Jerome Sheriff To Receive Highest POST Award In State


By Paul Johnson

Meridian, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KSVT-TV ) - Peace Officer Standards & Training Division Administrator William L. Flink will present Sheriff Doug J. McFall the POST Executive Certificate—the highest certificate awarded to peace officers in this state.

Sheriff Doug McFall began his law enforcement career in 1975 as a charter member of the Jerome County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Unit. While attending Idaho State University in 1976 he joined the Bannock County Sheriff’s Reserve. Two months later, Bannock County hired him full-time as a detention deputy working the jail and dispatch. In 1977, he enlisted in the US Army as a Military Policeman at Fort Campbell, Kentucky.

In January of 1979, McFall was hired by the Idaho Falls Police Department, and then in June of 1980, he went to work for Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office where he specialized in dive rescue and high angle rescue. Being a pilot and aircraft owner, Doug McFall flew many search and rescue missions for Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office in addition to working as a patrol and narcotics officer until 1983. He briefly left law enforcement to operate a helicopter aerial application business in Jerome, ID, but after one season of spraying crops, McFall returned to law enforcement as a deputy for Idaho County. In the fall of 1983, he transferred to Valley County Sheriff’s Office.

He was on duty in the McCall/Cascade area when the historic Borah Peak Earthquake struck on October 28, 1983. In May of 1984, Doug McFall went to work for Idaho State Police where he was a resident trooper for the Gooding, Lincoln, and Camas county areas; assigned as a motor carrier officer and hazardous material technician for Idaho Falls area; and eventually promoted to district patrol sergeant for the Twin Falls area. In the spring of 2008, he retired from Idaho State Police. He was elected Jerome County Sheriff by fall of the same year, taking office January 12, 2009.

Sheriff Doug McFall has since then been re-elected and is serving his second term as Sheriff. Sheriff McFall holds POST Basic, Intermediate, Advanced, Master, Supervisor, and Management certifications.

He graduated in 2001 from the Northwestern University Center for Public Safety School of Police Staff and Command. He is a commercial helicopter pilot, certified flight instructor, certified rescue diver, extra class amateur radio operator, and holds a United States Parachute Association License for skydiving.

Sheriff Doug McFall and his wife, Christine, reside in Jerome and have two adult children and two grandchildren. They enjoy camping in the mountains of southern Idaho and spending time in the Snake River Canyon.

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