The Boulder Police Department has recently completed its first full year of data collection related to officer-initiated stops and would like to invite community members who wish to learn about and discuss the findings to one of three community forums.
The sessions are designed to fulfill the department’s promise to share this data with the community while allowing for meaningful conversation about the report. The department hopes that exploring the data together will provide opportunities for continued engagement and collaboration around equitable policing in Boulder.
As background, the department initiated a new process for collecting data related to officer-initiated stops in late 2017. The first full year of data, from 2018, is now available.
The first session will be held April 30 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Jewish Community Center, located at 6007 Oreg Ave. Based on space and format, the city can accommodate up to 90 active table participants. There will be a limited number of additional seats for individuals who prefer to simply observe the session.
The data will be released for the first time that evening in a forum that allows for a presentation, a question and answer period, and then small group community conversations. The forum will be facilitated by Dr. Carolyn Love, who is also guiding the upcoming Police Oversight Task Force process. Members of the Police Department, the Innovation and Technology Department, the Communications Department and the City Manager’s Office will participate in the table discussions.
Because not everyone can attend the April 30 forum, the department is planning two additional opportunities. Each of these will accommodate up to 40 table participants with some additional seats provided for observers.
The two repeat sessions will be held on May 6 and May 20 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The May 6 session will be at the West Senior Center and the May 20 session will be at First Presbyterian Church.
Registration is available online at https://bouldercolorado.gov/police/community-forum-stop-data-registration. Anyone who wishes to register but does not have access to the Internet can contact Laurie Odgen at 303-441-3310 for assistance.
The city is happy to provide interpretation and childcare services at any of the three forums. Please call the above number if you need childcare. Please call the city’s language respect line at 303-441-1905 if you would like to request an interpreter. The city requests three working days’ notice for each of these services.
The stop data report will also be released online the evening of April 30 at www.bouldercolorado.gov. Copies are being printed now and will be made available as soon as possible at a variety of city facilities around town. Individuals who have questions or wish to comment on it outside the opportunities of these community engagement sessions are invited to do so by email. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org