Washington County Sheriff’s Office


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 Matt Thomas
 Washington County Sheriff wcsheriff@co.washington.id.us

Washington County Sheriff’s Office is dedicated to serve and protect the citizens of Weiser, Midvale and Cambridge areas. Washington County Sheriff’s Office employs 34 deputies including patrol deputies, waterways deputies, detention deputies, dispatchers, administrative staff and canine narcotics detection. Along with patrolling the highways, towns and rural areas, the sheriff’s office also patrols 52 miles of waterways, which include Crane Creek Reservoir, Spangler Reservoir, Brownlee Reservoir, Paddock Reservoir and the Snake River. Our office works in conjunction with the Weiser Ambulance, City and Rural Fire Department, Weiser City Police Department, Idaho State Police, Cambridge Fire and Ambulance, Midvale Fire and Ambulance to ensure the safety and peace in our county. Washington County Sheriff’s Office provides civil paper service and courtroom security and also issues Idaho driver licenses and concealed weapons permits.


The men and women of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office take great pride in serving and protecting the residents of Washington County.  Everyday Washington County deputies, firefighter/paramedics and civilian employees surpass duty’s call, and when that happens, we’d like to know about.

If you received extraordinary service from any Washington County Emergency Service employee, or witnessed something that deserves special recognition, we encourage you to tell us so we may share your thoughts with that employee(s) and with the other Washington County Emergency Services in the county. Your appreciation and encouragement are important to us.

Please use the form below to submit your commendation, or write to Sheriff Matt Thomas directly at the address below. Please in

 clude all the information you can remember such as the employee’s name, the date, time and circumstances of the incident. We may anonymously post your commendation on our web site.



In general, we believe deputy sheriffs work in cooperation with citizens and that our contacts with citizens are positive. To insure that we function efficiently, while maintaining the rights of the citizens we protect, deputies are trained to follow a series of Sheriff’s Office policies and procedures and work within the guidelines of local, state, and federal laws. Because of the nature of law enforcement, we also understand that citizens on occasion may object to the police actions taken by deputies, or may feel their conduct is inappropriate. Therefore, we have established procedures for citizens to report their concerns to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

We consider a complaint to be an allegation from any source regarding circumstance(s) of a specific act or omission by a Sheriff’s Office employee which, if later proven to be true, would be misconduct and would normally subject the employee to the progressive disciplinary process or a citizen’s expression of dissatisfaction with an agency policy, procedure, philosophy, service level or legal standard of the Sheriff’s Office. However, we do not consider a disagreement over the elements of a traffic citation to be a complaint.

 Any disputes over traffic citations received should be taken to the appropriate jurisdictional court for resolution.

As a citizen, you are encouraged to contact the Sheriff’s Office if you have a complaint about the actions of a deputy sheriff or non-sworn employee if you believe their conduct was inappropriate or that they have violated the law.  Although we encourage citizens to report police misconduct, complaints must be made in good faith. False or highly exaggerated complaints serve no good purpose for either the citizens or the deputy and only tend to thwart our complaint investigation process.  Anyone who willfully makes any false accusation for the purpose of discrediting a deputy sheriff may be prosecuted under Idaho State Criminal Code 18-5413 for a misdemeanor.

To initiate a complaint, you may contact a supervisor Monday through Friday, from 9:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M., by calling our dispatch center (208) 414-2121 and request assistance from an on duty law enforcement supervisor. You will be asked to provide a written statement regarding the nature of your complaint with as much detail concerning the incident and why you believe the deputy’s conduct was inappropriate.

You may also use the online form below to submit a complaint.

How The Complaint Process Works

Every official citizen complaint is reviewed by the Chief Dep

 uty. If the complaint is of conduct that would violate Sheriff’s Office policies and procedures or laws, an investigation will be authorized by the Sheriff and conducted. Investigators will interview the concerned parties and witnesses, record their statements, and gather other relevant data. The completed investigation will be forwarded to the Chief Deputy, who reviews the investigation, and then forwards the completed investigative report file to the Sheriff with a recommendation of one of the following dispositions:

  • Substantiated: The investigation established that misconduct occurred.
  • Not Substantiated: The investigation failed to produce sufficient evidence to clearly prove or disprove the allegation.
  • Exonerated: The allegation did occur, but that it was justified, legal and proper.
  • Unfounded: The allegation did not occur.
  • Misconduct Other Than Allegation: Misconduct occurred, but was not a part of the original complaint.
  • Policy Review: The allegation occurred and was in compliance with Sheriff’s Office Policy or policy did not exist. However, it is also determined that the allegation of misconduct could have been prevented had policy been more clear or complete.

Upon the completion of an Internal Affairs Investigation, the Chief Deputy or another supervisor will notify the complainant in writing, if the investigation is closed or the status of the complaint and their further right to appeal the decision to the Sheriff.


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