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ISP trooper staffing way below other states

Col. Jerry Russell, chief of the Idaho State Police, tells state lawmakers Tuesday that ISP's trooper staffing lags far below that of other states (Betsy Russell / The Spokesman-Review)
Col. Jerry Russell, chief of the Idaho State Police, tells state lawmakers Tuesday that ISP's trooper staffing lags far below that of other states (Betsy Russell / The Spokesman-Review)

Col. Jerry Russell, chief of the Idaho State Police, just presented stats to lawmakers in response to questions last month about the ISP's staffing. When compared to the six surrounding states - Wyoming, Montana, Nevada, Utah, Washington, and Oregon - Idaho ranks dead last for its number of troopers per citizen, with 11,288 citizens for every state trooper. Washington's at 8,874. When compared to states of similar size - New Mexico, West Virginia, New Hampshire, Nebraska and Maine - Idaho again ranks dead last, by a huge margin. "Findings from this analysis found that states with similar populations to Idaho have 1.5 to 4 times the amount of troopers on staff," Russell told lawmakers. He added, "We need 88 more troopers - minimum 88 more troopers - to ... get that 24-hour coverage out there on the state and interstate highways."



Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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