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Today on Idaho Matters, we're sharing a special encore presentation of our July 6 conversation about policing in America and in Idaho.

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Updated 6:50 p.m. on Dec. 9

The Central District Health board was set to consider a new health order Tuesday evening, but the board adjourned the meeting after only fifteen minutes, following a request from the Boise mayor and police chief.

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Police will be able to issue citations and fines to enforce Boise’s COVID-19 rules, including its mask mandate, beginning Monday. This is according to a new public health order Boise Mayor Lauren McClean announced Thursday.






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As calls to defund the police continue in Boise and other cities across the country, a new chief of police is leading the department in Idaho's capital city. Chief Ryan Lee began his role July 1 after years working for the Portland Police Deparment. 

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Ryan Lee had no intention of being a cop ... initially. A veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard, in fact it was the Guard that chose his college degree: Criminal Justice. That led him to a Master of Criminal Justice degree from Boston University, nearly two decades with the Portland (Ore.) Police Department and, ultimately, the top job with the Boise Police Department.

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(This interview is the first of a two-part show about policing in Idaho. You can find the second half — on defunding the police — here.)

After the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police in May, people around the country been asking tough questions about policing in America  including in Idaho. 

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(This interview is the second of a two-part show about policing in Idaho. You can find the first half — on the history of policing and the laws that protect officers — here.)


Amid the protests against the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and countless other Black people by police in the the past months and years, activists quickly formulated one central demand: Defund the police. 

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The new Boise police chief, Ryan Lee, replaces Bill Bones, who retired from the job after 27 years. 

At a press conference Wednesday, Lee fielded questions about nationwide calls to defund police departments.

Lee said he understands the sentiment, but he believes funding remains necessary to train officers and offer effective community policing.


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With the number of COVID-19 cases in the Gem State continuing to climb, there has been plenty of debate regarding Idaho’s enforcement of social distancing, or the lack of it, particularly when it comes to local  businesses.

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In three weeks, Boise Police Chief Bill Bones will retire from his position after 27 years with the department. Idaho Matters talks to Chief Bones for an "exit interview" about his time with the BPD, his thoughts on changes in the department over the years, what he's looking forward to in retirement and the class of police coming up behind him.


Summer is coming and the Boise Police Department and St. Luke's are launching a campaign to remind parents of the dangers of leaving children in hot cars. BPD detective Tonya Newberry and Josie Bryan of St. Luke's join Idaho Matters to talk about the "Look Before You Lock" campaign.

On The Wednesday, May 1, 2019 Edition Of Idaho Matters

Apr 30, 2019

  • Opera Idaho challenges classic operatic paradigms with As One.
  • Moananuiākea illustrates threats of climate change and promises of conservation in Hawaii.
  • Boise Police and St. Luke's remind parents not to leave kids in hot cars.
  • Idaho Crypto Group will guide you through the world of cryptocurrency.

Idaho Matters speaks with Boise Police Department sergent John Terry about how to spot scams targeting the region.

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The Boise Police Department is out with a report offering residents of the City of Trees a snapshot of the agency.

Calls for service are up, but crime is down and response times have improved. The 2018 Report to Citizens from Boise PD outlines trends like those and details where the department is focusing its efforts.


This week is National Teen Driving Safety Week and we look at efforts to build the groundwork for safe driving from an early age.

Local Gay Bar To Become Boise Police Station

Oct 18, 2018
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Boise City Council has signed off on turning one of the city’s few gay bars into a new police substation.



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Boise Police have a new tool in their crime fighting arsenal: drones. However, the Boise Police Department calls them unmanned aerial vehicles.   The department now has four drones, and four officers have FAA Remote Pilot Certification.

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Update, 1:49 p.m. Monday: The suspect in Saturday night’s mass stabbing is now facing first-degree murder charges after one of the victims died at a Utah hospital.