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Bannock County Jail

The Detention Division comprises a team of 62 highly skilled deputies, with the Uniformed Detention Deputies holding Idaho POST certification. Within their ranks, they have several deputies who serve as POST Certified Instructors in various fields, enabling them to handle most of their training and certification requirements internally. Among their specialized units is the Detention Automatic Response Team (DART), which consists of specially trained Detention Officers responsible for tactical operations within the facility. This includes tasks such as cell extractions, managing riots and disorder, and conducting thorough searches for hidden contraband and weapons. Their office was the first in the state to establish such a team, showcasing their innovative approach to detention operations.

Furthermore, they have a dedicated Detention Division Investigation Team that conducts a significant portion of the facility’s internal investigations. These investigations encompass various matters such as assaults, contraband smuggling, and allegations related to the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA). By taking on these investigations, the team has substantially reduced the workload of the detectives who previously handled all detention-related cases. On average, the team carries out approximately 65 investigations each year, contributing significantly to maintaining order and security within the facility.

Additionally, their Field Training Officer (FTO) Program plays a crucial role in preparing new staff members to meet the demanding and stressful requirements of the facility. The staff members of the Detention Division are deeply proud of their work and hold great admiration for one another. They consistently demonstrate unwavering dedication, professionalism, and integrity in their roles. With their commitment to delivering the highest level of service and protection to inmates, the public, and their fellow colleagues, they strive to uphold the core values of their division.


Handbook for Visitor Information

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Schedule for Visitation Days and Hours

The Bannock County Detention Center County Jail offers visiting hours throughout the week, including Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. To obtain more detailed information about the specific visiting hours and directions, it is recommended to contact the County Jail directly.


During holidays or when there are special commitments, any potential changes to the regular visitation schedule will be communicated to the inmates in advance. The following are the general visiting hours at the Bannock County Detention Center:


·         Monday: 7:30 AM to 9:00 PM

·         Tuesday: 7:30 AM to 9:00 PM

·         Wednesday: 7:30 AM to 9:00 PM

·         Thursday: 7:30 AM to 9:00 PM

·         Friday: 7:30 AM to 9:00 PM

·         Saturday: 7:30 AM to 2:30 PM

·         Sunday: 7:30 AM to 2:30 PM


Instructions for Sending Mail/Care Package to an Inmate

Family members and friends of inmates at the Bannock County Detention Center have the opportunity to send letters and packages to their loved ones. However, prior written approval from the inmate’s unit team or authorized staff member is necessary for sending packages.

To ensure that the items you plan to send comply with the approved item list, it is advisable to contact the administration of the County Jail directly. They can be reached at 208-236-7125. Alternatively, you can send an email to sheriff@co.bannock.id.us to seek further clarification.

Additionally, the facility can be contacted through their social media platforms. You can visit their Facebook page for more information.

When sending mail or a care package to an inmate at the Bannock County Detention Center County Jail, please ensure that the following information is clearly stated on the parcel:

Inmate’s Name

Bannock County Detention Center
PO Box 4666
Pocatello, ID 83205


Bannock County Sheriff Department

Established in 1893, the Bannock County Sheriff’s Office is deeply committed to safeguarding the lives, property, and rights of all individuals. With a workforce of approximately 150 dedicated employees, they serve a population of over 87,000 residents. In addition to providing assistance to the police departments of Pocatello, Chubbuck, Inkom, and serving as the primary law enforcement agency for McCammon, Lava Hot Springs, Arimo, and Downey, the Office offers a wide range of services including patrol, search and rescue, jail operations, driver’s licensing, concealed weapons permits, civil processes, and emergency dispatch.

One of the notable achievements of the Bannock County Sheriff’s Office is the introduction of the first dual-purpose K-9 program in the state. They remain resolute in their dedication to maintaining order, enforcing laws, ensuring the professional care and custody of detainees, securing the courts, and promptly investigating crimes. Crime prevention is a key focus for them, and they actively pursue individuals who commit offenses. The protection of human life and the safety and well-being of the men and women within the Bannock County Sheriff’s Office are their highest priorities.

Their mission is to enhance and preserve the quality of life in the county, making it a secure place to live, work, and visit. They wholeheartedly embrace this mission, taking full responsibility for achieving excellence within their profession. The integrity of their Office is of utmost importance and they consistently strive to maintain the highest standards of honesty and honor. Leading by example, they recognize the significance of assisting other local law enforcement agencies to enhance safety and improve the quality of life for everyone. Service is at the core of their profession.

The Bannock County Sheriff’s Office endeavors to fulfill their mission by setting goals and objectives, while upholding the following operating principles:

Integrity: Demonstrating honesty, trustworthiness, truthfulness, loyalty, ethics, and fairness in all personal and professional conduct.

Nurturing: Empowering employees to exhibit care, compassion, and kindness.

Service: Building trust within the community and beyond through commitment, dedication, and fairness.

Professionalism: Exhibiting professionalism in actions, conduct, and job performance, constantly striving for higher standards through training, education, and personal growth.

Innovation: Embracing proactive approaches through forward thinking and open-mindedness.

Respect: Treating all individuals and each other with dignity, courtesy, tolerance, and attentive listening.

Excellence: Pursuing continuous improvement and striving for excellence in all endeavors.

Overview of Bannock County

Bannock County, located in southeastern Idaho, is recognized as the sixth-most populous county in the state, with a population of 87,018 according to the 2020 Census. The county seat and largest city is Pocatello. It was established in 1893 and derives its name from the local Bannock tribe. Bannock County encompasses territories within the Fort Hall Indian Reservation, which is under the jurisdiction of the federally recognized Shoshone-Bannock Tribes.

With a total area of 1,147 square miles (2,970 km2), Bannock County features 1,112 square miles (2,880 km2) of land and 35 square miles (91 km2) of water, accounting for 3.1% of its overall area. The county is traversed by the Portneuf River, which meets the Snake River (forming the American Falls Reservoir) in the county’s northwestern corner. Bonneville Peak, situated in the Portneuf Range along the eastern border, stands as the highest point in the county, reaching an elevation of 9,271 feet (2,825 m) above sea level. The western slopes of Bonneville Peak house the Pebble Creek ski area.

In terms of political history, Bannock County has predominantly leaned towards Republican candidates, with the exception of the 1964 election when Lyndon B. Johnson, a Democratic candidate, secured victory. However, subsequent Republican wins in the county have exhibited narrower margins compared to neighboring counties, owing to the presence of Idaho State University. The closest a Democratic candidate has come to winning Bannock County since 1964 was in 1992 when Bill Clinton lost to George H. W. Bush by a margin of 2.9 percent. The county government operates under an elected three-member county commission, and other elected officials include the clerk, treasurer, sheriff, assessor, coroner, and prosecutor.


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5800 S 5th Ave,

Pocatello, ID 83204