Type of Culminating Activity

Graduate Student Project

Graduation Date


Degree Title

Master of Applied Historical Research



Major Advisor

Todd Shallat


The Boise Police Department demonstrates the power of community policing techniques. Significant incidents, like officer-involved shootings and a scandal at City Hall, as well as nation-wide trends, pushed the Boise Police Department to embrace this method of law enforcement. To better understand this significant turning point for the Boise Police Department and its results, oral history interviews documented the stories of individuals involved. Using the oral histories for possible museum exhibitions, this project illustrates how the relationship between the Boise Police Department and the people of Boise improved between 1990 and 2014.


Author Note (8/17/2020):

The author deeply regrets that this project does not better address the issue of systematic racism in policing. While this resource includes solid historical research, it lacks adequate representation of the multitude of perspectives of marginalized folks in the Boise community, as well as the voices of white folks who were hurt or lost loved ones in police shootings. Those voices need to be recognized, heard, and amplified. Those topics deserve further research, interviewing, and long-term preservation.

Chelsee Boehm, 2020