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City of Post Falls Recognized with Achievement Award

Posted in: Press Releases

On June 18, 2015 , the Association of Idaho Cities announced in a press release that the City of Post Falls received a City Achievement Award in the Community Outreach Category for our police department’s Suicide Prevention & Awareness Program.

Download attachment(s): [ AIC_Press_Release.pdf ]

June 21, 2014 Shooting - Criminal Review Complete

Posted in: Patrol, Press Releases

The Bonner County Prosecuting Attorney, Louis Marshall, has completed his criminal review of the multi agency officer shooting that occurred on June 21, 2014.  Attached is a copy of the findings. 

Download attachment(s): [ Bonner County Prosecuting Attorney Criminal Review of June 21, 2014 Shooting.pdf ]

Multi-Agency Citizens' Academy

Posted in: Press Releases, Special Events
The Post Falls Police Department is excited to announce the return of our Multi-Agency Citizens’ Academy. The Citizens’ Academy is free to the public and being held in cooperation with the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office, the Post Falls Police Department, the Coeur d’Alene Police Department and the Rathdrum Police Department.

Download attachment(s): [ Citizens_Academy_Brochure.pdf ]

Holidays and Heroes 2015 Donations

Posted in: Press Releases, Special Events

Each year, our community shows tremendous generosity so that police officers and firefighters throughout our region can take dozens of local children, who may not otherwise be able to purchase Christmas gifts for their family, on a magical holiday shopping trip.

Safe Place Meetings at Post Falls Police

Posted in: Press Releases

A Georgia couple made national news when they disappeared after arranging to buy a car from a purported seller through Craigslist about three hours from their home. Law enforcement later found the couple deceased. And the male they expected to meet was taken into custody on murder charges. There are some safer options for these types of transactions.   

Frontier Grocery Robbery

Posted in: Press Releases

Halloween Safety Tips

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Cyber Security Awareness Month

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October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month and in support, the Idaho Department of Finance has partnered with the Stop.Think.Connect. Campaign, a national effort to raise awareness about cybersecurity among all digital consumers, helping them to stay safer and more secure online.

Download attachment(s): [ 2015_DOF_PR_CyberSecurity_Awareness_Month_Safety_Tips_1013.pdf ]

Death Investigation

Posted in: Press Releases

Post Falls, ID - On October 9, 2015, the Post Falls Police Department arrested 20-year-old Skyler Abbott Ingraham of Post Falls on a warrant issued by the Boundary County Sheriff's Office for his involvement in the murder of his 52-year-old uncle, Brent Barron of Post Falls.

Bike Patrol's 2015 Season Kick Off

Posted in: Patrol, Press Releases

Starting May 1, 2015, Post Falls Police Department will be utilizing their five-member Bike Patrol team to patrol neighborhoods on specially-equipped police bicycles for as long as the weather permits. Officers on the team mount their bikes on the back of their patrol vehicles to allow for rapid deployment into any area of the city.

Armed Robbery at Check 'n Go

Posted in: Press Releases
POST FALLS, Idaho-On March 17, 2015 at approximately 6:00 p.m., Post Falls Police Department responded to a silent alarm hold up at Check ‘n Go located at 740 N Cecil Road. Officers were en route to the business when a female Check ’n Go employee called 911, reporting they were just robbed at gun point, and the male suspect had fled the area with an undisclosed amount of money.

Post Falls Police Participating in Suicide Prevention Conference

Posted in: Press Releases, Victim Services Unit
The Post Falls Police Department will participate in a suicide prevention conference, Achieving Zero Suicide for Our Inland Northwest Communities, at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington March 10, 2015. 

Phone Scam Alert

Posted in: Press Releases

Based on a recent citizen report, a phone scam has likely hit our area. According to online information, 661-748-0240 is a Skype number used by cyber criminals to fool unaware people and swindle their money.

Open Position: Code Enforcement Police Officer

Posted in: Press Releases, Employment

The City of Post Falls Police Department is accepting applications for lateral and/or POST-certifiable officers for Code Enforcement.

