After more than a year of work by a community-led Task Force and Implementation Team, the City of Boulder has created a civilian Police Oversight Panel and will be accepting applications for prospective panel members from Dec. 15, 2020 – Jan. 8, 2021. Boulder’s Police Oversight Panel is empowered to review complaint investigation files and make disciplinary, policy, and training recommendations to the Boulder Police Department. The panel will hold monthly public meetings and panel members must be available to meet on short notice to review and deliberate on pending cases.
The panel will be composed of nine community members, two of whom shall be students in an institution of higher learning. Student panel members will serve one-year terms, while non-student panel members will serve three-year terms. Selected panel members will have a connection to Boulder but are not required to be residents of the city.
The Selection Committee will strive to include people identifying as a person of color, notably African American, Latinx, Asian and/or Indigenous, as at least half of the members of the police oversight panel. Preference will be given to individuals who are multilingual. In addition, the selection committee will strive to include a person with a disability, a person experiencing homelessness or having such lived experience, a person identifying as LGBTQ+, and a person who has experienced incarceration. Members of the Police Oversight Panel cannot be a current City employee nor an immediate family member of a current City employee. Police oversight panel members will participate in a training program to be developed by the Independent Police Monitor.
Applicants for the Police Oversight Panel will be interviewed during the week of January 11 – 15, 2021. The interviews will be conducted publicly and viewable online. If you are interested in being a member of Boulder’s Police Oversight Panel, please complete the online interest form which can be found online at bit.ly/police_oversight_panel. If you have limited access to the internet and are unable to complete the online form, please contact the Independent Police Monitor, Joey Lipari, at 720-376-3980 to indicate your interest.