Message from the Chief

Chief Ryan Lee
Chief Ryan Lee

Madam Mayor, Members of City Council and to all of the people of Boise,

I am humbled by this opportunity to serve as your Chief of Police and join this great community. Boise is an amazing city and I am proud to now call it my home. 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. I look forward to serving the people of this great city and to joining a police department with a well-deserved reputation as a leader in community policing.

To the staff of the Boise Police Department, I am honored to join your ranks and serve as your chief. The policing profession, and the national narrative around it, has brought intense scrutiny to our profession. However, the relative civility in Boise is a reflection of your years of investment in a community policing approach and to the highly competent and professional members of the police department. Policing must involve and reflect the community, something I know the Boise Police Department is committed to and one of the core values that drew me to seek out this opportunity. It will be a privilege to lead this organization, to sustain and further develop its successes, and to assist in assuring it can meet the needs of this growing community. I am committed to a culture of transparency, accountability and servant leadership, and I am grateful for this opportunity to lead and develop the Boise Police Department. I look forward to working with all of you and learning how we can build upon our successes to serve this city and all its people even better.

For the people of this community, I cannot tell you how much I am looking forward to meeting you. Over the coming weeks and months, I am going to be reaching out to you, learning about your needs, learning about what the Police Department is doing well and where we can do better. I will engage and listen to people from all corners of this city to make sure the Boise Police Department is inclusive of all community members and is providing the service the community deserves, wants and expects. I was drawn to Boise because of the wonderful sense of community, pride and its welcoming culture. Know that I am called to serve as your chief of police 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.

I was riding my bicycle on the Green Belt just the other morning and said hello to a gentleman who was walking, as I passed by him. He struck up a conversation with me, and I learned that he too had been adopted into this community after spending his childhood and working years in Baltimore. He told me that people say hello to genuinely greet you in Boise; he told me he never has the hairs stand up on the back of his neck because he doesn’t feel safe; but most of all, he just feels welcome. He described so well what makes Boise special and what I promise to protect for everyone. I look forward to serving you as your Police Chief. Thank you.

-Chief Ryan Lee

Meet Our Commanders

cpt. Matt Jones

Captain Matt Jones

Criminal Investigation Division

Cpt. Matt Jones currently serves as the Captain of the Criminal Investigations Division.  In this capacity, Cpt. Jones oversees the Violent Crimes Unit, Property Crimes Unit, Financial Crimes Unit, Criminal Intelligence Unit, Narcotics Unit, Special Victims Unit, Crimes Against Children, and Victims Services.  The Criminal Investigations Division exists to serve the citizens of Boise by holding offenders accountable, respecting and upholding civil, human, and Constitutional rights, applying industry-leading standards to criminal investigations, and providing comprehensive victim services.  Cpt. Jones is also committed to leading the Division in a manner that meet the needs of one of the fastest growing cities in the country.

Cpt. Jones is an Idaho native, a Boise resident, and a second-generation Boise Police Officer.  In his over 20 years of service to the City of Boise, Cpt. Jones has developed positive professional partnerships with many key stakeholders in the community.  Cpt. Jones has served in numerous capacities throughout his career, including leadership positions within all three BPD Operations Divisions.  Cpt. Jones has held the positions of Field Training Officer, Patrol Sergeant, Field Training Officer Sergeant, Mobile Field Force Team Member, Mobile Field Force Sergeant, Mobile Field Force Lieutenant, Patrol Watch Commander, Special Operations Unit (SWAT) Team Commander, Narcotics Unit Lieutenant, Military and Veteran Liaison Lieutenant, Community Outreach Division Lieutenant, Special Events Coordinator, Bike Unit Lieutenant, and most recently Patrol Division Captain, with the ancillary responsibility of Special Operations Group Captain.

Cpt. Jones enjoys creating collaborative working environments in which he leverages the strengths of his team members and empowers them to solve problems.  Captain Jones is committed to the pursuit of personal and organizational excellence, and he is focused on continual development of people and processes.

Cpt. Spencer Fomby

Captain Spencer Fomby

Training, Education, and Development Division (T.E.D.D)

Cpt. Spencer Fomby leads the Training, Education and Development Division, which focuses on providing Boise Police officers with the most relevant and essential training throughout their careers. T.E.D.D training is based on current trends, research, and data, found through regular examination of national and global best practices. This includes but is not limited to equipment needs, mental health awareness training, de-escalation techniques, and education in implicit bias. Under the guidance of Cpt. Fomby, T.E.D.D leadership designs, facilitates, and manages the patrol academy and field training officer program. The division also focuses on the overall safety and well-being of our officers as well as developing officers to take on new leadership roles in the department.

Cpt. Fomby started his career with the Berkley Police Department in 2000 and served in a variety of roles including Patrol Officer, Police Lieutenant, SWAT Commander, and Police Trainer. He created a California POST approved Tactical De-escalation course and became a National Tactical Officer Association Instructor in 2017.  Cpt. Fomby came to the Boise Police Department in March of 2021 following a nationwide search to find an expert to lead BPD’s newest division.

Cpt. Fomby grew up all over the world in a military family. He still enjoys international travel and learning about new cultures. Cpt. Fomby is looking forward to exploring Idaho and all of the outdoor activities that are available in the region.

Cpt. Tom Flemming

Captain Tom Fleming

Professional Standards Division

Cpt. Tom Fleming oversees the Professional Standards Division. This division oversees the hiring process as well as BPD’s Policy and Procedures. The Mission of the Professional Standards Division is to protect the public, the employee, and the department through fair, thorough, and proactive investigations of alleged misconduct.

