Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Boise Police Canine Foundation

Boise Police Canine Foundation

    Boise, Dec. 23, 2009 - Just in time for year end tax deductions, the Boise Police Department, in partnership with the Idaho Community Foundation announces the formation of the Boise Police Canine Foundation.

    "This is very exciting for our department to be able to make this announcement. We know citizens love and appreciate the work the dogs do," said Boise Police Deputy Chief of Administration Patricia Braddock.

    "These canines are not pets. They are highly trained, highly trusted members of our police force who serve the community in many important ways every day. We expect a lot of people will be anxious to help improve and support the Boise Police canine program." said Braddock.

    "This is a great opportunity for ICF to assist the City of Boise with an important project that will maintain and improve the safety and livability of the city," said Idaho Community Foundation President Bob Hoover.

What is the Boise Police Canine Foundation?

    The Boise Police Canine Foundation is a charitable fund that supports the operation of the Boise Police Canine Unit beyond the departments annual operating budget.

    The Boise Police Department is not allowed to accept donations, though citizens grateful for police services have generously offered to contribute over the years. By partnering with the Idaho Community Foundation, the Boise Police Department can accept contributions toward purchasing new police dogs and supporting its existing dogs.

Why did BPD partner with the Idaho Community Foundation?

    The ICL will manage fund donations to the Boise Police Canine Foundation, creating efficiency for both the Boise PD and citizens who wish to donate. The ICL also guarantees exposure for the Boise Police Canine Foundation to a wide array of potential donors.

    The Idaho Community Foundation works with nonprofit organizations throughout the state by gathering funds from individual donors, groups and foundations. The ICL is able to grow those funds through investments to meet donors charitable objectives, while granting funds for a broad variety of worthwhile and critical projects, like the Boise Police Canine Foundation.

What will donations to the Boise Police Canine Foundation help pay for?

    Citizen donations to the Boise Police Canine Foundation will pay for needed improvements and supplies for the canines beyond what the departments annual operating budget allows for.

    For example, although many of the departments drug and explosive detection dogs are adopted from local animal shelters, the purchase of a dual purpose drug and apprehension patrol dog can cost between $8,000 and $9,000. A training bite suit, that helps maintain the patrol dogs skills while keeping trainers safe costs $1,300.

How is this a first for Boise and unique to Idaho?

    The Boise Police Canine Foundation is a first for both BPD and ICF. BPD has never had the ability to raise money to purchase equipment and supplies. ICL has never worked with a city department to establish such a fund.

How can citizens contribute?

Contributing to the fund is easy!

Donations can be made online at www.idcomfdn.org , click on Donate Directly to Your Favorite Fund, and choose Boise Police Canine Foundation,.

Or mail a check made out to Boise Police Department Canine Foundation to:
ICF at P.O. Box 8143, Boise, ID 83707.

Tax benefits of donations?

    Donations are tax deductible and can be made in any amount. Donations made before Dec. 31 can be deducted from 2009 income taxes.

THE BOISE POLICE CANINE UNIT:

The Boise Police Canine Unit began in 1996 with four patrol dogs.

Today, the Boise Police Canine Unit consists of:

  • 4 drug detection dogs. 2 are currently in training, meaning they are not yet certified for street use. One drug detection dog is assigned to the Boise Police Bandit narcotics unit, one to the Neighborhood Contact Officer unit, and two are assigned to patrol. Boise Police drug detection dogs are adopted from our local animal shelters. Three of the drug detection dogs are labs or lab mixes, the fourth is a German Shepherd, Belgian Malanois mix.
  • 5 explosive detection dogs. These dogs are assigned to the Boise Airport but are often called upon to respond to any location throughout the Treasure Valley. These dogs are purchased with Homeland Security funds. Four of the explosives detection dogs are labs, the fifth is a German Sheperd..
  • 4 patrol dogs. Patrol dogs are cross trained in drug detection and suspect apprehension. Patrol dogs are purchased at a young age with some basic training. Many police patrol dogs come from Europe, are sent to American suppliers who then sell the dogs to police agencies. These dogs require in depth training with their handler before they are ready for police works. Three of the Patrol dogs are Belgian Malanois, the fourth is a German Sheperd.

All Boise Police Canines are certified by the Idaho Police Officers Standards and Training program.