What We Do
Idaho Sheriffs’ Association  3100 Vista Ave. Ste. 203, Boise, ID 83705

Who Are We?

The Idaho Sheriffs’ Association (ISA) is a non-profit professional organization consisting of 44 county elected sheriffs. The ISA facilitates communications between its members and other government entities that it typically works with such as the Idaho Department of Correction, State Police, city police departments, Department of Agriculture, Department of Parks and Recreation, Indian tribes, State Legislature, Department of Transportation, Peace Officer Standards and Training, Health and Welfare, Emergency Communication Center, DEA, FBI, Homeland Security, U.S. Marshals Service, and numerous committees and sub-committees within these organizations. Some of the communication involve implementing procedures and policy as a result of new laws. The ISA conducts three general conferences a year: February, June and December. Training is provided to sheriffs and their staff at all conferences and topics include: sexual harassment, executive leadership, missing and exploited children, hiring and firing issues and a myriad of other subjects important to successfully operating a sheriff’s office and jail. The February and December meetings are held in Boise. The June meeting and Board of Directors meeting are held in other areas of Idaho and the meeting locations change to accommodate the various regions of the state. The ISA executive director is responsible for the day to day operations of the organization, arranging all conferences as well as conference calls and routine communications with the president of the association. The president with the advice of the Board of Directors recommend appointments to various commissions and committees that the governor formally appoints. Examples of these committees and commissions are: Medal of Honor Commission, Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST) Council, Criminal Justice Commission, Grant Review Council, Search and Rescue Committee, Driver’s License Clearing House, Idaho Law Enforcement Telecommunication System, State Interoperability Executive Committee, Domestic Violence Council, Anti-Terrorism Task Force, Off-Highway Vehicle Committee and other similar type committees. In addition to the sheriffs’ meetings, jail administrators meet at the same time and ISA facilitates the meetings. The ISA Jail Inspector works with jail administrators to develop and maintain Idaho Jail Standards. As a result of the jail standards initially developed in 1976 an inspection process was created that continues to this day. County commissioners have relied heavily on the results of the jail inspections, and the Idaho courts, ACLU and other legal authorities have responded to the standards and inspection process when evaluating the constitutional operations of Idaho jails. A Board of Directors meeting is held in September in conjunction with the Idaho Association of Counties meeting. The purpose of this meeting is to handle business that needs attention, approve next fiscal year’s budget and to ensure communications with other elected officials throughout Idaho as the Idaho Association of Counties membership consists of elected clerks, treasurers, commissioners, sheriffs, coroners and prosecutors. In addition to inspecting jails the ISA is required by law to conduct a New Sheriffs School every four years following the state-wide election for the office of sheriff. The school is 40 hours in length and consists of leadership and executive level training including personnel issues and budget development. ISA has a lobbying component in which a contract attorney represents ISA and lobbies the state legislature on behalf of sheriffs to improve laws that pertain to enforcement and jail issues. An attorney also assists the ISA in legal matters and development of policies and procedures pertaining to law enforcement and jail operations that mitigate liability. Other projects ISA is involved in are the Social Security Administration Sheriff’s Incentive Program, Victim Information Notification Everyday (VINE) program, Sex Offender Registration, the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) Domestic Cannabis Eradication and Suppression Program, and the Scholarship Program. The Sheriff’s Incentive Program consists of a reporting process to Social Security Administration by ISA on behalf of Idaho sheriffs that report inmate populations by name and other identifying factors to determine if social security benefit recipients are incarcerated for a certain length of time. If a person is incarcerated more than 30 days and receives benefits, the benefits are terminated for the duration of incarceration and the sheriff’s office receives a $400 payment. The executive director monitors jail populations in Idaho jails and creates electronic reports from each jail to send to the Social Security Administration each month. Jails are interfaced into a system that allows electronic monitoring of jail populations. The VINE program notifies victims of domestic abuse and other violent crimes of the incarcerations status of the perpetrator. In addition, ISA partnered with the Idaho Supreme Court to provide victims information regarding their offender’s court appearances. ISA administers the program through a contractual relationship with Appriss that provides the technology for monitoring. The Sheriffs’ Sex Offender Registration program enhances the sex offender registry managed by the Idaho State Police. Each sex offender is registered annually by the sheriff’s office in which the offender resides. Sheriffs use an automated registration system that captures data that assists in annual verifications of residency and also aids investigators in sex abuse crimes. Registration data is tranmitted to the central repository managed by the Idaho State Police. ISA administers funds provided by DEA to use for eradication and suppression of marijuana grow operations. Funds are used to pay overtime, purchase investigation supplies, and pay for aerial assets such as helicopter flight time. Sheriffs work closely with DEA in locating and investigating outdoor marijuana grow operations. ISA administers a scholarship program for children or grandchildren of sheriff’s office employees. A minimum of two, four year scholarships are awarded annually to the most qualified applicant. Funding for the program is provided by donations to the Sheriffs’ Association. ISA is funded through a dues structure and public donations. In addition, vendor fees and sponsorships are collected at conferences to off-set costs. Funding mechanisms consist of the following. Direct mail solicitations through Starset Communications, dues charged to each county which includes annual jail inspections, fees charged to vendors at our conferences, and administration fees charged for managing grants and programs.
Idaho Sheriffs’ Association  
What We Do
Idaho Sheriffs’ Association  3100 S. Vista Ave. Ste. 203, Boise, ID 83705

Who Are We?

