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Council to have informational session on Boise Police Department

Posted at 2:40 PM, Jun 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-12 16:40:42-04

BOISE, Idaho — At their work session on Tuesday, June 16, the members of the Boise City Council will begin what will be a continuing conversation with the community on policing in the City of Boise. During this informational session, the Council will hear from the Boise Police Department about where they currently are on many of the issues that have been widely discussed in the community around policing. This is intended to be the first of many discussions in this area.

“We strongly support our police department, and with the appointment and soon to be arrival of Chief Lee we see an opportunity to ensure that public safety reflects the values of our community,” said Boise City Council President Pro Tem Holli Woodings. “This is a good time for the Council and the community to gain mutual understanding of where we are now, so that we can all work from the same information as we move forward’.

Council President Elaine Clegg stated that “The department has a long history of community policing that has served the citizens well and we would like everyone to have a better understanding of what that means in practice. We look forward to working with Chief Lee, the members of the Boise Police Department, and the community over the coming months to see if there are adjustments that we need to make or things we need to do better to continue to serve our citizens in the way that they have come to expect and depend on”.

“We love the fact that people are interested in how we provide safety to all our residents,” said Interim Police Chief Ron Winegar. “We’ve been hearing from many in our community who have questions, so we welcome the opportunity to assess where we are, and then look at where we’d like to go in the future.”

The city council work session will take place on Tuesday, June 16 in a virtual format. More information on the meeting can be found here.