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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.
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
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