The Meridian Police Department's Recruiting Team is comprised of experienced individuals who are dedicated to assisting applicants through each step of the hiring process.
Current Assignment: Commander of the Professional Standards and Training Office
Lieutenant Scott Colaianni was born and raised in an Italian American family in Pocatello, Idaho. He graduated from Highland High School while working for his family owned and operated business, Bi-Lo Food Center. In 1987, Lieutenant Colaianni and his wife moved to Boise, Idaho where they lived for a brief period of time before their jobs temporarily relocated them to Seattle, Washington. In 1996, a few years after returning to Boise, Lieutenant Colaianni joined the Meridian Police Department. During his initial years with the department, Lieutenant Colaianni was assigned to Patrol and the Criminal Investigations Division, where he worked as a General Crimes Detective and a Narcotics Detective. Lieutenant Colainni graduated with a degree in Criminal Justice from Boise State University in 2002, attended the Northwestern School of Police and Command in 2005, and currently possesses a Management Peace Officer Certification. Over the past 24 years, Lieutenant Colaianni has been assigned to various divisions within the department. Since promoting to the rank of Lieutenant, he has served as the Patrol Commander, the Community Services Commander, and is presently the Commander of the Professional Standards and Training Office. In his free time, Lieutenant Colaianni enjoys exploring the outdoors, working out, and traveling with his wife.
Current Assignment: Sergeant, Professional Standards & Training Division
Sergeant Chris Siems began his law enforcement career 26 years ago with the Emmett Police Department in Emmett, Idaho. While with Emmett PD, Sergeant Siems served as a Field Training Officer, night shift supervisor and a DUI instructor. In 2000, Sergeant Siems joined the Idaho State Police, where he worked for 8 years as a Trooper and Corporal. During his time with the Idaho State Police, Sergeant Siems worked as a Firearms Instructor, Armorer, Field Training Officer, Recruiter, Mentor, Crash Reconstructionist, served on the Critical Incident Task Force, and provided Executive Protection to public officials. In 2008, Sergeant Siems joined the Meridian Police Department, where he has worked in patrol as a Field Training Officer and later became a Firearms Instructor, Armorer, and Crash Reconstructionist. Since joining MPD, Sergeant Siems has promoted through the ranks through the ranks of Police Officer to Corporal to Sergeant, and has been a supervisor for both the Patrol Division and the Traffic Team. Prior to the Meridian-Nampa Patrol Joint Academy, Sergeant Siems was also responsible for overseeing the in-house advanced academy for both entry-level and lateral police officers. Today, he is the Sergeant of the Professional Standards and Training Division, where he is responsible for conducting background investigations and internal affairs investigations.
Current Assignment: Patrol Officer
Officer Tavita Messenger was born and raised in Boise, Idaho. Following his graduation from Capital High School, Officer Messenger worked in low voltage wiring for a local cable company while he obtained a Bachelor's Degree through the University of Phoenix. Officer Messenger found his calling in law enforcement in 2014, and began his career with the Twin Falls Police. In 2016, Officer Messenger joined the Meridian Police Department, where he currently serves as a Field Training Officer and teaches in the Meridian-Nampa Joint Patrol Academy. In his off time, Officer Messenger enjoys spending time with his family and serving in his church.
Current Assignment: School Resource Officer
Officer Ashley Horvath was born and raised in a military and law enforcement family. As a military brat, she has lived all over the nation, and attended high school in Orange County, CA. Following graduation, Officer Horvath moved to San Diego, CA where she worked as a civilian for the Department of Defense aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar for approximately seven and a half years. In 2012, Officer Horvath began her law enforcement career with the Orange County Sheriff's Department in Southern California. During her five years with Sheriff's Department, Officer Horvath obtained her Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice from California Coast University, was a Training Officer, and assisted the Recruiting Division. In 2017, after she and her husband made the decision to relocate to Idaho, Officer Horvath was given the opportunity to join the Meridian Police Department. Since joining the department, Officer Horvath has worked as a Patrol Officer and is currently working as School Resource Officer. In her spare time, Officer Horvath likes to travel, spend time with her family and friends, and is a fitness and nutrition enthusiast.
CRIME PREVENTION SPECIALIST
Current Position: Crime Prevention Specialist
Crime Prevention Specialist Sarah Herrick was born and raised in Southern California. In 2009, Sarah started her career in Law Enforcement as a Police Dispatcher for the Whittier Police Department. In 2017, Sarah and her family relocated to Idaho, where she had the opportunity to join the Meridian Police Department as a Crime Prevention Specialist. For the past two years, Sarah has made a difference in helping to prevent crime through her hard work and diligent efforts in the community. "I enjoy the work I get to do in Crime Prevention, such as educating the community on tips to encourage them to take the necessary steps to reduce crime in their community. This helps make Meridian a safe place to live and gives patrol officers the opportunity to focus on more proactive policing." When not working in the community, Sarah enjoys spending time with her family, camping, boating, or keeping up with her busy boys.
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