Download attachment(s): [ Patrol Officer Code Enforcement Specifications ] [ Patrol Officer Code Enforcement Application ]

Facebook Tips Help Identify Burglary Suspect

Posted in: Press Releases

The Post Falls Police Department would like to thank all the loyal Facebook followers and, specifically, the ones who took time to provide information that solved the Frontier Grocery burglary.

Frontier Grocery Burglary Tips Needed

Posted in: Press Releases, Detectives

***UPDATE***Based upon citizen tips from Facebook, detectives responded to a male suspect's residence with his probation officer on February 3, 2015. Evidence was found linking 22-year-old Dylan Guthrie of Post Falls to the burglary, and he was taken into custody.


Post Falls Police detectives need your assistance to identify a burglary suspect. On February 2, 2015 about 3:40a.m., an unknown male threw a rock through the entrance door at Frontier Grocery on W. Seltice Way in Post Falls. The male suspect then entered the store and stole several cartons of cigarettes.   

Chief Haug Awarded Citizen of the Year

Posted in: Press Releases

On January 22, 2015, the Post Falls Chamber of Commerce presented Post Falls Police Chief Scot Haug with the 2014 Post Falls Citizen of the Year award, which is the organization’s highest honor bestowed upon an individual in our community.

PFPD Text-A-Crime Helps Citizen

Posted in: Press Releases
Over a year ago, Post Falls Police implemented Text-a-Crime technology in Post Falls. It has worked with great success on many occasions. But on January 7, 2015, it may have saved a life!

Below 100 Risk Managment Program at PFPD

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On January 9, 2015, Post Falls Police Chief Scot Haug spoke with the Coeur d' Alene Press about the Below 100 Risk Management Program and the importance of teaching officer safety to reduce the annual number law enforcement officer deaths.

Tips Needed: Stolen John Deere Tractor

Posted in: Detectives, Press Releases

Post Falls Police detectives are asking for tips related to a stolen tractor, which has been missing from the Suntree RV Park in Post Falls since December 12, 2014.

Animal Safety Keeping Pets Safe in Cold Weather

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KHQ-TV recently broadcast a report about the Post Falls Police Department Animal Safety Unit's efforts to make sure pets are protected from the cold weather.

Trading Company Attempted Robbery Suspect Located

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Post Falls, ID – Post Falls Police Department detectives have confirmed the identity of the male suspect in the attempted robbery of the Trading Company grocery store at 1501 E. Seltice Way in Post Falls after the Coeur d’ Alene Police Department arrested and charged 25-year-old Brian J. Lindsey of Spokane Valley, Washington with an unrelated robbery in their jurisdiction.

Seat Belt Enforcement Increases Usage

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Media Release: Seat Belt Enforcement Increases Usage

December 8, 2014

Post Falls, ID - The Post Falls Police Department teamed up with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and hundreds of other law enforcement agencies across the nation in a ten-day seat belt emphasis from November 20-30, 2014.

SCAM ALERT: IRS Phone Scam Continues

Posted in: Press Releases, Community Services

SCAM ALERT: IRS Phone Call Scams Continue

The Post Falls Police Department has received several citizen reports to indicate that the IRS phone call scam has hit our local area once again. Please be cautious and protect yourself from callers pretending to be with the IRS.


Next Generation 911

Posted in: Communications, Press Releases

On October 24, 2014, an article about The Post Falls Police Department preparing for Next Generation 911 (NG911) was featured in The Spokesman-Review newspaper.

UPDATE: Dog Rescued in Post Falls

Posted in: Press Releases

On August 8, 2014, The Post Falls Police Department arrested a 14-year-old juvenile male in connection with the abandonment and abuse of “Bridger,” the dog that was found injured on July 21, 2014 down at Falls Park in Post Falls. The Post Falls Detective Division worked diligently on the case over the past few weeks, following up on numerous leads reported to our agency as well as interviewing potential witnesses. With the assistance of the public, these leads ultimately led us to the suspect who is now in custody.

Officer - Involved Shooting Press Conference Scheduled

Posted in: Press Releases

Sandpoint, Idaho - A press conference related to the officer-involved shooting on I-90 in Post Falls, Idaho is scheduled for Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at 10:00 A.M. at the Bonner County Sheriff’s Office located at 4001 N. Boyer Road in Sandpoint.

