Frequently Asked Questions

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTONS (FAQ’S)

1. How do I apply to become an Officer with the Coeur d’Alene Police Department?

Information about the requirements for an Entry level and Lateral Officer position at the Coeur d’Alene Police Department can be found at http://www.cdaid.org/1031/departments/police/employment


2. How do I obtain a Concealed Carry Permit in the City of Coeur d’Alene?

The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Department is responsible for issuing Concealed Carry Permits in Kootenai County. Please click on the following link for instructions:

http://www.kcsheriff.com/concealed-weapons.html


3. Is the Concealed Carry Permit from my State of Issue recognized in the State of Idaho?

Yes.

Idaho code 18-3302(5)(g) provides that any person who has physical possession of his valid license or permit authorizing him to carry concealed weapons from another state is not required to secure an Idaho Concealed Weapons permit.

4What are some of the common ordinances in the City of Coeur d’Alene related to firearms?

9.52.020, Discharge Firearm in City Limits

“It is unlawful for any person to discharge, within the limits of the city, any "firearms", as defined in section 9.52.010 of this chapter, slingshots, zip guns, or bows and arrows, except that military honor guards when performing at recognized cemeteries may discharge blanks with permission of the parks and cemetery director or his/her designee. Furthermore, military honor guards performing at Veterans' Park on Memorial Day or Veterans Day may discharge blanks. Furthermore, city of Coeur d'Alene fire or police honor guards or military honor guards may discharge blanks at the Cherry Hill Fallen Heroes Plaza to honor a fallen firefighter or police officer. Any discharge of firearms at Cherry Hill Fallen Heroes Plaza would require a permit from the parks director. (Ord. 3378 §1, 2010)”


9.52.040, Illegal Possession of Weapons at Parades or Public Assemblies

  1. Weapons: It shall be unlawful for any person to have in his possession or to have in any vehicle any weapon while participating in or attending a parade or public assembly.
  2. Possession Unlawful: It shall be unlawful for any person to have in his possession or to have in any vehicle at a point within one thousand feet (1,000') of a parade or public assembly, or within one thousand feet (1,000') of the perimeter of a parade or public assembly from the beginning to the end of the route, in the case of a moving parade or public assembly any weapon. This section shall not apply to any person in possession of any weapon in his private dwelling or place of business. Any campers, mobile homes or trailers lawfully parked on private property within one thousand feet (1,000') of the parade or public assembly site shall also be excluded.
  3. Exemptions: The following individuals, while acting lawfully and within authority, are exempted from the provisions of this section:
  • Law enforcement officers;
  • Officers and soldiers of the United States armed forces and the Idaho national guard;
  • United States reserve officer training corp cadets; and
  • Members of any United States military veterans' organizations that are national in scope, chartered by the United States congress and have a tradition of participating in parades and public assemblies.

5. Does the City of Coeur d’Alene have an Open Container law for alcoholic beverages?

Open containers of alcohol are prohibited in public places (parks, streets, etc) by Coeur d’Alene City Code 5.08.160A.

6. Am I allowed to camp in the City of Coeur d’Alene public parks?

It is unlawful for any person to camp or sleep overnight or longer in or on any city owned, leased or maintained beach, natural area, park, playground or play field unless prior written permission has been received from the city (per City Ordinance 4.25.090)

With the exception of the Jewett House Beach, all City owned, leased or maintained beaches, natural areas, parks, playgrounds and play fields are closed between the hours of eleven o’clock (11:00) P.M. and five o’clock (5:00) A. M.  The Jewett House Beach is closed between the hours of ten o’clock (10:00) P.M. and six o’clock (6:00) A.M. (per City Ordinance 4.25.100)

7. Does the Coeur d’Alene Police Department provide services for fingerprinting?

The Coeur d'Alene Police Department provides fingerprinting services to the public on a scheduled basis, first served basis during designated hours, subject to personnel and facilities availability.

     •  Hours for fingerprinting services are currently Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

     •  Please call (208) 769-2318 to make an appointment.

     •  The cost for fingerprinting services is $10.00 per card. Additional cards are $5.00 each.

     •  Payment can be made via cash, check, debit or credit card.

     •  A valid ID (driver’s license, state ID card) is required for identification.

Feel free to contact the Records Division for any other questions you may have at (208) 769-2320 or (208) 769-2318.

8. Does the Coeur d’Alene Police Department perform VIN inspections on vehicles?

The Coeur d'Alene Police Department provides Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) inspections to Coeur d'Alene residents on a first come, first served basis during designated hours, subject to personnel and facilities availability.

