Ada County Sheriff's Office Boise Idaho

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  • Address: 7200 Barrister Dr, Boise, 83704 ID
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Ada County Sheriff's Office Boise Idaho is located at 7200 Barrister Dr, Boise, 83704 ID. The Ada County Sheriff's Office Boise Idaho phone number is 208-577-3000.

Ada County Sheriff's Office Boise Idaho News

One of rights of passage for Ada County Sheriff’s Office Emergency 911 Dispatchers is to help talk parents through a sudden birth before mom can get to a hospital. Dispatcher Ben Dicus got to experience that when he answered a 911 call at 2:45 a.m. this morning and discovered a dad on the other end, asking for help because his baby daughter decided it was time to be born. The labor was so sudden that Ben calmly talked the girl’s father through the birth before paramedics could arrive. Paramedics took mom and baby to the hospital, where they’re both doing well. Ben’s excellent work earned him a spot in the exclusive ACSO stork pin club. Every dispatcher who helps deliver a baby earns a stork pin – blue for a boy and pink for a girl. Congratulations to Ben and to the rest of our dispatchers, who work so hard every day to keep us safe and secure!

Watch Idaho POST's 193rd Patrol Academy take the Code of Ethics oath during their graduation ceremony Friday morning.

Congratulations to the latest batch of graduates of Idaho's Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Basic Patrol Academy. Class 193 had 45 total graduates, including four new patrol deputies for the Ada County Sheriff's Office - Frank Gamma, Sean Dalrymple, Andrew Puccinelli, and Daniel Urizar.

Sometimes you need Batman to wrangle everyone up for a Halloween group photo.

We just wanted to remind everyone to be extra careful and look out for each other during a possibly soggy Trick-Or-Treat tomorrow night. The National Weather Service has predicted a 40% chance of rain on Halloween night, so in addition to making it colder, wet streets and sidewalks make it harder to see all the Trick-Or-Treaters buzzing around our neighborhoods. So let’s all work together to be safe. Here’s some tips on how to enjoy a safe Halloween night!

We know residents of Ada County who need to get or renew their Driver’s License or State ID have had to endure long lines and wait times at our Benjamin Lane office since late summer. It’s been very frustrating for our staff as well. There is nothing we’d like better than to get our Driver’s License customers in and out in a reasonable amount of time. So we are thrilled that the Idaho Transportation Department is going to allow people who need to renew their Driver’s License or State ID over the next few months to do so by mail. So that means if your license or ID is set to expire in November or December, or if you had to get an extension of your credentials through Oct. 31 because you hadn’t been able to renew, you can now do that by mail and avoid the lines. The ITD has been exploring solutions to provide relief to Idahoans who need to renew a license or ID – and the county sheriff’s offices that provides the service for the state — since computer system issues forced offices to close for several days in August. Since then, the wait times have been significant. We’ve had a backlog of customers, and the computer system has been slower — a combination that has resulted in wait times that can exceed an hour or more. So being able to renew your driver’s license by mail is excellent news for people who want to avoid lines. The ITD plan is to allow the mail-in renewals through the end of December. You should know what you can’t get the Star Card, Idaho’s Real ID, with the mail-in renewal. People who want a Star Card must present the documents in person at the Benjamin Lane office to meet federal requirements. Also, people who need to renew their Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) can’t do it by mail. You have to renew in person at the Benjamin Lane office. The ITD estimates it will be able to process the mail-in renewals in 12-to-14 business days once they get 'em. There are some other restrictions to the mail-in option you should know about, like how you can only get a four-year renewal; your driving credential must be valid; you must be between the ages of 18-and-69; and you haven’t changed your name. If you want a new photo, you have to renew in person. The ITD will send a letter to everyone whose license expires in November and December, letting them know about the mail-in option. You can also pick up a renewal by mail form at our Driver’s License office at 400 N. Benjamin Lane. You should also know that you can schedule an appointment time for the Benjamin Lane office at https://dmvscheduling.adacounty.id.gov/naoa/index.jsp Please be aware that appointments are mostly booked through mid-December. We realize the long lines at our Driver’s License Office have been a problem for our citizens, and we hope the mail-in option will release some of the pressure. For more info from the ITD, check out https://itd.idaho.gov/news/dmv-to-offer-mail-in-renewals-for-drivers-licenses-that-expire-in-november-and-december/

If you happened to see members of our ACTION Team walking around downtown Boise handing out flowers earlier today, there was a perfectly logical explanation. Wednesday, Oct. 24 was #petalitforward – a day where florists nationwide randomly surprise people on the street with flowers, enough for whoever gets them to keep some and pass some on to someone else. In Boise, FiftyFlowers asked ACSO deputies Terry Lakey, Mark Hudson, Ryan Donelson, and Sgt. Pat Schneider to be #petalitforward emissaries and help pass out flowers. While our ACTION (Anti-Crime Team In Our Neighborhoods) team spends quite a bit of time helping U.S. Marshals and other law enforcement serve arrest warrants and working on neighborhood-specific issues, they also enjoy doing community outreach. They literally got to do that Wednesday. We'd just like to say thanks to FiftyFlowers for allowing us to help #petalitforward again this year.

