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.
Citizens from all backgrounds can find themselves being a victim of a crime. Victims do not always have the knowledge of how the criminal justice system works and can find the whole process confusing.
If you think you are a victim of a crime, the first thing you should do is file a report with the law enforcement agency that has jurisdiction where the crime occurred. This could be at your residence or it could be at a separate location in a different jurisdiction (like your work). If you are unsure of where to report the crime, call the Payette County Dispatch Center (208-642-6006 ext. 1146) to find out.
In most instances a Deputy will come to your residence or location to take the report. There are times, due to staffing, call load, or other factors that a Deputy may call and take your report over the phone.
While waiting for the Deputy to arrive, be careful to not disturb vehicle tire tracks, footprints, fingerprints and obvious evidence of the crime. When making a report, be ready to give the make, model and serial number of items that were stolen. Tell the investigating Deputy about items that are out of place, have been moved or don’t belong at your location. You should also point out items of value that were not stolen or damaged. Always include a description of the suspect. If the suspect is unknown, include a list of people that could be suspects.
After the suspect has been charged with a crime, you can track the court process on Vine. Vine is an online resource that notifies victims of the upcoming court dates for a crime. You can sign up for Vine at https://www.vinelink.com/#/home It is also available in the App Store or Google Play Store.
The Payette County Prosecutor has a Victim Witness Coordinator. This person also assists victims in a crime. It is always recommended to contact the Victim Witness Coordinator to introduce yourself. They will help you navigate the legal system along with the Prosecutor as a victim.
Depending on the type of crime, there could be more services available to you. The Sheriff’s Office or the Victim Witness Coordinator can tell you if there are any other services available to assist you. They can give you information on how to contact those other services.
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.
The Payette County Jail is a very large operation. It is similar to a small city. We house up to 72 inmates in our facility. Most of our housing units are an open dormitory style unit. We provide water, sewer and trash services for our inmates as well. We have contracted with Summit to provide food to our inmates. One of the largest expenses that we have in our Jail though, is providing medical services to our inmates. While inmates are in custody, we provided them with medical care that they may need. We do this through a doctor that comes to our facility, taking patients out of the facility to specific doctor offices or an ambulance during emergency needs.
Just like any city, we have our own sets of rules that we ask all inmates to abide by. These rules help us keep the Jail running as smoothly as possible. Managing a 72-bed jail facility requires numerous staff members.
The Jail Division is one of the entry points into our organization. We hire employees to work in the Jail that are looking to start their career in law enforcement. We are in need of hard working, individuals who would like to start a career in law enforcement. The Jail Division is a great place to start a career in law enforcement. Our Jail Deputies learn how to maintain a secure Jail, house inmates, render aid to inmates, transport inmates to other facilities and take inmates to court in addition to other duties.
The Payette County Jail houses 72 inmates and is nearly full most days of the year. We hold public inmate visitation 4 days of the week. Below are the list of dates and times for the Jail inmate visitations.
Detention Facility Visitation hours are:
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