One of the duties of the Sheriff, set by Idaho State Law, is to serve civil papers. We serve numerous types of civil papers. These papers include subpoenas, summons, complaints, protection orders, writ of ejectment, writ of execution, writ of possession, writ of restitution, order to show cause, contempt of court orders, notice of hearings, small claims lawsuits, and garnishments. The Payette County Sheriff’s Office currently employs a full-time civil clerk to process all of the civil papers. The Payette County Sheriff’s Office Civil Clerk processes approximately 1800 papers in a year. The papers can be categorized in these areas:
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:
The Payette County Sheriff’s Office operates a 72 bed Jail Facility. The original portion of the jail is a 36-bed facility that was built in 1972. It was expanded to a 72-bed facility in 2000.
The Jail Facility consists of a booking room, intoxilyzer room, detox room, 5-line cells, 9 multiple bed housing units, a medical room, law library, cafeteria, kitchen and outside recreation yard.
We have multiple Detention Deputies working at a time in the Jail Facility. These Deputies are responsible for completing any necessary inmate movements in and out of cells, cell checks, booking in new inmates, taking inmates to court, taking inmates to meals, taking inmates out for recreation, and taking inmates out for medical care.
The Jail is a complex operation and must adhere to the Idaho Jail Standards that are set by the Idaho Sheriff’s Association. The Jail is inspected annually by the Idaho Sheriffs Association. It is inspected quarterly by the Payette County Commissioners.
The Jail Standards focuses on 8 mandatory standards and numerous recommended standards. The mandatory standards are:
b. Training and Staff Development
c. Fire Safety and Emergency Procedures
d. Inmate Observation/Security Checks
e. Strip Searches and Body Cavity Searches
f. Health Care Services
g. Inmate Rights Regarding Rape, Sexual Assault, or Sexual Activity
h. Physical Facility
The Payette County Sheriff’s Office has implemented policies, procedures, training and equipment to ensure that we meet these standards. The safety of our community, Detention Deputies, and Jail Facility are of our utmost concern.
The novel corona virus pandemic that is affecting the world is also affecting campaigns, and voters’ opportunities speak directly with candidates. In January, I began putting out information on my website www.Creech4Sheriff.com and meeting with our community at different gatherings. Over the next seven weeks, I will continue to use my website and social media to tell our community about who I am and the goals that I have for the Payette County Sheriff’s office and how they affect our community.
I started my law enforcement career in 1996 when I was hired at the Twin Falls County Jail. In 1997 I had the opportunity to move to Payette County when the City of New Plymouth hired me as a patrol officer. At the time that I was hired in New Plymouth, I set a personal goal to become part of our communities. I have found opportunities for community involvement, and I have continued my involvement as I started working for the Payette County Sheriff’s Office.
My involvement in both our community, as well as the Sheriff’s Office, give me a unique view of not only the needs of our community but also the needs of the Payette County Sheriff’s Office. The mission of the Payette County Sheriff’s Office is to provide excellent service and protection, through leadership and partnership with the community we serve.
Providing multiple services that directly provide for the safety and protection of our communities is the highest priority of the Payette County Sheriff’s Office. Over the next five weeks, I will break down these services and how they impact our communities. Each area of operation in the Payette County Sheriff’s Office has unique challenges and opportunities.
I am ready to begin addressing issues that will improve the service we provide to our communities. The areas of service that I will be discussing are employee retention, jail population, dispatch operations, patrol division call load, and civic engagement.
Please follow this blog every Monday over the next five weeks. This series will help voters understand the challenges we face, what has been done in the past, and what we can do in the future to address them.
Schedule of Posts:
April 13th Employee Retention
April 20th Jail Population
April 27th Dispatch Operations
May 4th Patrol Division Call Load
May 11th Civic Engagement
May 18th Recap of the last six weeks
The Primary Election is May 19th, 2020, and Lt. Creech encourages all voters to vote by absentee ballot. https://idahovotes.gov/vote-early-idaho/
The training that goes into these employees takes several months to complete. The specialized training makes it difficult to cross train employees from other divisions to work in the Driver’s License Department as well as their primary positions. We have found in the past that when we had employees cross trained, we were constantly shutting down other offices and failing to serve citizens with their needs. The three employees in Driver’s License Department work together to cover each other’s personal time off, training schedules, and sick days so that we can keep the Driver’s License Office open the majority of the time. There are times when we are unable to keep the office open and are required to close. We try to minimize these times as much as we are able to.
A candidate that believes in partnership with citizens to make our communities safer.