The Boise Police Department is one of four departments in the United States and Canada receiving recognition for outstanding community policing.
The International Association of Police Chiefs named Boise the top department for cities with populations between 100,001-250,000 residents. The other top departments were: Mankato Department of Public Safety (Minnesota), 20,000-50,000; Abington Township Police Department, 50,001-100,000 (Pennsylvania); and Hamilton Police Service (Ontario, Canada), 250,000+.
In a prepared statement Sunday, Mayor David Bieter said the Boise Police Department’s community policing success is reflected in eight years of declining crime rates.
“This award is a confirmation of the department’s high standards and of Chief Mike Masterson’s vision and leadership. My hat is off to the entire department,” Bieter said.
Added Council President Maryanne Jordan:
“By bringing police services to the neighborhood level, Boise Police have
made our community both safer and more closely knit,” she said in the release. “Neighborhood contact officers in all parts of the city communicate with residents and businesses on a daily basis, stopping crime before it starts and allowing Boise to keep its safe, small-town feel. This award is much deserved.”
The four top departments are invited to a special awards ceremony during the IAPC’s annual conference Oct. 20.
“The philosophy of community policing is more relevant and necessary today than ever before,” Todd A. Miller, director of the Community Policing Committee, said in a press release Sunday. “With limited resources and increased expectations, the force multiplication agencies receive by implementing the community policing philosophy and partnering with citizens, not to mention the increased trust that is developed, is the most effective means of making our communities safer, whether it be from crime or from terrorism.”