BOISE, Idaho — On Friday, Boise Police Chief Ryan Lee made a statement in a video posted on Facebook regarding how the department is planning on handling any upcoming issues that may arise at the Idaho Capitol Building due to protests of President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration on Jan. 20.
Chief Lee said the riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 was "unconscionable and certainly cause for concern."
To reassure any Boisean's concerns about the possibility of the same violence breaking out in Idaho, Lee explained that Boise PD is working with Idaho State Police, which has jurisdiction of the statehouse, and federal law enforcement to look out for any planned protests or threats of violence.
"Throughout the upcoming week, we will be increasing patrols sharing information and being on the lookout for suspicious behavior," he said. "Our officers have also reached out to nearby schools and downtown businesses to help address any of their questions and concerns, together with Idaho State Police, we have identified goals for safety and security in downtown Boise during the current legislative session."
He added that they don't have any information about "planned criminal acts targeting the downtown area."
Chief Lee said their goals are to prevent any acts of violence, ensuring the government continues to operate and maintain the safety of the capitol and citizens' constitutional rights.
"We (the Boise Police Department) are proud to live, work, and serve this community, and in every situation officers working in their official capacity are expected to remain neutral on political issues, above all, our priority is to ensure people are safe when exercising their lawful rights, and we do not condone violence and vandalism or any other criminal activity," Lee said. "We expect the highest level of service from our officers and hope you do as well."