'These Men And Women, They're Battling With Things': Stressors Pile Up For Police In Boulder And Around The Country
Policing — and how to reform it — has been in the spotlight in communities across the country this past year. From COVID-19 to protests and reform legislation, many officers in Colorado have been dealing with compounding stressors since the start of the pandemic. In part one of Under Pressure, KUNC's Leigh Paterson looks at how these issues are impacting law enforcement in Boulder County.
Amid Efforts To Change Policing, A Boulder Coalition Focuses On One Community With A History Of Crime And Distrust
The fate of a Boulder apartment complex police once labeled as a “haven for criminal activity” could soon be altered by a police chief with more faith in data than patrols, a mother tired of living in fear when the sun goes down and a Hispanic officer who says his heritage is helping him gain the trust of residents. In part two of Under Pressure, KUNC's Scott Franz explores the question: how much policing is the right amount?
During the pandemic and amid a national push to reform policing, some departments have lost officers and struggled to hire more. In part three of Under Pressure, KUNC's Leigh Paterson and Scott Franz report on why so many officers are getting out of policing, and what's being done to fill these vacancies.