Back Country , Kootenai County.
The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office Operations Bureau, consisting of the Field Operations Division, Investigations Division and Operations Support Division that provides a variety of police services to the unincorporated areas and waterways of Kootenai County.
With the diverse geographic areas and climatic conditions that exist in Kootenai County, members of the Patrol Division and Recreational Safety Section (a sub-unit of the Patrol Division) are constantly faced with unique situations that challenge them to be innovative and forward thinking in terms of how we can provide the best possible service to the citizens of Kootenai County. Whether it involves response to an urban call for service, a snowmobile accident in the winter, or a boating event in the summer, the KCSO Patrol Division and Recreational Safety Section are trained and equipped to provide a prompt, efficient response.
The Investigations Division handles investigative follow up for criminal activity, missing persons, and other investigative matters occurring in Kootenai County as well as the housing and management of evidence, crime analysis, and conducting pre-hire investigations on Sheriff Office employees. Members of the Investigative Division are trained in a variety of investigative disciplines and are capable of investigating all manner of crimes, ranging from property crime investigations (theft, fraud, burglary) to highly complex investigations such as rape and homicide. Also incorporated into the Investigative Division is the Special Investigations Unit, which focuses on drug and gang activity, and is an active participant in the North Idaho Violent Crimes Task Force.
Law enforcement personnel from the Patrol Division, Detective Division, and Recreational Safety Section provide specialized services to the community as well. These services include a SWAT Team (which also includes members of the Coeur d’ Alene Police Department), a Dive Rescue Team, a specialized Backcountry Patrol Team, a Hostage Negotiation Team, and what is regarded as the premier Marine Unit (a part of the Recreational Safety Section) in the State of Idaho.
Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office is staffed with a total authorized strength of 303 full-time personnel to include sworn and civilian, 22 part-time employees and 178 volunteers. With this contingent of personnel, the Operations Bureau is charged with providing police services to the unincorporated areas and waterways in Kootenai County—a county that covers 1,310 square miles, has 54 miles of river frontage, 18 lakes, and is home to nearly 140,000 full-time residents.
Sheriff Wolfinger and all members of the Operations Bureau are proud to provide efficient, courteous service to the citizens of Kootenai County. This pride in service, coupled with a progressive, innovated approach toward law enforcement, continues to move the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office into the future as Kootenai County