Boise Police Department
News Release

William L. Bones
Chief of Police

Contact: BPD Media Relations Office


Monday, October 22, 2007

10-27-07 Graffiti Clean Up Day

10-27-07 Graffiti Clean Up Day

    Boise, Oct. 27, 2007, UPDATE: 1:40 p.m. - As of 1:20 p.m. all the volunteer teams had returned to City Hall West. The teams report some 75 sites previously damaged by graffiti have been repainted. Each site may have included several individual locations at that one site, so 75 sites means literally dozens and dozens of instances of graffiti have been painted over by the volunteer teams.

    Sites cleaned up today included about 5 strip malls damaged by graffiti, signs, fences, residential and business buildings.

    Approx 105 volunteers turnbed out for today's effort, in addition to approx. 35 volunteers who are Boise City employees from Boise Police, Boise Fire, Parks and Public Works.

    Boise Police will have extra patrols out tonight looking for vandals who may be tempted to damage sites re-painted today. Citizens are asked to be alert in their neighborhoods or while driving main roads, and if they see vandals in the act or anyone suspicious to please call 9-1-1.

    Original Release:

    Boise, Oct. 22, 2007 - The City of Boise is looking for community-minded volunteers to spend this Saturday morning helping wipe out an eyesore - graffiti. 

    The City has designated this Saturday as Graffiti Clean Up Day, a day where city employees and citizens will join together to paint over the most visible areas of graffiti in the community.

    "Graffiti is the number one call to the Mayor's Hotline," said Boise Mayor David Bieter. "Our citizens realize how graffiti can degrade a neighborhood or business area. This community-wide effort to clean up graffiti further illustrates how committed our citizens and city employees are to keeping Boise livable."

    Boise Police have secured donations for materials from local Home Depot stores to cover paint and supplies. Volunteers are simply asked to wear appropriate clothing (clothing that may get soiled with paint!) and dedicate their morning to making the statement that our community is too great to deface.

    Volunteers are asked to:

  • Please call the BPD at 373-5485 by 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24th to be assigned to a team.
  • Arrive at City Hall West, 333 N. Sailfish by 9:00 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 27th. Volunteers will enjoy a continental breakfast then sent out in teams to locations with the highest concentration of visible graffiti. 
  • Volunteers should plan on finishing up and arriving again at City Hall West by 12:30 or 1:00 p.m.
  • Volunteers should wear clothing appropriate for painting. They do not need to bring paint or painting supplies (those will be furnished as donations by Home Depot).
  • Volunteers under age 18 will need a waiver signed by a parent to participate. Call 373-5485 to obtain a waiver.