“Crime rates in Boise have dropped for eight consecutive years, a remarkable accomplishment that is largely due to Boise Police’s highly effective community policing techniques,” Mayor David Bieter said. “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.”
“By bringing police services to the neighborhood level, Boise Police have made our community both safer and more closely knit,” Council President Maryanne Jordan said. “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 department honor is due in part to the work of the Organized Retail Crime Interdiction Team. Formed by BPD in 2005, the team has helped reduce retail loss to fraud and theft by 41% in Boise compared to national rates. Through strategic partnerships with retailers such as Albertsons, Fred Meyer, Home Depot, Walmart and many others, the department team was able to implement a sophisticated prevention solution that is now being held up by other law enforcement agencies as a national model for successful community policing practices.
Other winners of the 2013 IACP and Cisco Community Policing Award include Mankato, Minnesota, Department of Public Safety (Population of 20,001 to 50,000 residents); Abington Township, Pennsylvania, Police Department (Population of 50,001 to 100,000 residents); and Hamilton, Ontario, Canada Police Service (Population of 250,000+ residents). Winners will be honored at the IACP’s Annual Conference in Philadelphia on October 20.
Attached is the full IACP press release announcing the award.