Please see the below details:
  • No appointment is necessary.

  • The cost for this service is $5.00 per vehicle.

  • Payment can be made via cash, check, debit or credit card.

  • If the vehicle is unable to be moved a Civilian Investigative Specialist can respond to the vehicle owner’s location in the City of Coeur d'Alene.
  • Hours for VIN inspections are currently Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m (except holidays).

Feel free to contact the Coeur d'Alene Police Department for any other questions you may have at (208) 769-2320.

9. How does the Coeur d’Alene Police Department enforce child custody disputes?

The city of Coeur d’Alene will investigate any violation of Idaho Code related to child custody disputes. The Coeur d’Alene Police Department requires that a copy of the child custody agreement be presented in order to take a criminal report. The Coeur d’Alene Police Department will NOT forcibly remove a child from a parent unless exigent circumstances exist that threaten the health, safety, or welfare of the child (children) involved in the dispute. Violations will be forwarded to the Coeur d’Alene City Attorney or Kootenai County Prosecutor’s Office for review and disposition. 

Please see Idaho Code 18-4506 for details about Child Custody Interference at https://legislature.idaho.gov/statutesrules/idstat/Title18/T18CH45/SECT18-4506/

10. How do I obtain a copy of an accident report that was taken by the Coeur d’Alene Police Department?

 

Feel free to contact the Coeur d'Alene Police Department for any other questions you may have at (208) 769-2320.9. How does the Coeur d’Alene Police Department enforce child custody disputes?

The city of Coeur d’Alene will investigate any violation of Idaho Code related to child custody disputes. The Coeur d’Alene Police Department requires that a copy of the child custody agreement be presented in order to take a criminal report. The Coeur d’Alene Police Department will NOT forcibly remove a child from a parent unless exigent circumstances exist that threaten the health, safety, or welfare of the child (children) involved in the dispute. Violations will be forwarded to the Coeur d’Alene City Attorney or Kootenai County Prosecutor’s Office for review and disposition. 

Please see Idaho Code 18-4506 for details about Child Custody Interference at https://legislature.idaho.gov/statutesrules/idstat/Title18/T18CH45/SECT18-4506/

10. How do I obtain a copy of an accident report that was taken by the Coeur d’Alene Police Department?

Accident reports may be requested online on the Coeur d’ Alene Police Department’s website at http://www.cdaid.org/forms/EmailForm/12


11. How do I obtain a copy of a crime report that was taken by the Coeur d’Alene Police Department?

Criminal reports taken by the Coeur d’Alene Police Department may be requested on the Coeur d’ Alene Police Department website at https://www.cdaid.org/1023/departments/police/online-services/obtaining-reports

 
12. How do I compliment an Officer of the Coeur d’Alene Police Department?

If you would like to compliment an Officer, you can fill out a form online on the Coeur d'Alene Police Department's website at Compliments

 
13. How do I report misconduct of an Officer with the Coeur d’Alene Police Department?

If you would like to report misconduct of an Officer, you can fill out a form online on the Coeur d'Alene Police Department's website at Complaints


14. Why is it taking so long for an Officer to respond to my call for service?

     •  A patrol officer will respond to your call for service; however, calls are prioritized according to the seriousness of the situation.

     •  Any life threatening call with great possibility of death or serious injury, or any confrontation between people which could threaten the life or safety of any person will be our top priority.

     •  Any crime in progress which might result in a threat to injury of a person, or major loss of property, or immediate apprehension of a suspect (including accidents with injury or other traffic incidents that create a traffic hazard) will be our next priority.

      •  Officers will respond to minor in-progress/just occurred calls where there is no threat of personal injury or major loss of property after higher priority calls have been handled.

15. I filed a crime report with the Coeur d’Alene Police Department. How long does it take to be investigated?

Criminal reports taken by the Coeur d’Alene Police Department for further investigation are forwarded to our Investigations Division, assigned to our Detectives (based on their assignment) prioritized, as follows:

 Priority 1: Felony crimes where there is a known suspect who has committed the offense

Priority 2: Felony crimes where there is a possible suspect information and/or evidence of who has committed the offense

Priority 3: Misdemeanor crimes where there is a known suspect who has committed the offense

Priority 4: Misdemeanor crimes where there is a possible suspect information and/or evidence of who has committed the offense

Priority 5: Felony and misdemeanor crimes that does not have a suspect and/or evidence of who has committed the offense

 If you have any leads, credible information, or evidence to add to a report being investigated by the Coeur d’Alene Police Department, please contact us at 208-769-2320 to be put in touch with the Detective assigned to the case.

