Boulder police increase staff for back-to-school to proactively address student behavior

Posted on 08/22/2020 at 12:10 am
Shannon Aulabaugh

Every year as students head back-to-school, the Boulder Police Department increases staffing to ensure the year starts off on the right foot. This year a primary focus is on ensuring compliance with public health orders to limit the spread of COVID-19.  

Additional staffing for back-to-school started earlier this week and is expected to last for the next three weeks. The department is addressing public health order violations through strict enforcement. When CU students are involved, the CU Boulder Student Conduct & Conflict Resolution office will also address violations of public health orders under its student code of conduct to ensure students are educated about and held accountable for violating public and campus health orders.  

“If we were not in the middle of a pandemic, enforcement would have a tiered approach, starting  with education and warnings,” said Police Chief Maris Herold. “This year, anything less than enforcement of egregious behavior unfairly puts the health of our community at greater risk.” 

Additionally, the city has amended the Abatement of Public Nuisance Code, under Emergency Order 2020-19, and will pursue abatement with property owners if a property repeatedly has noise violations or hosts large gatherings. The CU Office of Off-Campus Housing and Neighborhood Relations has also been working directly with the Boulder Area Rental Housing Association (BARHA) to provide guidance and tools for landlords and property managers working with their tenants around adhering to public health orders.  

The City of Boulder has been working with local partners, including University of Colorado Boulder, Boulder Chamber, Boulder Convention and Visitors Bureau, Downtown Boulder Partnership, the Latino Chamber of Boulder County and Boulder County Public Health to align and coordinate on community safety during the COVID-19 pandemic. To learn more about the city’s efforts to respond to and recovery from the coronavirus, visit