About

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Chief Ryan Lee

I am humbled by the opportunity to serve as your Chief of Police and be part of this amazing city. Whether you are hiking to the top of Table Rock, floating the Boise River from Barber Park, looking at the street art in Freak Alley, having coffee in the North End or watching the sunset from Boise Train Depot, you are not only surrounded by amazing sights but amazing people. Everyone I have met in this city has been welcoming and rightfully proud to live here.

As your Police Chief, I am committed to fostering a culture of transparency, accountability, and servant leadership within the police department. I aim to engage and listen to people from all corners of this city to make sure we are inclusive of all community members and providing the service the community deserves, wants and expects. It’s my goal to help protect this community, preserve its amazing values and culture and ensure that as it grows in size, it still feels connected and welcoming to all people.

BPD Command Staff and CCAP

Meet the rest of BPD’s Senior Leaders and find contact information for members of the Chief’s Community Advisory Panel.

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Specialty Positions

BPD maintains best practices and advanced training in a number of different specialties, all designed to better serve and protect Idaho's Capital City.

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BPD's Policy and Procedures

Read Boise Police Department's Policy and Procedure Manual (PDF)

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Recent Projects and Updates

Learn about BPD policies and guiding principles, including topics such as implicit bias, crisis intervention, de-escalation, and use of force.

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To Protect, Serve and Lead Our Community to a Safer Tomorrow

The Boise Police Department is made up of approximately 400 employees, 300 sworn police officers and a civilian support staff of about 100. The officers and staff of the Boise Police Department are dedicated to providing the highest quality public safety and law enforcement services to people who live, work and play in Idaho's Capital City.

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Our Guiding Principles

Safety: Preserve life, protect property, and respect constitutional rights while enforcing the law with fairness and impartiality. Safety is of paramount importance in all aspects of our work.

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Service: Provide courteous police service. Embrace community input and involvement to enhance public safety, prevent and solve crime, and address quality of life issues. Exceed our customers' expectations for service.

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Leadership: Strive to maintain the proud tradition of our past while meeting the challenges of our future. Believe in doing the right thing, in the right way, at the right time, and for the right reasons.

Accountability: Operate openly, maintaining public trust and confidence. Make decisions in the best interest of the community we serve. Be courageous, fair, and decisive.

Professionalism: Demonstrate professionalism and uphold the law treating everyone with respect and dignity. Uphold the highest ethical standards. Demonstrate honesty and integrity in our words and in our actions.

Creativity: Provide an individualized and innovative approach to each situation. Seek employee input to continuously improve our practices, programs, and services.

Medal of Honor Recipients

In recognition for extraordinary acts of valor and heroism, the Idaho Law Enforcement, Firefighting and EMS Medal of Honor is awarded to law enforcement officers, firefighters and EMTs who have been distinguished by exceptionally meritorious conduct, assuring that the sacrifices of these professionals are recognized and their bravery honored by the state whose citizens they protect.

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Officer Mark Stall

Mark Stall is the first officer known to have been killed in the line of duty in the history of the Boise Police Department.

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In 2015, the Boise Police Department had an opportunity to apply the principals listed here and give back to a young man in need. It was an effort that included many people throughout the City of Boise and our community partners. The effort was a reminder, when we protect, serve and lead, all in our community have "their best day". Thank you to our fellow city employees and our many community partners who helped make Officer Rashid Day in the City of Boise possible. 

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