Sheriff’s Office

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.

Courts
Sheriffs help to maintain a secure court system by providing courtroom security. Section 311.07 of the Ohio Revised Code, places the responsibility of the court house upon the Sheriff, under the direction and control of the board of county commissioners.

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

Police services
Due to Ohio’s rural nature, many communities cannot afford their own police forces. Many of Ohio’s 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.

Traffic control
Sheriffs’ personnel are professionally trained in traffic control and vehicle crash investigation. Much of the traffic control and enforcement in our state is done by the Sheriff. Traffic control covers anything from enforcement of traffic laws to directing traffic around special events and construction projects.

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.
Specialized programs
Sheriffs help to control crime and traffic with specialized DUI enforcement programs, and drug and alcohol awareness programs.

Community involvement
Sheriffs are part of our communities, interacting with adults and students alike. Many programs are available, and speakers from the Sheriff’s Office give talks on many different aspects of the what your Sheriff’s Office does.

Contact information
5185 County Home Rd.
Greenville, OH 45331

Tel: 937-548-3399

Toby L. Spencer: tspencer@darkecountysheriff.org

Website: www.darkecountysheriff.org