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More Money, More Cops


As the race for Boise mayor enters its final week, Boise City Council Member Jim Tibbs has released his plans for public safety.

Tibbs, who is challenging incumbent Mayor Dave Bieter, has focused on public safety throughout his campaign, drawing on his long career with the Boise Police Department.

In his plan released Monday, Tibbs calls for more funding for the department to pay for more patrol officers. Tibbs states he would do away with the current 2 percent personnel budget holdback, and add enough funding to hire seven new officers.

He would also allow the department to hire more officers above the currently authorized levels and ask for 30 new officers for the Boise Airport.

In a written release, Tibbs chides Bieter and the council for the acrimonious police contract negotiations earlier this year. The process led to personal attacks and a protest in front of City Hall, although police services were never interrupted. The Boise Police Union and the city signed a contract earlier this year.

Of course, Team Bieter doesn't share Tibbs' opinion.

Ryan Hill, Bieter's campaign manager, points to statistics that show a drop in serious crime in the city.

"When Jim Tibbs tries to play this fear card, it really does a disservice to what the mayor and the Police Department have done," Hill said. "The guy just doesn't know what he's talking about."


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