Bannock County Sheriff Compliance and Investigations
Rape and sexual activity seriously reduces the mission of the Bannock County Sheriff’s Office to prevent crime and provide quality criminal justice service. In accordance with the Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003, the Bannock County Detention Center has established a zero tolerance standard regarding the incidence of rape and sexual activity. With this policy, the Bannock County Detention Center has established practices that will attempt to abate any incidence of rape or sexual activity within the Detention Center. All allegations of rape or sexual activity will be investigated. Any allegations that are deemed criminal in nature upon an initial internal investigation will be referred to an outside agency with the legal authority to conduct criminal investigations.
In compliance with Section 115.22 of the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) Standards, the Bannock County Detention Center has provided policies to ensure either administrative or criminal investigations are completed on all allegations of sexual abuse or sexual harassment, or they are referred for investigation. This policy can be found by clicking here.
If you suspect sexual abuse or sexual harassment has happened at the Bannock County Detention Center, you may call the Jail Administrator at 236-7130, or you may call a Detention Supervisor at 236-7156, or you may call the Pocatello Police Department at 234-6100. Please have any information or evidence available for the investigator who will be assigned to handle the case. False accusations may be prosecuted. All reports are taken seriously and investigated as outlined in PREA.
Data Review for Corrective Action and Publication
In compliance with Section 115.88 of the PREA Standards, the Bannock County Detention Center has reviewed data collected and aggregated, pursuant to Section 115.87, in order to assess and improve the effectiveness of its sexual abuse prevention, detection, and response policies, practices, and training, including:
- Identifying problem areas;
- Taking corrective action on an ongoing basis; and
- Preparing an annual report of its findings and corrective actions.
Also, in compliance with Section 115.89 of the PREA Standards, the Bannock County Detention Center shall make aggregated sexual abuse data readily available to the public at least annually. This data can be found by clicking here.
The Jail Administrator, or designee, will issue an annual report assessing our corrective action progress in addressing sexual abuse. This report can be found by clicking here.