The men and women assigned to the Blaine County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Division perform the most visible and recognizable functions at the Sheriff’s Office. Patrol Officers are commonly seen in their roles of traffic enforcement or responding to an accident or a citizen’s call for assistance. You will find them behind the wheel of their patrol vehicle, looking for a lost child, aiding the victim of a crime or making our streets safer. Blaine County Patrol Deputies must respond to and successfully handle a very large variety of calls.
In addition to our staff of patrol deputies who are on the road, we have additional deputies detailed out to special assignments within the department such as Investigations, School Resource Officer, Civil Processing, Animal Control, Community Service Officers and the Narcotics Enforcement Team.
Since July 1, 2009 the Blaine County Sheriff’s Office has contracted with the City of Ketchum to provide law enforcement services within its city limits. KPD Chief Captain Dave Kassner and his staff are on special assignment to the Ketchum Police Division under the command of the Sheriff’s Office.
Blaine County is populated by a very diverse group of citizens, which in turn yields a very diverse law enforcement arena. Patrol Deputies are trained in the basics of police science through a sixteen (16) week Field Training Officer Program (FTO) conducted by training officers and supervisors of the Blaine County Sheriff’s Office. Upon successful completion of the FTO Program, deputies will attend a ten (10) week Basic Peace Officer Standards and Training Academy (P.O.S.T.) The Academy is held at the POST training facility in Meridian, Idaho. After graduation from the POST Academy, a deputy receives an additional two (2) weeks of FTO Training before they are assigned as a single patrol officer on shift. This training is in addition to any training the deputy may have previously received either in prior assignment within the agency, or as a new recruit. Over time an officer may achieve internal promotions up to the supervisory level.
In responding to the various types of calls, Patrol Officers rely on their training, official procedure and the law. Additionally, deputies rely on the Blaine County Sheriff’s Office Policy and Procedure Manual, our internal organizational manual, which details not only our policies but also the plan or course of actions set down by the Department for accomplishing a particular task. Most importantly, deputies rely on the law. This refers to federal, state, county and municipal laws which guide the direction of patrol efforts and activities.
The role of the Patrol Division within the Blaine County Sheriff’s Office is diverse. The primary duty of Patrol Officers is to safeguard the lives and property of the citizens in Blaine County by way of enforcing the laws of the State of Idaho and the County of Blaine. Due to the diversity of the region, this duty is accomplished in a variety of ways. While BCSO traffic patrol is the most commonly recognized activity by the general public, it is in fact only a single aspect of a “routine” patrol shift. Blaine County Patrol is in actuality a multifaceted on-going group of patrol activities.
Routine Patrol activities generally entail responding to a variety of calls which may include crimes in progress, suicides, mentally disturbed individuals, domestic violence situations, missing persons, lost children, other agency requests for back-up or assistance, traffic accidents, special traffic enforcement detail, barking dogs or other noise complaints. On a medical assistance call, deputies may be required to perform first aid until medical assistance personnel can arrive on scene. Routine patrol is a simple name for an often complex series of calls and responses to situations.
In addition to routine patrol, deputies also perform specialized duties such as Marine, and Snowmobile Patrol. Blaine County has five (5) lakes, as well as numerous flowing waterways which all receive heavy recreational use in season. Blaine County Marine or Boat Patrol performs various activities from safety inspections to water rescue operations to ensure the safety of citizens on the water. BCSO currently utilizes a fully outfitted Alumar Patrol Watercraft, provided by the State of Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation, with a secondary MasterCraft boat utilized for some of the smaller lakes or for additional patrol during heavy use periods. Prior to receiving certification as a Marine Patrol Officer, deputies receive eighty (80) hours of instruction in Idaho Boating Laws, as well as a yearly in-service course in the Boat Patrol Function. Deputies generally work around their normal shift schedules to man the boats during the boating season.
Guiding our officers in all these activities is the time honored philosophy of service, loyalty, and quiet pride. The Blaine County Sheriff’s Office both seeks to hire candidates with these attributes and works to further develop them within our staff. Deputies are encouraged to become problem solvers, be active within the community, and be proactive in their thinking and planning. Blaine County is a special place, its law enforcement personnel are expected to be of high moral and ethical character, and perform their duties professionally and courteously to best serve its citizens.