Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Monday, December 29, 2008

12-30-08 Safety is the Goal for New Years Eve in Boise

12-30-08 Safety is the Goal for New Years Eve in Boise

    Boise, Dec. 30, 2008 - Boise Police want to remind folks to celebrate responsibly on New Years Eve. 

    BPD will have extra officers working on all patrol shifts - including DUI patrols. Officers will pro-actively stop problems or traffic violations as officers see them, and be prepared to respond to the anticipated increase in calls for service, which is typical of New Years Even night. 

   "Citizen safety is, of course, our number one concern, especially drunk driving," said Captain Randy Roper of the Boise Police Valley Patrol Division.

    "We know no one wants to start a celebration that ends in someone getting hurt or arrested because of drunk driving," said Capt. Roper.  "Citizens can help us and each other by using taxi cabs, designated drivers, and offering guests non-alcoholic drink options at parties. They can also call 911 if they see a suspected drunk driver and we'll get an officer to follow up as soon as we can." 

    "New Years Eve night typically means citizen calls for help regarding suspected DUI's, large crowds, loud parties, and stopping or preventing fights. We're bringing on enough officers to be able to handle the extra calls we know will come in New Years Eve." said Capt. Roper.

    Boise Police researched calls for service on New Years Even 2007, including the number of citizen calls plus the number of pro-active contacts made by officers. Officer staffing is in response to that research.

New Years Eve:

  • 17% increase in calls for service. BPD averages 245 calls for service on typical weekend night (8:00 p.m. - 5:00 a.m.) late December, early January. On New Years Eve 2007, Boise Police responded to 320 calls for service.
  • All patrol teams typically assigned to work a weekend night will be at full strength New Years Eve. That totals 68 patrol officers and supervisors, plus two civilian Community Service Specialists.
  • 17 officers will be working overtime New Years night.
  • Overtime for BPD DUI officers is being paid for by a grant from the Idaho Transportation Department's Office of Highway Safety.
  • New Years Eve, 2007 - Ten DUI arrests were made in Boise from 8:00 p.m. Dec. 31st, 2007 through 5:00 a.m. Jan. 1, 2008.

Top 10 Police Calls, New Years Eve, 2007 in order:

  • Traffic Stop
  • Fights, Battery
  • Illegal Fireworks, Shots heard (no injuries)
  • Noise, Loud Parties
  • DUI (citizen call-ins)
  • Suspicious Vehicle, Suspicious Subject
  • Problem Drunk, Problem Subject
  • Welfare Checks (officers called to check on the well being of a citizen)
  • Domestic problems, both verbal and physical family fights
  • Alarms (burglary alarms, most often false)

More on Holiday DUI Patrols - Release issued Dec. 19, 2008:

    Boise, Dec. 19, 2008 - Boise Police are increasing the number of officers on the streets looking strictly for drunk drivers.

    "We've had some very serious DUI-related crashes in the city this year," said Sgt. Lori Sperry of the Boise Police Night STEP team. The Boise Police Night STEP unit is a team of officers specially trained in DUI detection, arrests, and prosecution.

    "Sadly, our reports show young people suffer the most from DUI crashes. Especially as families gather for the holidays, we want them to stay safe in their travels, safe on the roads, and safe in our city." said Sgt. Sperry.

  • Between January 1, 2008 and Dec. 18, 2008, Boise Police made at least 1975 DUI arrests.
  • Beginning Dec. 22nd through Jan. 4th, 2009, Boise Police will use a $10,000 state grant to pay overtime for officers on the lookout for DUI's.
  • National statistics show drivers ages 21 - 24 have the highest level of involvement in alcohol-related fatal crashes during the holiday period. It also shows the high representation of impaired driving in the 15 - 20 year old age group, a group that legally, is too young to consume alcohol.