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 over the years thanks to you–the readers.
With that in mind, we will solicit questions from readers which Chief Masterson will answer in mid December. Because our readers check in on an irregular basis at all hours, we figured this would be the best method. We will present him with the questions and then publish a Q & A on or about December 15.
Keep it civil, but feel free to cover both marshmallow softball topics as well as hardball items. Here are a few that come to mind. Pay, use of force, ombudsman, choice of car color scheme, take home cars, civilian review, critical incidents, typing on computer in traffic, command structure (union boss attends command meetings), replacement.
Please refrain from specific incidents which may be pending because he won’t comment anyway.
Here is the first answer to EASTERNER regarding a recent seminar.
Re: Easterner and trip question:
“I attended the Annual International Chiefs conference. Boise PD was selected, for a second consecutive year as a finalist for their 2014 IACP/CISCO Community Policing Award for our Veterans Outreach Initiative. The award included airfare, hotel and conference registration. The city authorized per diem but I donated it back. Net expense to city and taxpayers was $0.
Here’s a list of a few of the training sessions I attended while at the conference. In order to get “credit” for the training each participant had to scan their badge to officially log in.”
–Recruiting a New Brand of Officer in a New Era of Policing
–Special Weapons and Tactics Teams: Perceptions versus Reality
–Innovative Practices for Improving and Enhancing Law Enforcement
–Response to People with Mental Health Disorders
–Planning and Preparation for Aftermath Management of a Mass Casualty Event
–Executive Leadership and Liability: Lessons Learned
PLUS 10 more sessions.
Also, Police Executive Research Forum Town Hall Meeting ( This was an interesting four hour discussion where the focus was on moral decision making by police leaders in the aftermath of officer involved deadly force encounters)
From seminars on community policing grants I brought back ideas to the dept on how to better utilize the officers which were awarded under a community policing grant.
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