Elko County Sheriff's Office
775 W Silver Street
Elko, NV 89801
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Hours of OperationSheriff's Administration M-F 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Elko County Jail Open 24 hours per day
We operate substations in Spring Creek, Wells and Jackpot which do not have normal business hours.
The Elko County Sheriff's Office was established on June 26, 1869. The Sheriff's Office has evolved since that time to a full service, professional law enforcement organization that is dedicated to provide patrol, correctional, civil process and concealed weapons services.
In addition, the Sheriff's Office also has regulatory duties and collects gaming, liquor license and County business licenses. The County Commission has designated the Sheriff as the County Emergency Manager as well. The Sheriff is the County Coroner by statute and also has the responsibility for all search and rescue missions within the County.
The current Sheriff is Dale Lotspeich, who was sworn in to office in January of 2007. The Elko County Sheriff's Office has fifty two full-time certified deputies and thirteen support staff that work in the patrol and jail divisions.
A STATEMENT FROM THE SHERIFF:
I am a 28 year veteran of Elko County law enforcement. I was hired in 1982 by Sheriff Jim Miller and spent my career in the Patrol and Detective units. I am a graduate of the FBI National Academy and the National Sheriffs’ Institute.
I am active in lobbying efforts related to law enforcement issues and I am a member of the Nevada Sheriffs and Chiefs Association and the National Sheriffs Association. Governor Jim Gibbons has appointed me as the Chairman of the Nevada Communications Steering Committee, a voting member of the Homeland Security Commission Finance Committee as well as a Commissioner on the State Emergency Response Commission. These appointments allow me to have input in financial and policy issues that face Nevada and allow Elko County to have a voice in these processes.
My involvement in these Committees has helped bring in almost a million dollars worth of Homeland Security funds that improve our readiness capabilities in the event of a disaster and criminal acts.
I am a lifelong Elko County native, who graduated from Wells High School. I attended several semesters of college in Idaho and Elko, before taking a job as an Elko County deputy sheriff. I married the love of my life, Leslie when I worked in Jackpot. We have been married for 25 years and raised three wonderful children. Lynn is married and raising a family in Eureka. Dan is a second lieutenant in the US Army and Jim is finishing up his sophomore year at UNR.
When I took the oath of office in 2007, I promised several changes within the Sheriff’s Office. I told you that I would return Leadership and Integrity to the Sheriff’s Office, Reduce and Prevent crime through Teamwork and Collaboration and be fiscally responsible. The three greatest accomplishments in this term have been to increase information sharing, improve drug interdiction and investigation strategies, and raise the level of professionalism at the Sheriff’s Office.
In 2008, the Sheriff’s Office chose to participate in an information sharing/ intelligence-led policing initiative implemented by the Homeland Security Commission. We dedicated a deputy half time to this effort and the results have been tremendous. Information about criminal activity and crimes is being disseminated at all levels. Recently this information sharing was instrumental in a large theft ring being dismantled in Lander County. The criminal organization was interstate in nature and a large portion of the stolen items came from Elko County.
In 2007, Congressman Dean Heller was instrumental in appropriating $90,000 to the Elko County Sheriff’s Office on an anti-meth initiative. This money provided training for 34 law enforcement officers within the Northeast Nevada region. In addition it pays for overtime to send deputies out to actively utilize criminal interdiction strategies to seize illegal drugs and proceeds from illegal drug activities. We work with other agencies as a task force to accomplish these strategies.
Since taking office I have implemented new policies and procedures throughout the Sheriff’s Office. I take all complaints seriously and investigate all violations of policy or the law. Employees are held accountable for intentional violations or mistakes. I also reward good behavior and work conduct by recognition and enhanced training opportunities. The Elko County Sheriff’s Office has a record of complete compliance with the Nevada POST training standards.
Several of the changes I have made involve raising the standards to the meet the requirements of the state. Raising the procedural standards has not come without a price. I have met with my staff and we are working to find ways to cut costs and reduce overtime.
The future of Elko County will be both promising and challenging. My executive team and I have identified four significant initiatives that need to be accomplished in the next five years. They are Technology Improvements; Facilities Expansion; Improve Professional Services and Enhance our Crime Prevention and Crime Reduction Strategies.
This will be accomplished by improving voice communications by moving to the Nevada Shared Radio System (800 MHz); moving to a mobile data platform for vehicles; forming a Criminal Justice Coordinating Council and developing long range facilities plans; working on becoming fully staffed; to reduce shift coverage overtime; enhancing the Neighborhood Watch program; and increasing the amount of time going in to targeted enforcement activities.
Sheriff Dale Lotspeich
We'll Impress YouLEADERSHIP DIRECTION STATEMENT
The Office of the Sheriff is dedicated to ensuring a safe and secure Elko County. We accomplish this through community commitment, effective leadership and the use of current technologies. We strive to serve the citizens of the County in a professional manner which encourages their respect and builds their trust.
The employees of the Sheriff’s Office are a dedicated and hard working team who put the needs of the public first. We collaborate with our law enforcement partners and community leaders to increase public awareness. With our partners, we identify and solve community problems with the goals of reducing and eliminating crime.
Mission StatementCORE VAULES
The Elko County Sheriff's Office strives for excellence through the core values of Honesty, Integrity, Dedication and Courage.
Improve and Enhance the use of Technology
Develope a Long Range Plan for Facilities Expansion
Improve Professional Services
Enhance our Crime Prevention and Crime Reduction Strategies