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.
Payette County needs to have the ability to contact our citizens during emergencies or disasters. Payette County has used a service called Code Red for over a decade to provide this service to our community.
Code Red is a system where citizens have to sign up for the service in order to the get the notices from the Payette County Sheriff’s Office. We have over 9,000 phone numbers in our database from residents who have signed up for the service. We are able to call our residents, but also send text messages and emails.
We use this service to alert our citizens about missing children, dangerous suspects in their neighborhoods, evacuation orders, burn bans, and other emergencies. This service was used daily during the 2017 winter disaster. We used it to notify communities about the ice jams, flooding, cold temperatures, collapsing roofs and other pertinent information. We also used it during the 2019 Spring Flooding to alert residents to the rising river levels and flooding concerns.
The Payette County Sheriff’s Office appreciates everyone who has signed up for the service. We encourage all citizens to sign up for the service so they will receive all notices that are sent out by the Payette County Sheriff’s Office.
Some of the questions that are frequently asked are:
Most citizens only receive one phone call per year. This phone call typically comes after the Payette County Commissioners declare a burn ban, typically in late June. The personal information that residents enter into the system is safeguarded by Onsolve, the company that provides the Code Red product. Onsolve does not sell or distribute personal information to third parties. This guarantee also includes restricting the Payette County Sheriff’s Offices access to it. We are able to send messages through the system; however, we are not able to look up individual information on our residents. Our citizens are able to sign up for the service on our website, www.payettecounty.org just look for the "CodeRed Registeration" link near the bottom of the page.
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