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Posted on: February 2, 2021

Press Release: BCSO 2020 In Review

2020 brought many unexpected changes to all of our lives. Yet despite the changes, we would like to take a moment to let our citizens know how the Blaine County Sheriff’s Office continued to serve our community last year.

Our patrol and detention teams performed their duties 24/7 even during shelter-in-place periods, although many of our administrative functions were shut down for at least three months. Our annual statistics reflect some of the modifications we had to make to accommodate public health orders, yet our staff admirably continued to serve, protect, and fulfill our legal mandates. We are proud to report that to date our Detention Center has not had one positive case of Inmate COVID-19. We remain committed to providing the highest level of professional law enforcement to our citizens and visitors. Here are a few of the ways we served and protected Blaine County, Idaho in 2020.

Our Patrol Teams

  • Responded to 15,409 Calls for Service
  • Initiated 4,998 Traffic Stops
  • Responded to 263 Traffic Accidents
  • Assisted 295 Motor Vehicle Drivers
  • Made 317 Arrests including 116 DUIs
  • Issued 884 Citations
  • Generated 1,050 Case Reports
  • Completed 3400 hours of training
  • Conducted Narcotics Enforcement Team Operations
  • Conducted Search and Rescue Operations
  • Conducted special patrols:      Boat Patrol      

Backcountry Patrol

Cabin Security Patrol

Snowmobile Patrol

Our K9 Teams

  • Performed 144 deployments with 63 drug seizures, and 33 arrests
  • Completed 455 hours of narcotics detection training
  • Passed annual Idaho POST re-certifications

Our Detention Center Team

  • Booked 562 Arrests into the Blaine County Detention Center
  • Housed an Average Daily Population of 49 inmates for a total of 17,708 prisoner days
  • Generated $941K in Detention Center Revenue to offset operating costs
  • Performed 256 Inmate Transports
  • Completed 4100 Hours of Training
  • Had no inmate cases of COVID-19

Community Connectivity

  • Posted 375 public safety, customer service, and transparency messages reaching over 8 million online views
  • Increased our Social Media followers 40% to 17.8 K followers

Our Drivers Services Team

  • Performed 31,715 Transactions and processed $178,634 in fees

Our Civil Team

  • Served 622 Civil Papers including subpoenas, summons, and small claim suits, etc.
  • Processed $322,329 in Civil Service fees, bank and wage garnishments, real property, and personal property levies

BCSO is dedicated to providing excellent law enforcement to our community. We look forward to continuing to serve and protect our Blaine County citizens and visitors in 2021.


Sheriff Steve Harkins


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