Boise's top police officer said democracy failed at a Senate State Affairs hearing in which he and other law enforcement leaders were blocked from speaking about a bill allowing concealed-carry on college campuses.
Boise Police Chief Mike Masterson signed up to talk about his opposition to the bill, which passed 7-2 Wednesday morning. The chief was set to argue concealed carry permit holders lack the training and qualifications needed to react correctly during a mass shooting.
After two Boise cyclists were killed by cars this fall, bike safety is getting renewed attention. Cyclists without lights are even less visible to motorists during their evening commutes with the time change.
The Boise Police Department has noticed, and has started a new initiative to make cyclists safer in the dark.
“Ada County Highway District has a supply of bike lights," says Deputy Chief Pete Ritter. "We have given them out to officers to when they contact cyclists or if they see cyclists who appear to need a light so they can hand them out.”
The Boise Police Department is responding to an increase in drivers who speed through red lights. The decision to use handheld cameras comes after calls from residents who complained about seeing people run red lights.
The City of Boise’s longtime ombudsman is officially off the job. Tuesday was Pierce Murphy’s last day. He was recently hired to serve in a similar capacity in Seattle.
Murphy joined the City of Boise in 1999, soon after the creation of the ombudsman role to help oversee the police department.
A series of events involving the Boise Police Department in the mid 1990s – including several officer-involved shootings – had eroded public trust in police. Today, Murphy says residents and city leaders have a much better relationship with the BPD.
Boise dog owners will have the chance to talk with city representatives beginning today at Morris Hill Park. Boise Parks and Recreation – along with the Boise Police Department and Animal Control – will be visiting 10 off-leash areas for dogs. In the past, unleashed dogs have been a contentious issue in the city.
This week, Boise met the police department’s new L-G-B-T Liaison. The position isn’t new. But it takes on new significance, now that Boise has an anti-discrimination ordinance to protect gays and lesbians when it comes to employment and housing.
Katie Davey has been part of Victim’s Services at the Boise Police Department for a few months. Part of her job is helping those who've been victimized because of their sexual orientation.
Boise Police returned a stolen bike to a local woman this afternoon. The bike was one of about 50 stolen in a rash of thefts this spring, which included 13 Exergy race bicycles.
Detective Paul Jagosh says 29 bikes stolen in the Boise area have been recovered. The suspect in custody, Michael Lawrence, is cooperating with police to recover as many bikes as possible as part of his plea agreement.
Boise police officers found two pop bottle bombs this week in West Boise. Usually the bottles are designed to make a big bang, but in this case, they injured an officer.
Soda pop bottle bombs explode and make a loud bang. That seems to be why they’re so popular, especially among kids. Lynn Hightower with the Boise Police Department says officers will get a call about them about once a month. "They're unfortunately common in neighborhoods and communities around the country as they’re extremely easy to make.”