As a police chief I spend much of my time not just thinking about today’s trials but rather, what is down the road. What are the challenges of tomorrow which we need to prepare for as an agency today? Many of those thoughts center around Boise’s and surrounding cities growth to become a large metropolitan area. With growth comes both opportunity and the danger of losing the “something special” we Boisean’s treasure. That small town feel of how people treat each other is so seldom felt in a larger city. No one wants to risk losing our current positive energy and the feeling of being part of community. There is no hiding from growth, Boise continues to make national top ten lists again and again and is often at the very top. The valley will continue to grow in population, the challenge is in continuing to move in positive directions.
I do believe one of the many key factors to that something special in Boise is a foundation of safety. We have a city not just with low crime rates but with a sense of safety. Boise is a place where people feel safe to spend an evening downtown, let their kids ride their bikes through the neighborhood or simply sleep in their beds at night. Those factors don’t always exist in many large urban areas and taking them with us as we grow into a larger city requires creativity, planning and hard work.