Welcome to our website. I'm Bingham County Sheriff Craig Rowland, 2020 President of the Idaho Sheriffs Association. The information provided on this site provides a helpful perspective in understanding a sheriff's roll in modern society. Thank you and stay safe.
Message From the Board of Directors
The Coronavirus, COVID-19, is a significant threat to the health of our nation and it appears this crisis will not end soon. Sheriffs will continue to serve and provide public safety services; however, you will note modifications to times of public access to certain operations such as driver’s license services and jail visitations. There is an effort underway to release non-violent offenders from Idaho jails to minimize their risk to the virus. This pandemic is volatile and quickly changing as sheriffs closely monitor its movement and growth, making adjustments as necessary. Please stay safe and listen to the healthcare experts.
The Idaho Senate Failed,
Women are at Risk
Last year the Idaho Supreme Court ruled that the police can no longer arrest persons for misdemeanor crimes they commit outside the officer's presence. Officers had to get a warrant for most misdemeanor crimes, however the law carved out certain crimes such as domestic violence, protection orders and assault and battery as exceptions. The purpose was to allow the police to arrest and remove the offender so when the police left, violence wouldn't begin anew.
Senator Burgoyne authored Senate Joint Resolution 104 which would have allowed a vote of the people to make a change in Idaho's constitution to allow this public safety practice to continue.
The resolution passed the House, but the Senate killed the bill. The end result will be that more violence will be directed at women. Make no mistake, this was a public safety bill that died at the hands of the Idaho Senate.
Those voting "no" were Senators Anthon, Bair, Bayer, Brackett, Crabtree, Den Hartog, Guthrie, Harris, Heider, Johnson, Lent, Mortimer, Souza, Thayn and Vick.
If You Don't Succeed The First Time, Try Again
Idaho sheriffs subsidize the state in issuing driver's licenses to the tune of $2 million a year. This is a state mandate that cost counties more to provide the service than the state allows counties to charge in fees. The citizens pick up the difference in their property taxes. We were hoping for relief this legislative session, but unfortunately, we were ignored...again.
Idaho's REAL ID or Star Card
Once October 1, 2020 hits, any person wishing to travel on domestic flights or enter federal buildings may be asked for a new form of identification-the Star Card-to comply with updated federal security standards.
The Star Card is an optional driver's license or ID that adds a star that shows it's in compliance with REAL ID security standards, according to the Idaho Transportation Department. Read More
'I think it's going to be life-changing': Agencies team up to roll out ID machines in Idaho prisons
KTVB.com: Morgan Boydston
Boise, Idaho - Idaho is now on the cutting edge of helping inmates succeed when they're released back into the community.
Talks started a few years ago about putting some form of ID machines in the state prisons. After recognizing the issue, multiple agencies and community members came together to make it happen.
Currently, a pilot program is being rolled out in four state prisons. Read More
House bill 516 was signed by the Governor. It allows any U.S. citizen to carry a concealed firearm in Idaho without a permit/license. This was a controversial bill as you either loved it or hated it. Gun proponents say it's a God given right and gun safety advocates say it will cause increased violence. One downside is that cops can't determine on the street if a person is legally carrying, and that's why most states continue to require permitting and background checks.
Our May 5th Sheriffs and Jail Administrators Conference in Coeur d'Alene has been Cancelled due to the COVID-19 virus Outbreak
The May 20th Sheriffs Civil School has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 Outbreak
This page describes the Idaho concealed weapons law and explains the process for obtaining your basic or enhanced CWL
The course is free, however the certificate of completion cost $25
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