Download attachment(s): [ Bonner County Press Release ]

Homicide Investigation

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Homicide Investigation

Investigators from the Post Falls Police Department continue to process the homicide scene on Laurelbrook Drive in Post Falls.

Post Falls Police Presents Awards

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Chief Haug presents Theresa Martin the Humanitarian Award

POST FALLS, Idaho – Post Falls Police Department’s Chief Scot Haug and Kootenai County Fire and Rescue’s Chief Warren Merritt presented several awards at the Post Falls City Council meeting on July 1, 2014. Law enforcement officers and emergency medical personnel were honored for saving a woman’s life, and a citizen was recognized for helping the police department capture a felony crime suspect.

Multi Agency S.W.A.T. Serves Warrant

Posted in: Press Releases
The Post Falls-Rathdrum Multi Agency SWAT Team performed a planned search warrant service at 319 W. 20th in Post Falls early this morning.

Victim Services Unit Awarded Grant Funding

Posted in: Press Releases, Victim Services Unit

POST FALLS, Idaho - The Post Falls Police Department is pleased to announce that the Victim Services Unit (VSU) has been awarded a $20,000.00 victim services grant from the Idaho Council on Domestic Violence and Victim Assistance.

Knight Graduates from the FBI National Academy Program

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POST FALLS, Idaho – Post Falls Police Department’s Patrol Captain Pat Knight was among 220 law enforcement officers representing 46 states who graduated from the FBI National Academy Program at Quantico, Virginia on June 13, 2014. As a member of the 255thSession of the National Academy, Knight completed ten weeks of advanced investigative, management, and fitness training. A total of 47,254 graduates now represent the FBI National Academy since it began in July 1935. Knight is our Department’s fourth officer to graduate from the National Academy.  

Aggressive Driving Seat Belt Emphasis Completed

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The Post Falls Police Department joined efforts with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and hundreds of other law enforcement agencies across the nation to participate in an Aggressive Driving-Seat Belt Traffic Enforcement Mobilization April 11 - 28, 2014. Stepped-up patrol activities took place around the clock.

Flying J Truck Stop Attempted Robbery

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POST FALLS, ID - On April 30, 2014 at 8:43 a.m., the Post Falls Police Department received a call from a female clerk at the Flying J Truck Stop located at 3636 W. Fifth Avenue, reporting that a male entered the store and demanded money from the register. He did not display a weapon. When she refused his demand, the suspect immediately left the store and fled the scene on foot.

Walmart Burglary Arrest

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On March 3, 2014, the Post Falls Police arrested 24-year-old Spokane resident Ryan Hanson for burglary from Walmart at 3050 E. Mullan Avenue in Post Falls.


Walmart Burglary Suspects

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The Post Falls Police is looking for assistance in identifying two suspects who recently burglarized both Walmarts in Post Falls.

Download attachment(s): [ Walmart_Burglary_Suspects_1.pdf ]

Fatal House Fire

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House Fire
House Fire

This evening at 7:10 P.M. units from the Post Falls Police Department responded with Kootenai Fire and Rescue to a reported structure fire in the 2700 block of Beth Loop in Post Falls. Officers were advised that there was smoke coming from a residence with one possible occupant inside the home.
When units arrived, they found the home on fire. Two officers made entry into the residence in an attempt to search for any victims inside. The officers were turned back by the fire as they reached the second floor. Fire units from Kootenai Fire and Rescue arrived and made entry finding one adult female deceased inside.

The Post Falls Police Department and Kootenai Fire and Rescue are jointly investigating the fire. The name of the victim is being withheld until next of kin is notified.

DUI Crash

Posted in: Press Releases

On December 9, 2013 at approximately 11:34 p.m., the Post Falls Police Department responded to an accident in the two-hundred block of east Fourth Street in Post Falls, Idaho after being advised that a vehicle had crashed into the side of a residence, hit the natural gas line, and caused a leak.

Search Continues for Roxann Tolson

Posted in: Unsolved Cases, Press Releases

Post Falls Police continue to investigate the eight-year disappearance of Roxann

Tolson, who was last seen at her Post Falls residence August 14, 2005. To boost their efforts, a local retired FBI agent has been enlisted to help search for Roxann.

