With the election coming up in a little more than seven weeks, I want to use this opportunity to help the community know who I am. Over the last several weeks, I have shared information about my accomplishments at work. This week I am sharing about the things that matter most to me.
My wife, Kathy, and children (Aaron & Ashlyn) have been a focus of my life for over 26 years now. Kathy and I met as we were graduating high school. Kathy graduated from Middleton High School while I graduated from Nampa High School. We both worked at Kmart in Nampa but met after Kathy saw my photo at Hall Photography when she was getting her senior photos taken. Throughout our senior year, we became friends and started dating after graduating from high school. We married two years later while attending college at the College of Southern Idaho. I still remember the day that my father told me that I had found the right woman to marry. My family, especially my father, fell in love with Kathy very early on. My father said to me that if we were ever to split up, I would be the one to be kicked out of the family. My wife still likes to remind me of my father’s approval from time to time.
After college, I had my first full-time job offer at the New Plymouth Police Department. We moved to Payette and started building our family. We had two children, Aaron and Ashlyn. It is hard to imagine life before our children. We spent five incredible years together before having children, but after having children, we have focused our life on them. My wife has been a great supporter of our family. Working outside of the home to help provide for the family and still managing to make sure that daily chores are being done around the house. Kathy is always working hard to make sure that we don’t miss anything. She loves scrapbooking and things where she can express her artistic side. Our family would not be the same without the love and support of my wife.
Like many families, our children have become our life outside of work. When our children were young, we had our children involved with sports, dance, music, and church. We have continued to support our children with their interests. We have always enjoyed seeing them pursue the things that interest them. We have given our children opportunities to be involved in these things, and we been there to support our children.
When Aaron started taking guitar lessons, he needed help practicing at home. One of my coworkers gave me a guitar that needed some repair. I took the guitar and fixed it. I then spent the next couple of years learning a few basic chords to play along with him. I learned enough guitar to get him going. Aaron has expanded his musical abilities to the trombone, piano, and bass guitar. He has had opportunities to play in the worship band at our church, concert band at school, the Treasure Valley Honor Band, and in an NNU Jazz Combo band while attending high school. I have been proud to watch Aaron, his growth as a musician, and how he expresses himself through music.
Ashlyn has always had an interest in dancing. I used to take Ashlyn to her dance lessons and watch her learn how to dance. She continued dance lessons through elementary school and joined the Cheerleading Squad in middle school. Ashlyn is a cheerleader at New Plymouth High School. In addition to dance, Ashlyn started learning the piano when she was in elementary school. When she joined the middle school band, she decided to play the flute. Ashlyn is still active in playing for the worship band at our church, concert band at school, and the Treasure Valley Honor Band. I have enjoyed watching Ashlyn performing as a cheerleader at the New Plymouth High School games and at any time that she is playing music.
Education has been an essential part of our life. We have supported our children throughout their entire school career to live up to their potential. Knowing that our children can do well in school, we set the bar high for them in school. Their studies have always been an important part of our family. We have celebrated with them as they have done well in school and succeed in both dual credit courses, as well as college courses.
Having grown up in church, I wanted to raise my family in the church as well. We attended church in New Plymouth for numerous years. Our children have had opportunities to learn about faith and participate in many valuable experiences in the church. They have also met many people who support them as one of their children. These relationships are invaluable to not only our children but also to us. These relationships have helped support our children as they are growing up.
I have worked and served our communities for a long time. This service does not compare to the relationship that I have with my family. Watching my children grow and being a part of their successes has been an essential part of my life. It has enriched me in more ways than can be measured. I have enjoyed being a part of helping my children grow and mature in faith, music, sports, school, and as being well-rounded young adults.
It is not often that most citizens need to call the Payette County Sheriff’s Office and when they do, sometimes they wonder how they should contact us. We have three ways to call us. During an emergency you can call 911, or during an emergency you could text 911. At all other times you should call our non-emergency phone number, (208) 642-6006 ext. 1175.
