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Firm with immigration ties won't get extra police in Boulder

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Posted at 1:57 PM, Aug 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-09 15:57:18-04

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — Another Colorado city is refusing to do business with a company partly due to its ties to immigration enforcement.

Boulder police told ankle monitor maker BI Incorporated Thursday that it will no longer allow off-duty police officers to be hired for extra security at its headquarters. It works with immigration and other authorities and is owned by GEO Group, which operates the immigration detention center in suburban Denver.

The decision was prompted by objections from residents and citizens' groups to the city having contracts with GEO and CoreCivic or its subsidiaries following Denver's decision to cut ties with the halfway houses they operate.

A BI spokesman, Rich Coolidge, says the move sets a dangerous precedent because he says it puts partisan political decisions above public safety.

Boulder says BI will still get regular police services.