16. How do I dispute a parking ticket received in the City of Coeur d’Alene?

You may appeal a parking ticket issued by the City of Coeur d’Alene at http://www.cdaid.org/forms/ParkingAppeal/3


17. Will the Coeur d’Alene Police Department take custody of an animal that was running loose in my neighborhood?

The Coeur d’Alene Police Department’s Animal Control Officers will respond to take custody of an animal that was running loose in the neighborhood, if they are on-duty.

 When an Animal Control Officer is off-duty, citizens have the option of keeping the animal until an Animal Control Officer is able to respond, or setting it loose. If the animal is an immediate danger to the public, please relay the information to our Dispatch Center.

18. If a crime happened outside the City of Coeur d’Alene, can I report it to the Coeur d’Alene Police Department?

Criminal offenses that occur outside of the City of Coeur d’Alene should be reported to the appropriate agency for that jurisdiction.

19. My identity appears to have been stolen. Can I report this to the Coeur d’Alene Police Department?

Residents of Coeur d’Alene may report identity theft by filing an online report at http://www.cdaid.org/Files/Police/Reporting/start-report.html, and also at https://www.identitytheft.gov/

20. Where is the Coeur d’Alene Police Department located?

The Coeur d’Alene Police Department is located at 3818 N. Schreiber Way in Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho.  

 
21.
How do I file a Public Information Request with the Coeur d’Alene Police Department?

Information about public disclosure can be found at http://www.cdaid.org/1023/departments/police/online-services/obtaining-reports


22. Does the Coeur d’Alene Police Department have a ride-along program?

Ride-alongs with the Coeur d’Alene Police Department are generally reserved for those interested in applying as an officer with the Department. If you have a special request for a ride-along, you may speak with a Supervisor at 208-769-2320.

23. Does the Coeur d’Alene Police Department have a volunteer program?

The Coeur d’Alene Police Department has a Volunteer Program. Larry Seward is the Coeur d'Alene Police Department Volunteer Coordinator, and can be reached lseward@cdaid.org. Additional information about the program can be found at http://www.cdaid.org/1035/departments/police/programs/volunteer-program

24. Does the Coeur d’Alene Police Department have an Explorer program?

The Coeur d’Alene Police Department has an Explorer Program. Information about the program can be found at http://www.cdaid.org/1028/departments/police/programs/explorer-program

25. Are Coeur d’Alene Police Officers available for interviews?


Requests for interviews with an Officer of the Coeur d’Alene Police Department can be made to pd-pio@cdaid.org.

26.
Are off-duty Coeur d’Alene Police Officers available for hire to provide security?

Requests to hire for off-duty Coeur d’Alene Police Officers to provide security and/or traffic control may be made at http://www.cdaid.org/files/Police/Off_duty_employment_doc_for_employers.pdf

27. If I suspect a drug house in my neighborhood, who do I call?

If you suspect a drug house is in our neighborhood, please contact or email our tip line at:

Tips: (208) 769-2296

policetips@cdaid.org


28. Who do I call to report graffiti?

Reports of graffiti may be filed online with the Coeur d’Alene Police Department at http://www.cdaid.org/Files/Police/Reporting/start-report.html


29. Does the Coeur d’Alene Police Department offer self-defense training?

The Coeur d’Alene Police Department offers a one day women’s self-defense class, programed for civilians and taught by our professional defensive tactics instructor staff members.  These classes are offered between 1 and 3 times per year depending on public interest and are based on Gracie Jiu Jitsu principles. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic all classes are currently canceled.

30. How do I obtain a Civil Protection Order?

You may apply for a Civil Protection Order by filling out a petition form, which is obtained from the clerk of the magistrate or district court in the County where you currently reside. For residents of Coeur d’Alene, you can obtain this petition at the following location:

Kootenai County Justice Building

324 W Garden Avenue

Coeur d'Alene, Idaho 83814

(Office hours are Monday – Friday from 9am-5pm, except holidays)

31. Are dogs required to be licensed in the City of Coeur d’Alene?

Dogs are required to be licensed in the City of Coeur d’Alene. Information on how to obtain a license for your dog can be found at http://www.cdaid.org/1027/departments/police/divisions/animal-control



32.
How do I report my neighbor’s barking dog?

You may report a barking dog by contacting the Coeur d’Alene Police Department dispatch at 208-769-2320. These calls will generally be handled by our Animal Control Officers.

