Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Colonel Ralph Powell Confirmed by Idaho Senate as Director of the Idaho State Police

Colonel Ralph W. Powell

The Idaho Senate confirmed Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter’s appointment of Colonel Ralph W. Powell as Director of the Idaho State Police (ISP) this morning.  Powell is a thirty year veteran of ISP and has been acting as interim director since January.  Powell will receive his rank insignia of Colonel during a pinning ceremony on Friday morning in the ceremonial office of Governor.

“I appreciate the opportunity to continue my service to the citizens of Idaho,” Colonel Powell said. “I look forward to our continued effort in building positive working relationships with our law enforcement partners throughout the state.”

Colonel Powell started his career with the Idaho State Police as a Trooper in 1983 in District 5, the southeastern corner of the state with district offices in Pocatello.   Two years later, in 1985 he transferred to District 3 where he served in Executive Protection and on the ISP SWAT Team.  District 3 is based in Meridian and is the district with the largest population in the state.  Powell served as District 3 Sergeant from 1987 to 1993, when he was promoted to Captain and transferred to Coeur d’Alene as the District 1 Commander.  In 1996, Powell transferred to Boise and took over the District 3 Command position.  Powell was promoted to Major of Police Services in 1999, which included command of the Forensic Services division.  In January 2010, Powell became Operations Major over Districts 3, 5, 6, which includes most of the southern portion of the state, as well as, Commercial Vehicle Services, Training, and ISP’s two Regional Communications Centers.  Powell was promoted to the Lieutenant Colonel in January 2012 and has served as deputy director over all operations since that time. 

Powell serves as Chair of the Idaho Department of Education’s, “Safe and Drug Free Schools” Advisory Board, Chair of Region IV Idaho Advisory Board, Idaho/Montana Chapter of the Federal Bureau of Investigations, National Academy Associates, and is a board member of the Idaho Traffic Safety Commission, the Strategic Highway Safety Plan Oversight Committee and the Idaho Criminal Justice Commission.

Colonel Powell holds a Masters degree in Public Administration, a Bachelors degree in Pre-Law and an Associate’s degree in Criminal Justice.  He is a graduate from the FBI National Academy.  He and his wife Julie, have five daughters and eight grandchildren.

There will be a reception honoring Colonel Powell on Friday, March 29th at 2:00 p.m. in the cafeteria on the Idaho State Police campus in Meridian.

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