BPD Announces New Deputy Chief Amid Shooting Investigation, Ombudusman Search

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Deputy Chief of Operations Eugene Smith - BOISE POLICE DEPARTMENT
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Weeks after it was announced that Bill Bones would replace Mike Masterson as chief of the Boise Police Department, a new new deputy chief of operations has been named.

Eugene Smith has been promoted to the No. 2 spot in the department after serving as patrol captain. Prior to that he served as an officer and commander, as well as in special operations and administration. A 19-year veteran of the department, he has 26 years of law enforcement experience. 

"I enjoy and consider it a privilege to work with this community and members of the Boise Police Department to meet the challenges and opportunities we face each day," Smith stated in a news release. "The service our officers provide can inspire others to ensure Boise stays a safe and inviting place."

Smith has experience collaborating with law enforcement and other first responders. He is a founding member of the Multi-Agency Coordination for Law Enforcement team, which provides training and team building among police, fire and medical service providers. He also has training and experience in homeland security and disaster response. 

His promotion comes at a time of change for BPD. Longtime Chief Mike Masterson retired in January, passing the baton to Chief Bill Bones. The department is currently conducting a search for a mental health coordinator to better educate police on how to interact with people experiencing mental health crises and work with mental health care providers to connect those people with services. The ultimate goal is to reduce the number of encounters between police and those in need of psychological help.

BPD is also elevating Smith in the midst of the investigation into the Feb. 16 officer-involved shooting of Michael Casper, as well as the city's search for a new ombudsman, which provides civilian oversight of police activities and investigations into "critical incidents" like officer-involved shootings. The city, meanwhile, has announced it will reduce the ombudsman's position from a full- to part-time job.