If you’ve driven by the Ada County Jail on the 184 Connector recently, you’ve probably noticed two big signs letting people know we are hiring registered nurses and detention deputies for the jail. While we always have a variety of career opportunities available at the ACSO, we are concentrating on those jobs right now because our jail is busier than ever — and those are two areas where we need more help. We’re hiring eight registered nurses and a nursing supervisor to work in inmate booking, so they can do medical screenings for people as they are booked into the jail. We’ve never had a full-time nurse presence in our jail booking before, and we are excited about adding that service. The salary range for the registered nurse position is $31.56-to-$36.90, depending on experience. We need more detention deputies because our jail is close to capacity pretty much every day, and we need to keep pace with that growth so our deputies are not overtaxed. We’re looking for applicants who are comfortable and confident when communicating with all kinds of people. Detention Deputies care for and maintain the custody of inmates in the Ada County Jail, including processing inmates into the jail, conducting routine security checks, and enforcing policies to maintain security of the jail. The salary range for detention deputies is $17.97-to-$22.94 an hour, depending on experience. Running a secure facility that has 1,224 beds in eight large dormitory, closed-custody, health services, maximum-security, and work release units is a major responsibility. The Ada County Jail also has a fully functioning health clinic, an industrial kitchen for meal preparation, and laundry and sewing services that must be managed in a secure environment. The Jail is a like a small city – and we need to add employees to help ensure that city is run in a safe, secure and efficient way. The Ada County Sheriff’s Office has over 650 employees and dozens of career fields — and is often looking for people who want to make a difference in their community. If you are interested in us, we are interested in you. We currently have a variety of other jobs openings at this time, including a case manager for jail programs, driver’s license clerks, food service officers, and records cleks among other jobs. Check out https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/adacounty/sheriff for info on current employment opportunities.

It was just over a year ago when our dispatchers got a 911 call about a prowler inside a home on Amity Road. The events that followed that call resulted in one of the most challenging, confusing, and sad days in recent memory for the Ada County Sheriff’s Office. It was an incredibly sad day because two innocent people lost their lives due to the actions of a violent, drug-addled criminal. It’s confusing because we are still not exactly sure why Pavel Florea broke into a stranger’s home on Amity Road the night of Sept. 27, pointed a gun at our deputies who responded to the 911 call, and then set the house on fire with three residents inside. It was an incredibly challenging situation for our deputies because so many dangerous things were happening at the same time, and they had no information why. What I do know is this: I am very proud of our deputies, who risked their lives in an chaotic and dangerous situation to do what they could to help the people in the home and protect the public — while working to contain the threat of a violent criminal like Pavel Florea. In the end, deputies were able to get two of the three people out of the home before it was consumed by fire. One of those people died a short time later. I know that even though they did the best they could in such a dangerous and horrible situation, our people are still saddened by the fact they couldn’t save everyone who lived at the home. That is a tough thing for all of us here to deal with. We also know it’s scary when random and violent crimes happen in our community, because they are so rare. One of the reasons this investigation took a significant of time to complete was because everyone who works on Ada County’s Critical Incident Task Force was so dedicated to finding answers. The home was totally destroyed by the fire, which provided some issues for the collection and analysis of evidence. Florea — a heavy drug user — also died as a result of the fire he started, which meant he was not able to tell anyone why he did what he did. That made the CITF’s mission more difficult. The investigation did not uncover a direct link between Florea and the people who lived at the Amity Road home, but detectives did establish two theories — either that Florea may have seen a Facebook ad for a moving sale at the home and then tried to break in and steal items from inside, or mistook the house on the corner of Amity and Linder roads for a nearby home that had a history of drug activity. We still don’t know why Florea threatened our deputies with a gun, and then set the house on fire. Autopsy results show he was very intoxicated (11,000 nanograms per milliliter) on methamphetamine at the time, an insidious drug that makes people who use it consumed by increasing paranoia and rage. Because there are so many questions, we’ve posted a summary to our ACSO blog (https://adasheriffblog.org) for people who want to know more, and a link to the CITF report on our ACSO website at https://adasheriff.org/Portals/Sheriff/Florea_CITF_Investigation.pdf?ver=2018-10-18-103608-577 Sept. 27, 2017 was a tragic day for the innocent victims who lived at Amity Road home – and a very trying and demanding day for the employees of the Ada County Sheriff’s Office. Yet since that day, every ACSO employee involved in that case has continued to do everything they can, to the best of their ability, to make sure Ada County is a safe place to live, work, and play. I just want to say “Thank You” to those deputies, who do so much every day to keep our community a great place to live. — Ada County Sheriff Steve Bartlett

