Students Celebrate at Sheriff's Department

February 15, 2015 | Cathy Law

Jan. 23, 2015, marked the 100th Centennial Celebration of Benewah County. There was another celebration underway as well.

Caleb Nelson and Myles Nelson, students at the St. Maries (Idaho) Christian School, were awarded a “vacation from class.” By completing all their assignments during the second quarter, their names were placed on the Completion Honor Roll, which qualified them to participate in a field trip. Instead of math class, the pair went to the sheriff’s department at the courthouse (at Caleb's request).

Deputy Brandon Vannatter, their guide, answered questions as he showed them around. He explained that one of the subjects he had in school that helps him in his work now was English.  

“For every incident, an officer has to record what happened. There’s a lot of writing to do,” he explained. “You have to know how to use commas, periods and all that stuff.” He also advised learning how to keyboard in school as most of his writing is done on computer.

He shared another bit of valuable information for their future.

“When teenagers are having a party and someone pulls out alcohol, what should you do?” Vannatter asked. He explained that this is illegal activity for minors, and they would need to leave the premises. “If it was reported and law enforcement came, you would be cited and/or arrested along with everyone else at the party, even if you weren’t drinking.”

The students and teachers appreciated the opportunity to meet many of the employees who serve Benewah County.