About the Bannock County Sheriff's Office
The Bannock County Sheriff's Office was established in 1893, when the Mills Act created Bannock County. Over a century later, the Bannock County Sheriff's Office is a state of the art office recognized as a pioneer in rural law enforcement in the state. An ever growing population in the Pocatello area and surrounding communities has placed increased demands for service on the Sheriff's Office. We have initiated innovative ways to provide exceptional law enforcement at a reasonable cost to our citizens.
We are proud of the fact that we were the first county within the State to introduce a dual purpose K-9 program. Since its implementation, the K-9 program has been utilized by our agency and other local agencies in the fight against drugs. It has been a very successful program with millions of dollars worth of narcotics taken off our streets.
Our Patrol Division consists of 22 deputies, who provide twenty-four hour law enforcement services to all the unincorporated areas of the County and to four (4) contracted municipalities. Patrol areas amount to 1142 square miles, with a total county population of approximately 83,000. In addition, some patrol officers belong to our STAR (Special Tactics and Response)Team, and have received special training to handle hostage and other high risk incidents. Bannock County Sheriff's Department started a rural Mountain Bike Patrol Unit, which we use to patrol areas within the County where instances make it more advantageous to use bicycles rather than patrol cars.
Our Detention Division consists of 56 deputies. In 1955, a new jail was built to house 72 inmates. It provided almost forty (40) years of service before inmate population growth demanded that a new, larger facility be constructed. Today, a modern facility constructed in 1994, can house 253 inmates. This new facility also houses a medical infirmary which provides necessary medical and dental services to the inmates. In the Detention Division we have developed a specialized unit called SCILD (Sheriff/Commissioners Inmate Labor Detail) Team, made up of low-risk inmates who provide community service work rather than spending time in a cell. This program provides more beds for those who need confinement due to the nature of the crime committed and at the same time provides a great service in the community completing clean up and service projects. This unit is manned by 3 deputies who oversee the work of the inmates. Included in our Detention Division is DART (Detention Automatic Response Team), composed of highly trained Detention Officers who perform cell extractions and cell searches for hidden contraband and weapons. Our office was the first office in the state to develop this type of program.
The Sheriff's Office contains a Detective Division, with 8 trained detectives working felony cases. We also have one detective who works directly with the Department of Health & Welfare investigating child abuse cases. Our Office was an active participator in developing a multi-agency approach to child abuse investigation, which included the development of a special interview room used exclusively for the interviewing of child abuse victims. Our protocol has been used as a model program for the State of Idaho.
Other divisions in our office are the Court Services Division, comprised of 9 deputies who perform court security duties; a Training Division; a Civil Division which is responsible for the processing and serving of all civil papers within the County; and the Drivers License Office. Our Support Services Division staffs the Emergency 911 Communications Center, as well as Emergency Services. Within the Support Services Division are volunteer groups that staff the Search & Rescue Unit and the Ham Radio Operators, who assist the department in emergency situations.
Other services performed by the Sheriff's Office include a Records Department, School Resource Officer, the registering of sex offenders living within the County, the issuing of Concealed Weapon Permits, Crime Prevention programs, and the Chaplain Corps.
The mission of the Bannock County Sheriff's Office is to provide the citizens of Bannock County with quality law enforcement through a team of professional, compassionate men and women, who strive daily to work together to make a difference within our communities.