ISP officer awarded highest certificate in Idaho

MERIDIAN, Idaho (News Release) - Thursday Idaho Peace Officer Standards and Training Council Chairman and Meridian Police Chief Jeff Lavey presented Col. Ralph W. Powell the POST executive certificate, the highest certificate awarded to peace officers in this state.

Col. Ralph W. Powell is a 32-year veteran of the Idaho State Police and was appointed by Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter in March 2013, and again during his second term in March 2015 as Director of the Idaho State Police. He has moved through the ranks of the ISP since he began his career as a Trooper in 1983. He has served in three of the six District offices of ISP. During his 33 years of service with ISP, he has supervised or managed all of the ISP programs.

Powell has served as Chair of the Idaho Department of Education's Safe and Drug Free Schools Advisory Board, Chair of Region IV Idaho Advisory Board of the Federal Bureau of Investigations National Academy Associates, and is a board member of the Idaho Board of Medicine, Idaho POST Council, Idaho Public Safety Communications Commission, and the Idaho Criminal Justice Commission. Powell also served as the State's Forensic Services System Director for over 11 years.

Powell holds a master's degree in public administration from Boise State University, a Bachelor of Science degree in pre-law and an associate degree in Criminal Justice. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and the FBI National Executive Institute in Quantico, Virginia. Colonel Powell is an adjunct professor for Idaho State University.

He and his wife Julie, have five daughters and ten grandchildren.

Powell holds POST basic, intermediate, advanced, supervisor, and management certifications.

About POST: Idaho Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) ensures "Professionalism through Training" of all Idaho criminal justice professionals including patrol, dispatch, adult and juvenile corrections, detention, and probation and parole officers. All Idaho peace officers are certified through POST. Currently, POST certifies approximately 1,800 Idaho criminal justice professionals each year. The POST Academy was established in 1970 and is located in Meridian.

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