The police department has been located in the Shoshone-Bannock Tribal Justice Center since it opened in 2010. The new facility has enabled the department to improve its services to the community through improved investigative capabilities, expanded dispatch center, in-house training rooms, spacious record keeping facilities and dedicated patrol officer workstations.
The department patrols the reservation’s 544,000 acres of land encompassing four counties (Caribou, Power, Bannock, and Bingham). There are more than 5,700 residents on the reservation; of those, about 4,100 are enrolled members of the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes. Patrol officers enforce tribal and federal laws on the Fort Hall Indian Reservation.
The Fort Hall Police Department operates under a 93-638 Contract with Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) to provide law enforcement services to the Fort Hall Reservation. The contract requires the department to be in compliance with 25 C.F.R. for law enforcement, 18 USC, current BIA Law Enforcement Handbook, and Tribal Law and Order Code.
The department consists of the Patrol, Criminal Investigation, Telecommunications, Evidence, Records, and Administration divisions.
The Criminal Investigation Division is comprised of four investigators who investigate tribal and federal crimes. They submit investigative reports to the tribal prosecutor and United States Attorney’s Office for prosecution.
The Telecommunication Division dispatches emergency services personnel from the tribal police, Fish & Game, Fire Department and EMR in response to calls for assistance.
There is one evidence technician who handles all incoming pieces of evidence. There are currently two records clerks who handle incoming police reports from all divisions. They also assist the community with police report requests.
The administrative division consists of the chief of police, captain of police, administrative assistant, receptionists, and methamphetamine coordinator.