Saturday marked the fifth annual Kids Duathlon at Avimor – a free community event that is turning out to be one of our favorite days of the year because it’s just so much fun. We had 325 kids, between the ages of 3-and-12, from all over Ada County participate in foot and bike races at Foothills Heritage Park in the Avimor Community. There were five different age brackets, each with a slightly different course — the older the kids, the longer the course. (For instance, the 3-year-old bracket had 200-foot bike and foot race courses. For the 10-to-12 year-old bracket, the foot race course was 1.14 miles and the bike race was 1.7 miles). It wasn’t just racing all day, either. There were raffle prizes to be won, healthy snacks provided by St. Luke's Health System and Cliff Bar, food trucks, vendors, and a bunch of other activities. We'd like to say thanks to Ada County and Avimor for putting on such a great event and inviting us to participate.

If you live in Ada County and have a cell phone, expect to get a text message tomorrow (Oct. 3) from the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. The text is part of a county-wide test of the wireless emergency alert system. It will sound like getting an Amber Alert, and it will say: "Presidential alert THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed." We just want to let everyone know that the whole thing is just a test.

Wednesday marked one of our favorite days of the year – when our command staff spent their lunchtime flipping burgers and turning brats for the annual staff appreciation barbecue. Their valiant grilling efforts were complemented by an excellent employee-provided dessert potluck. Festivities kicked off earlier this morning with a visit from the Human Bean coffee food truck. The command staff will be back at the grill tonight to make sure our second shift employees don’t get left out.

Anyone who has ever worked in law enforcement knows how absolutely essential it is to have a good fleet of vehicles – and a group of excellent mechanics to ensure those vehicles are ready to roll at a moment’s notice. Thankfully, the Ada County Sheriff’s Office has both — and it’s not just us saying that. Donald Walker, who manages our garage, has earned an Automotive Fleet Manager Certification from the NAFA Fleet Management Association. For anyone working Don’s job, it’s a big deal. The excellent work done by our staff of four automotive service techs – Jade Jones, John Berrier, Robert Payne, and Robert Scherzer — combined with Don’s management are why the ACSO was determined to have a Notable Fleet by the American Public Works Association. That award is a big deal to our staff because it means we are one of the best agencies in the U.S. (in the top 100) when it comes to vehicle maintenance. That means our staff uses best practices to keep our fleet in top shape and we are planning for the future. So we just wanted to congratulate Don Walker and his excellent staff on a job well done.

Sheriff Steve Bartlett was thrilled to receive his Idaho POST (Peace Officers Standards & Training) Executive Certificate today – the highest POST certification a law enforcement officer can earn in Idaho. Idaho POST Interim Division Administrator Kevin Johnson presented Sheriff Bartlett with the executive certificate Tuesday morning during the Ada County Board of County Commissioners meeting. Sheriff Bartlett holds Basic, Intermediate, Advanced, and Management Peace Officer certifications with POST and is a certified Instructor at the POST academy. He recently completed the FBI National Academy at Quantico, Virginia in 2017. Prior to that, the sheriff completed the FBI Intermountain Law Enforcement Executive Command College in Montana in 2015, and the Northwestern University Police Staff and Command in 2014.

While you’ve probably heard the Ada County Sheriff’s Office is the biggest law enforcement agency in Idaho, what you may not know is we have over 60 different career fields – dozens of perhaps not-so-obvious career options in addition to traditional patrol work. If you are interested in working for us, we are interested in you – and you’re in luck, because we are hosting an employment open house on Sept. 12 at our main office at 7200 Barrister Drive. You’ll be able to find out how varied our job offerings are, from patrol and jail deputies to registered nurses to jail social workers to Emergency 911 dispatchers to computer systems application work – and a whole bunch more. We’ll have a wide variety of ACSO employees available to answer questions and talk about their experience working for Idaho’s largest law enforcement agency. We will also be offering tours of the Ada County Jail. The employment open house starts at 2 p.m. and goes until 6 p.m. For more info on ACSO job opportunities, check out https://www.adasheriff.org/Careers To see our list if of current openings, check out https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/adacounty/sheriff As we said earlier, if you are interested in us – and our commitment to make sure Ada County remains a safe place to live, work, and play — we are interested in you. Stop by on Wednesday and let’s talk. See ya then!

