Joseph Roberts. (Submitted photos)
By LACEY WHELAN
FORT HALL— Joseph Roberts, Criminal Investigator Supervisor for Fort Hall Police Department, was presented with a plaque from Patrick Teton, police chief, at a luncheon on November 30.
Roberts began as a patrol officer at the FHPD from 1993 to 1995 and then left to become a patrol officer for the Ely Tribe in Nevada for 18 months. He returned as a patrol officer for the FHPD in 1997, then went onto an interim sergeant from 1999 to 2000, and was reassigned to be a detective in 2002. He then became criminal investigator supervisor in 2012 and presently is in the position.
Roberts first attended the Idaho State Post and graduated in 1990. He then went onto the Indian Police Academy, (Class 72) in 1996 where he graduated in Artesia, New Mexico. In 2002 he graduated from the Criminal Investigator Academy in Glynco, Georgia, where 14 other federal agencies also attended.
Plaque presented to Roberts by the Fort Hall Police Department.
Roberts oversees four detectives, two temporary detectives, and an administrative assistant. On a daily basis he oversees all the cases of the detectives, monthly reports, provides equipment, gives instruction on special cases, and also keeps relationships in good standing with the FBI and state partners. Joe said he also works any cases when he is needed.
He loves to spend time with his three grandkids and his family when he is not at work.
In 2010, he was named criminal investigator of the year for Fort Hall Police, International Associations of Arson Investigators, Idaho State Police Award of Excellence 2013, First Ely Shoshone Police Officer to attend the Indian Police Academy 1996, and American Legion Law Enforcement of the year 2004.
Roberts said he prides himself on being a people person who grew up in Gibson and is proud he gets to serve the community he grew up in, which is very unique. He also wants to continue to work for the Shoshone Bannock Tribes, and would like to keep the Fort Hall Police department going in the right direction.
His goals are to get his staff ready, educated, and trained to fill his shoes so when the time comes for him to leave the department and they have gained his knowledge and experience to help better serve the community.
He appreciates the opportunity to work for the Shoshone Bannock Tribes and for the opportunity to work and serve the community.