Airport Police

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Boise Police Department, Patrol Division, Airport Unit.

HISTORY & DEVELOPMENT:

Police services for the Boise Airport were originally provided by the Boise Police Department. Many newly hired BPD Officers in the 1970's and 80's began their careers working at the airport.

Boise PD provided the FAA mandated protection for the airport and also used the airport as a training ground for new officers. Officers would work at the airport under the supervision of a Sergeant until openings occurred in the patrol division. Most then transferred to patrol. Some who stayed became the earliest Airport Police Officers.

The Boise Airport Director recognized the need to develop a Police organization dedicated to "airport" law enforcement. Thus, the Boise Airport Police Department was formed in December 1992, under the direction of an Airport Police Supervisor who reported to the Airport Director. Initially, the Boise Airport Police Department consisted of a supervisor and seven officers.

In 2007, the Boise Police Department absorbed the law enforcement duties of the airport back into the patrol division.

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PERSONNEL & STAFFING:

The Boise Police Department Airport Unit is staffed by 8 full time officers, 5 full time TSA National Explosives Detection Canine Teams, 2 sergeants and a lieutenant. During non-operational hours, calls for service are handled by night shift patrol officers.

OFFICER DUTIES:

In addition to normal “patrol functions,” officers of the Airport Unit (commonly called "APOs") are trained in the multi-faceted aviation-specific duties required by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Transportation Security Administration (TSA). Officers are required to become very familiar with City, State and Federal laws regarding aviation security and operations.

APOs also perform traditional patrol duties, such as traffic control and enforcement, taking collision and crime reports, making arrests for crimes and warrants and patrol of the airport properties. APOs respond to calls inside the terminal building, on the airfield, and to business and traffic concerns around the perimeter of the airport.

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The primary requirement of the APO, by Federal mandate, is the rapid response to the Security Checkpoint in the event of a security breach, or prohibited items being brought through. Officers routinely respond to the checkpoint for found weapons, drugs and other hazardous items.

In addition to police duties, officers routinely assist with a variety of Airport Operation functions. APOs may be called upon to respond onto the airfield to assist with safety inspections, and to respond to in-flight emergencies.  They can also assist with fuel spills, wildlife incursions, debris on the runway; anything that could affect the safety of the flying public comes into the realm of responsibility of the APO.