There have been a lot of questions about how we are dealing with the Idaho Transportation Department’s problematic computer systems at our Driver’s License Office. We don’t have a lot of answers at this point but one thing the ITD announced today was anyone who hasn’t been able to renew their driver’s license or state ID over the past few weeks and has — or will have — expired credentials will be extended until October 31. That means if your license or ID expired anytime after Aug. 20, you’re good until Oct. 31. The hope is that the ITD will get their computer systems up and running soon, so those people with recently expired licenses will have time during the next two months to stop by our office at 400 N. Benjamin Lane and renew their credentials before the Oct. 31 deadline. The ITD says people whose license or state ID expired on Aug. 20 or after should print a copy of the letter attached to this post to show to law enforcement or the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) if needed. Of course, expecting the ITD computer system to be working at all at this point is a gamble. Our Driver’s License office has been closed the past two days while the ITD works through computer system and software issues with their vendors. The ITD’s Driver’s License system has been plagued with problems since they rolled it out statewide on Aug. 20 Officials with the ITD say they have created a solution to their computer problems and are set to train our staff – and the staffs of all the other Driver’s License offices in Idaho’s 44 counties — Wednesday afternoon, with the goal of reopening offices across the state Thursday morning. We really hope it works and we can resume operations at our Benjamin Lane office. For now, our staff is answering phones and doing additional training so when the system does come back online, they are ready to go. We understand how frustrated our citizens are. We are frustrated too. We know people are missing work and school and other important life events when they have to wait for so long to get their license or ID renewed. When the ITD system does work, it takes our clerks about six minutes to take care of a customer who needs to renew their driver’s license. Unfortunately, there have been many instances over the past few years when our staff hasn’t been given the opportunity to do their best work because of the problem-ridden ITD computer systems. We really hope the ITD can figure out their issues so we can do what we do best, which is serve our citizens in the best way possible.

If any of you went to our Driver’s License office at 400 N. Benjamin Lane this past year or so and have been frustrated about long wait times, I understand. That’s because I am just as frustrated as you are. It’s particularly vexing because we have an excellent Driver’s License staff that can’t serve you to the best of their abilities — because the Idaho Transportation Department has ongoing issues with their computer systems and software. Idaho Code requires the sheriff’s office in all 44 counties to operate a driver’s license office for the ITD. We administer their system – including hiring employees and finding office space. The ITD runs the computer system and issue the licenses. There isn’t anything we can do when the ITD’s computer system doesn’t work. Consider what happened this morning. Our office was fully staffed and ready to go – but the ITD system wasn’t. The crowd of customers kept growing. Some people left. Some decided to stay and to hope for the best. Patience was tested. Tempers flared. At the time I’m writing this (2:30 p.m.), the system is still down. This is a scene that has played out dozens of times over the last two years Every time it happens, everyone in the room feels the same way. Our staff is just as frustrated as you are. We’ve made several improvements to increase customer service at the Benjamin Lane office. We added six more clerk stations to increase the number from 15 to 21. We’ve extended our hours of operation by 30 minutes at the beginning and end of each day. We’re now open 7:30 a.m.-to-5:30 p.m. We would like to be open on Saturdays — and to extend our daily hours even more than we already have. We would do that right now if we could. The ITD has resisted those efforts. They told us they need that downtime for their computer system. We are also considering opening up additional driver’s license offices in other parts of Ada County, but that can’t happen until ITD gets their computer system worked out. We could have offices on every corner in town, open six days a week, and it wouldn’t make a bit of difference if the ITD system isn’t working. When it does work, it takes our clerks about six minutes to take care of a customer who needs to renew their driver’s license. Unfortunately, there have been many instances over the past few years our staff hasn’t been given the opportunity to do their best work. Earlier this month, every one of Idaho’s 44 counties closed their Drivers License office for two days so the ITD could install a new statewide computer system that was supposed to solve their problems. We used that time to train our staff on the new system. The moment our office re-opened Aug. 13, our staff was trained and ready to go. The new ITD computer system was not. From the get-go, glitches/system errors caused long delays — and resulted in some very frustrated customers ever since. It’s not just Ada County. There have been reports of lengthy delays at sheriff’s offices all over Idaho. It’s more pronounced here in Ada County because we have so many more people. It’s been so bad that the Idaho Sheriff’s Association sent a letter to Idaho Governor Butch Otter last week detailing how the sheriffs of Idaho’s 44 counties are taking the brunt of complaints that should be directed towards the ITD. We’ve had some people ask why ITD doesn’t go back to their old system. That system was old and broken. Going back to that wouldn’t solve any of their issues. The only way to go is forward. My great hope is that the new ITD computer systems gets back to 100 percent and our employees can concentrate on what they do best, which is providing excellent and timely service for the people of Ada County. In the meantime, please check our Twitter account at @AdaCoSheriff or call (208) 577-3100 to find out if we are experiencing delays before heading to our office on Benjamin Lane. If you want to contact ITD about your experiences, call (208) 334-8000 or send them a message at https://apps.itd.idaho.gov/Apps/WebCommentsV2/

