Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Thursday, January 01, 2009

01-01-09 BPD Tops 2,000 DUI Arrests in '08

01-01-09 BPD Tops 2,000 DUI Arrests in '08

    Boise, Jan 1, 2009 - Boise Police arrested 13 people for drunk driving New Years Eve, bringing the total for 2008 to more than 2,000 DUI arrests. In addition to the 13 adults arrests, Boise Police arrested one juveniles for drunk driving. Two other potential DUI cases are still under investigation.  

    Officers report the holiday season has been steadily busy with DUI's. Fortunately, there have been no alcohol-related injury accidents.

    Since Dec. 22nd, and running through Jan. 4th, 2009, Boise Police are using a $10,000 state grant to pay overtime for officers on the lookout for DUI's.

    "The goal is to keep drivers safe on the roads, and the good news is, we haven't had to respond to any alcohol-related accidents this holiday," said Sgt. Lori Sperry of the Boise Police Night STEP team, a team of officers specially trained in DUI detection, arrests, and prosecution.

    "What's important to note, however, is that DUI arrests have been steady this holiday season. Our officers have often made ten or more arrests in any given night. That means people are still choosing to drive and drive." said Sgt. Sperry.

    Boise Police had a busy New Years Eve night, not onlywith DUI's, but other citizen calls for help. Officers responded to several fights and other disturbances, with calls remaining steady until approx. 4:00 a.m. this morning.

    Although busy, NONE of the calls Boise Police responded to involved or resulted in serious injuries to citizens or officers.

 

Release from Dec. 30:

Safety is Goal for New Years Eve Patrols

    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)