July 11, 2023
Chief Winegar and Deputy Chief Brooks provide information and action in response to an Independent Investigation into the Boise Police Department.
May 16, 2023
Boise City Council Work Session Meeting
Topic: BPD Investigation Update
Presenter: Michael R. Bromwich, Senior Counsel, Steptoe & Johnson
November 15, 2022
Interim Boise Police Chief Ron Winegar provides an update on crime stats to Boise City Council. The Chief's presentation starts around 10:20 into the meeting recording.
Overall, we continue to see a decline in most reported crimes in Boise. Also of note, Boise’s violent crime rate is several points lower than many of our peer cities.
August 3, 2021
Following recent events, we have met with several community groups and individuals to help explain the investigative process following a critical incident involving the Boise Police Department (BPD). It is our goal to build trust within the community and we believe it is important to explain the processes followed when an investigation of this nature begins. Click here for more information.
October 7, 2020
Police Chief Ryan Lee has made several presentations to City Council over the past few months to address Council Member’s concerns and questions. You can watch video recaps as well as the full presentation here.
June 9, 2020
Boise Police is committed to a community policing philosophy and to hearing the individual voices that make up our community. Recognizing that doing so will enable us to work together to improve the future, we will continue to build upon existing relationships and create new ones so Boise can be a city where everyone can thrive.
Many residents have inquired about various policies, so we’d like to provide additional information about Boise Police Department policies and guiding principles, including topics such as implicit bias, crisis intervention, de-escalation, and use of force.
Use of Force by officers is addressed in and regulated by BPD’s Policy and Procedures Manual which is publicly available online. BPD reviews and amends the policy manual regularly based on new information, national trends and updated tools. BPD also works to limit the need to use force by hiring people with values which reflect the community’s expectations. We then strive every day to build relationships with community members across Boise, investing heavily in training for our officers and working to de-escalate tense or crisis situations if possible. Force is always the least desirable option, and only used when necessary to effect an arrest or protect lives and property.
We also want to discuss how our department’s policies align with the guidelines being advocated for by police reform organizations. While there may be nuances in verbiage, we believe most of our policies and practices directly align with the spirit of what is being asked for in many of the recommendations. Below are summarized portions and excerpts of the department’s Policies and Procedures Manual. This is an effort to be transparent and share our use of force policies and information.