Thursday, May 8, 2014

Idaho State Police Trooper Placed on Administrative Leave Without Pay Pending Criminal Charges

IDAHO STATE POLICE NEWS RELEASE - generated by our News Release ListServer

Teresa Baker
Public Information Officer
700 S. Stratford Dr., Meridian 83642
(208) 884-7122
Fax (208) 884-7087

For Immediate Release: 5/8/14 at 12:40 p.m.

MERIDIAN - The Idaho State Police has placed Daniel Howard on administrative leave without pay pending the outcome of criminal charges filed by the Kootenai County Prosecuting Attorney's Office involving allegations stemming from acts occurring in Kootenai and Bonner counties.

The charges against Howard include grand theft, petit theft, possession of an untagged deer involving alleged acts occurring in Kootenai County and forgery, title fraud and grand theft occurring in Bonner County. All allegations were investigated by the Kootenai County Sheriff's Office.

In October 2013 Kootenai County notified ISP they had begun conducting a criminal investigation into allegations against Howard. ISP initiated an internal investigation in December 2013 and placed Howard on administrative leave with pay pending further action in the criminal investigation. In April 2014 ISP immediately suspended without pay upon notification by Kootenai County that Howard was being criminally charged. Howard's suspension will continue pending the outcome of the criminal charges and the internal investigation. Howard faces termination by ISP if found guilty of the criminal charges. Howard was hired by ISP in December 1994.

As with any criminal case, Howard is afforded all rights and privileges of any person charged with a crime in Idaho. The Idaho State Police expects all employees to obey all laws and maintain the highest standards of professionalism and integrity both on and off duty.

The Idaho State Police will continue to cooperate with the Kootenai County Sheriff's Office and the Kootenai County Prosecuting Attorney's Office in the ongoing criminal proceedings.

Any further media inquiries should be directed to the Kootenai County Prosecuting Attorney's Office.