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Police chiefs to honor Boise for top community policing program

The Boise Police Department is one of four departments in the United States and Canada receiving recognition for outstanding community policing.

CLAIRE WALKER

2010 archive photo: Boise Police Sgt. Claire Walker rides down 13th Street Boise’s northend this past week on patrol. Walker rides up to 40 miles a day for the job.

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:

Masterson

2009 archive photo: Boise Police Chief Mike Masterson talks with volunteers during the search for a missing child named Robert Manwill.

“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.”

retiring dog

2011 archive photo: Officer Anthony Damer and Yuma, an explosives detection dog, conducted over 5,000 searches during Yuma’s eight-year career. This photo was taken at Yuma’s retirement ceremony.

 

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