Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Downtown Directed Patrols

Downtown Directed Patrols

Boise July 12th, 2006 - Boise Police, with the help of Idaho State Police and Garden City Police, will again put extra officers on patrol in and around downtown Boise this weekend in an effort to promote safety as the busy summer season continues.

Ten extra BPD officers will join an equal number of those regularly on duty in patrolling the downtown Friday and Saturday nights, July  14th & 15th: Nine additional officers will come from Idaho State Police and Garden City Police to join the special downtown patrols.

“We have been working to set the tone for the summer,” say's Officer Jermaine Galloway who helped organize the extra patrols. “We want to continue to encourage people to act responsibly when they are having fun downtown.”

Previous Downtown Directed patrols have issued citations or made arrests on violations from drunk driving and minor consumption to fighting in public.

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

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

Over the weekend of June 9th 2006 officers on the directed patrol issued more than 300 citations in the downtown area.

“We are seeing a similar steady decline in problems in the downtown core this summer." says Officer Galloway.

Release prepared by:

Charles McClure

Boise Police Public Information