Bonner County Sheriff's Office cover four districts ranging over 1900 square miles. Deputies ensure the public safety for over 40,000 full time residents with an influx of up to 160,000 visitors during the summer months. Patrol deputies are responsible for responding to calls for service, conducting investigations, enforcing traffic laws and county ordinances. Within the patrol ranks there are deputies assigned to the K9 Unit, Dive Team, Emergency Response Team and other specialized units.
The K9 unit began in 1989 with a single dog and handler team. The program has evolved into three teams. Each team is certified in narcotics detection. These teams are used to aggressively pursue narcotic traffickers in Bonner County.
The Emergency Response Team is comprised of ten highly trained and motivated deputies. Each member is selected through a rigorous evaluation process, testing both physical and mental abilities. The team is deployed to handle high-risk situations. A highly trained and dedicated hostage negotiations team also supports the Emergency Response Team.
The Bonner County Sheriff's Office is host to the Priest
Lake Search and Rescue group. Bonner County has 111,400
acres of water accessible to boats, distinct climates and
mountainous rugged terrain spanning 1,900 square miles.
These areas are visited by people from all over the world
for recreation and work. The Sheriff's Office utilizes approximately 200 dedicated
Search & Rescue volunteers. Rescuers are trained in rope rescue, extreme snowmobiling, swift water rescue and many other disciplines.
The Bonner County Sheriff's Office is
responsible with providing and maintaining a Dive Rescue
Team. The team consists of 7 members. The divers train
year round in various environments. The divers are trained
in boat operations, swift water rescue, ice rescue and
crime scene and recovery. The dive team has assisted and
trained with the Boundary County Dive Team, Kootenai
County Dive Team, Spokane County Dive Team and Search and
Dive Team in drysuits: Walker, Reynolds, Deem and Hemphill
EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM
The Bonner County Sheriff's Department Emergency Response Team (ERT)
is a group of highly trained deputy sheriffs whose main
mission is to quickly and safely gain control of high risk
situations which have exceeded the resources of patrol
responses or that have the potential to do so.
CRIMINAL INTERDICTION UNIT (CIU)
The Criminal Interdiction Unit (CIU) identifies, arrests and successfully prosecutes repeat offenders and currently active drug dealers operating in Bonner County. CIU coordinates operations with local agencies, citizens, federal agencies and local informants. As a unit, a large emphasis will be placed on narcotics investigations, targeting repeat offenders, and the identification and dismantling of criminal group operations within the county. The quality of life for the citizens of Bonner County will also be a priority as lower level criminals will be sought out and prosecuted. The concept of this unit will revolve around “results oriented policing.”
The CIU is a proactive team focused on solving problems
with our community. Proactive tactics may include, but are not limited to, the use of decoys, surveillance, buy/bust schemes, informant operations and fencing operations. The unit is a proactive team focused on