On January 11, 2018 the Leadership Pocatello-Chubbuck Class of 2017-2018 spent the day learning more about law and government in our community. The theme for the day was “Law and Government” and we were able to meet several in our community who work in these areas.

The class started the day learning about the Positive Leadership trait of “resilience”. The lesson helps prepare leaders for difficulties of leadership and provides insights and tolls for bolstering resilience. The class gained a greater appreciation of resilience to contend with the challenges of leadership and increase their capacity for resilience in both their personal and professional life.

The first stop was at the Bannock County Detention Center where Sheriff Lorin Nielsen gave the class a tour of the facility. The Sheriff explained the process of when a person is booked into the detention center and identified the inmate classifications and the proper housing units and security levels.

The next stop was the Pocatello Women’s Correctional Center (PWCC). A tour of the facility taught the class how the facility, which houses all custody levels, was designed specifically to meet the unique program needs of female inmates. PWCC offers vocational work projects, education and work release programs to name a few.

After a quick lunch provided by The Sand Trap the class headed to the courthouse to fully engage in the law and government experience. The class had the opportunity to hear from Bannock County Prosecutor Steve Herzog and Chief Deputy Public Defender Dave Martinez. Both spoke about their professions and the rule of law.

Following the attorney presentations the class heard from victim witness coordinators from both Bannock County and the City of Pocatello. The class learned about the dynamics of domestic violence and how it can affect their businesses. They discussed the court process of how offenders enter the courts and resources available to keep victims safe.

The class finished the day with a demonstration from the Pocatello Police Department’s canines. K-9 Bart who demonstrated his strength and determination with an apprehension demonstration and K-9 Officer Dex who proved his keen sense of smell with a drug search demo.