In the July 15 edition of Boise Weekly, we sat down with Boise Police Chief Bill Bones to talk about a myriad of topics. Near the top of the list was Bones' desire to get going with decentralizing his department by bringing the old-school concept of police precincts back to the city's neighborhoods.
This morning Bones announced that he is moving forward with the first of those precincts as a so-called "micro district," which will open this September in two locations to serve the downtown area.
The first will be at the old City Hall Substation on the first floor of City Hall. The second will be located inside an affordable housing complex at 1025 South Capitol Boulevard, and will serve the the Lusk and River Street neighborhood.
Approximately 20 officers will be assigned to the micro-district, including patrol, criminal investigation, bike, traffic and school resource officers. The downtown district is framed by Broadway Avenue to the east; north to Fort and 16th streets; west to Main Street; and include Kathryn Albertson, Ann Morrison and Julia Davis parks, Boise State University and the Lusk Street neighborhood to the south.
“We get a lot of calls for police services downtown. Fortunately, most of those calls are for very minor issues," said Bones in this morning's announcement. "But as more people want to live within the downtown area and as Boise State grows along with the number of downtown activities, having a visible and approachable police presence will ensure downtown Boise continues to be the great and safe place it is today.”