What if I am afraid to make a report?
If you are fearful or hesitant about filing a complaint, you may have a representative, friend, or other community member contact the police department on your behalf. However, in order for the police department to conduct the investigation, you must be willing to be interviewed by an investigator so that the department can understand firsthand your description of the events.
The issue of racial profiling in policing is one of national concern. It undermines the public trust, creates fear, and violates fundamental principles of a just society. The Boulder Police Department subscribes to a policy that prohibits police actions that are based solely on reasons of race, ethnicity, gender, manner of dress, or other subjective criteria (the practive commonly referred to as "profiling").
A process is available to assist people who have questions about a police contact or who believe they have been "profiled" by police. You may contact the Professional Standards Unit directly at (303) 441-3312.
Some people who have been stopped or questioned by the police, and who believe the stop was racially motivated, may not be comfortable contacting the police department themselves. Instead, you may contact Community Advocates, a program not related to the Boulder Police Department, by calling the Office of Human Rights at (303) 441-3141. You will be provided a volunteer advocate who will help you through the process, with the paperwork, and, if you desire, appear with you during Professional Standards interviews.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 September 2012 12:44