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 Washington, D.C.
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 today.
"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 outstanding service.
"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 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 issues.
• 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 success.
• 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 effective.
• 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 school.
• 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.