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                            MICHAEL F. MASTERSON, CHIEF OF POLICE
          NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH NEWSLETTER
          B O I S E P O L I C E D E PA R T M E N T • C R I M E P R E V E N T I O N U N I T




                          Charitable Giving $$$
                               Where is your money going?
                    I recently was referred to an extremely useful web-site –
                    www.guidestar.com
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             decisions.
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            Business Master File, including comprehensive facts on
             employee compensation and grant activity. I routinely donate
              to charities, and what makes me decide what is a viable
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             There are some unscrupulous people disguised as charities, and
             this is one way to protect your money.
             By Melissa Delaney, President of Idaho Crime Prevention
            Association, Crime Prevention Officer for Meridian Police Dept.
  Boise BARK
  Spotlight on Two Boise Neighborhood Watch Groups
             Looking for Trouble                                           Another Aspect of
                  By Will Reimers,                                        Neighborhood Watch
    Boise Police Neighborhood Contact Officer                   By Linda, Neighborhood Watch Chairman
     The fundamental idea behind community policing             This summer two members of our Neighborhood
is to empower the citizens to police themselves and         Watch group went to the hospital by ambulance. Our
solve their own problems. In October 2005, I was asked      small Watch group on the Bench consists of only 12
to assist in starting a Citizen                                       homes, but many members went into action to
Patrol group for the Morris Hill                                      assist this couple, both of whom are 87 years
Neighborhood Association.                                             young.
     The president of the                                                    One family took the dog home so he
Association, Lynn Lockhart,                                           would be with a family for the night. Other
wanted her members to                                                 people brought clothes to the hospital, and
become more involved in                                               others called the sons who live out-of-state.
keeping the neighborhood                                              Even after the couple returned home, neighbors
safe. Through research on the                                         stopped in to be sure that all was well.
internet she located a program                                               It was a joy to see our neighborhood
in Portland, Oregon where                                             respond so genuinely and generously without
citizens were instrumental in “taking back” the streets.    any prompting at all. It was a joy also, because they all
Morris Hill decided to loosely model their program after    found it so ordinary.
Portland’s. Each of the 14 members was given status as a
BPD external volunteer. In order to become a volunteer           Looking for a Rewarding and Exciting Career?
one must pass a basic background check, an interview                   Don’t Just Read About It…Live it…
with the BPD Volunteer Coordinator, Glenna Crawforth,
and several reference checks.
     Training began in February 2007. I provided several     Become a Boise Police Officer
hours of training in the Do’s and Do Not’s of being a             The Boise Police Department is currently hiring.
citizen on patrol. The training taught each member that      We have over 300 sworn officers, more than 30
being a good witness was the most important aspect of        different job assignments and numerous promotional
the position. Intervention should be a last resort. BPD      opportunities.
patrol graciously hosted ride-a-longs for many of the             We offer excellent pay, benefits and retirement.
Neighborhood patrol members. Each enjoyed meeting            The starting pay for an entry level officer is $3,054
the hosting patrol officer and learning more about police    to $3,371 per month (starting April 1, 2008 the entry
work. Many of these citizens told me that their time in      level salary goes to $3,177 to $3,507), at three years of
the patrol car helped them better appreciate the tough       service the current salary is $4,501 to $4,804 per month
job of a police officer.                                     (as of April 1, 2008 this rate will be $4,682 to $4,998) this
     The Volunteer Coordinator provided some grant           salary increases with longevity adjustments at 5, 10, 15
money which paid for vests for each member. The bright       & 20 years of service as well as negotiated contract
blue vests mark each member with “Neighborhood               salary increases. Experienced/Lateral Police Officers
Patrol” stenciled on the back. Patrol members walk, ride     may start at a higher than Entry Level salary.
bikes or drive through their neighborhood in an effort to         Other benefits include; $1,200 per year uniform/
deter crime. The ages of the members range from early        clothing allowance, excellent medical and dental
30’s to one member who almost 80 years old. When             insurance with the employee portion paid for by
not looking for crime, members pick up trash along the       the city and very low dependant coverage costs,
roadway.                                                     3.5% deferred compensation match and 1.5% Post
     On Monday April 23rd, the Morris Hill Neighborhood      Employment Health Plan contribution, ten holidays
Patrol began their patrols. So far the members have not      per year (if worked paid at two-and one-half times
caught any major criminals; but each is hopeful that         salary) as well as many others.
they will be able to make a difference and keep their             Refer to our web site for additional information
neighborhood safe.                                           and hiring requirements at www.BoisePoliceJobs.org
     You can also find the KBCI coverage of this story at    or call Detective Chuck Albanese at (888) 48-BOISE or
www.2news.tv/news/9019042.html                               (208) 577-3846 with any questions.
                                                                                   Boise BARK
      Boise City Police Statistical Comparison 2006
Boise City Police Statistical Comparison
   Group A Top Eight Crimes
Group A Top Eight Crimes (IBR)                           (IBR) • January 1 to June 30, 2005 to 2007
January 1 to June 30, 2005 to 2007
                                                Jan-Jun Jan-Jun Jan-Jun 2005-2006 2006-2007    2007
                                                                                                        % Cleared
                                                  2005    2006    2007  %change %change       Cleared
Murder Total                                       4       2       5      -50.0%   150.0%        3        60.0%
Rape Total                                        66      57       50     -13.6%    -12.3%       9        18.0%
Robbery Total                                     46      62       33     34.8%     -46.8%      11        33.3%
                                         Bank      9       12      5       33.3%    -58.3%       2        40.0%

