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Posted: Aug 28, 2008  13:20

Former DARE Officer of Year Named BF Deputy Police Chief


The 2000 D.A.R.E. Officer of the Year who launched the first D.A.R.E./School Resource Officer program for the Bonners Ferry Police Department has been promoted as the department's Deputy Chief of Police.

Corporal Joel Minor's promotion by BFPD Chief of Police Rick Alonzo was approved by Bonners Ferry City Council Aug. 26. He replaces Alonzo, who last month was appointed the department's Chief.

Nominated for the K-9 Officer of the Year in the Pacific Northwest K-9 Association, Minor started the BFPD's K-9 position shortly after he was hired by the department in 1999.

A narcotics detective with the Boundary County Drug Task Force and a Taser instructor, Minor was selected by the Idaho Juvenile Justice Program to help create and develop and interactive training video that is currently being used at the Idaho Peace Officers Standards and Training Academy to train Idaho police officers.

Minor, whose law enforcement career spans 18 years, began as a patrol officer for the Herlong Police Department at the Sierra Army Depot in Herlong, Calif. After starting a D.A.R.E Officer Program for the department, he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant/Special Reaction Team Commander in 1996.

Since he has worked for BFPD, Minor was presented with the Performance Award for five consecutive years. He holds an Associate Arts degree from the College of the Siskiyous and has served with the United States Marine Corps.


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