Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Monday, January 09, 2012

Two New Deputy Chiefs Sworn In to BPD

Two New Deputy Chiefs Sworn In to BPD

    Boise, Jan. 12, 2012 – Boise Chief of Police Michael Masterson says his two new Deputy Chiefs bring an outstanding level of service, dedication, achievement and a commitment to problem solving to the highest ranks of the Boise Police Department.

    Deputy Chiefs Pete Ritter and William Bones were sworn in today by Boise Mayor David Bieter. DC Ritter takes over for Jim Kerns who retired as Deputy Chief of Operations last July. DC Bones will lead the department's Administrative Support Bureau, replacing DC Patricia Braddock who retires this March.

    “It's a chance to give back to the community and a department that has given me so much over the years. I am really looking forward to the opportunity to serve those that I work with and to serve our citizens,” said Deputy Chief Bones.

    “"It is a privilege to serve the citizens of Boise in this capacity, but really to serve as a police officer in this city is an honor that I really cannot describe." said Deputy Chief Ritter. "I think it is a culmination of a career. When I joined the Boise Police Department it was one of the proudest days of my life. I have always been proud to put on this uniform and this is another day when I really feel proud to be a part of the
Boise Police Department.” 

    The Deputy Chiefs were sworn in along with six other newly promoted officers; Captain Steve Myers, Lieutenants PD Burch and Andrew J. Johnson, and Sergeants C. Rogers, J. Kendall and J. Nichols.

      “The officers promoted today are all strong leaders. They represent the kind of integrity, the professional skills and personal qualities necessary, not only for the effective operation of the Boise Department, but for the safety of both officers and citizens,” said Chief Masterson. “We have a practice here of what I call ‘dispersed leadership’, which is training every officer and employee to be a leader in some respect, and help fulfill our department’s mission ‘To Protect, Serve and Lead our Community to a Safer Tomorrow’”.

    Attendance at the promotions ceremony was standing room only. Chief Masterson is grateful for the attendance at the ceremony today of several special guests; Ada County Sheriff Gary Raney and several senior members of the Sheriff’s Office, leaders from the Idaho State Police, Boise Fire Chief Dennis Doan and members of the Fire Department Command Staff, and City Council Members Maryanne Jordan and Alan Shealy. Several retired Boise Police officers were also in attendance.

    Deputy Chief Pete Ritter, Operations Bureau

    DC Ritter began his career with the Boise Police Department in June, 1983 after graduating with a Political Science/Public Administration degree from Brigham Young University. DC Ritter has since earned his Management Certificate from the Idaho POST Academy and graduated from the Northwestern Police Staff and Command College.

    DC Ritter has most recently been the Commander of the Boise Police Patrol Division, and has also served as Commander of the Community Outreach Division which includes School Resource Officers, the Motors Traffic Unit and Neighborhood Contact Officers. Ritter has been Commander over the Boise Police Special Operations Group which includes the SWAT team, Bomb Unit and Crisis Negotiation Team.

    DC Ritter has also led several very successful special projects for the police department and the City of Boise. He acted as Commander for the Special Olympics World Winter Games in 2009, and managed and oversaw the implementation of the Downtown Entertainment District Project, a collaboration between downtown businesses, residents and the city to improve downtown safety through better lighting, new sidewalk vendor, sidewalk café and taxi cab ordinances and additional officer training in crowd management. DC Ritter has also served on several Boise City committees to improve services to the homeless including services offered through the Booth Home, Sanctuary and Allumbaugh House. DC Ritter has also served as a Field Training Officer, on the Bike Unit, on SOU, and as a Sergeant for the BPD Gang Unit and the School Resource Officer Unit.

    Pete Ritter and his wife Ami have three children and two grandchildren. Pete enjoys the Idaho outdoors and spends much of his off time mountain biking, backpacking, flatwater kayaking, running, skiing, and has served as a volunteer with The American Red Cross, as a Ridge to Rivers Trail Ranger through Boise Parks and Rec, and for the Boy Scouts of America.

    Deputy Chief William Bones, Administrative Support Bureau

    DC Bones is a native of Oregon. He attended Oregon State University majoring in Economics and completed his Bachelors Degree with Excelsior University. To pay for college, DC Bones worked as a wildland firefighter on a 20 person hand crew, an engine, and then as a helitac member.

    DC Bones is a third generation law enforcement officer, following in the footsteps of both his father and grandfather, also William Bones, who were both Oregon State Troopers. Bones began his career with the Boise Police Department in 1992.

    DC Bones has served BPD in Patrol, as an Officer, Sergeant and Lieutenant and Captain, and served as a Night STEP (DUI Team) officer and sergeant. As a Captain, Bones commanded the BPD Office of Professional Development and Standards, and the Criminal Investigation Division. Bones has also supervised the Special Operations Group that includes the BPD SWAT team, Bomb Unit and Crisis Negotiation Team.

    As a Commander, Bones was instrumental in several City and Police Department special projects including the acquisition and redesign of the new Boise City Hall West, now the administrative offices for the Boise Police and Fire Departments, and city acquisition and improvements to the Foothills Police Training Range. Bones has been a Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) and was instrumental in the formation of the Idaho DRE program. He’s also sat on the ITT Advisory Board since the Institute began a Criminal Justice program.

    DC Bones has his Management Certificate from the Idaho POST Academy, graduated from the Northwestern School of Police Staff and Command in 1998 and the FBI National Academy in 2009.

    Bill is married with one daughter, 15. He’s an avid archery hunter and helped his daughter call in a five-point bull elk! Bill also enjoys golf and fitness activities.