Sergeant Brian Koch is a 16 year veteran of law enforcement who began his career in 2004 with the Sandpoint Police Department. Sergeant Koch accepted a position with the Ponderay Police Department in January, 2012.
Sergeant Koch is a United States Navy Veteran.
Sergeant Koch holds a POST Advanced Certificate and has received over 1,700 hours of POST training throughout his career. He is a Delta College Alumnus and has attended the Northeastern Michigan Basic Police Academy as well as the Idaho POST Academy. Sergeant Koch is a certified a Field Training Officer (FTO) and has also held prior certifications in Idaho as a Drug Detection Canine Handler.
Sergeant Koch is is the Ponderay Police Department's Detective and is responsible for investigations of felony and misdemeanor crimes.
Sergeant Jeremy Deal is a 23-year veteran of law enforcement who began his law enforcement career in 1997 as a Reserve Officer for the Sandpoint Police Department. Sergeant Deal held prior positions with the Bonner County Sheriff's Office. Sergeant Deal accepted a position with the Ponderay Police Department in July 2015 as a patrol officer, and was promoted to Corporal in 2017, and to patrol Sergeant in 2021 where he continues to serve.
Sergeant Deal holds patrol certifications of Reserve Level 1, Basic, Intermediate, Advanced, and Master Peace Officer from Idaho Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST). Sergeant Deal has received over 2,245 hours of POST training throughout his career. Sergeant Deal has taught over 225 hours of POST training to Idaho Peace Officers. Sergeant Deal is a North Idaho College (NIC) Alumnus and holds an Associate of Applied Science Degree (AAS) in Business Administration as well as an Associate of Applied Arts Degree (AAA) in General Studies.
Sergeant Deal holds specialty certifications as a Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) Instructor, Idaho POST Certified Instructor in: General Topics, Standardized Field Sobriety Test’s [SFST’s] Advanced Roadside Impairment Detection and Enforcement [ARIDE], and Drug Recognition Expert [DRE]. Sergeant Deal is a Breath Testing Specialist (BTS), Certified Field Training Officer (FTO), and Field Training Officer Coordinator. Sergeant Deal holds an Idaho Police Service Dog Certification in Controlled Substance Detection.
Sergeant Deal has been recognized with the following awards during his career for his life saving efforts: Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) National Law Enforcement Award, Meritorious Service Award, Life Saving Award, Certificate of Merit, Letter of Recognition, and a Letter of Appreciation. Sergeant Deal had been a part of Operation Grad Night for 11 years.
Officer Trey Robillard began his law enforcement career when he accepted a patrol position with the Ponderay Police Department in August of 2018.
Officer Robillard received an Associate degree from North Idaho College in Criminal Justice. He also attended Gonzaga University and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice with a minor in sociology in 2017.
Officer Robillard currently holds an Idaho POST Intermediate Patrol Certificate and has accumulated nearly 700 hours of POST training in his career. Officer Robillard has completed training for Criminal and Drug Interdiction and is also certified as a Field Training Officer (FTO) for new officers.
Officer Cameron Simeral is a 15 year law enforcement veteran who began his career in Wyoming in 2006. He was the ‘Honor Graduate’ at the Wyoming Law Enforcement Academy in 2006 and worked for two different Wyoming agencies, as both an active and reserve officer. In 2008, he received ‘Officer of the Year’ Award for his outstanding work with abuse victims. He served two years at the Bonner County Sheriff's Office, working as a Patrol Deputy and a member of the Emergency Response Team (ERT). Officer Simeral accepted a position with the Ponderay Police Department in July of 2020.
Officer Simeral has Advanced POST Certificates in both Idaho and Wyoming and has received over 1600 hours of POST training throughout his career. He has a Bachelor's Degree in Security & Protection Management from Henley-Putnam University and served in the United States Air Force from 2000-2004.
Officer Simeral has held certifications as a Field Training Officer (FTO) and Firearms Instructor, and SWAT operator. He has taught civilian firearms courses, in both group and individual student settings. Officer Simeral serves as the Firearms Instructor for the deapartment.
Officer Joseph Kaufman is a 21 year veteran of law enforcement, who began his career in 1999 as a Marine Deputy for the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office. Officer Kaufman served as a Police Officer for the Lincoln Police Department (Nebraska) for 10 years, then for the Carrollton Police Department (Texas) for 10 years, prior to accepting a position with the Ponderay Police Department in July 2020.
Officer Kaufman holds a BS degree in Business Administration from Bellevue University and an AAS degree in Law Enforcement from North Idaho College. Officer Kaufman has held many positions throughout career including Investigator, Field Training Officer (FTO), Drug Recognition Expert (DRE), Defensive Tactics Instructor and Academy Instructor.