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We are proud to announce that Lieutenants Steve Hunt and Bill Squires recently were promoted to serve as captains for the Idaho Falls Police Department.
“I respect the talents, skills and dedication of these fine officers. Both are committed to excellent police work and to our community. Both are natural leaders,” states Idaho Falls Mayor Rebecca Casper. “Under the leadership of these two captains, I look forward to even more professionalized development for IFPD.”
Cpt. Bill Squires started working for the Idaho Falls Police Department in 1995. Prior to that, he worked for the Department of Energy’s security contractor at the Idaho National Laboratory. “I have been lucky enough to have worked with some great leaders and in a variety of positions within the department,” states Squires.
Cpt. Squires has served as a patrol officer and a patrol supervisor for the majority of his career. He worked full-time in narcotics enforcement, both as a detective and a supervisor. Squires also had the opportunity to work as the manager of the Dispatch Center. “This assignment taught me a great deal, and it was one that I loved,” says Squires.
Squires also has been a firearms and tactics instructor for most of his career and continues to manage the department’s firearms programs. For more than 20 years, Squires has served as a SWAT Team Leader and recently began serving as an incident command for the Idaho State Region 3 Incident Management Team.
Cpt. Squires states, “The people of Idaho Falls, and the men and women that I get the privilege of working with every day, make my job great! I’m very excited about the future of our department and am so grateful to be part of it.”
Squires holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Idaho State University in vocational teacher education and an MBA from Western Governors University in Utah.
“My wife and I have two great kids. We have lived in Idaho Falls, a city we love, for more than 30 years and wouldn’t consider raising our children anywhere else,” adds Squires.
Cpt. Steve Hunt served for five years in the U.S. Marines, which included deployment to the Gulf War (Desert Shield and Storm). Hunt graduated from ISU’s School of Applied Technology for Law Enforcement and holds a Management Certification from the Idaho Peace Officer’s Standards and Training Academy.
Within the Idaho Falls Police Department, Cpt. Hunt has served since 1993. He has held a myriad of assignments on the line, and supervisory and management in the Uniform Division, the Investigations Division, the Services Division and the Professional Standards Division.
Hunt has taken a special interest in meeting the needs of the mentally ill population. He has undergone specialized training as part of being on the Crisis Intervention Team (CIT). And, he currently serves as an advisory board member for the Region 7 Crisis Intervention Team. Hunt also serves on the Board for the Behavioral Health Crisis Center of East Idaho.
“I’m very excited for the opportunity to serve in an executive leadership role in the Idaho Falls Police Department,” states Hunt. “IFPD employees are wonderful to work with, and the future of the department looks bright. I hope that my contributions to the agency will be meaningful for both the citizens of Idaho Falls and our employees.” ###