Gooding Police Department

Police Chief Chris Ward
308 5th Ave West
cward@goodingidaho.org
208 934-8436

For emergencies, please call 9-1-1.

For non-emergencies, please call 208-934-8436.

Mission: To provide public safety services that are designed to fairly, efficiently, and effectively prevent crime and safeguard lives and property. We will provide professional police services resulting in a community atmosphere where citizens are are treated with dignity and respect. Our personnel will maintain high ethical standards, training, and professional development.  Our goal is to provide a community that is safe, secure and a pleasant place to live and visit.

We are the oldest law enforcement agency in Gooding County.  We take great pride in the Professional services that we are able to provide to this great community.

The Gooding Police Department consists of six commissioned peace officers, one non-commissioned and seven reserve support members who strive daily to deliver exceptional enforcement and educational services to our community. We are a state accredited agency and adhere to all the comprehensive professional standards and best practices of contemporary law enforcement organizations as recognized by the Idaho Chief’s of Police Association.

We are a community oriented police department.  Our staff is dedicated to serving our community through professionalism, knowledge, and quality of service.  All persons are treated equally with compassion and understanding. By working with citizens, business’s, schools and associations, we are forging bonds that build a safer, cleaner, more positive community for everyone to enjoy living, working and playing in.  We endeavor not only to  lower or deter crime, but also to earn and maintain public trust in our agency and in law enforcement as a whole.

Our department partners with the Gooding Critical Response Team.  The Gooding Critical Response Team was   established to provide assistance when a situation arises that exceeds the capabilities of standard patrol resources.    Situations which may require the use of the Critical Response Team.

Guiding Principles

Safety: Preserve life, protect property, and respect constitutional rights while enforcing the law with fairness and impartiality. Safety is of paramount importance in all aspects of our work.

Service: Provide courteous police service. Embrace community input and involvement to enhance public safety, prevent and solve crime, and address quality of life issues. Exceed our customers’ expectations for service.

Leadership: Strive to maintain the proud tradition of our past while meeting the challenges of our future. Believe in doing the right thing, in the right way, at the right time, and for the right reasons.

Accountability: Operate openly, maintaining public trust and confidence. Make decisions in the best interest of the community we serve. Be courageous, fair, and decisive.

Professionalism: Demonstrate professionalism and uphold the law treating everyone with respect and dignity. Uphold the highest ethical standards. Demonstrate honesty and integrity in our words and in our actions.

Creativity: Provide an individualized and innovative approach to each situation. Seek employee input to continuously improve our practices, programs, and services.