The Boulder Police Department is now accepting applications for members to serve on a community dialogue and engagement panel. The police department is looking for 5 people who reside or work in the city of Boulder who are willing to commit to continuous improvement in police services in our community. They will join 7 other members that were selected to be on the panel in 2017.
The panel is a venue for open dialogue regarding trends in law enforcement and other significant community issues, discussion about community policing strategies and increased public awareness about the department. The panel is not a review board of any specific police action, whether internal or external, and will not provide input or discuss specific employee personnel issues. A separate panel called the Professional Standards Review Panel currently reviews allegations of serious misconduct filed against department members and provides recommendations to the chief of police. The Community Dialogue and Engagement panel will remain separate from the community oversight panel that will be created at a later date to support the new police oversight model.
The goal of the dialogue and engagement panel is to bring together 12 diverse members of our community who can represent a broad spectrum of viewpoints. Members will be expected to attend the department’s citizen police academy to familiarize themselves with department operations and functions. The panel will meet six times per calendar year on the first Thursday of every other month. Meetings will be held at the Boulder Police Department beginning at 6 p.m. The first meeting in 2020 will be held in February.
The application is available at https://bouldercolorado.gov/police/community-dialogue-and-engagement-panel. The application deadline is Nov. 19, 2019. Panel members will be appointed before no later than Dec. 20, 2019.