Back Country , Kootenai County.
field oPERATIONS division
The Field Operations Division is comprised of the sworn patrol deputies, civilian personnel and volunteers.
Patrol personnel are responsible for handling calls and acting on observations made while patrolling the unincorporated areas of the county, the contract cities covered by the Sheriff’s Office and assisting the police departments within other cities of the county.
Some of the patrol personnel are also members of special teams within the division. Field Operation personnel serve on the Crowd Control Team, as District Deputies in the Community Policing Program, as Field Training Officers, on the department’s Honor Guard Team, in the K9 Unit, on the Regional Air Support Unit, on the SWAT Team and on the Traffic Team.
Civilian personnel in the Field Operation serve as Animal Control Officers and Community Service Officers. Animal Control Officers deal with all types of domestic animals in the county and Community Service Officer assist patrol personnel with low risk calls to include reports, vehicle inspections, abandoned vehicles and crime prevention.
Other Field Operations personnel are assigned to the Recreation Safety Section which consists of Marine Patrols and a Back Country Unit. The Marine Patrol personnel patrol the waterways of the county, enforcing marine laws, investigating marine related collisions, conducting vessel inspections and educating the public. Additionally, the Dive Rescue Team falls under the purview of the Recreation Safety Section and responds to dive rescue calls and recoveries, at all times of the day and in all kinds of weather.
The Back Country Unit patrols and covers the rural and forested areas of the county where special vehicles / equipment are used to gain access where they perform rescues and enforce off-road laws and educate the public in the use of such lands.
Additionally, there are volunteer programs associated with the Field Operations Division to include the Citizens On Patrol Program, the Reserve Deputy Program and the Volunteer Search and Rescue program. The three programs assist all parts of the Field Operations Division and provide a significant amount of volunteer hours to the department.