                                   Business        7       14      5      100.0%    -64.3%       0        0.0%
                                   Personal       30       36      23      20.0%    -36.1%       9        39.1%

Aggravated Assault Total                          223     226     192      1.3%     -15.0%      98        51.0%
                                  Domestic        16       23      16      43.8%    -30.4%      13        81.3%

          *Attempted Strangulation                10       11      17     100.0%    54.5%       15        88.2%

                          Injury to Child         12       7       6      -41.7%    -14.3%       4        66.7%

           Law Enforcement Officer                 1       1       0       0.0%     -100.0%      0         na

                                  All Other       184     184     153      0.0%     -16.8%      66        43.1%

Burglary Total                                    681     558     502     -18.1%    -10.0%      40        8.0%
                              Commercial          182     210     168      15.4%    -20.0%      27        16.1%

                               Residential        499     348     334     -30.3%     -4.0%      13        3.9%

Theft Total                                      2783     2349    2272    -15.6%    -3.3%       506       22.3%
                          Pocket Picking           5       5       1       0.0%     -80.0%       0        0.0%

                        Purse Snatching            0       0       0        na        na         0         na

                               Shoplifting        493     441     531     -10.5%    20.4%       412       77.6%

               From Building                      281     240     473     -14.6%    97.1%       43        9.1%
        From Coin-op Machine                       9       2       15     -77.8%    650.0%       3        20.0%
**From Motor Vehicle, and Parts                   897     667     598     -25.6%    -10.3%      15         2.5%
                     All Other                   1098     994     654      -9.5%    -34.2%      33         5.0%

Motor Vehicle Theft Total                         217     159     184     -26.7%    15.7%       33        17.9%

Arson Total                                       23      18       47     -21.7%   161.1%       10        21.3%
        Part 1 / Group A Subtotal                4,043   3,431   3,285    -15.1%    -4.3%      710       21.6%
*Strangulation code added in July 2005
     Boise BARK
                             Welcome to these new Chairmen who started a new Watch group, are a new
New Groups & Faces
                                     Co-Chair, or took over as Chairman for an existing group:
                             Karen Simkins, Moriah Sub                                Kitty Larson, S. Abigail Wy
                             Kara Dawson, Rosecreek Sub                               Valerie Patton, S. North Church Pl
                             Ralph Simmons, Big Sky Sub                               Kathy Murphy, W. Glen Ellyn
                             Maria Rella, Sandstone Ct                                Connie Neighbor, Peterarana
                             Tiffany Tanner, Patricia Ln                              Vickie Atkins, Cleveland
                             Jennie Paige, Westwood Dr                                Peggy Louis, S. Atlantic
                             Bob Anderson, Mapleview Cove
                             Boise Neighborhood Watch Groups as of August 31, 2007:
                                      297 groups comprised of 25,000 homes



                              National Night Out 2007
                             This past August 7, over 50 Boise neighborhoods hosted block parties in celebration of the annual, national
                             Neighborhood Watch crime prevention event! Here are photos from block parties that evening as well as our
                             photo contest winners …




