It is not often that we need to call for help, but when we need it, we really do need it. We live in a small rural County and often citizens don’t realize that there are Deputies patrolling the streets of Payette County at all times of the day or night.
The Payette County Sheriff’s Office is a 24/7 operation. Our Dispatch Deputies are ready to take your emergency or non-emergency calls and dispatch help to you. Our Patrol Deputies are ready to respond to your residence or business as needed. When you wake up in the middle of the night to the neighbor’s dog, or a prowler it is ok to call into Dispatch and ask for a Deputy to come to your house. We have a Deputy on duty that we can send. The Jail Deputies are also working to maintain a secure and safe Jail.
The administrative offices for the Payette County Sheriff’s Office are open on Monday through Friday, excluding holidays, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. These offices are the Records Division, Civil Division, Administration, and Drivers License Division. All of our administrative offices are closed from noon to 1:00 pm. The Driver’s License Department is closed each day from 1:00 – 2:00 pm for lunch.
Payette County is very fortunate that we have a relatively small area of public lands where people can get lost or stranded in. We do have some public lands in the southern part of our County as well as the northeastern part of our County. If you are planning to go to these areas and enjoy our public lands, you should always tell someone where you are going and when you should be back. There is cell service in the majority of Payette County with the major cell providers. If you are not able to call for help, try to text 911. Sometimes a text message can get out when a phone call cannot.
If you find that you have gotten lost, the best advice is to stay put. If you start walking while rescue teams are looking for you it will make it more difficult to find you. If you see any aircraft or people in the area, try to signal them by using a signaling mirror or something reflective, or by waving a white piece of clothing.
The Sheriff’s Office owns 4-wheel drive vehicles and UTV’s that we use to respond to search and rescue efforts. We are also able to ask the surrounding jurisdictions to assist with the search.
You may have heard the legislature proposing the “Stand Your Ground” laws and the “Castle” laws. We often hear citizens speak about using deadly force to protect their property. These laws do not allow a person to use deadly force to protect property. It is against the law to use deadly force to stop a person from stealing or damaging property. The person who decides to use deadly force has to be the victim of an aggravated assault or battery where they have a well-founded fear that the suspect will use deadly force on them.
The Castle law states the victim does not have to retreat from their residence or work place before defending themselves with deadly force. The Stand Your Ground laws are similar but refer to when you are in public places. In a public place you do not need to retreat before using deadly force to defend yourself.
When considering either of these laws, it is important to note that a victim must be in fear for their life before they use deadly force. The fear must be something they believe is imminent and the suspect has the means to carry out the threat at the time that the victim uses deadly force.
The Idaho State Law in reference to the Castle Law and Stand Your Ground states the following:
18-4009. Justifiable homicide by any person.
(1) Homicide is justifiable when committed by any person in any of the following cases:
(a) When resisting any attempt to murder any person, or to commit a felony, or to do some great bodily injury upon any person;
(b) When committed in defense of habitation, a place of business or employment, occupied vehicle, property or person, against one who manifestly intends or endeavors, by violence or surprise, to commit a felony, or against one who manifestly intends and endeavors, in a violent, riotous or tumultuous manner, to enter the habitation, place of business or employment or occupied vehicle of another for the purpose of offering violence to any person therein;
(c) When committed in the lawful defense of such person, or of a wife or husband, parent, child, master, mistress or servant of such person, when there is reasonable ground to apprehend a design to commit a felony or to do some great bodily injury, and imminent danger of such design being accomplished; but such person, or the person in whose behalf the defense was made, if he was the assailant or engaged in mortal combat, must really and in good faith have endeavored to decline any further struggle before the homicide was committed; or
(d) When necessarily committed in attempting, by lawful ways and means, to apprehend any person for any felony committed, or in lawfully suppressing any riot, or in lawfully keeping and preserving the peace.
(2) For purposes of subsection (1)(b) of this section, a person who unlawfully and by force or by stealth enters or attempts to enter a habitation, place of business or employment or occupied vehicle is presumed to be doing so with the intent to commit a felony.
(3) For purposes of this section:
(a) "Habitation" means any building, inhabitable structure or conveyance of any kind, whether the building, inhabitable structure or conveyance is temporary or permanent, mobile or immobile, including a tent, and is designed to be occupied by people lodging therein at night, and includes a dwelling in which a person resides either temporarily or permanently or is visiting as an invited guest, and includes the curtilage of any such dwelling.
(b) "Place of business or employment" means a commercial enterprise or establishment owned by a person as all or part of the person’s livelihood or is under the owner’s control or under control of an employee or agent of the owner with responsibility for protecting persons and property and shall include the interior and exterior premises of the place of business or employment.
(c) "Vehicle" means any motorized vehicle that is self-propelled and designed for use on public highways to transport people or property.
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
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.
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