The men and women assigned to the Blaine County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Teams perform the most visible and recognizable functions at the Sheriff’s Office. Our County Patrol Team can be seen patrolling all the unincorporated areas of Blaine County. Our Ketchum Patrol Team is responsible for patrolling inside the City of Ketchum limits.
Our Patrol Deputies must respond to and successfully handle a very large variety of calls. Patrol Deputies are commonly seen in their roles of traffic enforcement or responding to a citizen’s call for assistance. You will find them also see them evacuating residents in a natural disaster, looking for a lost child, aiding the victim of a crime, or the on scene at an accident or fire.
BCSO Patrol Deputies attend the Idaho Peace Officer Standards and Training Academy for 15 weeks, complete an extensive in-house 17-week FTO program and receive both monthly and annual specialized training.
Patrol Deputies generally work 12-hour shifts alternating between three and four shifts per week. The schedule rotation includes days, nights, weekends, graveyards, and holidays. Schedules are determined by shift bid.
To cover the wide expanse of our jurisdiction, deputies also perform special backcountry, snowmobile, and marine patrols.