A GUARDIAN reader observed a quintet of copper’s cars idling for at least 40 minutes at the Friday night swap held at the Cole Village Shopping Center. He certainly doesn’t sound “anti cop.”
The GUARDIAN isn’t anti-cop either, but given what we have seen in the past, there certainly is a shared attitude between some of the BPD patrol division and the Canyon County Commishes who have openly defied air pollution regulations. There is a written policy about idling engines and on the face of it, the “Java Five” may have overlooked the rules.
We take the reader at his word and invite Boise police union and management to respond. We post the following message verbatim:
“Hello, last night my wife and myself visited the Boise Bike Swap at the Cole Village shopping center. We notice several Boise Police cars either already parked and just arriving ….5 total. My wife and I spent a good 40 minutes looking at Bikes and when we returned to the parking lot notice all 5 patrol cars were idling.
The weather was mild Friday night, no snow and temperatures that should not hinder starting any modern automobile. At that point I notice the officers were all in a booth at the Moxie Java next door to the bike swap. I certainly don’t object to officers having field meetings, lunch or breaks together but assuming they may have spent an hour at this “meeting”…..that would be five hours of vehicles idling.
To the average person that may be a years worth of stops at your bank or Jack In Box type places. One unit was a K-9 and perhaps the dog needed to stay warm? Oh…I should mention this dog was going nuts barking at the foot traffic in the parking lot. The unnecessary cost and pollution generated by using someone’s elses fuel irks me.
Thanks for your Blog!”
UPDATE CONCLUSION 3/8/10–
Boise PD command staff have counseled the officers. Only three could be identified and only one–the K-9 car–was left running by their account. They know the public is watching, they know the rules against idling, and have been duly warned. Policy allows the K-9 car to remain running for the comfort and well being of the dog.
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