9-11 is Historic day for BPD
Boise, Sept. 11, 2006 - A large number of employees of the Boise Police Department gathered on the Statehouse steps this morning, to honor those lost on 9-11-01, and to make 9-11-06 a record of Boise Police history. Along with a remembrance ceremony, Boise Police took their first Department photo in 25 years. The last department photo taken on the Statehouse steps was 35 years ago.
The photo includes uniformed officers, civilian employees and retirees from the department who were able to attend. About 250 people turned out for the photo (full staff is approx. 375 people). The department photo was not mandatory and those who attended came on their own time.
"September 11th is a day to honor the fallen, including those in emergency service who gave their lives that fateful day," said Boise Police Chief Michael Masterson. "Sept. 11th is also a day to honor those who continue to provide emergency service to their communities. This event was our way of honoring our own Boise Police Officers and to mark our own history on this date."
Special thanks goes out to Chief Bensley of Garden City Police and Sheriff Gary Raney from Ada County. Ada County and Garden City units covered police calls in Boise City for approx. two hours, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., so all Boise PD units could attend the photo and a short department picnic at Julia Davis Park that followed.