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.
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.
The new employees will transition from the observing stage into actually completing the work on their own with direct supervision and assistance. While the training program is in a standard format, it is easily adaptable to help new employees successfully pass the training. After our new employees pass the training they are placed on a shift where they are always working with seasoned Deputies. We send the new employees to the first available academy at the Idaho Police Officers Standards and Training (POST). Training our new employees in this manner helps our Deputies serve our community with the highest quality service available.
Sheriff Huff and Lt. Creech are regular speakers at TVCC’s Introduction to Criminal Justice Class. They talk about our career paths and why we decided to get into law enforcement. They talk about the benefits to law enforcement and how students can prepare for a career in law enforcement.
Lt. Creech and Lt. Bullington speak to the Government Classes at Fruitland High School and Payette High School. This is a fun opportunity to share with our high school students. They talk about the Constitution and the laws that govern our communities. This is an interactive presentation that allows the students to ask any questions that they have. Lt. Creech and Lt. Bullington are known for answering every students’ questions in a way that they understand how the law applies to them. They always tell the students to start the question with, “I have a friend who…” The point of the discussion is not to give opportunities to write citations to the students. They enjoy helping the students understand the laws that govern them.
Sheriff Huff, Lt. Creech, Dispatcher Netcher and Coroner Schuller talk to the Fruitland High School health classes each year about safe driving. Dispatcher Netcher and her daughter talk about the death of their son/brother Nicholas Langdon. Langdon passed away as a result of a tragic vehicle collision. This vehicle collision occurred when 4 young adults went out cruising around. The driver lost control of the vehicle and it rolled over. All occupants were wearing their seatbelts. Langdon was the only one to lose his life in the collision. This talk often turns to making smart decisions while operating a motor vehicle and speaking up if they are with someone who is making poor choices.
Dispatcher Netcher is known for her work at the New Plymouth Elementary School. The school relies on Netcher to work with elementary students as they are learning to read. Community members like Netcher are greatly appreciated by the school district.
Lt. Creech speaks to community groups like the Kiwanis, Lions Club, and Chamber of Commerce about issues that are important to our community. He loves the opportunity to share what the Payette County Sheriff’s Office is doing to help make our community safer.
Lt. Stromberg coaches a competitive softball team. He grew up playing baseball and continues to share that passion with the youth in the Payette area. He has a vast knowledge on the game of softball and enjoys coaching the team.
Lt. Carter teaches Hunters Education in New Plymouth. Lt. Carter has had a passion for guns, gun safety and hunting. Hunting and shooting are something that Lt. Carter’s family enjoys doing. Lt. Carter finds teaching Hunters Education as a way to share his knowledge and experiences with these young hunters who are looking for advice in how to be a safe hunter.
Sheriff Huff, Lt. Creech, Lt. Stromberg and Detective Jones have all been adjunct instructors at TVCC. They have taught courses for various criminal justice classes. We value education and sharing our knowledge with college students. They participate in the criminal justice program to help students succeed in the field of criminal justice.
Lt. Creech has been meeting with Mrs. Godby’s Criminal Justice Class at the New Plymouth High School during the 2019 – 2020 school year. Lt. Creech meets with them on most Thursdays to help answer their questions and add information to the material that they are learning in their class.
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