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Idaho State Police In Need Of More Troopers
Jerome, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV )
For 15 years, Captain Robert Storm has served South Central Idaho with the Idaho State Police.
During that time, he's noticed a disturbing trend.
Says Storm, "We have to work overtime to get the job done and it's all the things that we don't accomplish that bothers me because I know we could make a bigger difference."
Despite the population almost doubling in size, Captain Robert Storm says 30 years ago there were actually more troopers out on the road then there are now.
Storm notes, "30 years ago we had 24 troopers, now we have 23. We lost one position to Boise because of the population change. You look at the crime from 1977 and our crime is nearly 40 percent greater than it was then but we have fewer numbers of troopers out patrolling."
According to a study, the Police Allocation Model, there should be 39 troopers for District 4. That's 16 more than there are.
Lawmakers are aware of the problem at hand.
Rep. Lance Clow of District 24 adds, "this is a problem throughout the state. This came up earlier this year and the answer is every aspect of state government could arguably say they are short of people. Teachers need money, if you talk to local government they all feel they are understaffed."
Storm continues, "The money has to be there and it has to be a priority but I would hope that somewhere public safety is placed high."
Until there's a change, ISP continues to fight crime, doing as much as they can with limited resources.