The GUARDIAN has called for a POLICE COMMISSION for more than 20 years in Boise–most recently in July 2013.
Today, Chief William Bones has announced the next best thing to a true police commission with his plans for a “Chief’s Advisory Council” comprised of Boise citizens.
Hopefully, the group–yet to be selected–will be a cross section of community leaders, activists, and taxpayers. Presumably Bones will appoint the members and use them as a “sounding board” for issues including budget choices, and community concerns.
Police and Fire are the two biggest budget items in Boise and currently citizens have no oversight or participation in the operation of those departments. While we have a Park Board, Parking Commission, Library Board, Airport Commission, Design Review, Public Works, there is NOTHING for police and fire. Bones’ plan is a step in the right direction.
Here is the bureaucratic lingo press release:
In furtherance of our commitment to a community policing model the Boise Police Department is forming a Chief’s Community Advisory Panel. The Chief’s Community Advisory Panel will serve as a resource for the Chief in the formation of strategies, development of community policing concepts, improvement of public services, and in building public trust. The Panel will be comprised of a diverse cross-section of leaders in the community representing a broad spectrum of viewpoints.
The intent of the Chief’s Community Advisory Panel is to engage and collaborate with the community in a comprehensive manner with goals of increasing public safety, confidence and trust.
“It is imperative that the community we serve is involved in the direction and priorities it’s police pursue,” said Boise Police Chief William Bones. “The City of Boise is growing and we firmly believe community partnerships are the best way to maintain a high quality of public safety and law enforcement services for years ahead.”
The Boise Police Department has solicited nominations for the Panel from local businesses and community groups. Individuals who are interested in joining the Panel can email BPD at bpdChiefscommunityadvisorypanel@cityofboise.org. We will be making an effort to ensure that we have a good representation from the community and may not be able to accept every nomination. To allow greater participation by all interested parties BPD will invite new panel members every two years.
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