Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Friday, August 02, 2013

Boise makes America's Safest Cities list

Boise, August 2, 2013 - Boise Chief of Police Michael Masterson says it's thanks to community partners, neighborhood and business associations and hard work by dedicated police employees that helps make Boise one of the safest cities in America.

"What's most important is that people feel safe in Boise. We live in a city and state that offer some of the best opportunities for healthy families, outdoor lifestyles, business and recreation. It's our partnerships that keep us safe, make us feel safe, and make this the most livable city in the country." said Chief Masterson.

Boise is listed as #7 on the top 20 list of safe cities, a list based on FBI crime data. 

"We do have crime that is an ongoing concern for us. And it's the more sensational crimes that make headline news. But especially for those of us who have experience living in other parts of the country, we appreciate very much the value this community places on it's safety. It's a community that values safety and partnering with police that makes a difference," said the Chief.

For the entire report on the 20 Safest Cities in America, provided by Business Insider, go to:

http://www.sfgate.com/technology/businessinsider/article/The-20-Safest-Cities-In-America-4686739.php

***FYI: The publication erroneously reports that, despite being #7 for safest cities, Boise had a rape tital that's above average. BPD Crime Analysts have researched the data and found that to be in error. Boise's rape report rate is actually 60 BELOW the national average compared to cities with a population relative to ours. We are attempting to contact the publication.