Boise Police Department

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.

Pierce Murphy, City of Boise
City of Boise

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.

Frankie Barnhill / Boise State Public Radio

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.

Boise High School Evacuation 4-11-2013
Frankie Barnhill / Boise State Public Radio

Five schools in southeast Idaho received violent threats this morning, disrupting classes, as police searched the schools. Boise High, Skyview High School in Nampa, Kuna High, and the Twin Falls Christian Academy all were evacuated after bomb threats were called in. Caldwell High School received a threat about a shooter.

Katherine Jones / Idaho Statesman

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.

Samantha Wright / Boise State Public Radio

Updated at 1:25 p.m.

Police have arrested one of two men who they believe broke into an Idaho zoo the night a monkey there died from blunt-force trauma.  But questions remain about how and why the animal was killed.

Twenty-two-year-old Michael Watkins of Weiser was arrested Monday in Washington County on felony burglary and grand theft charges.

A tip from a citizen led police to Watkins.

Updated at 5:12 p.m.

Police Return Bike After Suspect Cooperates

Sep 11, 2012
Frankie Barnhill / Boise State Public Radio

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.

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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.”

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