Boise Police Department
News Release

William L. Bones
Chief of Police

Contact: BPD Media Relations Office


Friday, November 12, 2010

BPD helps keep Downtown Power Poles Safe & Clutter Free

11-12-10 BPD helps keep Downtown Power Poles Safe & Clutter Free

    Boise, Nov. 12, 2010 - The Boise Police Department is happy to help the Downtown Boise Association keep our beautiful city safe and clean by joining the effort to keep downtown utility poles free of posters and clutter.

    The following news release was recently distributed by the DBA to local media. 

    To help downtown businesses and residents who are concerned about the growing number of posted flyers and resulting clutter, Officer Schiffler, The Boise Police Neighborhood Contact Officer for the downtown area is trying to contact those posting the flyers. 

    Those notified are asked to remove the postings, and those seen in the process of posting the flyers are informed the action is a citable offence, as well as something many in the neighborhood are complaining about as being an unsightly distraction.

    Besides being a violation of state code and a problem for utility companies, trash and clutter in a neighborhood suggest to many that the area is a safety risk, and that poses a threat to property values. BPD is doing all we can to help keep our beautiful, vibrant downtown clean and safe.

    Thank you for your support.


News release from the Downtown Boise Association, Nov. 1, 2010:


Utility & Light Poles are Not Bulletin Boards

The Boise Police Department in cooperation with the Downtown Boise Association, Ada County Highway District and City of Boise want to remind promoters and advertisers that traffic signal poles, utility poles and light poles are not bulletin boards.

Public poles have always been the target for the posting of signs and posters advertising events, concerts, etc.  The practice is especially problematic in the downtown core. Downtown business & property owners and the Downtown Clean Team spend countless hours removing posters. Not only is it an eyesore, it creates problems for the utilities when it comes time to repaint or service the poles.

The Downtown Boise Association and the Boise Police Department are trying to educate promoters and anyone else who may be posting signs, flyers, or other materials about the problems this can create. The posting of posters, signs and stickers on these poles is also unlawful under Idaho Code: Chapter 70, 18-7029 and violators can be cited for the offense.

The Downtown Boise Association mission is to be the steward for the promotion and operation of downtown Boise as an attractive, safe and vibrant place to work, shop, live and play.

For more on the Downtown Boise Association, go to