Serving the citizens of Boise and changing the culture of the Boise Police has been a goal of retiring Chief Mike Masterson.
When he took command of the local coppers, shootings by coppers and other critical incidents were out of control. Masterson’s management style has included big doses of LISTENING. He has been a frequent contributor to the GUARDIAN and readers have recently been able to get direct answers to questions.
Perhaps his proudest accomplishment is working with veterans suffering from PTSD. A shootout between officers and an Idaho National Guardsman — in which no rounds hit any humans — prompted creation of a special court and related mental health treatment. Mental health awareness and training have highlighted the last half of Masterson’s tenure.
We have noticed policy changes which include prohibiting coppers from shooting at moving vehicles, elimination of loaning city motorcycles to off duty coppers working out of the county, a series of rules regarding leaving squad cars running unattended, a controversial stand against guns on campus, rules against texting while driving (no exempting for coppers under state law).
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