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Final Round Of Top Cop Q&A

The final round of questions and answers from retiring Boise PD Chief Mike Masterson is presented here. He will leave in January, becoming the second longest serving chief in the department history. GUARDIAN readers have provided significant input for the department over the years and the chief has been an active commenter. Question relating to […]

Idaho Beer Brewers Balk at Belgian-Brazilian Boys

A bar fight is brewing between the local craft beer producers and the big multi-national Anheuser-Busch Budweiser boys who recently acquired 10 Barrel Brewing at 9th and Bannock in Boise. Idaho Beer and Wine Distributors Association, which represents 18 distributors that employ 900 people says Idaho law grants special rights to small breweries – which […]

Use of Force And Ombudsman Complaints

BREAKING NEWS: A real estate blog has just named Boise the #8 safest city in America. Looks like coppers are #8 and Bronco footballers are #22! Due to the length of responses about Boise coppers as Chief Mike Masterson takes questions from readers in his last month of service, we will group the responses by […]

Chief Responds To Copper Cameras Question

Due to the length of responses about Boise coppers as Chief Mike Masterson takes questions from readers in his last month of service, we will group the responses by topic. The Questions have been gathered in a previous post in the comment section. Body worn cameras are inevitable. BPD is taking a slow deliberate analysis […]

Questions & Answers For Top Copper

This is the first for what we anticipate will be a series of responses. As Chief Mike Masterson prepares to sing his swan song after more than 10 years as Boise’s top copper, he has agreed to have a “good-bye session,” with GUARDIAN readers. He tells us there have been many good policies and insights […]

Proper Report By Second Grader Results In Massive Panic

When a second grade student at a Middleton elementary school noticed “a gun” in the backpack of a fellow 7 or 8-year-old second grader, he did the right thing and told his teacher. The teacher did the right thing and notified school officials. From that point it got weird according to a report in the […]

4 Alarm Fire Guts Broadway Strip Mall

One of the biggest structure fires in recent memory gutted a strip mall Thanksgiving eve on Broadway between Pennsylvania and Iowa streets. It was first reported about 10 p.m. It appeared the fire started either in or close to a nail salon. The entire mall will likely be closed for months, but at least half […]

Ombudsman Low Priority For Boise Leaders

Despite repeated promises to hire an ombudsman to review “critical incidents” and other complaints within the Boise Police Department, Boise’s mayor and city council has been more concerned with squeezing 10 foot three inch buses into 10 foot traffic lanes. More than a year ago Councilor Maryanne Jordan told the GUARDIAN, “The position is important […]

Boise Top Copper Words For Newbies

Boise Police Chief Mike Masterson offered a topical commencement address to the newest class of coppers to graduate from the police academy. There were only seven recruits in the class — the last one before Masterson retires,– but he emphasized the duty for coppers to protect human rights, citing a visit to the Anne Frank […]

BSU Coaches SWAT Exercise Video Disappears

After the Idaho Statesman’s Chadd Cripe and the GUARDIAN posted links Tuesday to a YOU TUBE video showing BSU coaches brandishing assault weapons at a Boise police SWAT training facility, the video has suddenly been removed from the YOU TUBE site “by the user.” We talked to United Dairymen of Idaho spokesperson Cindy Miller Wednesday […]

Chief Explains SWAT Class For BSU Coaches

Boise Police Chief Mike Masterson provided a statement about the previous post at the request of the GUARDIAN. The department offered a SWAT training exercise for Boise State football coaches. Some readers were critical of the move which is featured on YOUTUBE. BPD was proud to host the BSU coaches for a team building exercise. […]

BOISE SWAT COPS Train BSU Coaches

Timing is everything, especially in sports like football. The release of a YOUTUBE video is probably not good timing for the Boise State Bronco football coaching staff in light of recent civil unrest in Ferguson, Missouri and national debate over the “militarization of police” throughout the the USA. A GUARDIAN reader called our attention to […]

Boise Council Fumbles Ombudsman Job

Almost a year ago on October 17, we inquired about the lack of oversight on Boise Police with the departure of the OMBUDSMAN in June 2013. Council President Maryanne Jordan told the GUARDIAN, “The position is important to the community. Next steps should be forthcoming shortly.” The next step apparently came in January of this […]

TV News “Cleans Up” Mug Shot

Back in 1994 when O.J. Simpson infamously made the cover of both TIME and NEWSWEEK magazines with the same mugshot, TIME was accused of racism by digitally darkening the image–some claimed to make him look sinister. TIME was also taken to the woodshed by fellow journalists over changing the appearance of an image used in […]

Scary Dog Tales And Little Kids

One man is sitting in the Ada slammer in lieu of $500,000 bond after his “pit bull-type dog” mauled a child. Police say both the child and dog were left unattended in a van in March, but the arrest was made over the weekend. Here is the Boise PD account: Boise Police, working with Ada […]

Boise Coppers “Absorb” BSU Costs

Boise coppers will be seeking additional funds from Boise State University as part of a contract renewal to provide police at BSU. The new deal will see the Boise Police Department continue to provide “customary and usual duties,” including investigation and enforcement, traffic control and accident investigations. But the contract would bump up the hourly […]

Loose Moose Putters Around Golf Course

IDAHO FISH & GAME PHOTO Boise police chief Mike Masterson likes to brag to his former colleagues back in Wisconsin about living in the wilds of Idaho where his officers have responded to animal calls within the city concerning, cougars, deer, elk, bear, coyotes. Now he can add a loose moose to the list. On […]

Boise Coppers Bike Safety Car Is Mobile Billboard

Boise coppers have unveiled a car with more bumper stickers than a Republican Primary, but these messages are aimed at promoting bike safety. Timing is everything with these promotions and the car lead a parade May Day and May is also bike month. Let’s hope the cars and bikes can avoid contact while still being […]

School Returns Phones With Apology

Boise School spokesman Dan Hollar told the GUARDIAN Monday that school officials returned two student cell phones which were confiscated, “in the heat of the moment,” following an altercation in a hallway between a police officer and a student on Friday. “We apologized to the students as their phones were returned and no images or […]

Copper And High School Student Battle

In a major show of force, Boise Police made a massive “code three” response to Frank Church High School Friday during the lunch hour following an altercation between a teenaged student and a copper. An honor student from another school who attends computer classes at the Boise School District tech center near Frank Church High […]

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