Boulder police provide education on the Stay at Home public health order

Posted on 03/28/2020 at 02:45 AM
Shannon Aulabaugh

The Boulder Police Department is seeking general compliance with the Stay at Home public health order put into effect by the State of Colorado, rather than enforcement. The intent of the public health order is to stop the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), save lives, and get our community back to our normal activities as soon as possible.

The police department is committed to the health and safety of all of our community members regardless of their race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity or religion.

Boulder police officers are not conducting traffic stops solely to ascertain why people are traveling. Officers are operating under the assumption that most violations will be unintentional providing education rather than enforcement. The hope is that criminal enforcement of the public health order will not become necessary.

“As we navigate through unprecedented times, we are aware that our actions have a direct positive or negative impact on the members of our community. We believe that as a community we are all in this together and heed the guidance of local, state, and national public health experts to keep our family, friends, neighbors, first responders, healthcare workers, and public-facing workers safe and healthy. We pledge to do our part by informing, educating, and enforcing (only as a last resort) the directives laid out in the public health orders, “Interim Police Chief Carey Weinheimer.

Under state law, however, local law enforcement does have the authority to impose class 1 misdemeanors, punishable by a fine up to $5,000, 18 months in jail, or both (C.R.S. § 25-1-516; C.R.S. § 18-1.3-501).