Chief of Police

Message from Chief Joe Huff

"On behalf of the men and women of the Nampa Police Department I would like to welcome you to our department website. As someone who was born and raised in Nampa, I deeply care about the quality of life in this city. I am honored to serve as the Chief of Police for the Nampa Police Department. We are a professional police department that is made up of 210 dedicated professional employees who serve with integrity, character and courage. It is our goal to provide excellence in policing by working in partnership with the community we serve. We are committed to bringing a high level of professional and courteous service, understanding that to be successful we must work with the community we serve to strengthen trust and reduce crime. It is a very exciting time for the police department as we move forward always looking for ways to continue to improve the quality of life for the citizens of this great city. Nampa is a great city to live, work and call home. My pledge to you is that the fine members of this department stand ready to serve and protect you and will do our very best to continue to make Nampa the great community we call home..."

Joe Huff
Chief of Police

About the Chief

Chief Joe Huff's formal police career started with the Nampa Police Department in 1986 when he became an Explorer Scout. After that, he was cadet scout and a reserve police officer. When he turned 21, he was hired on as a police officer. He was sworn in as Nampa’s Police Chief on Jan. 4, 2016. Huff was a lieutenant for six years before he was named chief.


Chief Huff appointed two captains – one to oversee the administrative nonsworn personnel side of the police department and another to oversee operations and sworn personnel.

Brad Daniels is the administrative captain, helping with budgeting and oversight of dispatch and records. Daniels has 26 years in law enforcement, including 21 years at NPD and five years with the Canyon County Sheriff’s Office.

Curt Shankel is the operations captain, overseeing criminal investigations and patrol. Shankel has been with NPD for nearly 18 years and has 20 total years in law enforcement. He was a sergeant for 9.5 years and was also the School Resource Officer supervisor for 1.5 years. Shankel worked both patrol and investigations.