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The purpose of the Division is to prevent violations of statutes and ordinances, investigate accidents, enforce traffic laws, direct traffic, respond to calls for service and patrol our residential and business areas.  The uniformed Patrol Division members are our First Responders.  

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(L to R: Sgt. Mike Hutter, Sgt. Skylar Ziegler, and Lieutenant Steven Chamberlain)

Patrol Leadership

  • Lt. Steven Chamberlain has served the citizens of Sandpoint since 2002, when he joined the Department as a patrol officer.  Five years later, he was tapped to serve as the Department's School Resource Officer, a position he held for three years before returning to patrol as a Corporal.  Two years later, he was promoted to Sergeant, and in October 2019 earned a further promotion to Lieutenant.  Chamberlain leads the Department's Field Training Program with Captain Rick Bailey, and is an instructor and a breath testing specialist.  He  is a 2002 graduate of the Idaho Peace Officers Standards and Training Academy.
  • Sgt. Mike Hutter rejoined the Sandpoint Police Department in 2016, after 19 years with the Ponderay Police Department.  Prior to that, he served the community as a  patrolman with the Sandpoint Police Department and then as a corporal from 1990 to 1997.  His career also included 2.5 years as a patrol deputy with the Bonner County Sheriff's office from 1988-1990.  His Idaho Peace Officers Standards and Training includes six certifications, from Basic to Executive.
  • Sgt. Skylar Ziegler joined the Sandpoint Police Department in 2010 as a reserve officer.  He completed Peace Officers Standards and Training in 2011, the same year he was hired as a full-time patrol officer.  In 2016, Ziegler earned a promotion to detective.  He was subsequently promoted to Sergeant in 2019. 

Patrol Facts

  • The Patrol Division is the uniformed section of the police department and consists of a Patrol Lieutenant, two Patrol Sergeants and ten Patrol Officers.  Within our Patrol Division we staff our Honor Guard, one K-9 Handlers, two School Resource Officers, Bike Officers, and 6-8 Reserves.

  • The role of our School Resource Officers, Dave Giffin and Spencer Smith, is to help ensure a safe learning environment for students while fostering positive relationships.  They work closely with students, teachers and administrators to develop strategies for resolving problems that affect our youth, providing positive role models and acting informally as counselors and mentors.    

  • Our Bike Patrol Officers work to reduce crime by providing targeted patrols in areas such as city parks, paths, and scenic trails that are normally inaccessible by patrol cars.  They are also an active, visible, and approachable presence at the many events hosted in our community, helping create a welcoming and safe environment.  In addition to patrols, they provide bicycle safety education and are rolling reminders of the budgetary, environmental and health benefits of bicycling.    
  • Our Community Resource Officers help keep our community a safe and pleasant place to live, work and visit by ensuring compliance with City nuisance codes.  They enforce parking regulations and address animal control issues, unsafe/unhealthy accumulations of trash and debris, and other concerns that can negatively impact our great quality of life.
  • K-9 Bindy joined the Department in 2016 and serves as part of the Department's Narcotics Detection Team together with her handler, Corporal Jeremy Inman.
  • SPD's Reserve Program is comprised of members of our community who volunteer their time to fulfill many of the roles handled by full-time sworn police officers.  Reserve Officers receive the same basic training that our full time officers receive and work alongside of them in every aspect of the Department's goals and objectives.
  • The selection criteria and process to become a Reserve Officer with the Sandpoint Police Department is the same as a full time officer. 

    Serving in your community as a Reserve Officer will offer you training, challenges, excitement, teamwork and is a significant personal reward. For more information, Call Lt. Steven Chamberlain, (208) 255-2377.