33. There is a party house in my neighborhood that is always being loud. Is there anything the Coeur d’Alene Police Department can do to help?

If the problem house is being loud, you may contact the Coeur d’Alene Police Department on our non-emergency number to have an officer respond to the location and address the issue.

It is a crime in Idaho for anyone to violate Idaho Code 18-6409 Disturbing the Peace, as follows: “Every person who maliciously and willfully disturbs the peace or quiet of any neighborhood, family or person, by loud or unusual noise, or by tumultuous or offensive conduct, or by threatening, traducing, quarreling, challenging to fight or fighting, or fires any gun or pistol, or uses any vulgar, profane or indecent language within the presence or hearing of children, in a loud and boisterous manner, is guilty of a misdemeanor”

In order for the Coeur d’Alene Police Department to enforce this code, you may be required to be a witness in any criminal proceedings that come from the enforcement of this Statute.

34. How do I start a Neighborhood Watch program?

Information about how to start a Neighborhood Watch Program in the City of Coeur d’Alene can be found at http://www.cdaid.org/998/departments/police/programs/neighborhood-watch


35. Vehicles are always speeding through my neighborhood. How can the Coeur d’Alene Police Department help?

Traffic problems are handled by our Traffic Team. You may file a report online at http://www.cdaid.org/Files/Police/Reporting/start-report.html
Also, you can request to have a speed detection trailer placed in the area. Email eturrell@cdaid.org for further information.


36. How do I find out about Sex Offenders in my neighborhood

The Idaho State Police provides information on Registered Sex Offenders on their website at https://www.isp.idaho.gov/sor_id/


37. Where can I find crime statistics for the City of Coeur d’Alene?

Statistical information about crime in the City of Coeur d’Alene can be found at http://www.cdaid.org/1022/departments/police/information/crime-statistics. For statewide statistical information check out http:///www.isp.idaho.gov and click the Crime Statistics button.

38. How do I properly dispose of prescription medication?

We do have a drop off in the lobby of the Police Department for your convenience. Information about the Coeur d’Alene Police Department Prescription Medication Disposal Program can be found at http://www.cdaid.org/1042/departments/police/programs/turn-in-prescription-medication-program


39. Does the Coeur d’Alene Police Department offer residential/business security assessments?

The Coeur d’Alene Police Department does not currently offer this service.

40. How many Officers are employed by the Coeur d’Alene Police Department?

The Coeur d’Alene Police Department is authorized to employ 91 sworn members and 18 civilian members.

41. I have information about a crime that occurred in the City of Coeur d’Alene. How can I anonymously report this information to the Coeur d’Alene Police Department?

Please contact us by using our tip line at:

Tips: (208) 769-2296

policetips@cdaid.org


42. How can I have someone trespassed from my business?

The Trespass Enforcement Program was created specifically for businesses to help with incidents of trespassing and loitering during non-business hours. Information about this program can be found at http://www.cdaid.org/2812/departments/police/programs/trespass-enforcement-program


43. How can I obtain a background check?

Information on how to obtain a background check can be located at https://mycourts.idaho.gov/


44. How do I report an abandoned vehicle?

Abandoned vehicle reports may be filed online with the Coeur d’Alene Police Department at http://www.cdaid.org/Files/Police/Reporting/start-report.html


45. How do I report an illegally parked vehicle?

Illegally parked vehicle reports may be filed online with the Coeur d’Alene Police Department at http://www.cdaid.org/Files/Police/Reporting/start-report.html


46. How do I find out if someone has a warrant for their arrest?

Active felony and misdemeanor warrants for Kootenai County can be found at http://www.kcsheriff.com/active-warrants.html


47. How do I find out if someone is on probation or parole?

It is unlawful for any person in the city to import, export, offer for sale, sell, possess, keep or store or permit the keeping or storing of any fireworks, other than non-aerial common fireworks, for any use or purpose, except that a person holding a special fireworks permit issued by the fire department may use special fireworks for a safely supervised and conducted public display of fireworks. (City Code 8.12.020)

49. Does the Police Department provide speakers for Community presentations?

The Coeur d’Alene Police Department can provide speakers on a wide range of topics including Crime Prevention, Overview of the Department, and various specific issues impacting our community.  Please email the link below with your request to include date and time options and what you wish us to speak on. A member of the department will contact you to coordinate the speaker.
pd-pio@cdaid.org