ONLY ONE BPD NEEDED
The on again off again resignation/retirement of Airport Police Chief Mike Johnson has the future of airport cops and in limbo.
The GUARDIAN has talked to several insiders who concede the cleanest way to handle law enforcement at BOI is to do it with the Boise PD only and have a designated division with probably a captain in command.
Boise doesn’t need two police chiefs running two departments with two hiring standards. Full-time coppers working for one chief is the only way to go. With union wages and different standards it may cost a little more, but it won’t come out of the general fund budget.
NEW BPD POLICIES
We had a chat with Chief Mike Masterson recently and he wanted folks to know of a couple common sense policies BPD has recently adopted.
–The mainstream media covered the unified pursuit policy which puts all police agencies on the same page when it comes to high speed chase rules. This should improve public safety and hopefully preclude some of those gunfights and crashes that make big video bucks for TV shows.
–Cops are not to place themselves in harm’s way by getting in front of fleeing vehicles and then either shooting or alleging “assault with a vehicle. They are to get out of the way and not become the object of the danger. No shooting at moving vehicles. Common sense at its best.
–Command staff are not to race through town with lights and siren to an off duty call unless specifically requested by a supervisor. This probably resulted from a command cop responding to an officer involved shooting after the situation was stabilized with an on-duty supervisor present. The command cop precipitated a traffic accident and there was really no need to run “code three.”
The GUARDIAN is impressed when cops can learn from mistakes and do the right thing.
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