One of rites of passage for Ada County’s Emergency 911 Dispatchers is to help talk someone through a sudden birth before mom can get to a hospital. 911 Dispatcher Debby Morales is the latest member of the Ada County Sheriff’s Office stork pin club – with an assist from Boise Police Officer Darren Lee. Debby earned her pink stork pin when a couple had to pull their car over at State and 27th streets in Boise just before 3 a.m. Thursday because their daughter decided she just wasn’t going to wait for mom to get to the hospital. The father, who was driving, called 911 and asked for an ambulance. The labor was so sudden that Debby calmly coached the girl’s father about what to do. The baby arrived before paramedics could get there minutes later. While Debby talked with the dad over the phone, other dispatchers noticed Officer Lee was nearby. He stopped by the car to help and took over the phone call – relaying instructions to mom and dad on how to take care of the newborn until paramedics arrived. A little while later, Officer Lee stopped by our Dispatch Center to meet Debby and congratulate her on a job well done. We just want to say thanks to Officer Lee for all his help – and give both Debby and Darren Lee some props for working so hard, every day, to keep us all safe and secure.

The latest class of the Ada County Sheriff's Office Jail Detention Deputies took the Oath of Office today as part of their graduation ceremony.

Congratulations to the latest graduates of our POST-certified ACSO-taught homegrown Jail Detention Academy. The six graduates are the sixth group of new jail deputies that did not need to go to the Idaho Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) academy in Meridian to get certified. Under the old system our new jail deputies did their initial training here and then headed over to POST for a five-week secondary academy class before they were certified to work in the jail. In 2016 we asked POST if we could teach all the courses ourselves, as we have the best experts and teachers in the state and the biggest jail facility. With the cost savings for doing the training in-house we are able to add two weeks and make it a seven-week course, while training our new deputies in the facility they will work in. We’re glad to say the first six academies were a success — and we are excited to be putting six excellent new deputies to work in the jail.

Thursday marked the end of the summer and the beginning of the school year for students in the Kuna School District. It also marked the end of the summer for our School Resource Officers who work at Kuna Schools. This crew spends their summers working other assignments for the Ada County Sheriff’s Office – including patrol, marine deputy, and juvenile investigation work. It’s the SRO work, however, that these deputies love to do best.

Wednesday marked the end of the summer and the beginning of the school year for students in the West Ada School District. It also marked the end of the summer for our School Resource Officers who work at West Ada schools in Eagle and South Ada County. This crew spends their summers working other assignments for the Ada County Sheriff’s Office – including patrol, marine deputy, and juvenile investigation work. It’s the SRO work, however, that these deputies love to do best.

Check out the behind-the-scenes stuff and blooper reel from our Lip Sync Challenge. Just some incredible work from Newton to Newton Productions and Synchrnyze Photography (Original Site)

The Ada County Sheriff Employees Association helped 99 kids get back-to-school essentials such as shoes, shirts, pants, and toiletries during the annual back-to-school Shop with a Sheriff event on Saturday. Kids were nominated for the program through School Resource Officers, detectives, deputies, and officers. Each child got $200 to spend and was paired up with a special shopping assistant, which included ACSO deputies and professional employees; Kuna, Eagle, Meridian, and Garden City police officers; and members of the Idaho Department of Correction. We’d like say “thank you” to everyone who volunteered their time and effort; everyone who donated funds to allow the association to do this; and to everyone associated with the Walmart on Ten Mile Road in Meridian for having us. All funding for the program is through public donations to the ACSEA.