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Police Department

University of Colorado Denver Police Department

About Us

Authority and Jurisdiction


University Police respond to all reports of crimes that occur on campus and to some local properties leased or owned and operated by the CU Anschutz Medical Campus.  The City of Aurora Police Department has concurrent jurisdiction at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus.  The University Police Department, the City of Denver Police Department and the City of Aurora Police Department have close working relationships and may coordinate their responses to crimes and assist each other as appropriate, including in investigative capacities.


The University Police Officers receive their authority from the provisions of CRS 24-7-101. The Board of Regents has delegated authority to the University Police Department to enforce university rules and regulations, as well as state laws. University Police Officers have full police authority on all properties owned or controlled by the University, and may exercise their police authority while off campus, pursuant to CRS 16-3-110, and by Intergovernmental agreement with the City of Aurora Police Department. 


The University Police Department’s primary jurisdiction covers the CU Anschutz Medical Campus.  The University Police Department maintains concurrent jurisdiction with local police agencies over any property owned, controlled or leased by the University of Colorado Denver.  Generally in all locations other than the CU Anschutz Medical Campus, the police department relies on local police departments with concurrent jurisdiction, to respond to emergencies and calls for service except as authorized by a member of the command staff.  To facilitate interagency operations and mutual assistance, the University Police Department maintains intergovernmental agreements with the City of Aurora and an interagency agreement with the Auraria Higher Education Center.

Inter-Agency Relationships

The University Police Department recognizes the importance of maintaining close and cooperative working relations with the City of Aurora Police Department, the Adams County Sheriff's Department, the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Department, the City of Denver Police Department, the Auraria Higher Education Center Police Department and other municipal, state and federal law enforcement agencies. The University Police Department meets with representatives from these agencies on a formal and informal basis and cooperates in police matters of mutual investigation, concern and interest.

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