The Patrol Division is made up of officers who are responsible for enforcing State of Idaho laws and City ordinances. The Patrol Division responds to calls for service and conducts investigations of criminal activity. Police officers assigned to the patrol division work various shift hours to ensure there is always 24 hour police coverage within the city limits of Emmett for all 7 days a week and 365 days a year. Officers may also handle less complex investigations and collect evidence for detectives to follow up on cases.
Criminal Investigations Division
The Criminal Investigations Division (CID) is responsible for the investigation and resolution of all major crimes reported to the Emmett Police Department. The CID evaluates all felony and many misdemeanor cases for solve-ability. In the event a case is deemed potentially solvable, it is assigned to one of our two Police Detectives for investigation. It is the goal of the CID to provide quality customer service and thorough, professional investigations to everyone who finds themselves a victim of a crime. Since police resources are limited, it is not practical to devote investigative resources to those cases with little chance of a successful resolution. Common examples of investigative leads include whether a viable suspect is known, existence of physical evidence or if the stolen property is identifiable.
We also have staff dedicated to help coordinate our Community Programs, which is managed and overseen by Steve Kunka, the Chief of Police. These programs include our Police Reserves, Citizens On Patrol, and School Resource Officer.
The Emmett Police Department currently has one officer assigned as the School Resource Officer for the 4 schools within the City of Emmett. The School Resource Officer works closely with the schools as well as the youth in our community from an educational, prevention and enforcement level.
The responsibilities of a School Resource Officer are many, but include the following:
Interaction with students, school staff, and personnel in a positive and mentoring level
Act as a counselor for both students and school personnel
Act as a department liaison with various agencies in the area, investigate incidents that occur at the schools, and to conduct follow-up investigations that pertain to juvenile crime
Prevention of crime and delinquent behavior by juveniles
Act as a reference source
Protection of children against harmful situations, such as predators, while in the schools
Police Reserves are volunteers who do receive formal police training approved and certified by the State of Idaho, and can perform many of the same duties as a regular police officer. Reserves may work as a solo unit or alongside a full time police officer.
The Emmett Citizens On Patrol (C.O.P.) program was established in 2009. The members of Emmett C.O.P. are registered with the City of Emmett as City Volunteers. An Emmett C.O.P. can be any U.S. Citizen who is at least 18 years old and has good moral character, free of felony and misdemeanor convictions, and has successfully completed the application, background, and training process. Emmett C.O.P. volunteers assist the full time officers by being an extra set of eyes and ears on the road in our community. This program allows for citizens to give back to their community while serving and protecting it.
If you are interested in being a volunteer with the Citizens on Patrol or as a Police Reserve, please contact Chief Steve Kunka at 208-365-6055.