MADISON COUNTY − Madison County Sheriff Richard Henry recently received the highest form of certification that a peace officer can acquire in the state.
The Peace Officer Standards & Training Executive Certificate was presented to him in Boise at the Idaho Sheriff’s Association Legislative Conference, on Feb. 6.
Henry said the state requires that recipients have a set amount of training and executive training hours, as well as a specific amount of years of service. The individual also has to be an elected official or a chief of police.
“It’s a really tough cert. to get and I was just really super happy to receive it and be presented that certificate by the POST Academy Director Brad Johnson,” he said.
According to a press release from POST, Henry started his career in 1991 with the Pocatello Police Department as a patrol officer. For 29 years Henry served in several agencies as a reserve officer, bicycle patrol, detective, and SWAT team member. His transition to leadership began in patrol as a detective sergeant and for 10 years was an undersheriff. In 2016 Henry was elected as the Madison County Sheriff.
“Sheriff Henry received his initial Idaho POST Basic Peace Officer certification in 1992,” according to the release. “He now holds Basic, Intermediate, Advanced, Supervisor, and Management Peace Officer certifications. He has completed over 600 hours of executive training and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy at Quantico, Virginia in 2008 and the National Sheriff’s Institute Executive Leadership Academy in 2012.”
According to the release, Henry’s success is in no short part due to his family’s support. This includes his wife, Kristina, who he has been married to for 30 years and his two daughters, son, son-in-law and granddaughter. He “feels blessed to have raised his family in a supportive and safe community.”