Who To Call
The BPD Public Information Office manages media inquiries, public education and community relations for the department and is authorized to act as a department spokesperson.
Media Line: (208) 570-6180
The Media Line is answered as quickly as possible during normal business hours. If daily demands mean the phone is not answered, leave a message and it will be returned as soon as possible. Weekends, Nights, Holidays: BPD does not staff a PIO during the evening or weekends. It’s just not in the budget.
For breaking news on weekends, nights and holidays, the Watch Commander is typically able to provide available information
Watch Commander: (208) 377-6790
The Watch Commander is able to provide basic info on breaking crime incidents. If you call a Watch Commander immediately after a report goes out over the radio, he or she will have no more info than you do. It may be at least 30 minutes, sometimes longer, until details are available for public release.
Watch Commanders are in the patrol division and not briefed on cases that involve detectives or ongoing investigations (different divisions – different jobs). If you’d like a weekend or evening follow up on an ongoing investigation, please plan ahead and get the info from the Communications Director/PIO during normal business hours.
Public Information Officer
PIO’s may be called in during off hours by department commanders. Information on ongoing investigations is released as the investigation allows and at the direction of the investigating officers. What this means for newsrooms is, your inquiries about updates on investigations needs to happen during normal business hours. Information will not be released at 2:00 a.m. unless it’s at the direction of an investigator.