An open letter to everyone who calls Boise home,
Twenty-seven years ago, I became Boise’s newest police officer. I was given a gift far more valuable than I could understand. I was granted the opportunity to spend a career helping to make a difference.
During my career, I have gone through the highs and lows of serving as a Police Officer. As a young officer, BPD struggled with a lack of trust and the community questioned our professionalism. Since then I have been part of the evolution of a police department. One we built on the shoulders of our past officers to create not only a safer city but a leading model for professionalism, transparency and community trust across our country.
I was part of BPD as we suffered through the loss of our brother, Officer Mark Stall, and then saw the community line the streets for the procession to lay Mark to rest. 20 years later I see a community which still remembers. I held Kris Ware’s hand as paramedics worked on damage wrought to his face and hand from a homemade bomb we discovered while searching a truck. Later I also watched as he fought his way back to full duty. I saw Corporal Holtry suffer from life changing injuries and then inspire a community and police officers across the country with his resiliency and dedication. The letters and cards that people sent to the department covered every available wall in the entire department. Over and again I have watched officers risk their lives and pay incredible mental and physical prices to protect others but watched as those costs were balanced by a community which has come forward to support our officers with open arms.