         Pie-eating Contest Winner                                Boy Scout Flag                              Bubbles the Clown
                                                                Ceremony & Salute                               Face Painting




        PHOTO CONTEST WINNER                                PHOTO CONTEST WINNER                          PHOTO CONTEST WINNER
            Best Theme Photo                                  Most Creative Photo                            Best Group Photo
        By Val Tidwell & Jim Ripley                            By Joy Doelman                                 By Jim Talbot &
                                                                                                            Chris/Lynn Lockhart

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                                                                                 Charlene Miller
                     BOISE




                                                                                 Director of Neighborhood Watch
                                                                                 Boise Police Department
                                                                                 208-577-3851 • TDD/TTY (800) 377-3529
                                                                                 cmiller@cityofboise.org • www.boisepolice.org
                        The	Two-Minute	Challenge:			
                   HOW	MUCH	DO	YOU	REALLY	KNOW	ABOUT	
                          METHAMPHETAMINE?

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                                                       5.	 	 ach	pound	of	meth	produced	leaves	
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    	 	 A.	True	 	 B.	False		                          	 	 A.	2-3	 	 B.	5-7	 	 C.	10		
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    2.	 	 n	the	1950’s	meth	was	considered	a	              S
                                                       6.	 	 lang	terms	for	meth	include	which	of	
        miracle	drug	that	was	prescribed	for	              the	following:	
        everything	from	depression	to	hay-fever	       	 	 A.	Ice		B.		Zip		C.		Crystal		D.		Go-Fast		
        to	heroin	addiction.	                              M
                                                       7.	 	 ost	meth	used	in	the	Treasure	Valley	is	
    	 	 A.	True	 	 B.	False		                              cooked	in	small	home-based	labs.		
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    3.	 	 hich	of	the	following	ingredients	is	        	 	 A.	True	 	 B.	False		
        NOT	part	of	the	recipe	for	meth:	                  Y
                                                       8.	 	 ou	only	have	to	smoke	meth	once	or	
    	 	 A.	Iodine	           E.	Battery	Acid	              twice	to	become	addicted.	
    	 	 B.	Acetone	          F.		Drain	Cleaner	        	 	 A.	True	 	 B.	False		
    	 	 C.	Anti-Freeze	 G.		Eye	of	Newt                    I
                                                       9.	 	 daho	ranks	9th	highest	in	the	U.S.	for	
    	 	 D.	Coleman	Fuel	 H.		Red	Phosphorous		             dependence	or	abuse	of	illegal	drugs	or	
                                                           alcohol	for	ages	12-17.	
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    4.	 	 hich	of	the	following	does	NOT	              	 	 A.	True	 	 B.	False		
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        meth	is:	                                           effective	way	to	lose	weight.	
    	 	 A.	17	years	old                                	 	 A.	True	 	 B.	False		
    		 	 B.	Lives	with	both	parents	
    	 	 C.	First	tried	meth	at	age	12.6	years
    	 	 D.	Caucasian
    	 	 E.		Does	not	view	the	drug	as	harmful
    	 	 F.		Good	Student	 	                              Answers:	
                                                         1)	A;		2)	A;		3)	G;		4)	F;		5)	B;		6)	All;		7)	B;		
                                                         8)	A;		9)	A;		10)	A



    Walkable Neighborhoods                                         Emergencies
Children and adults are naturally more active
when they feel safe and can walk and bike freely
                                                              P is for Preparedness
in neighborhoods that include:                      “The six P’s” can help you decide what to pack if you must
                                                    leave your home quickly in case of wildfires, floods, or any
•    Walking and bicycle paths to grocery stores,   emergency:
     schools, parks, and businesses
                                                    People and pets
•    Well-maintained sidewalks and parks
                                                    Prescriptions – pills and eyeglasses
•    Speed-controlled streets
                                                    Papers – phone numbers, legal documents, birth
•    Plenty of green space
                                                              certificates, etc
•    Biking and hiking trails with entrances
                                                    Pictures of family and other items that cannot be replaced
     protected from traffic
                                                    Plastic – credit cards
                                                    PC – personal computer – download the information or
Information on how to find and build walkable
                                                          take the computer with you if you have time and
neighborhoods is available through
                                                          space.
www.walkable.org
                                                    Source: Orange County Fire Authority

								
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