Know your Sheriff's Department
As a citizen you can depend on the Sheriff's Office to help make a community that is safe and trouble free. But to be truly effective, a Sheriff's Office depends on your cooperation. Crime and accidents result in the great costs of lives, money, and pain. The Sheriff's Office is working hard to protect you from these dangers. Your support is vital in the Sheriff's efforts to prevent and solve crimes, eliminate hazards in and around the community, keep the courts and jails running efficiently, and keep traffic moving smoothly and safely.

• Who is your County Sheriff?

Chances are you don't give much thought to the county Sheriff. You may see an article in the newspaper, a name on the ballot, or a patrol car along side the road. What is it that makes our county Sheriff unique among Illinois law enforcement professionals? The Sheriff is the only elected law enforcement official in the State. This means that every four years he puts his record out for approval. He is accountable to the citizen and voter. Besides the personal accountability required to maintain his post, the Sheriff is a professional, trained in the latest law enforcement techniques and criminal justice procedures.
It's the combination of the above factors, along with the desire to perform public service, that makes the Sheriff a unique position among Illinois officials. To be truly effective he must, and does, understand the integrity needed to do the job in a legal and responsible manner and uphold the public trust placed in him. A Sheriff is more than an individual. He has an office behind him, made up of deputies and support personnel. It's an organization of men and women dedicated to protecting and serving the people of our county. The deputies are sworn law enforcement officers. They are appointed by the Sheriff to uphold the laws and preserve the public peace.

• Your Sheriff's Office is working to serve and protect you.

The Sheriff is responsible for many aspects of the operation of the community.

• Courts

Sheriffs help to maintain a secure court system by providing courtroom security, maintenance, and upkeep. Illinois places the responsibility of the court house upon the Sheriff.

• Jail Operation

By law the Sheriff shall have charge of the county jail and all persons confined therein. He must do this in a fair and impartial way.

• Prisoner transportation

Sheriffs throughout Illinois transport thousands of prisoners each year. Deliveries are made to and from state institutions, federal holding facilities, courts, and extraditions are made from other states.

• Police services

Due to southern Illinois' rural nature, many communities cannot afford their own police forces. Many of Illinois' communities have law enforcement contracts with the county Sheriff. The Sheriff's Office also provides law enforcement services, security, and crowd control for special events such as county fairs, concerts and sporting events.

• Civil process service

Sheriffs are the agency primarily responsible for the service or "delivery" of legal documents in the State. This includes summonses, subpoenas, and law suits. Sheriffs also do evictions, repossessions, attach, and seize and sell property as ordered by the court.

• Communications

For many counties in the state the Sheriff operates and maintains a 24 hour-a-day dispatch center that also provides dispatch services for other agencies such as police, fire departments and volunteer ambulance associations. White County provides dispatch services for all agencies in White County and Grayville

• 911 Emergency Dispatch

911 Servce is also provided to the county by the Sheriff's Department. This valuable resource allow citizens fast and friendly access to emergency services for everyone located in the county and Grayville.

• Community involvement

Sheriffs are part of our communities, interacting with adults and students alike. Programs include: D.A.R.E., We Care, and public exhibitions.
Mission Statement
The White County Sheriff's Department is a public safety agency dedicated to the fundamental mission of law enforcement and adult detention services for White County. Mission accomplishment is centered on providing response to calls for law enforcement services, preventive patrol, public assistance, criminal investigations, and other special services such as search and rescue and civil process. The mission also includes the safe, secure, and humane detention of all arrestees charged with crimes in White County, Illinois.

The White County Sheriff's Department is committed to the advanced strategies of community policing and the direct supervision management of its detention facility. Both concepts involve the establishment of dynamic partnerships with citizens, communities, and other civic and criminal justice agencies working together toward common goals. The White County Sheriff's Department will continue to be a leader and facilitator in attaining the goals to overcome and solve community problems with innovative ideas on crime prevention, proactive inmate management strategies, and public safety resulting in lasting solutions, reduced fear, and a better life for the residents of White County.