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Welcome to the Denton County Sheriff’s Office Web site, a resource designed for citizens and visitors who are seeking information about this office and Denton County.

The office of sheriff is a constitutionally created office with duties prescribed by the Texas legislature (Tex. Const. Art. V sec. 23). The sheriff is the chief law enforcement officer for the county and is elected every four years.

The sheriff has countywide jurisdiction, but in practice, most sheriffs’ offices concentrate their activities outside city limits where municipal officers cannot operate.

The Denton County Sheriff’s Office has historically been a rural law enforcement agency, but due to the increase and changing demographics of the population, it has become a more urban law enforcement agency of more than 500 dedicated employees who provide services to a growing and dynamic Texas county.

The sheriff is responsible for operating the county jails, investigating crimes, making arrests, enforcing traffic regulations on county roads and maintaining security in both the county and district courts. We are also charged with civil and criminal processes such as subpoenas, warrants and writs of attachments.

We patrol more than 888 square miles and house more than 1000 inmates. We also provide dispatch services for more than 20 local and State law enforcement agencies and over 12 local fire departments in the county, as well as our own agency.

We believe in building partnerships with local, state and federal agencies to help solve community problems, maximize taxpayer-funded resources, and increase competence, integrity and professionalism in law enforcement. We have an open agency, and I encourage citizens to communicate problems, issues and concerns with myself or any of my staff.

I believe that strong leadership, from the command staff on down through the department, helps us succeed in our mission to provide residents the services they expect from their Sheriff’s Office and make Denton County a better and safer place to raise families, and I am honored to lead the men and women who daily risk their lives to fulfill that mission. They are owed a tremendous debt of gratitude.

Please use this Web site for your benefit, and feel free to contact us if you have any questions, concerns or suggestions.

Thank you,
Sheriff William B. Travis

Gun Control Statement:

As the Sheriff of Denton County, I am sworn to uphold the Constitutions of both the State of Texas and of the United States. With the recent events, gun control has become a much more significant and perhaps controversial topic of conversation throughout the U.S.

The cause of violence, including gun violence, must be addressed on many fronts, including improved mental health treatment, media violence, drugs, gangs, breakdown of the family, strengthening laws that prevent or reduce the access of legally prohibited persons to firearms and vigorous enforcement of existing laws.

I strongly support our citizens' protected right to bear arms under the Second Amendment and do not support depriving any citizen of the rights provided under the Constitution and Bill of Rights. However, the doctrine of judicial review grants to the United States Supreme Court and the lower courts the power to determine the constitutionality of any law and sheriffs do not possess the legal authority to interpret the constitutionality of any law.

In conjunction with the National Sheriffs' Association, I support the rights conferred by the Second Amendment and further recognize the ultimate authority of the courts in interpreting the scope of those constitutional rights.

Sheriff William B. Travis

Sheriff’s Office to Oversee Permitting for Sexually Oriented Businesses

Press Releases:

4/16/2014  Scholarship Presentation 
4/7/2014  Human Trafficking Operation 
4/2/2014  British Invasion 
3/31/2014  Swearing in Law Enforcement Academy Graduates 
3/5/2014  Arrest in Lanata Motor Vehicle Burglaries 
12/11/2013  Cat Seizure 
11/24/2013  Project Safe Holiday 2013 
11/21/2013  Crime Lab 
11/1/2013  Project Safe BOO a Success 
10/30/2013  Project Safe BOO 

Press Release Archive

 



 

Contact information:
Will Travis, Sheriff

Open Records Requests

All requests for records may be submitted by completing the form below.

Open Records Request Form

Racial Profiling Information:

2012 Racial Profiling Report

Racial Profiling Policy - English

Racial Profiling Policy - Spanish

 

Locations:

Building: Law Enforcement Center - Directions
Address: 127 N. Woodrow Lane, Denton, Texas  76205-6397
Phone: (940) 349-1700/ Metro (972) 434-5500
Fax: (940) 349-1604/ Metro (972) 434-5020
   
Building: Steven Copeland Government Center
Address: 1400 FM 424, Cross Roads, TX 76227-7284 Suite 167
Phone:
Fax:  

 

Other Phone Numbers

Emergency:

  911  

Non-Emergency

  (940) 349-1600 (Not for Jail Information) Metro (972) 434-5500

Jail Information:

  (940) 349-1700 Metro (972) 434-5502

Crime Stoppers

  (940) 349-1555 (800) 388-8477

Criminal Investigations:

  (940) 349-1660 Metro (972) 434-5503

Jail Records:

  (940) 349-1630 Metro (972) 434-5507

Warrants:

  (940) 349-1560 Metro (972) 434-5505

Animal Control

  (940) 349-1600 Metro (972) 434-5500

 

Sheriff's Responsibilities:

    Sheriff is a constitutionally created office with duties to be prescribed by the legislature (Tex. Const. Art. V sec 23). The sheriff is the chief law enforcement officer for the county and is responsible for operating the county jails, investigating crimes, making arrests, enforcing traffic regulations on county roads, serving writs, seizing property after judgment, and maintaining communications with other law enforcement organizations. The sheriff has countywide jurisdiction, but in practice, most sheriffs' departments concentrate their activities outside city limits where municipal officers cannot operate. Like all county department heads, the sheriff appoints his own personnel and in large counties may have a substantial staff and budget. The sheriff is elected every four years and is responsible for security in both the county and district courts. The sheriff also sets bail bond policy for the county except where there is a Bail Bond Board which establishes the rules and regulations for making bail by bondsmen.

       Constitutionally, sheriffs in counties of less than 10,000 population serve as tax assessor-collector (art. VIII, sec. 16) unless the voters elect to keep the jobs separate.  In several Texas counties the sheriff is also the tax assessor-collector and carries those additional responsibilities.

 

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