Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Downtown Patrol

Downtown Patrol

Boise, June 14, 2006 – Boise Police, with the help of Idaho State Police and Garden City Police, put extra officers on patrol in and around downtown last weekend in an effort to promote safety as the busy summer season begins. The extra patrols focused on driving safety.

Ten extra BPD officers joined approx. an equal number of those regularly on duty in patrolling the downtown Friday and Saturday nights, June 9th & 10th: Nine additional officers came from Idaho State Police and Garden City Police Friday night. Saturday night six additional officers from ISP and GCPD joined the special downtown patrols.

“We want to set the tone for the summer,” said Officer Jermaine Galloway who helped organize the extra patrols. “More people are out enjoying the downtown even later in the summer. We want folks to have fun, but to be safe and responsible at the same time. There’s just too many people for carelessness.”

Total number of arrests/citations/warnings given out Friday & Saturday during the special patrol:

• Drunk Driving Arrests: 25

• Moving Violations: 121

• Non-Moving Violations (equipment violations, jaywalking, etc): 109

• Drivers License Violations: 13

• Arrests on Warrants (people located mainly during traffic stops) 11

• Other Misdemeanors & Citations (minor alcohol consumption, urinating in public): 24

• Warnings: 151

Several of the DUI arrests came from the I-184 connector, a main artery out of Boise’s downtown. Boise Police will organize these special patrols focusing on downtown safety again later in the summer.

The Department organized similar patrols last summer and found them to be a very effective.

After an initial patrol in June of ‘05, officers on special patrol downtown later in the summer found far fewer problems.

“We attribute that to a police presence and some enforcement that reminded folks to be responsible downtown,” said Officer Galloway.