Patrol Deputy

The men and women assigned to the Blaine County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Teams perform the most visible and recognizable functions at the Sheriff’s Office. Our County Patrol Team can be seen patrolling all the unincorporated areas of Blaine County. Our Ketchum Patrol Team is responsible for patrolling inside the City of Ketchum limits. Patrol Officers are commonly seen in their roles of traffic enforcement or responding to a citizen’s call for assistance. You will find them behind the wheel of their patrol vehicle, looking for a lost child, aiding the victim of a crime, on scene at an accident or fire. 

winter patrol 2They investigate, interview, and perform numerous duties to make our community and streets safer. Blaine County Patrol Deputies must respond to and successfully handle a very large variety of calls. Patrol Deputies attend the Idaho Peace Officer Standards and Training Academy for 15 weeks, complete an extensive in-house 17 week FTO program and receive annual specialized training.

Snow Patrol


Patrol Deputies generally work 12-hour shifts alternating between three and four shifts per week. The schedule rotation includes days, nights, weekends, graveyards, and holidays. Schedules are determined by shift bid.

Special Patrols

To cover the wide expanse of our jurisdiction, deputies also perform special backcountry, snowmobile, and marine patrols.

Patrol Deputy QualificationsBackcountry Patrol

  • Meet all Minimum Hiring Standards
  • Be a U.S. Citizen and at least 21 years of age
  • Possess a valid Idaho Drivers License
  • High School Diploma or GED Equivalency
  • Pass a Written Basic Skills Test 
  • Pass a background investigation and oral board interviews
  • Pass all medical, hearing, sight, and polygraph examinations

It is highly recommended you contact us to arrange a ride-along to observe this position after you submit your application.

Residency Requirement

Patrol Deputies are required to live within Blaine County so they may respond in a timely manner in an emergency. 

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