This seems really simple at its onset, but I know that people wonder if their situation is what we would classify as an emergency for the purpose of using 911. We often get calls on an administrative line that should have been on a 911 line. We also get some calls on the 911 lines that should have been on an administrative line. The 911 phone system is designed to help streamline the process of getting help dispatched to your location as quickly and efficiently as possible. With that in mind it should be used when an emergency is occurring. This could be when you, a relative or a stranger needs an ambulance. In medical emergencies minutes can be very crucial in saving someone’s life. It should also be used when you see a wildland fire, or field fire that appears to be out of control. When you witness a structure fire, 911 is the best way to call for help. There are numerous reasons to use 911 as it relates to law enforcement. The question to ask yourself is do you or someone else need immediate help, is it a life or death situation, or can this wait a few minutes longer before you talk to a Deputy. Common 911 calls for law enforcement includes fights, domestic violence, unwanted subjects, vehicle collisions, prowlers, etc. These are all situations where someone’s safety might be in immediate danger. For all other situations, call our non-emergency phone number.
The next thing to think about is should I call 911 or text 911 and which one is better. Calling 911 with a voice call is the absolute best way to contact the Payette County Sheriff’s Office during an emergency. We are able to get information from you at a much quicker pace. We have numerous questions that are specifically designed to help us efficiently gather enough information to get resources to you at the quickest time possible. In addition to asking you questions, we have the opportunity to listen to your environment. Dispatch can hear things that are going on in the environment and directly give that information to the responding units. During a text 911 we do not have the chance to hear what is going on. We have some questions pre-typed, but it will take longer to get information transmitted back and forth while we are both typing our responses to each other. The location data is not as accurate with a text 911, as opposed to a voice 911 call.
I know that some people may be asking why you would ever want to text 911 if it is so inefficient. We have some citizens who live in our community that have limitations in hearing and speech. By having this service available, we give those individuals the opportunity to still contact 911 with devices that they have and use on a daily basis. There are times that a person may be involved in an accident that can leave them with temporary or permanent hearing or voice loss. Text to 911 will be the best way for them to contact 911. The third situation where texting 911 would be the best option is in any situation where you are afraid that if you were to make a sound, your safety would be in danger. There are times when you might have an intruder in your house and you could be hiding somewhere trying to get help, but not wanting to make any sound. Turn the sound off on your phone and text 911. We will always ask if you can call 911 instead of texting. Please reply with no, it would not be safe for me to call.
When you call or text 911, be ready to give us the following information:
Your Full Name
Your Phone Number
The address where the emergency is
What the emergency is
What kind of services you need
I’ve always been curious about how the pieces and parts of something operate. I’m often driven to learn by carefully observing, reading, examining documents, investigating or experimenting. My desire to learn is what I find myself using to improve my hobbies, my personal interests, involvement at church, and work responsibilities.
I freely admit I enjoy learning about things that are of a benefit to me, but I equally enjoy sharing my knowledge with others for their benefit. Sometimes, it’s just plain old good fun to share common interests with friends, community members, law enforcement officers, and students. Throughout my career I have been able to teach others as a direct result of my learning experiences and training. Here are a few examples of the types of teaching that I have participated in.
I started learning about photography in high school and haven’t stopped yet! For instance, I have watched many videos and read many articles that explained how to use a DSLR camera in Manual Mode. In addition to the constant learning about this, I have found that continual practice helps me improve. As a result of encountering many other photographers who were “practicing” how to do the same thing, I put together an easy to follow google document that explains what the settings do and how to use the Manual Mode on their DSLR camera. I’ve shared this with many different people to help them take better advantage of their DSLR cameras.
As a young Deputy, I found crash reconstruction fascinating. I was fortunate to have several mentors that helped me learn. They not only reinforced my numerous course materials, but also shared their hands-on experiences of how to investigate and reconstruct a traffic crash. My mentors invested their knowledge to me, and in turn I have invested mine to others. Having spent many years learning about investigating and reconstructing traffic collisions, I have found others to be very interested in learning how to apply math and physics to reconstruct crashes too. Students from Payette High School, new Idaho police officers and students at the Treasure Valley Community College have all benefited from my knowledge.
General Law Enforcement
I have always enjoyed interacting with our youth and answering their questions about law enforcement. Over the last 20 years, I have had the opportunity to talk with so many students at Payette, Fruitland, New Plymouth, and Ontario High Schools. I have learned that our children have honest questions, but don’t often feel comfortable enough to ask them. Whenever I get a chance to talk with our youth, I make it a priority to create an environment that encourages participation and to let them know that any question is worth asking. These opportunities have helped students to open up and ask questions that they likely would not get answers to in any other way.
