Challenges Facing the Payette County Sheriff’s Office
The Payette County Sheriff's Office and the citizens in Payette County face numerous challenges. As Sheriff of Payette County I will continue to work with our communities to address these challenges so that we can provide better services and protect our citizens.
Within the last few years this has become a significant issue. The Payette County Sheriff’s Office needs a well-defined, designed, and dependable pay scale that includes competitive compensation, leading to job satisfaction. Creech will work with the Board of County Commissioners to resolve this so that Payette County is able to hire, train, and retain qualified individuals who are dedicated to serving our citizens.
The Jail Population has been rising over the last several years. The Sheriff’s Office Administration, including Andy Creech, will continue to work with the Magistrate Judges, Prosecutors Office, and Misdemeanor Probation Office to provide opportunities for pre-trial release, alternate sentencing and other opportunities allowing the Magistrate and District Judges to adequately address each case. Safety for our community is always our priority.
Continual Maintenance of the Consolidated Dispatch Center
The Dispatch Center is responsible for dispatching seven departments as well as coordinating with numerous other departments that routinely work within our county. Answering over 11,000 emergency calls and 61,000 regular phone calls each year, the dispatch center requires the use of numerous software and hardware resources in order to provide the information that is needed to our responding units. It is imperative that we continue to stay diligent with continued growth and transformation into the future.
We need to add additional deputies to help investigate both general crimes and drug crimes as well as respond to the increasing numbers of calls for service. These Officers are responsible for responding to calls for service by our citizens. They investigate traffic violations, crimes, drug cases, and provide support for non-criminal incidents. In 2019 The Patrol Division handled over 12,000 calls for service. Managing the patrol division will be essential in the future as their call load parallels the population growth in Payette County.
Interactions with Citizens
Creech believes in civic engagement with the communities that he serves. As Sheriff, Creech will look forward to the opportunity to serve alongside our citizens at community events, meet with citizens about the issues that are important to our communities, and inform our communities about the crimes that are occurring in our neighborhoods.
It is on purpose that Creech is a regular attender of the local chamber of commerce. He intentionally attends these meetings to give the community an opportunity to interact with him on a regular basis. He regularly speaks at the New Plymouth High School and makes himself available for other gatherings as well. Creech will be encouraging his administration and deputies to also be active in our community.