05-10-10 Mayor Proclaims Police Service Week in Boise
Boise, May 10, 2010 - Boise
Mayor David Bieter read a proclaimation today, declaring May 9 - 15
Police Service Week in Boise. The proclamation is the first of it's
kind in Boise and coincides with National Police Week events in
What is Police Week?In 1962, President
John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation which designated May 15th as
Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls
as "Police Week". Every year since, tens of thousands of law
enforcement officers and their families from around the world
converge on Washington, DC to participate in a number of planned
events which honor those that have paid the ultimate sacrifice.
Boise's proclamation is meant to honor the sacrifice and service of
officers in the Boise Police Department, serving Idaho's Capital
City since 1903.
"We're fortunate in Boise to have a
dynamic, progressive department, whose philosophy from bottom to
top is community leadership, public service and public safety, all
those things that are critical in keeping Boise America's most
livable city." Said Mayor Bieter at the proclamation signing
"We're also very fortunate to have
citizens, business owners, visitors to our city who are largely
sincerely appreciative of the service our police officers provide."
Said the Mayor.
Officers Honored:Mayor Bieter and Boise
Chief of Police Michael Masterson presented Appreciation
Certificates to twelve Boise Police officers and employees at the
event. The Boise Police employees were recognized by community
groups, including schools, businesses and neighborhoods for their
"These employees and their colleagues
reflect the highest standards of work ethic and customer focus
which allows our citizens to live, learn, work and play in one of,
if not the safest environments a major city can offer. Many thanks
to not only these employees but to our citizens who continue to
demonstrate in so many ways that working together will can and do
make a difference." Said Chief Masterson.
• Officer Will Reimers was recognized by the Grover Street
Neighborhood Watc for helping rid the area of two drug house.
Officer Reimers was also recognized by the Depot Bench Neighborhood
for helping improve traffic concerns such as speeding vehicles on
narrow neighborhood streets.
• Officer Scott McMikle, Officer Jermaine Galloway, Sgt. David
Cavanaugh and Captain Pete Ritter were honored by the Downtown
Boise Association for their ongoing assistance with downtown safety
• Officer Dave Thomas, School Resource Officer to South Jr. High
was thanked by the staff and students for his help, specifically
helping make the schools recent Career Day such a memorable
• Charlene Miller, Neighborhood Watch Coordinator was recognized by
the Vista Neighborhood for her guidance and assistance on a variety
of neighborhood safety issues.
• Officer Tony Davidson was honored by the Chief and Mayor on
behalf of all citizens for his leadership researching, designing
and implementing a more efficient graffiti reporting system that
makes documenting and tracking graffiti and suspects more
• Officer Shelli Sonnenberg and Officer Mike Perkins were
recognized by employees of the Boise City - Ada County
Housing Authority; Officer Shelli Sonnenberg for her tireless
assistance with refugees, and Officer Mike Perkins for his faithful
guidance and advice on numerous housing issues.
• Officer Ted Arnold, School Resource Officer at Timberline High
School was recognized by staff for his seven years of dedicated
service and problem solving for students and families at the
• Officer Mike Barker, a 13 year School Resource Officer was sent
appreciation by students and staff at the Marion Pritchett School,
where teachers say he has helped students with unique needs at the
school with everything from advice and guidance on legal matter to
assistance with holiday celebrations.