12-19-11 Boise Supports Tolerance
In an ongoing effort to make sure Boise remains a welcoming city
for all citizens, the Mayor of Boise recently issued this
statement. We at the Boise Police Department are also dedicated to
keeping Boise a safe city for all those who live in, work in or
visit Idaho's Capital City.
Contact: Adam Park
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2011 384-4402 /email@example.com
CITY OF BOISE ENCOURAGES REPORTING OF ALL POSSIBLE HATE
The City of Boise and the Boise Police
Department (BPD) are urging the public to report any incident
involving a possible hate crime based on race, religion,
disability, sexual orientation or gender identity.
While crime in Boise has dropped over
the last six years at approximately twice the rate as in the rest
of the country, there is concern that some hate crimes are being
committed but not reported -- particularly crimes against the LGBT
"Boise is a safe, caring and tolerant
community that simply will not accept hate crimes of any type,"
Mayor David Bieter said. "If any member of Boise's LGBT community
is subjected to a hate crime, I strongly urge them to come forward
so police can immediately investigate and bring the offenders to
Under Boise Police policy, all reported
hate crimes are taken seriously, given priority, and investigated
quickly and rigorously.
Excerpt from Boise Police Department
Hate Crime Policy:
The Boise Police Department is committed
to safeguarding the rights of all people as guaranteed by the
Constitution and applicable federal and state laws, regardless of
race, religion, ethnic background, disability, and/or sexual
orientation. Any acts or threats of violence, property damage,
harassment, intimidation, or other crimes designed to infringe upon
these rights are viewed seriously by BPD and will be given a high
priority... . The Boise Police Department will immediately and
thoroughly investigate such crimes.
Any reporting victim should be aware
that BPD uses strict security procedures for the immediate victims,
as well as their families and others affected by these crimes. The
BPD response protocol includes the immediate assignment of the case
to a detective and a victim-witness advocate from the department,
as well as notifying the Ada County Human Rights Task Force of the
incident. BPD also has a liaison to the LGBTQ community with more
than 20 years in a victim assistance and advocacy role.
If you or someone you know has been a
victim of a hate crime, or if you would like to discuss issues
involving hate crimes, please contact Janet Lawler, the BPD liaison
to the LGBTQ community, at 570-6224. For emergencies, please call