The Payette County Sheriff’s Office has worked with TVCC and CWI students over the last several years. These students are going through college to learn more about the law enforcement profession. Law Enforcement is a profession that contains a lot of hands on experience. As part of that we would like to help these students develop and learn how we work.
Mentorships through these schools are coordinated with the Division Administrator. We typically schedule time for the student to work an entire shift in one Division. Students do not have police powers and are not able to perform most tasks that we are required to do. A student typically shadows our Deputies, which gives them an opportunity to see the way that we handle numerous situations. It also gives them an opportunity to ask questions and get reliable answers.
We have hired numerous college students that have become connected to our Department through one of these schools. We have had several of our employees work with TVCC as instructors. These employees are Sheriff Chad Huff, Lt. Andy Creech, Lt. Brandon Stromberg, and Detective Jason Jones. These instructors have helped create bonds with our community and recruit new employees for our office.
The US Congress enacted the Real ID Act in 2005. The law created a standard for security, authentication, and issuance procedures for state driver’s licenses and identity documents, as well as various immigration issues pertaining to terrorism.
Idaho’s information on the Real ID, also known as the Star Card, can be found at https://itd.idaho.gov/starcard/. The following excerpt from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Real_ID_Act gives background information about the Real ID Act.
The law sets forth requirements for state driver's licenses and ID cards to be accepted by the federal government for "official purposes" as defined by the Secretary of the United States Department of Homeland Security. The Secretary of Homeland Security has defined "official purposes" as boarding commercially operated airline flights, and entering federal buildings and nuclear power plants, although the law gives the Secretary the unlimited authority to require a "federal identification" for any other purposes.
The Real ID Act implements the following:
Intersection crashes are one of the most dangerous crashes that we see in Payette County. When investigating an intersection collision, we are always concerned about any possible vision obstructions that could have been a contributing factor to the collision.
There are times that we receive complaints from concerned citizens about possible vision obstructions. We take these complaints seriously and we will investigate them. If a complaint is deemed a valid violation of the Idaho State Law, we will work with the landowner and the highway district to rectify the problem. Safety is our number one concern.
Idaho’s law is very specific on what is a vision obstruction at an intersection. Idaho Code 49-221 defines traffic hazards at intersections. They goal to this law is to keep all of citizens and neighbors safe. When responding to complaints about vision obstructions, the Payette County Sheriff’s Office is focused on determining if there is a vision obstruction under the definition of the Idaho Law. We will work with the property owner to find ways to eliminate the vision obstruction and help improve safety at the intersection. Below is the Idaho law that references this issue.
49-221. REMOVAL OF TRAFFIC HAZARDS. (1) It shall be the responsibility of the owner of real property to remove from his property any hedge, shrubbery, fence, wall or other sight obstructions of any nature, except public traffic or highway signs, buildings and trees, where these sight obstructions constitute a potential traffic hazard. The above sight obstructions shall not extend more than three (3) feet, or less than ten (10) feet, in height above the existing center line highway elevation within the vision triangle of vehicle operators. The boundaries of the vision triangle are defined by measuring from the intersection of the edges of two (2) adjacent highways forty (40) feet along each highway and connecting the two (2) points with a straight line. The sight distance obstruction restriction is also applicable to railroad-highway grade crossings with vision triangle defined by measuring forty (40) feet along the railroad property line when intersecting with a highway.
(2) When the department or any local authority determines that a traffic hazard exists, it may notify the owner and order that the hazard be removed within an appropriate time as determined by the department or local authority, considering the circumstances and conditions involved. The appropriate time may be specified in the notice. Such notice shall not obligate the department or local authorities to pursue removal or abatement until all legal remedies are exhausted.
(3) The failure of the owner to remove the traffic hazard within the appropriate specified time shall constitute a misdemeanor and every day the owner shall fail to remove the obstruction may be considered a separate and distinct offense. Civil action may also be initiated by state or local officials to enforce vision triangle restrictions.
(4) Local officials may, by resolution or ordinance, establish standards and procedures for protecting vision triangles at the intersections of local streets and roads. Such locally adopted standards or procedures, which may be more or less restrictive than the provisions hereof, shall not modify the standards established by this section concerning intersections with state-maintained highways and intersections with railroads.
All of our Patrol Deputies attend a 14-week academy at the Idaho POST academy. During this academy, our Deputies stay on campus where they attend courses at different times of the day. This academy requires they put in 600 hours of training. During the academy they study topics such as Domestic Violence, DUI/SFST, Crime Prevention, Health and Fitness, Emergency Vehicle Operations, Defensive Tactics, Firearms, laws and numerous other topics. Throughout the academy the students have to pass certain milestone tests. At the end of the academy they are required to pass the final examination with an 80% or higher. Our Deputies graduate with a broad background in numerous areas of law enforcement. This training is beneficial to our community as they start their career and begin serving our citizens.
Our high schools are some of the best places to connect with our youth. Our youth are seeking out information to know how to keep themselves safe, what their rights are, what laws govern them, how we use the things that they are learning in school and numerous other things. We have Deputies interact with them as we are able. We often speak in health and government classes. In the past we have talked to them during physics, criminal justice and driver’s education classes. Some of our Deputies work with their sports teams. These interactions give us several opportunities to share with the students and let them ask questions and get real answers.
The relationships that we make with our youth and community are important to the Payette County Sheriff’s Office and the community that we all live in. We always welcome opportunities to interact with our youth and the citizens in our communities.
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