Sheriff's detectives work closely with patrol deputies, other law enforcement agencies, and Ada County citizens to investigate crimes such as theft, fraud, burglary, sexual assaults, robbery and murder. The success of an investigation relies heavily on the detailed collection of physical evidence and on intelligence gathering.

In this high-tech age, computer crimes such as "hacking," counterfeiting, identity theft, creating false identification, Internet fraud and child pornography have created a new challenge to law enforcement. The Sheriff's Office has provided focused resources in this area to better understand the technical complexities and solve Internet crime.

Domestic Violence Detective - The Ada County Sheriff's Office assigns one full-time investigator to focus solely on domestic violence-related issues. This investigator sees the cases through from beginning to end, working to prevent further victimization and helping those victims rebuild and strengthen their lives. An Ada County Sheriff's Office Victim Witness Coordinator is assigned to work directly with the Domestic Violence Investigator and the victims of violence. Our ultimate goal is to prevent violence before it happens whenever possible, help those who are victimized and increase public awareness to the seriousness of domestic violence.

IWRCFL = Intermountain West Regional Computer Forensic Laboratory – The Ada County Sheriff’s Office has two full time detectives assigned to the IWRCFL. The IWRCFL is a one-stop, full service forensics laboratory devoted entirely to the examination of digital evidence in support of criminal investigations. The IWRCFL and its satellite network support investigations into such crimes as, but not limited to

  • Terrorism
  • Child Pornography
  • Violent Crimes
  • The Theft or Destruction of Intellectual Property
  • Internet Crime
  • Fraud

To learn more about this investigative branch, please visit the website

Metro Violent Crime/Gang Task Force - The Ada County Sheriff's Office is a participating agency in the Treasure Valley Metro Violent Crime Task Force. Metro is one of over 70 Safe Streets task forces nationwide, in which local detectives are federally deputized and serve alongside special agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF). Metro uses state-of-the-art technology and techniques to proactively investigate gangs, criminal enterprises and federal firearms violations, and to apprehend violent fugitives. This unique partnership allows the Metro Task Force to combine the resources and expertise of a number of local and federal law enforcement agencies in order to address gangs and other vital public safety issues across traditional jurisdictional boundaries, throughout the Treasure Valley region.