On November 20, 2013, KREM-2 News reported on the police department’s commitment in solving this case:http://www.krem.com/news/local/Post-Falls-police-will-not-stop-looking-for-missing-woman--232775981.html






Reward Offered for Stolen Military Plaques

Posted in: Detectives, Press Releases

Crime Stoppers of the Inland Northwest is offering a reward for information leading to the conviction of the suspect(s) who stole five metal military plaques from Q'emiln Park in Post Falls.

Press Release - Avista Utilities Scam

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In the past two days, the Post Falls Police Department has responded to four reports of fraud at our local businesses. When an employee of the potential victim business answers the phone, they are told that the caller is from Avista. The suspect caller goes on to tell the employee that the business owes them a certain amount of money and that someone will be by shortly to collect.

Press Release - Update on Homicide Investigation

Posted in: Press Releases, Patrol

Post Falls Police Department investigators continue to work on the homicide investigation.

Investigators attended the autopsy this morning, and continue to conduct interviews and process the evidence.

Probable cause was found today to support the charge of 1st degree Murder, Christopher Wayne Thompson (44 YOA) is being held on a 1,000,000.00 bond as a suspect in this case. Court documents may be available for viewing by contacting the court.

The victim in the homicide has been identified as 57 year old Deborah A. Willette of Post Falls Idaho.

No further information is forthcoming tonight.

Deborah Willette

Studded Snow Tire Season Begins

Posted in: Press Releases, Patrol

According to the Idaho Transportation Department, October 1 marks the date for legal use of studded snow tires in Idaho. The season continues through April 30.

Volvo Rents Burglary

Posted in: Press Releases

On June 18, 2013 at around 9:00 a.m., Post Falls officers took a burglary report from Volvo Rents, an equipment rental company at 573 N. Idahline Road. The employees discovered that the company’s backyard fence had been cut, and two of their vehicles had been entered to steal over $4,000 in tools and equipment.

License Plate Recognition Leads to Post Falls Arrests

Posted in: Press Releases

On June 12, 2013 at approximately 10:00 p.m, the Post Falls Police arrested two male suspects during a high-risk traffic stop after the region’s automated license plate reader alerted them of a stolen vehicle.

LPR Technology Spotlighted

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LPR Camera
LPR Camera

The Kootenai County License Plate Recognition Project was spotlighted, outlining the success the program has experienced since its inception.

In the past decade, law enforcement has come to rely on technology to assist in the location of stolen vehicles and the apprehension of auto theft suspects. Police Departments are starting to recognize the true value of technology in helping them do their jobs.

Domestic Violence Conference A Success

Posted in: Press Releases, Victim Services Unit

Over a hundred participants from Idaho and Washington attended a one-day training, Enhancing Response to Domestic Violence, hosted by The Post Falls Police Victim Services Unit on May 9, 2013.

Telecommunications Week 2013

Posted in: Press Releases, Communications

In celebration of National Public Telecommunicators Week (April 14-20), the Post Falls Police Department would like to recognize the Emergency Communications Officers (ECO's) for all they do. Each year, a week in April is dedicated to the men and women who serve as Public Safety Telecommunicators (dispatchers).

Whether it is a citizen calling the police to report an accident or an alarm company notifying police of a commercial alarm, the police department's communications center handles thousands of calls for assistance each year. The communications officers are the lifeline for the community and the patrol officers. They are the initial contact with individuals in need of services and therefore must project a positive and supportive image.

Officer Boni Receives Life Saving Award

Posted in: Press Releases

Post Falls Chief of Police Scot Haug formally presented Patrol Officer Lianna Boni with the Life Saving Award during the Post Falls City Council meeting on March 6, 2013.

Business of the Year 2012

Posted in: Press Releases

On February 22, 2013, The Post Falls Police Department received the 2012 Business of the Year award from Kootenai County Fire and Rescue during their annual awards banquet at Templin’s in Post Falls.