The Idaho Sheriffs’ Association (ISA) is a non-profit professional organization consisting of 44 county elected sheriffs. The ISA facilitates communications between its members and other government entities that it typically works with such as the Idaho Department of Correction, State Police, city police departments, Department of Agriculture, Department of Parks and Recreation, Indian tribes, State Legislature, Department of Transportation, Peace Officer Standards and Training, Health and Welfare, Emergency Communication Center, DEA, FBI, Homeland Security, U.S. Marshals Service, and numerous committees and sub-committees within these organizations. Some of the communication involve implementing procedures and policy as a result of new laws. The ISA conducts three general conferences a year: February, June and December. Training is provided to sheriffs and their staff at all conferences and topics include: sexual harassment, executive leadership, missing and exploited children, hiring and firing issues and a myriad of other subjects important to successfully operating a sheriff’s office and jail. The February and December meetings are held in Boise. The June meeting and Board of Directors meeting are held in other areas of Idaho and the meeting locations change to accommodate the various regions of the state. The ISA executive director is responsible for the day to day operations of the organization, arranging all conferences as well as conference calls and routine communications with the president of the association. The president with the advice of the Board of Directors recommend appointments to various commissions and committees that the governor formally appoints. Examples of these committees and commissions are: Medal of Honor Commission, Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST) Council, Criminal Justice Commission, Grant Review Council, Search and Rescue Committee, Driver’s License Clearing House, Idaho Law Enforcement Telecommunication System, State Interoperability Executive Committee, Domestic Violence Council, Anti-Terrorism Task Force, Off-Highway Vehicle Committee and other similar type committees. In addition to the sheriffs’ meetings, jail administrators meet at the same time and ISA facilitates the meetings. The ISA Jail Inspector works with jail administrators to develop and maintain Idaho Jail Standards. As a result of the jail standards initially developed in 1976 an inspection process was created that continues to this day. County commissioners have relied heavily on the results of the jail inspections, and the Idaho courts, ACLU and other legal authorities have responded to the standards and inspection process when evaluating the constitutional operations of Idaho jails. A Board of Directors meeting is held in September in conjunction with the Idaho Association of Counties meeting. The purpose of this meeting is to handle business that needs attention, approve next fiscal year’s budget and to ensure communications with other elected officials throughout Idaho as the Idaho Association of Counties membership consists of elected clerks, treasurers, commissioners, sheriffs, coroners and prosecutors. In addition to inspecting jails the ISA is required by law to conduct a New Sheriffs School every four years following the state-wide election for the office of sheriff. The school is 40 hours in length and consists of leadership and executive level training including personnel issues and budget development. ISA has a lobbying component in which a contract attorney represents ISA and lobbies the state legislature on behalf of sheriffs to improve laws that pertain to enforcement and jail issues. An attorney also assists the ISA in legal matters and development of policies and procedures pertaining to law enforcement and jail operations that mitigate liability. Other projects ISA is involved in are the Social Security Administration Sheriff’s Incentive Program, Victim Information Notification Everyday (VINE) program, Sex Offender Registration, the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) Domestic Cannabis Eradication and Suppression Program, and the Scholarship Program. The Sheriff’s Incentive Program consists of a reporting process to Social Security Administration by ISA on behalf of Idaho sheriffs that report inmate populations by name and other identifying factors to determine if social security benefit recipients are incarcerated for a certain length of time. If a person is incarcerated more than 30 days and receives benefits, the benefits are terminated for the duration of incarceration and the sheriff’s office receives a $400 payment. The executive director monitors jail populations in Idaho jails and creates electronic reports from each jail to send to the Social Security Administration each month. Jails are interfaced into a system that allows electronic monitoring of jail populations. The VINE program notifies victims of domestic abuse and other violent crimes of the incarcerations status of the perpetrator. In addition, ISA partnered with the Idaho Supreme Court to provide victims information regarding their offender’s court appearances. ISA administers the program through a contractual relationship with Appriss that provides the technology for monitoring. The Sheriffs’ Sex Offender Registration program enhances the sex offender registry managed by the Idaho State Police. Each sex offender is registered annually by the sheriff’s office in which the offender resides. Sheriffs use an automated registration system that captures data that assists in annual verifications of residency and also aids investigators in sex abuse crimes. Registration data is tranmitted to the central repository managed by the Idaho State Police. ISA administers funds provided by DEA to use for eradication and suppression of marijuana grow operations. Funds are used to pay overtime, purchase investigation supplies, and pay for aerial assets such as helicopter flight time. Sheriffs work closely with DEA in locating and investigating outdoor marijuana grow operations. ISA administers a scholarship program for children or grandchildren of sheriff’s office employees. A minimum of two, four year scholarships are awarded annually to the most qualified applicant. Funding for the program is provided by donations to the Sheriffs’ Association. ISA is funded through a dues structure and public donations. In addition, vendor fees and sponsorships are collected at conferences to off- set costs. Funding mechanisms consist of the following. Direct mail solicitations through Starset Communications, dues charged to each county which includes annual jail inspections, fees charged to vendors at our conferences, and administration fees charged for managing grants and programs.
Idaho Sheriffs’ Association