Multi-Jurisdiction Helps Minidoka County Sheriff's Solve Crimes


By KMVT News

Rupert, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KSVT-TV )

Under Minidoka county sheriff Eric Snarr, more than 25 deputies have been given the authority to cross deputize, changing the way crime is solved in the area.

Multi–jurisdiction efforts to take down criminals are helping keep Minidoka county safe.

Last fall, Sheriff Eric Snarr gave authority to special deputies to be able to cross jurisdictions in criminal cases.

Says Snarr, "We haven't had this before. It’s something that not unheard of but having this go on in the county has worked out really awesome for the taxpayers."

Under Sheriff Snarr, 6 deputies have been cross deputized in Heyburn and 20 in Rupert.

David Pinter, Under-Sheriff for Minidoka County, notes, "Before, our information didn't get between agencies like it should of. Now, if something happens in the city it gets out there and other officers can start looking into the same person immediately. I see a greater office moral in the department; they are working together as a team."

Not only does it cultivate a better working relationship within the different departments, but it allows officials to arrive on scene quicker.

Pinter adds, "If we have a domestic violence if our officer is too far away we can send a city officer until we get there. We used to have to make phone calls to get them authorized but now we don't have to do that."

Snarr adds, "It's easy to tie up multiple officers. Now that the cross deputization has happened, one officer can work the case and have multiple jurisdiction in the county."

Working together to fight crime in Minidoka county.

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