Boise Police Department
News Release

William L. Bones
Chief of Police

Contact: BPD Media Relations Office


Monday, December 19, 2011

Boise Supports Tolerance

12-19-11 Boise Supports Tolerance

In an ongoing effort to make sure Boise remains a welcoming city for all citizens, the Mayor of Boise recently issued this statement. We at the Boise Police Department are also dedicated to keeping Boise a safe city for all those who live in, work in or visit Idaho's Capital City.

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    The City of Boise and the Boise Police Department (BPD) are urging the public to report any incident involving a possible hate crime based on race, religion, disability, sexual orientation or gender identity.

    While crime in Boise has dropped over the last six years at approximately twice the rate as in the rest of the country, there is concern that some hate crimes are being committed but not reported -- particularly crimes against the LGBT community.

    "Boise is a safe, caring and tolerant community that simply will not accept hate crimes of any type," Mayor David Bieter said. "If any member of Boise's LGBT community is subjected to a hate crime, I strongly urge them to come forward so police can immediately investigate and bring the offenders to justice."

    Under Boise Police policy, all reported hate crimes are taken seriously, given priority, and investigated quickly and rigorously.

    Excerpt from Boise Police Department Hate Crime Policy:

    The Boise Police Department is committed to safeguarding the rights of all people as guaranteed by the Constitution and applicable federal and state laws, regardless of race, religion, ethnic background, disability, and/or sexual orientation. Any acts or threats of violence, property damage, harassment, intimidation, or other crimes designed to infringe upon these rights are viewed seriously by BPD and will be given a high priority... . The Boise Police Department will immediately and thoroughly investigate such crimes.

    Any reporting victim should be aware that BPD uses strict security procedures for the immediate victims, as well as their families and others affected by these crimes. The BPD response protocol includes the immediate assignment of the case to a detective and a victim-witness advocate from the department, as well as notifying the Ada County Human Rights Task Force of the incident. BPD also has a liaison to the LGBTQ community with more than 20 years in a victim assistance and advocacy role.

    If you or someone you know has been a victim of a hate crime, or if you would like to discuss issues involving hate crimes, please contact Janet Lawler, the BPD liaison to the LGBTQ community, at 570-6224. For emergencies, please call 911.