Technology to help law enforcement on the horizon in Twin Falls

TWIN FALLS, Idaho — Police Chief Craig Kingsbury has been reassigned to the department’s top role after a 6-week retirement. He said he had more to give. One thing he wants to achieve before it’s over is a real-time information center with tools to help cops track stolen or wanted vehicles

  • The first phase of an information center is license plate scanners. They are used in places like Caldwell, Nampa and Pocatello and would help police quickly locate stolen or wanted vehicles.
  • Twin Falls sees a daily influx of about 45,000 vehicles, and Kingsbury said about 45 percent of the department’s citation and violation contacts are with people who don’t live in the city.
  • Five-year crime trends in Twin Falls are either flat or down, Kingsbury said. Two violent incidents have tragically claimed the lives of three residents and injured another, but Kingsbury said Twin Falls is a very safe place to live.
  • The Twin Falls Police Department continues to investigate a recent double homicide, and an arrest related to the crime was made Thursday in Arizona.

(Below is the transcript of the broadcast story)

The Twin Falls Police Department is structured to serve its 55,000 residents. But as a city center, the population doubles every day with the influx of commuters from the surrounding areas.

Chief Kingsbury: “One hundred thousand people come in, about 54 thousand population, about half of our contacts, half of our enforcement opportunities involve people who don’t live here. So we have to be able to respond and police that way. With that, we have to be smart about how we police.

Chief Craig Kingsbury was reassigned to lead the Twins Police Department on Monday.

After a quick run after retirement… He decided he had more he wanted to give.

One of its goals is to take advantage of new tools and technological advances.

Chief Kingsbury: “I think this is something that will really benefit our citizens and help us not only with reducing crime, but also with apprehending criminals that may come through the city.”

The first phase of the information center, Kingsbury said, will be a license plate reader that will help law enforcement alert wanted or stolen vehicles. Products like these are already being used in places like Nampa, Caldwell and Pocatello.

Chief Kingsbury: “Obviously we have two major investigations with two separate homicides that have resulted in the loss of three members of our community in the last few weeks and maybe if we had some of that technology it could help us in an investigation, we don’t have know that, but it’s something in the future that can help us help our community stay safe.”

He has been chief in Twin Falls since 2016, and before that in Nampa. He has been in Idaho his entire 30-year career

Chief Kingsbury: “This is a very safe community. Idaho is a very safe state. But sometimes things happen.”

Two incidents that tragically claimed the lives of three residents and injured another are on everyone’s mind

Chief Kingsbury: “These things shock the conscience. These things should not be happening in Twin Falls, Idaho. Sometimes they do and when they do we have to be able to react and respond to them and I think we do that well.”

As the investigation into last week’s double homicide continues, the chief leads the department in a personal way

Chief Kingsbury: “My heart goes out to the families of the victims of all of these particular incidents. It is truly heartbreaking to see such a loss in our community. And I never want to live or work in a community where you become immune to that heartbreak.”

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