Saturday, June 21, 2014

Boise Police Want to Charge Boise State More for Law Enforcement

Posted By on Sat, Jun 21, 2014 at 10:00 AM

Boise State University takes up two big contracts next week, one of them better known than the other.

Last week, it was learned that Boise State was negotiating with the Gardner Company to move the university's Computer Science Department into the City Center Plaza, the massive, soon-to-begin construction project that will consume much of Boise's downtown core. Boise State wants to lease up to 53,000 square feet from Gardner and move its Computer Science Department into the second and third floors of the Clearwater Building, which will be an integral part of the cluster of buildings soon to rise from the Grove Plaza.

An official announcement of the deal is expected to come next week, after the Idaho State Board of Education gave its blessing to the agreement June 19.

And, on Tuesday, June 24, the Boise City Council will take up a new agreement with Boise State to provide law enforcement services through the Boise Police Department.

The city of Boise officially began providing law enforcement services to the university in October 2004—an arrangement that has been renewed in subsequent contracts. The newly proposed contract will continue into Fiscal Year 2016.

The new deal will see the Boise Police Department continue to provide "customary and usual duties," including investigation and enforcement, traffic control and accident investigations. But the contract would bump up the hourly rate that the city of Boise charges for events coverage. Under the old contract, the Boise Police Department said it was "subsidizing" Boise State by absorbing more than $300,000 in costs to help police those events.

The new deal would allow the Boise Police Department to charge Boise State $50 per hour for university events and $60 for non-university events for the current fiscal year, increasing to $55 and $63 for FY 2015 and $60 and $66 for FY 2016. In addition, BPD says it will increase its overtime rates to further recover its actual costs.

The Boise City Council will be asked to approve the agreement on Tuesday, June 24.

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