Meet BPD's New Refugee Liaison Officer: Travis Buffi

Two police officers talk to a group of young refugees.

Boise Police Chief Ryan Lee is proud to announce that Officer Travis Buffi is taking over as the newest refugee liaison officer for the City of Boise, replacing former Liaison Officer Jessica Knarr. Officer Knarr has applied for and been assigned to the Boise Police Department’s Training, Education and Development Division. We are grateful for the amazing work that Officer Knarr did during her time as the Refugee Liaison Officer and look forward to seeing her excel in her new position as well.

Officer Buffi will be leaving his current assignment in patrol to serve as the fourth BPD Refugee Liaison Officer in the Community Outreach Division. Officer Buffi is also part of the Crisis Negotiation Team (CNT) and has served as a Field Training Officer (FTO) for the Boise Police Department. Officer Buffi spent several months working with Officer Knarr building the necessary relationships and knowledge of the position to ensure a seamless transition.

Learn about the Refugee Liaison Position

Officer Travis Buffi was born and raised in Boise, Idaho. He started his career in Law Enforcement with the Nye County Sheriff’s Department in Nevada and took the opportunity to join the Boise Police Department in 2017 and return home to Boise.

Prior to his law enforcement career Officer Buffi served in the US Navy. This allowed him to travel the world and experience many different cultures along the way. After leaving the Navy Officer Buffi found his calling in law enforcement.

“I am passionate about being able to listen to the concerns of our community members and then find appropriate solutions to their problems,” says Officer Buffi. “Helping people is the most rewarding part of policing and that is what drives my desire to do this job. I am looking forward to this opportunity to serve as BPD’s Refugee Liaison and help welcome our newest community members and make sure they have the resources they need to thrive and become a part of our community.”

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