The mission of the Bonner County Sheriff’s Office is to consistently contribute to Bonner County’s reputation as a safe place to live, work, learn, play, and visit.
We accomplish our mission by providing the highest quality law enforcement, investigations, support, and public safety educational services possible, within the resources provided to us.
We are dedicated to being recognized as professional, compassionate, responsive, knowledgeable, and adding value to the lives of our constituents in return for the precious tax dollars with which we are entrusted.
What am I, as your Sheriff, doing to protect the citizens of Bonner County? How am I dealing with the growing number of unstable persons who could harm innocent people? Will law abiding citizens continue to be able to protect themselves?
I am committed to three things.
1) Programs that assist mentally unstable persons, such as Crisis Intervention Training (C.I.T.).
2) Increasing the ability and preparedness of the Sheriff's Office to deal with active shooters.
3) Continuing to make sure that law abiding citizens have the ability to keep and bear arms.
Our government separated from the British Empire over the issue of Representation. “No taxation without Representation.” Our nation incorporated on July 4, 1776 with the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Twelve years later we formalized the bylaws of our nation by signing and then ratifying the Constitution of the United States of America. The Bill of Rights was ratified in 1791.
All problems that arise within a corporation need to be vetted through its bylaws. We must consult our bylaws (the Constitution) whenever there is a question of who has jurisdiction over a matter within our government.
This is how the people are represented. Governments have authority and people have rights. The primary goal of law enforcement is to keep the peace. In order to keep the peace we need to know who has jurisdiction.
There are certain duties that the Federal government has and other duties that are solely the duties of the States. All these matters are explained in their respective Constitutions. In a nutshell, the Federal Constitution is like an umbrella that is covering the people as a whole and the (Idaho) State Constitution is like the particular clothing of the people. Each State has its own unique style.
Let us apply these principles to the gun issue.
The Federal Constitution in the Second Amendment says that, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed. The Idaho State Constitution’s ARTICLE I DECLARATION OF RIGHTS, Section 11, states, “The people have the right to keep and bear arms, which right shall not be abridged…” and it continues with many more particulars. This is also true with Idaho Code § 18-3302J which goes into much greater detail.
If anyone wants to change or amend the Federal Constitution, they must follow the bylaws in order to do so. The Congress, the President, the Court, the States & the people must all abide by the same rules. Each has their own jurisdiction but they all have the same rulebook!
The process of amending the Federal Constitution is a very difficult process, in which 3/4ths of the State Legislatures must ratify any changes. Neither the Congress, nor the President or the Court has the authority to change the rules. The Sheriffs must also uphold both their State and Federal Constitutions. They must uphold the rights of the people and allow the people to keep and bear arms.
We have the law on our side. All we have to do is uphold it.
“I believe that nullification of the State and Federal Constitutions will invite insurrection and anarchy.
As Sheriff of Bonner County Idaho, I recognize that my allegiance should not be to Supreme Court decisions, nor to elected officials, whether I voted for them or against them.
My allegiance should be to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States of America, the Idaho State Constitution and the Laws of Idaho.”
Sheriff Daryl Wheeler
February © 2013
The Bonner County Sheriff's Office has launched a sex offender registration and public notification website called OffenderWatch®. This service is a citizen-friendly, easy to use website that enables citizens to search for potentially dangerous sex offenders and predators which may be in close proximity to their homes, places of work, schools, churches, and day care centers. The information is available 24 hours a day 7 days a week and is updated in real time by the Bonner County Sheriff's Office as offender information changes and is reported. As part of this new, innovative service, citizens may enter any address of interest to them, and see a map and listing of all offenders within a user defined radius (of .25 miles out to 2 miles) of that address. Citizens can then register the address to be continuously monitored by the Sheriff, who will send to them an email alerting them if an offender or predator should register an address within their specified radius of their address. Citizens may confidentially register as many addresses as they like, at no cost to them. The sheriff has also made available additional web based resources designed to educate and inform the public on ways to keep their families safe. The purpose of the program is to lessen the anxiety of citizens by proactively alerting them should an offender/predator move within proximity to them, and to provide the highest level of security and safety to all Bonner County citizens. The program also enables the Sheriff to verify that offender addresses do not violate any protected area restrictions that may be implemented around institutions in the county, such as schools, day cares and parks, and helps law enforcement schedule compliance checks for verifying information provided by offenders. Citizens can access the OffenderWatch® registry at the Bonner County Sheriff’s Office OffenderWatch® web page accessed at: http://www.sheriffalerts.com/id/bonner or by going to the Sheriff’s Office website at www.bonnerso.org and clicking on the links page where you will find the link for OffenderWatch®.
The Bonner County Sheriff's Office would like to help you protect your children by teaching them to be safe and make smart decisions. People who care for children face constant challenges when trying to help keep children safe in today's world. Below are several resources to help with these challenges.
Communication is an effective tool for parents and guardians when helping their children avoid the dangers that exist on the internet. NetSmartz provides on, and offline learning activities for parents to facilitate discussions with their children and teens about Internet Safety. Click on the icon above to view this website.
The Amber Alert Program is a partnership between law enforcement agencies, broadcasters, and transportation agencies to activate an urgent bulletin in the most serious child-abduction cases. Broadcasters use the Emergency Alert System (EAS) to air a description of the abducted child and suspected abductor. The goal of an AMBER Alert is to instantly galvanize the entire community to assist in the search for, and safe recovery of the child.
VINE is Idaho's automated victim notification service. It provides information through this website about the custody status of offenders in Idaho prisons and jails. To access this information, click the link below. You may also register to receive automated messages by telephone or email when a particular offender is released, transferred, or escapes. You may register through this website or by calling 1-866-984-6343. VINE is a free service offered by the Idaho Sheriff's Assocation.
The Bonner County Sheriff's Office is now working with CitePay USA which will allow individuals to pay a citation or post a bond from the convenience of their home. Please click below to access this site.
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