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As public interest in fatal police use of force continues, a growing number of police departments have begun using body-worn cameras as tools for transparency and documentation of civilian interactions.

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Idaho Democratic representative Mat Erpelding has introduced legislation that would provide coverage for first responders who suffer from PTSD as a result of their service. The Boise lawmaker joins Idaho Matters with Boise's fire chief to parse out the bill and the importance of addressing mental as well as physical health for first responders.

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Following the deadly attack against Boiseans attending a child's birthday party, Boise Fire Chief Dennis Doan called for a re-examination of the methods used to treat fire fighters and other first responders for PTSD, telling the Idaho Press, "I do know that more firefighters killed themselves than died in the line of duty."

Twin Falls Police Now Carrying Anti-Overdose Drug

Nov 30, 2017
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Police in Twin Falls are now equipped with Narcan, the drug able to counteract the effects of an opioid overdose. The addition of the medication to law enforcement officer’s toolbox could potentially save lives.

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State Rep. Melissa Wintrow, D-Boise, sponsored successful legislation the last two years to change how police in Idaho handle, process and store what are known as "rape kits." The kits are used by investigators to preserve evidence of a sexual assault.

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A Northern Idaho 21-year-old accused of punching a man faces a manslaughter charge after the victim later died at a hospital.

Tyler Finlay, 21, is accused of punching Jeffrey Marfice, 29, during an altercation that broke out Sunday, The Coeur d'Alene Press reported.

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Authorities arrested an Idaho man on Thursday who was in possession of a Molotov cocktail fire bomb — the same type of explosive that was thrown at the Bannock County Courthouse the day before.

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An Idaho man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison after being found guilty of fatally shooting his cousin.

The Post Register reports Demetrius Gomez was sentenced Tuesday.

A Chief U.S. District judge also ordered Gomez to serve five years of supervised release after completing his prison term.

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The small city of Filer is exploring the feasibility of outsourcing its police force to the Twin Falls County Sheriff. Hundreds turned out to support Filer cops at a meeting Tuesday night.

City Council meetings in Filer don’t typically draw hundreds of citizens, but Tuesday’s brought out droves of people supporting the Filer Police Department.

Filer’s mayor, Rick Dunn, asked the Twin Falls County Sheriff to explore the possibility of outsourcing the city’s law enforcement to the county. Sheriff Tom Carter presented his findings at last night’s council meeting.

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A bipartisan bill to reform civil asset forfeiture rules is making its way through the Statehouse. Civil asset forfeiture is typically used by law enforcement to seize property in drug cases to keep profits from those illicit transactions out of the hands of drug dealers.

Authorities in eastern Idaho are searching for a man after his fiancee was found dead and buried in the basement of their Idaho Falls home.

Bonneville County Sheriff Paul Wilde said a nationwide warrant was issued for the arrest of Jeremy White on a charge of second-degree murder. The 39-year-old is considered armed and dangerous. Authorities believe he left the Idaho Falls area and is traveling with another woman, who may be in danger.

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One of two Idaho police officers who were shot during a search for a fugitive was released from the hospital over the weekend, while the other remains in critical condition.

The Boise Police Department said in a news release Saturday that a 17-year veteran of the department, who was not identified, is in critical condition at St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center. He was shot multiple times.

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By looking at FBI crime stats and census data, SafeWise ranked Idaho just behind Nevada and Michigan when it comes to how overworked police officers are. The report critiqued the ratio of police to residents, and found there’s one police officer to every 483 residents.

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After police in Ferguson, Mo., used armored vehicles during protests two years ago, researchers at the University of Idaho began looking into the distribution of military equipment to police departments.

Their recently released study looks at what’s called the 1033 program between 2006-2013. The program transfers excess military equipment to local police agencies for free, including Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles, better known as MRAPs.

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The Jerome Police Department is preparing to outfit all of its officers with body cameras by the end of the week.

The Times-News reports police Chief Dan Hall expects to wrap up training and issue the devices to all patrol officers by Friday.

He says the officers will be required to have the cameras activated during most interactions with the public. Some exceptions include when officers are directing traffic for extended periods, talking to confidential informants or when in a private residence.

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A police chief in northern Idaho is proposing hiring incentives to attract more officers to his department.

The Coeur d'Alene Press reports Police Chief Lee White has proposed adding incentives to entry-level positions for people who have experience at other law enforcement agencies.

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Police in Idaho are trying to change speed traps by eliminating the "trap" part of the process.

The Coeur d'Alene Press reports that local police have started posting officers' locations on the department's Facebook page.

Coeur d'Alene Police Chief Lee White says officers aren't out to ticket drivers but to keep the public safe.

White says the idea came from a fellow police chief who says the program was effective in his department. White says the posts are an easy way to educate people about traffic safety law.

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Boise Police Chief William Bones says there was a palpable sense of heartache at BPD headquarters Friday morning after the shooting Thursday night in Dallas that killed five police officers. We spoke with Bones Friday after he completed a previously-scheduled bike patrol.

Bones says the Dallas shooting has made him more grateful for the relatively positive relationship his officers have with their community.

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Coeur d'Alene Police Chief Lee White is scheduled to meet with law enforcement leaders and White House officials to discuss ways to build public trust and confidence in the justice system while maintaining public safety.

The Coeur d'Alene Press reports that White was one of several police chiefs from around the nation selected to attend President Barack Obama's 21st Century Policing Briefing. The event will take place Wednesday at the White House.

The Lewiston Police Department will no longer allow its officers to speak to reporters over the weekend under a newly implemented policy.

Police Chief Chris Ankeny tells the Lewiston Tribune that the change is needed because there is not enough staff available to answer press inquiries between Friday and Sunday.

Previously, officers fielded calls from reporters at their convenience during weekends. However, under the new policy, reporters must arrive at the crime scene to get information about the incident.

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Update, 3:44 p.m.: The Ada County Coroner's Office says the Kuna man who died after shooting a Boise police officer late Tuesday night killed himself. Officials say Alan Amundson died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. In the announcement, the coroner's office also corrected Amnundson's age to show he was 53-years-old. A previous release said he was 52.

Update, 12:30 p.m.: The Ada County Coroner's Office has identified the deceased as 52-year-old Alan Amundson of Kuna. He died at the scene. An autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday afternoon. 

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Two Ada County sheriff’s deputies last week shot and killed 53-year-old Lee Easter in his southwest Boise home. Easter was, at the time, reportedly suicidal. The deputies say they tried to talk to him but that Easter pointed a handgun at them and they fired. That shooting is being investigated by the Ada County Critical Incident Task Force and being led by the Boise Police Department.

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Today, April 20th, is a bit of a holiday for marijuana enthusiasts. It's a day when they get together to smoke what has traditionally been an illegal drug. That on its own is not necessarily news. 

But it is the backdrop for this notion: Idaho is seeing a sharp decline in the number of new police recruits, in part, because it's easier than ever to smoke pot legally

41 Days: A Documentary

Mar 3, 2016
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In early January, armed occupiers took over a national wildlife refuge in rural Oregon. They said they weren't leaving until two local ranchers who had set fires on federal property were released from prison, and until the federal government handed its lands over to local residents.

Militants from all over the country answered the call of the occupiers to stand against what they saw as federal tyranny. The weeks that followed captured the attention of the nation and ripped the local community apart.

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