Members of the Boise Police Department today said a difficult, “So long”. Deputy Chief Pete Ritter retired this afternoon after a 30 year career serving the citizens of Boise.
Chief Ritter leaves a legacy of true and distinguished public service.
DC Ritter has been active in a number of community projects that leave the city a safer, more welcoming place. He is most proud of his service on the Boise Downtown Project credited for maintaining order in the city's growing and vibrant entertainment district, his work on the Mayor’s Task Force to help the homeless, his command of the department’s efforts with the Special Olympics World Winter Games and his most recent efforts on several city and grassroots projects promoting cycling safety. Within the department, Chief Ritter was key in adopting a comprehensive leadership training program now in use for department members, supervisors and managers.
Most importantly, Chief Ritter says he is proud that he was able to be a part of the Boise Police Department for outstanding 30 years and served next to quality men and women on the side of those who depend on the police for their safety and well being.
When he asked what he would miss most about BPD, Chief Ritter said, “The first and most obvious answer is the quality men and women who serve on the department in all capacities. You really are the best of the best.
Also, the thrill I still get when I put on the Boise Police uniform and know that I represent the best agency and City in the world. There is no more honorable professions than those where you serve and protect the innocent and BPD is one of those.”
About Chief Ritter:
Pete was born in Calexico, a small border town in Southern California. His great-grandmother settled in that area in the early 1900s and started a family farm and cattle feeding operation. Pete was raised in the Calexico area and spent time working for both his family farm and ranch and for other farmers and cattle feeders in California’s Imperial Valley.
Pete attended Ricks College where he met his wife Ami. He went on a mission to Japan for the LDS church prior to he and Ami getting married. He finished his college education at Brigham Young University majoring in Political Science and Public Administration. Pete and Ami were married June 20th, 1980 in Logan, Utah and have three children who are all now married to wonderful spouses. Pete and Ami enjoy their three lively grandchildren, Aspen, Oakley and Birch.
Pete began his career at BPD on June 13, 1983 after being encouraged to apply by a family friend who then also worked for the department. He was promoted to Sergeant on June 1, 1992, to lieutenant on November 1st, 2001, and Captain on September 1, 2006. On January 1, 2011, Pete Ritter was promoted to Deputy Chief of Operations.
During his career, Pete has served as a Field Training Officer, Emergency Vehicle Operations instructor, on the Bike patrol and on the Special Operations Team as an operator, team leader and commander. He served as a sergeant for School Resource Officers, Patrol and the Gang Unit. He has been assigned as a Patrol Watch Commander, a Lieutenant and supervisor in the Community Outreach Division and the K9 Unit, and served as Captain over the Community Outreach Division and the Patrol Division. Pete has also taught physical fitness and First Line Supervision and Ethics for the Idaho POST academy.
For retirement, Pete plans on traveling with Ami, continuing to volunteer in a variety of capacities in the community and his church. Pete has always enjoyed Boise’s foothills and river. In retirement, he’ll be able to spend more time riding his bikes and paddling his kayak through as much of Idaho’s outdoors as much as he can. Pete and Ami will continue to live right here in Boise as Pete says, “There is no better place in the world”.
Swearing in as a new Boise Police officer by then Mayor Dirk Kempthorne, 1983.