials: 
  1. A current resume. 
  2. A cover letter that specifically tells us how your background and experience align with the requirements, qualifications, and responsibilities of the position.
We may request references at a later time.

Please apply by January 1, 2023 for consideration.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, please apply through CU Boulder Jobs.

Essential Services

This position is designated “essential services.” The incumbent is required to respond to requests for work during campus emergencies (snow, wind, rain, flood and any other natural or man-made event) and report to work for his / her regularly assigned shift during emergency campus closures. 

Posting Contact Information

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

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