Welcome to the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office first web site. As Sheriff of Oneida County, I am proud of our Office and the service that we provide to our community. I am especially proud of the 12 trained professionals that work full time for this office, as well as the 12 part-time employees that include Reserve Deputies and Dispatchers, and the 25 volunteers that make up the Oneida County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue. They are dedicated and loyal employees and volunteers working together toward the same goal of making our community a safer place to live and raise families.
In January of 1864, the first session of the Idaho Legislature met at Lewiston, Idaho and created Oneida County with Soda Springs as the county seat. On August 2, 1865 H.O. Rogers was appointed as the first Sheriff for Oneida County. Since Sheriff Rogers ended his time as Sheriff in 1866, 34 Sheriffs have served in Oneida County.
In the beginning, Oneida County included what is now Bannock, Bear Lake, Caribou, Madison, Teton and the east portions of Fremont and Bingham, a large portion of Power and most all of Bonneville; an area of about 9,000 square miles. In 1866 the Legislature moved the county seat to Malad City, and now Oneida County encompasses 1202 square miles.
In 1972 the Malad Police Department was dissolved and the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office entered into a contract with Malad City for Law Enforcement services, which has worked well since that time.
Since those early days Law Enforcement has changed immensely. We have become more innovative as to how we enforce the laws and cooperate with the agencies throughout the area. The Oneida County Sheriff along with 12 other agencies comprises the Bear River Drug Task Force that has been in place since 2001, and has been funded through federal grants. The task force has made an impact on the illegal drug culture throughout the region including Oneida County through education and drug enforcement. The seven Sheriff’s in the region also belong to the STAR (Southeast Idaho Tactical and Response) Team, which responds to all seven counties when SWAT is needed for tactical incidents.
Over the course of the last decade the Oneida Sheriff’s Office has supplemented its budget through many different grants that has paid for full-time Deputies as well as equipment that would not have been possible without the funding.
The Officers have received an immense amount of training including specialized training that many rural agencies have not received. Much of the training has been made possible because of funding provided by the Oneida Deputies Organization. This training has been beneficial to the residents of Oneida County as the Sheriff’s Office is proud of the 65% clearance rate of all cases reported to the office.
The Sheriff’s Office has implemented a communications system that provides a 911 emergency phone system as well as a Reverse 911 system. The R911 system has been in place for several years now, and was just upgraded to a new system that will provide instant communication with the community when an emergency occurs. All of our full-time dispatchers are Level 1 certified and do a great job. We also have very dedicated part-time dispatchers who do a great job and fill in where needed. The dispatch center is the lifeline for the community and dispatches all services when an emergency occurs or when someone needs assistance or just has questions.
The Sheriff’s Office provides 24-hour law enforcement services to the community and through dedicated officers and Reserve Deputies we patrol the county and Malad City as well as the waters in our county through the Waterways program. We have a School Resource Officer program that has been successful in educating students through the DARE Program, and enhancing safety in our schools. We have also implemented the Drug Take Back Program in our community where citizens can bring their unused prescription drugs to the Sheriff’s Office and we will properly dispose of the drugs. This program will hopefully decrease the abuse of prescription drugs in our community in both adults and the youth.
Our office has taken a zero tolerance policy on the enforcement of the use and sales of illegal drugs in our community. Last year the Sheriff’s Office investigated 17 drug/narcotic offenses and arrested 18 adults and 4 juveniles for drug offenses. A major help in these cases were the reports of suspicious activity we received from local citizens that resulted in investigations of illegal drug activity.
Oneida County does not have a jail, but rather contracts with the Bannock County Jail to hold all of our inmates. There is a link on this website for families to go to and learn about visitation and other information for their families members who are incarcerated.
We encourage our residents to use this website to report crimes or suspicious activity through our text a tip number (208-815-0120), through the online tip form or through email. Residents can read the Code of the New West booklet that the Oneida Deputies have written, and also follow the links to the Idaho Sex Offender website and see who is a registered sex offender in our community.
We look forward to continuing our service to our community, and encourage community participation. Together we make a difference.
Sheriff JP Semrad