Divisions & Personnel
The Pocatello Police Department is organized into 3 divisions; Patrol/Traffic, Investigations and Support Services. Each division within the department has specific staffing needs to meet our 24/7 service requirements. The department currently has (90) sworn officer positions. Based on recent census numbers, we currently have a 1.6 officer per 1,000 person population ratio. The Idaho average is 1.8 officers per 1,000 and the National average is 2.1 officers per 1,000.
Additionally, the department has a specific function that addresses the emergency response capabilities of the department as well as providing interaction with other city departments and community partners for disaster and emergency response.
The Pocatello Police Department is dedicated to the mission of “community-oriented policing.” This is evident by the programs we support within the community. We are very proud of our Neighborhood Watch program and its success as well as our partnerships with community organizations including the following:
- District 25 School Board
- Family Services Alliance
- Pocatello Neighborhood Housing
- Idaho State University
- Bannock County Sheriff's Office
- Idaho State Police
The City of Pocatello is like any “average” American city; we have our “quality of life” issues, but we currently enjoy a relatively low crime rate, and attempt to provide full police service to the community. This is a great community to live and work in. Over the past few years we have seen several of our officers retire, taking with them years of accumulated experience. In 2007 the department began implementing a succession plan, planning for the next phase of retirements and growth within the agency. We have developed a 5-year Strategic Plan, and each year we review our successes, accomplishments, and shortcomings.
Public information and the sharing of that information is invaluable to the success of our department. As our department has grown, we have made several of our informational systems “public” so that our residents and visitors alike can review the police activity within their own neighborhood. Additionally, we have implemented an electronic reporting system so that our citizens can report non-emergency crimes online.