Boise & Garden City

8-year-old Boise refugee, fighting cancer, gets sworn in as honorary officer by BPD

When the Boise State Broncos’ coveted hammer turned up missing just hours before Friday’s scrimmage, the Boise Police Department turned to its newest crime fighter for help — 8-year-old Rashid.

Rashid discovered clues, examined evidence and found the culprit: a wayward wallaby holed up at Zoo Boise. Rashid recovered the hammer, along with some purloined Boise Fire Department equipment. Traveling in a special motorcade, Rashid returned the hammer to Boise State Coach Bryan Harsin just in time for the game.

Rashid’s daylong crime-fighting adventure was made possible by Boise police, who honored the Iraqi refugee battling cancer by declaring him an officer for a day. Boise Police Chief Bill Bones and Boise Mayor Dave Bieter conducted a swearing-in ceremony for Rashid Friday morning and then put him to work.

Rashid, who arrived in Boise with his family from Iraq six years ago, has a rare type of cancer called Rhabdomyosarcoma.

He recently attended Camp Rainbow Gold, a special camp for children with cancer. While at the camp, staff learned Rashid’s dream has been to become an officer and fight crime.

The camp director contacted friends who are Boise police officers, and the officer-for-a-day event was born.