Cpt. Fleming has worked for the Boise Police Department since 2005 after serving as an officer for the Twin Falls Police Department for 11 years. He has served in a variety of roles at BPD including Patrol Officer, Narcotics Detective, Motor Unit Sergeant and most recently CID Lieutenant.

Cpt. Matt Bryngelson

Captain Matt Bryngelson

Patrol Division

Cpt. Matt Bryngelson is the senior commander of Patrol and has direct supervision of six Lieutenants and one Executive Officer. Within the division, there are 14 sergeants and an authorized strength of 110 Patrol officers. There are also 8 civilian Crime Scene Specialists/Telephone Report Unit personnel and a civilian supervisor.

Cpt. Bryngelson has worked for the Boise Police Department for more than 22 years and has served in many roles including Field Training Officer, Neighborhood Contact Officer, Narcotics Detective, SWAT operator, Patrol Sergeant, NCO Unit Sergeant, the Sergeant overseeing the department’s Metro Task Force member and Gang Unit and most recently the Training Unit Lieutenant. Cpt. Bryngelson also served as a Patrol Watch Commander before transferring to TEDD.  He started his career with the Chula Vista Police Department in Southern California where he served as an officer from 1993 to 1999.  In Chula Vista, Cpt. Bryngelson worked as a field training officer, SWAT operator, gang unit officer and narcotics task force detective.

Cpt. Bryngelson has lived in Idaho for approximately 23 years and is a Boise resident. Throughout his nearly 29 year career, Cpt. Bryngelson has recognized the value of community-oriented policing and developing relationships with all members of the community. Cpt. Bryngelson’s vision for the patrol division is to protect the sanctity of all human life by providing professional and empathetic service to the community and to preserve the fantastic quality of life Boiseans enjoy. Cpt. Bryngelson strives to identify and facilitate the best training and education for each of his officers. Strengthening the relationship of trust and legitimacy between the police department and the community is of paramount importance to Cpt. Bryngelson and the health and safety of his officers will always be a focal point of his position as Patrol Division Captain.

Captain Mike Ruffalo

Captain Mike Ruffalo

Community Outreach Division

Cpt. Mike Ruffalo leads the Community Outreach Division with the goal of building relationships and finding innovative solutions to both short-term and long-term problems within our community. BPD’s Community Outreach Division is larger than many others across the country and includes the Refugee Liaison Officer, incoming Service Coordinator Team, Special Events, Neighborhood Contact Officer Unit, Motors Unit, School Resource Officer Unit, Bike Unit, Behavioral Health Unit, Micro District Teams, Organized Retail Crime Units, Information Led Policing Unit, Joint Terrorism Task Force and the FBI Metro Task Force. Cpt. Ruffalo also oversees BPD’s contract policing units for the Boise Airport and Boise State University.

Cpt. Ruffalo moved to Idaho 24 years ago and began his career at the Boise Police Department in 2001.  In his 20 years of service at the Boise Police Department, he has served in many roles including, Patrol Officer, Night STEP Officer, and Field Training Officer.  He was promoted to police sergeant in 2014, where he served as a patrol sergeant and sergeant of the Field Training Program.  In 2018, he was promoted to police lieutenant, where he served as a patrol watch commander, lieutenant of the Field Training Program, and lieutenant of the Community Outreach Division.  Cpt. Ruffalo was promoted to his current role in July 2021. Cpt. Ruffalo is a graduate of Northwestern University's School of Police Staff and Command through its Center for Public Safety.

Cpt. Ruffalo emphasizes teamwork and collaboration, not only within the Boise Police Department, but with community members and stakeholders.  He looks forward to strengthening current relationships and developing new ones to ensure the City of Boise is a city for everyone.

Jodi McCrosky

Jodi McCrosky

Chief Administrative Office/Administrative Division

Commander McCrosky is the department’s Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) and leads the Administrative Division. She provides oversight to department support functions, including facilities, fleet, supply, records, public records, crime prevention and project management. She serves as liaison to our City Internal Service Departments including IT, Human Resources, Finance, Legal and Public Works.

Commander McCrosky joined the Boise Police Department in 2014 where she served as Police Project Coordinator. In 2019 she was promoted to Police Support Services Manager, leading our Support Services, Records and Public Records Units. In July 2021, she was promoted to her current role as CAO. Prior to joining BPD she had a 20+ year career in the private sector as a senior manager at a communications company, where her responsibilities included account management for public safety, local and state agencies, as well as building and leading sales teams. Commander McCrosky holds a B.A. degree in Business Management, with an emphasis on Leadership and Human Relations from Boise State University and has completed Northwestern University’s School of Police Staff and Command through its Center for Public Safety.

Commander McCrosky and her family chose Idaho as their home over 25 years ago and they take full advantage of the outdoor recreation Idaho offers, including mountain biking, overlanding and skiing.

Chief's Community Advisory Panel

The Chief’s Community Advisory Panel is part of BPD’s commitment to a community policing model. The mission of the Panel is to serve as a resource for the Chief in solving issues impacting the community and to help define what community policing means in the City of Boise. The Panel meets every six weeks and has been involved in discussions around the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle program, revisions to the on body camera policy and procedures, strategies to increase school safety, Boise City’s Camping Ordinance, Opioid response and more. To contact one of the Panel members click on their names below.

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