Buhl, Idaho

Reserve Officer Jeremy Thomas was born in Salt Lake City, Utah,  but spent much of his life growing up right here in Buhl. Officer Thomas graduated from Buhl High School in 2006. Officer Thomas attended the College of Southern Idaho, graduating in 2007 with an Associate of Arts degree in Liberal Arts. Officer Thomas returned to the College of Southern Idaho, where he attended the law enforcement program, earning his Technical Certificate in Law Enforcement in 2012. Officer Thomas was hired by the Twin Falls County Sheriff's Department in October, 2012 as a Detention Deputy. He came to the Buhl Police Department in October, 2014 as a full-time Patrol Officer, and returned to a full-time position with the Twin Falls County Sheriff's Department in October of 2015.  Officer Thomas currently serves the department as a part-time Reserve Police Officer. Officer Thomas is a dual certified officer, holding certification from Idaho POST for both detention and patrol.  jeremy.t@cityofbuhl.us

Recognized by the Idaho Chiefs of Police Association as a fully Accredited police agency

Sergeant Benny Torres was born in Mexico City, Mexico and moved to Idaho at the age of one year old. He grew up in American Falls, Idaho and graduated from American Falls High School in 2006. Sergeant Torres attended the Idaho POST training academy at Idaho State University, graduating in 2008. He began his law enforcement career with the Power County, Idaho Sheriff's Department in 2008. Sergeant Torres joined the Buhl Police Department in 2011 as a patrol officer and serves the community of Buhl as on of our bilingual officers, speaking fluent Spanish. benny.t@cityofbuhl.us

Lance Corporal Rusty Hawkins was born in Jerome, Idaho, and moved to Buhl at a young age. He grew up and attended school in Buhl and graduated from Buhl High School in 2002. Corporal Hawkins began his career in law enforcement in 2003 with the Gooding County, Idaho Sheriff's Department and he graduated from the Idaho POST Detention Academy in 2004. He then went to work for the Gooding Police Department in 2005 as a patrol officer, and he attended and graduated from Idaho POST Academy Class #149 in 2006. He came to the Buhl Police Department in 2007 as a patrol officer, and he proudly serves the department as our Range Master and firearms instructor. Corporal Hawkins is a dual certified officer, holding certification from Idaho POST for both detention and patrol. rusty.h@cityofbuhl.us

Reserve Sergeant Bill Deetz is originally from Parker, Colorado and moved to Twin Falls during his junior year in high school. He is a 1992 graduate of Twin Falls High School, and attended classes at the College of Southern Idaho and Boise State University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science in 1997. Sergeant Deetz began his career in law enforcement in 1999 with the Filer Police Department in Idaho, and graduated from the Idaho P.O.S.T. Academy Class #123 in 1999. He spent 13 years with Filer PD before joining the Buhl Police Department in 2012. Reserve Officer Deetz accepted a full-time position with the Twin Falls County Sheriff's Department in March of 2017, and currently serves the Buhl Police Department as a part-time Reserve Police Officer. bill.d@cityofbuhl.us

Detective/Lieutenant Kevin Hanners is originally from Pocatello, Idaho, is an Eagle Scout, and graduated from Highland High School in 1992 before serving an LDS mission to Poland. Lieutenant Hanners began his career in law enforcement with the Cassia County, Idaho Sheriff's Department in 2000 as an Emergency Dispatcher. In 2001 he went to the Teton County, Idaho Sheriff's Office where he was a patrol deputy for the department. He attended Idaho P.O.S.T. Academy Class #132, graduating in 2001. He came to the Buhl Police Department in 2002 as a patrol officer. Lieutenant Hanners graduated from Boise State University in 2008, earning a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Administration. Lieutenant Hanners served as the Interim Chief of Police while Chief Foster was deployed to Iraq in 2011. He currently serves the department as the Detective and School Resource Officer, also serving as needed as the Interim Chief of Police in Chief Foster's abscence. kevin.h@cityofbuhl.us

Chief Eric Foster is originally from Vacaville, California and graduated from Vacaville High School in 1987. Chief Foster started his law enforcement career as a Reserve Police Officer in Filer, Idaho in 1997, and was hired as a full-time police officer in 1999 in Kimberly, Idaho. He graduated from the Idaho P.O.S.T. Academy, Class #124 in December, 1999. Chief Foster joined the Buhl Police Department in 2007 and was appointed as Chief of Police in August, 2010, replacing long time Chief of Police Ron Romero. Chief Foster graduated Cum Laude from Boise State University in 2008 and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice Administration. In August of 2010, he was deployed to Iraq as a member of the Idaho Army National Guard, and still currently serves in the Idaho National Guard with the Installation Support Unit, Range Control at the Orchard Combat Training Center as a Range Safety Inspector and is an E-5, Sergeant. Chief Foster graduated from Concordia University School of Law in Boise, Idaho in December, 2017 and earned a Juris Doctorate Degree in Law. Chief Foster proudly lives in the City of Buhl. eric.f@cityofbuhl.us

The Buhl Police Department consists of 11 dedicated full-time employees, with 9 full-time, sworn Police Officers, one civilian Office Manager, one part-time Records Clerk, four Reserve Officers, and one working animal, K9 "Kayah". The Buhl Police Department is committed to hiring and retaining the most professional, well-trained staff possible. We are here to serve our community with integrity and professionalism.

Our Staff

Buhl Police Department

Reserve Officer Eric Brown was born in Twin Falls, Idaho. Officer Brown graduated from Central Academy in Meridian, Idaho in 2006. Officer Brown attended Idaho State University Law Enforcement Program, graduating in 2014 with a technical Certificate in Law Enforcement. Officer Brown was hired by the Aberdeen, Idaho Police Department as a Patrol Officer in April of 2014 and he reached the rank of Patrol Corporal. He came to the Buhl Police Department in January, 2016 as a full-time Patrol Officer. Officer Brown holds a Basic Patrol Certification from Idaho POST. Officer Brown accepted a full-time position with the Elmore County Sheriff's Department in January of 2018,and currently serves the Buhl Police Department as a part-time Reserve Police Officer. eric.b@cityofbuhl.us

Sergeant Jeremy Engbaum is originally from Duvall, Washington. He obtained his GED from the College of Southern Idaho in 1998, then attended the Idaho POST training academy at the College of Southern Idaho. While attending the College of Southern Idaho he also earned an AA degree in Criminal Justice Administration and an AAS degree in Law Enforcement, graduating in 2003. Sergeant Engbaum earned his Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice Administration from the University of Phoenix in November, 2017. He began his career in Filer, Idaho as a Reserve Police Officer in 2001, and also worked for the Wendell, Idaho police department as a full-time officer. He came to the Buhl Police Department in 2006, and currently serves as a Patrol Sergeant and as the K9 handler for the department. jeremy.e@cityofbuhl.us

Officer Armando Arroyo was born in Twin Falls, Idaho and spent all of his youth in Castleford and Buhl, Idaho. Officer Arroyo is a 2010 graduate of Buhl High School, and attended the College of Southern Idaho after graduation, where he earned an Associate's Degree in General Studies. Officer Arroyo Joined the United States Army in 2013, and was an Explosive Ordinance Disposal Specialist, serving in Korea for one year during his time in the Army. Officer Arroyo left the Army and moved back to Buhl in 2017, and  joined the Buhl Police Department as a police officer shortly after returning home. Officer Arroyo is a December, 2017 graduate of the College of Southern Idaho Law Enforcement Program and serves the department as one of our bilingual officers. armando.a@cityofbuhl.us