Vandalism Spree

Posted in: Press Releases

The Post Falls Police Department needs your eyes in our community to help solve two separate, but seemingly unrelated crime sprees.  Read more……

Arrest in the Karina Moore Death

Posted in: Press Releases

Kootenai County Prosecutor Barry McHugh announced on Thursday, November 3, that a Kootenai County Grand Jury returned two four count indictments charging Amber Marie Clark, (28 YOA) and Jeremy Michael Clark (36 YOA), both of Post Falls, for their actions in relation to the death of two year old Karina Moore, as well as injuries sustained to another child. The indictments charge two counts of injury to child, one count of conspiracy to conceal evidence and one count of perjury.

Attempted Abduction

Posted in: Press Releases

The Post Falls Police Department is asking for help from the public in locating a suspect in an attempted child abduction. On Friday, October 19th at approx 5:50 PM, a 14 year old female was walking south bound on Spokane St at 10th Ave in Post Falls, Idaho. A vehicle stopped on the side of the road and the male driver got out of the car and attempted to coerce the child into the vehicle. When she refused to get into the vehicle, the male grabbed her by the arms and attempted to pull her in the vehicle. When she refused the male driver punched the victim in the face. The victim was able to flee and the suspect took off in his vehicle traveling southbound on Spokane St.

Walmart Burglary

Posted in: Press Releases

On 02/09/11, the Post Falls Police Department received information about a suspected organized shoplifting ring involving two or more suspects.  The suspects targeted multiple Walmart stores in Washington, Idaho and Oregon.  This report was initially given by Walmart loss prevention officers working the Walmart store located at 6405 W. Point Parkway, Post Falls.


The suspects in these cases would remove an item from a large box, packing smaller valuables into the emptied box concealing stolen merchandise inside.  The suspects would then pay the cost of the larger boxed item, to receive the stolen property.


Download attachment(s): [ Suspect_Jerry_L._Drake_1.JPG ]

Attempted Business Burglary

Posted in: Press Releases

On June 27, 2012 the Post Falls Police Department responded to the Ross Point Chevron for a report of an attempted business burglary that had occurred at approximately 4:44 A.M. When officers arrived, they located a damaged utility box on the rear of the store; it was obvious that the suspect(s) were attempting to cut the phone service to the building.

During the attempted burglary, there was an employee inside the store preparing to open. As she was working, she heard two loud bangs on the locked front doors. Due to the store being closed, the employee walked up to the front of the store, looked outside just in time to see the possible suspect vehicle drive off.

Video of suspect attempted to break in to business

Treaty Rock Park Graffiti

Posted in: Press Releases, Detectives

Treaty Rock 3
The Post Falls Police Department is asking your help in identifing these two individuals.  Please read on for more information.

Download attachment(s): [ Treaty Rock Graffiti Press Release ]

Department Spotlighted for Video Technology

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Evidence Technology Magazine published an article entitled Caught on Camera outlining in car video trends across the nation. The article spotlights the cutting edge technology the Post Falls Police Department is using for both in car and body worn video recording equipment.

Evidence Technology Magazine

Download attachment(s): [ Evidence Technology Magazine Article ]

PFPD Featured in National Magazine

Posted in: Administration, Press Releases

Post Falls Police Department is honored to be featured in Law Officer Magazine, a monthly publication for law enforcement officers throughout the United States. 

Download attachment(s): [ Law Officer Article ]

Employees Receive Life Saving Award

Posted in: Press Releases


Mayor Larkin and Chief Haug recognized six employees of the Post Falls Police Department for their life saving efforts.

The employees were all recognized with the Mayors Medal, as well as, the Post Falls Police Department Life Saving Award.

Mayor Larkin thanked each employee for their service and congratulated them on receiving this award.

Increase In Juvenile Sexting

Posted in: Press Releases

The Post Falls Police Department has been experiencing a spike in investigations involving juvenile sexting. This dangerous activity involves taking nude, or partially nude, cell phone photographs of one's self and text messaging the photographs to other persons. Most commonly, juveniles in dating relationships send these photographs to each other, but often these photographs get sent to third-parties after the couple breaks up.

Spice Drug Alert

Posted in: Press Releases

The Post Falls Police Department would like to alert the public about a recent announcement made by Idaho Gov. Butch Otter.  The governor has announced that on Friday, October 15, 2010, he will sign a temporary rule into law banning "Spice", a synthetic form of marijuana.  Upon his signature, Spice will be considered a controlled substance in the State of Idaho. Multiple other states are taking similar measures.