Charged with policing a County of 1,310 square miles, 18 lakes, 54 miles of river frontage, and a population approaching 150,000 residents, the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office Operations Bureau is tasked with providing basic police services to the unincorporated areas of the County along with the contract cities of:

  • Athol
  • Bayview
  • Dalton Gardens
  • Harrison
  • Hauser
  • Hayden
  • Worley


Comprised of the Field Operations Division, the Investigations Division, and the Operations Support Division, the Operations Bureau is staffed with 169 full time personnel, 16 part time employees, and 90 volunteers. The dedicated men and women of the Operations Bureau provide essential police services which include:

  • Animal control services
  • Detectives
  • Dispatch
  • Recreation safety
  • Uniformed patrol

Members of the Operations Bureau also staff our Records Section, Civil Division, and County Automobile Shop.


Sheriff Norris 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 grows.