In his tenure as chief of the Boise Police Department, Bill Bones has outfitted his officers with body cameras, put more officers on bikes and on foot, and moved the department toward a precinct-based approach to policing.
After 27 years, he will hang up the badge on Thursday, Oct. 24.
“During my career, I have gone through the highs and lows of serving as a police officer. As a young officer, BPD struggled with a lack of trust and the community questioned our professionalism,” Bones wrote in a letter. “Since then I have been part of the evolution of a police department. One we built on the shoulders of our past officers to create not only a safer city but a leading model for professionalism, transparency and community trust across our country.”
Bones started with the Police Department in 1992 as an officer. In his time with the department he oversaw three divisions: patrol, criminal investigation and internal affairs.
He stated in his letter that he is excited to go see the world with his wife once he's officially retired.
Former Boise Police Chief Mike Masterson will serve as interim chief until a permanent replacement is found, according to the City of Boise.