I also take advantage of numerous opportunities to talk with civic groups in our community about law enforcement. Our citizens, like our youth, often have questions about topics that they see in the news, law enforcement activities in our community, and the administration of our department. Talking with our community members, in a manner that encourages participation, gives them the chance to learn not only about law enforcement, but about the Payette County Sheriff’s Office as well.
Learning is a life long endeavor. Teaching may only be a brief opportunity. I enjoy focusing on both.
Our Dispatch Center is a highly technical center with many pieces of modern technology. Our Dispatchers run 3 computers with 6 monitors at each Dispatch position. They use these systems to answer the many emergency and non-emergency phone calls, talk to emergency responders on the radio, answer text-to-911, track the locations of our emergency responders and dispatch emergency responders.
These systems track the location of callers and responders, which helps Dispatch give turn by turn directions to our responders to each emergency. They also have a multitude of resources available to them to help Patrol Deputies find property owners, cattle owners, vehicle owners, landlords and general citizens. They use a mass notification system to alert neighborhoods to police activity when we believe there is a specific threat to the public in that area.
In addition to the computer software that Dispatch uses, they also monitor 18 radio channels and take radio traffic from law enforcement, fire and EMS units.
During my 24-year Law Enforcement career, I have been a Jail Technician, Patrol Officer (since May 1997), a Reserve Police Officer, Patrol Team Supervisor, Field Training Officer, and Patrol Division Sergeant. Sheriff Bob Barowsky hired me as a sworn Sheriff's Deputy for the Payette County Sheriff’s Office in March 1999.
I currently hold both a Technical Certificate in Law Enforcement from the College of Southern Idaho and a Management Certificate through the State of Idaho (this is the second-highest attainable certificate through the Idaho POST Academy). I also have the Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced Patrol Certificates.
I attended the Northwestern University for Public Safety Command College. The School of Police Staff and Command (SPSC) is an intensive 5-month program that prepares law enforcement managers for senior positions by uniquely combining academic principles with practical applications.
I have also attended the FBI Command Leadership Institute where they covered credibility, command discipline and liability, dealing with problem employees, and leading change within an organization.
I have redesigned and managed the field training program for new patrol deputies. I am an Internationally Accredited Crash Reconstructionist through A.C.T.A.R. I am the Emergency Service Coordinator and a Collision Reconstructionist for Payette County.
Over my career I have completed over 3,700 hours of in-service training. Of that training, over 480 hours is in management and 390 hours in emergency management.
I’ve taught 261 hours of Law Enforcement related courses to students at the Idaho Police Officer Standards and Training (POST) Basic Patrol Academy and the Treasure Valley Community College (TVCC).
I am employed by the Payette County Sheriff's Office, as a Lieutenant. My current assignment as an administrator for the Dispatch Services Divisions, is to seek out and apply for available grants to improve communications and interoperability with emergency response agencies within Payette County.
In 2015 I applied for and was awarded the largest grant awarded that year, $560,000, from the Idaho Emergency Communications Network. The grant was used to install a new 911 phone system. This project created the first consolidated remote/host 911 phone system in the State of Idaho which joined two separate counties into one system. The system is designed with the ability to add additional dispatch centers to it, managing up to 90 dispatch positions at one time. The consolidation of the 911 phone system promotes interoperability between Public Service Answering Point (PSAP) adds layers of redundancy, and helps share maintenance costs of the system.
Using a free, web-based service from Telecommunication System (TCS) called Gem911 the Text-2-911 was also implemented in Payette County in 2015. Payette County Sheriff’s Office’s Dispatch Center was the 3rd dispatch in the State of Idaho to successfully implement Text-2-911. Within 3 months of its introduction the Payette County Dispatch Center received its first Text-2-911, which resulted in the apprehension of a DUI Driver. This project was completed with no expense to the taxpayers of Payette County.
I also used grant funds available from the Idaho Office of Emergency Management in 2015 to complete a project to provide secure radio communications to the High Desert Drug Task Force. This Task Force had been operating for years using limited and inadequate communications through cell phones. The addition of this project provided secure, private radio communication coverage to the task force in southern Washington County, Payette County, and Malheur County.
A candidate that believes in partnership with citizens to make our communities safer.