Boise Police Chief Bill Bones said Monday he expects the department to secure a temporary Downtown station headquarters in the next 10 days or so.
By September, about 20 officers will be assigned to the Downtown station. Patrol officers will walk or ride bikes on their beats. A couple of detectives will specialize in responding to Downtown cases. All of the Downtown officers will report to the same lieutenant, Bones said.
The patrol officers are a key component of the district-based policing model Bones wants to establish in Boise. By getting them out of their cars and walking or biking, Bones hopes they'll not only respond to emergencies, but also develop lasting, fruitful relationships with the people who work, play and live in the areas they patrol.
Bones also wants his Downtown team to work with Boise State University, Ada County Highway District and other stakeholders to improve safety in and around the Lusk Street neighborhood, where hundreds of new apartments are under construction and set to open their doors by late summer.
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Ultimately, Bones wants the entire city to move to district-based policing.