Boise Police Department
News Release

William L. Bones
Chief of Police

Contact: BPD Media Relations Office


Wednesday, July 11, 2007

UPDATE: Online Crime Reporting Really Paying Off!

UPDATE: Online Crime Reporting Really Paying Off!

    July 11, 2007 - A one year review of the new Boise Police Online Crime Reporting program shows the program is a success; citizens are using the system for convenience, taxpayers are saving money, and officers are saving time to allow them to respond to more urgent or emergency calls.

    From June 2006 through June 2007 - 1,031 reports filed & approved online.

     Estimated Cost Savings: $41,240

    Cost savings are figured at approx. $40 per report, calculating the savings of an officers time in the field taking the report or a Boise Police civilian employee taking the report over the phone. After an initial purchase price of $15,000, the system costs the department approx. $3,000 a year to maintain access to the server and software.

    The Boise Police Online Crime Reporting system is unique in that the reports are filed by citizens and routed directly into police department record systems once approved. The citizen filing the report gets an e-mailed copy of the report immediately after filing, including an assigned report number useful for insurance claims.

   The Boise PD Online Crime Reporting systems is a very good option for citizens if:

  • the incident is not an emergency.
  • the incident occurred within Boise City limits.
  • there are no known suspects.

     Reports that can be made online include property losses through theft or burglary like vehicle break-ins, abandoned vehicles, graffiti or vandalism, harassing phone calls, even traffic concerns and complaints.

    How to Access: Citizens can simply log onto and look for the Online Reporting icon.

Original Release dated May 17, 2006 is online at