Idaho State Police Collaboration
One of the principal factors influencing the resilience of a community is the relationship between police officers and local residents. When integrated into the local community, police officers are more likely to understand the concerns of local residents and better situated to work collaboratively with the community to solve local problems. The Idaho State Police (ISP) Resident Trooper Program provides a critical bridge between state-level law enforcement and rural residents. The program places almost two dozen troopers in designated rural communities around the state. The integration of officers into these rural communities reduces commute times and ensures that the ISP can provide timely services to remote areas. The program also allows resident troopers to partner with other law enforcement and citizens in addressing the public safety needs of rural communities.
While successful, the ISP Resident Trooper Program struggles to recruit troopers to relocate, live and work in a rural communities; it faces ongoing statewide demographic and economic shifts causing rural communities to rely increasingly on the ISP to provide general and specialized law enforcement services, and budgetary constraints have prevented the ISP from expanding the Resident Trooper Program to keep pace with the public safety needs of rural communities in Idaho. The CRC is collaborating with the ISP to systematically explore the public safety needs of Idaho’s rural communities, and to use these results to implement a resident trooper training program that directly addresses those needs.