Respect for Law 2004 - ISP Charles Ketchum

Idaho State Patrol

Letter of Nomination

for Trooper Charles (Sam) Ketchum

Trooper Charles (Sam) Ketchum was hired by the Idaho State Police in the year
2000. He was initially assigned to Region 2 Patrol in Lewiston. In 2002,
Trooper Ketchum and his family moved to Meridian where he now works out of
Region 3 Patrol office. Trooper Ketchum is married to Debbie and has one
daughter, Jordynne and one son, Zachary.

  • Since hiring on with the Idaho State Police, Trooper Ketchum has
    taken on extra responsibilities and specialties. He leads by
    example and is self-motivated.
  • Trooper Ketchum is a DRE and a DRE Instructor. He has utilized
    this training to teach fellow officers (City, County and
    State), students, school teachers/administrators, and
    business professionals the dangers of drug usage. He has also
    taught them the signs and symptoms of persons who may be
    under the influence of drugs. He is continually being asked
    by the ISP training division to assist in providing this
  • Trooper Ketchum has been trained in criminal interdiction, which
    includes identifying possible suspects who may be trafficking
    large amounts of drugs within Idaho on our roadways. When
    suspects are apprehended, Trooper Ketchum goes beyond the
    arrest phase of the stop. He talks to the suspects and tries
    to talk them into working with detectives to identify
    additional drug traffickers. This additional time spent with
    suspects has made cases throughout the northwest including
    Washington, Oregon, Montana, and Idaho.
  • Since joining the State Police, Trooper Ketchum has become one of
    the top DUI and drug related offenses arresting officers
    within the State Police.
  • Trooper Ketchum treats everyone he comes in contact with, with
    dignity and respect. He goes beyond the "normal" for a
    trooper. Trooper Ketchum stopped on a motorist assist just
    outside the city limits of Mountain Home on Interstate 84.
    The college female had run out of gas the night before on her
    way home and no one had stopped to help her. When Trooper
    Ketchum stopped, the girl was cold, hungry, and scared. He
    used his fuel transfer kit to get the car going again, and
    then followed her to Mountain Home. The girl was broke so
    Trooper Ketchum used some of his own money to give her
    additional fuel to make it home to Glenns Ferry. He also
    bought her coffee and breakfast and made sure she was ok to
    get the rest of the way home.
  • Trooper Ketchum has driven up on two separate fatality crashes
    while off duty. The latest was in the riggins area. Trooper
    Ketchum utilized his On-Star to notify emergency personnel.
    When the Idaho County Deputy arrived on-scene and found out
    Trooper Ketchum was an "off-duty" ISP Trooper, the deputy
    turned the crash investigation over to Trooper Ketchum and
    then went and handled traffic control. It took another ISP
    officer over one hour to arrive on-scene and take over the
    investigation from Trooper Ketchum. There was another injured
    party at the crash. Trooper Ketchum, his wife Debbie (who is
    the manager of the Family Maternity Center at St. Al's), and
    a vacationing paramedic from New York, all attended to the
    injured until EMS arrived. The off-duty medic could not
    locate his family. He finally made contact with them by cell
    phone and they were in Weiser. Trooper Ketchum told the medic
    to have his family go to a motel in the Boise area. Trooper
    Ketchum then transported the medic to Boise and connected him
    back with his family.
  • Trooper Ketchum has been active with the Idaho State Police
    Association in both Region's 2 and 3. He is currently the
    ISPA Chapter 3 President.
  • Trooper Ketchum is a Field Training Officer and has been
    instrumental in training new officers.
  • Trooper Ketchum is also a firearm instructor, which includes
    keeping all of Region 3, including headquarters personnel,
    current in their firearm certifications.

I would like to thank the Nampa Optimists for recognizing officer's, in a
public form like this, who go beyond the call of duty for their department
and community.


Sgt. Kevin White

Idaho State Police

Region 3, Boise