*SCAM ALERT* involving law enforcement agencies

September 26, 2023

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office would like to make everyone aware of a scam involving the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office and local police departments. People report receiving a phone call from 712-737-2280, which is our actual business phone number. The caller is claiming to be a Sioux County Sheriff’s Office employee, gives a fictitious name, … Read more

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Take a moment to read an important message from Deputy Dorhout and K9 McGrath about social media back-to-school posts

August 22, 2023

As a new school year is here, we thought it was a good time to give a quick reminder to parents who plan to post back-to-school social media pics of their favorite students. This year, Deputy Jessica Dorhout and McGrath put together a helpful photo-reminder to remind everyone to stay safe. -Remember, a photo of … Read more

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Sioux County’s first Certified Professional Therapy K9

August 19, 2023

Sioux County, meet McGrath, our first-ever certified Professional Therapy K9! McGrath’s trainer from C.A.R.E.S., Inc.: (Canine Assistance Rehabilitation & Education Services) of Concordia, KS, says he absolutely “loves to be loved” and we think that will be a fitting quality for his job description! McGrath has now joined his handler, Deputy Jessica Dorhout, and is … Read more

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Something parents may want to know about “Saturn – Time Together” App

August 18, 2023

Recently, one of our citizens shared concerns with me about an app called “Saturn-Time Together.” After doing some research about this, I have come to the personal opinion that the Saturn app may be gaining popularity among high schoolers. It’s a scheduling app designed for students, but I think parents should be extra aware about … Read more

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Ceremony held for three new Sheriff’s Deputies and Promotion Ceremony for two new Lieutenants and two new Sergeants – July 13

July 14, 2023

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office held a swearing-in ceremony for the new Sioux County Sheriff’s Deputies and a promotional ceremony for two new Lieutenants and two new Sergeants. Our three newest additions of Sheriff’s Deputies are Deputy Gage Klein, Deputy Jake Harmelink and Deputy Zachary McKee. Promoted to Lieutenant are Deputy Justin De Bruin and … Read more

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“Home Improvement” scam in Sioux County

June 12, 2023

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office would like to make you aware to be cautious of a summer “home improvement” scam that has been circulating around Sioux County and the surrounding area. In a recent incident in Sioux County, the suspect offered to paint a building on a farm property. The suspect then claimed to have … Read more

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Information sought in reports of gunshot, bullet shot through window at residence north of Sioux Center – May 25

May 26, 2023

On Thursday, May 25, at 6:35 p.m., the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office investigated a discharge of a firearm that occurred near a residence, one mile north of Sioux Center, IA. A homeowner on 371st Street reported that a bullet was shot through a window and struck a cabinet in the home. Several neighbors reported hearing … Read more

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Forensic class at Boyden-Hull JR/SR High School

May 20, 2023

The Forensic Science class at the Boyden-Hull JR/SR High School recently participated in a Crime Scene Investigation activity. The Forensic Science teacher, Mr. Kent Zevenbergen, and the Sheriff’s Office SRO, Deputy Waylon Pollema facilitated this activity. The students were engaged and were ultimately successful in solving the crime by using several investigative themes and techniques. … Read more

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National Police Week

May 15, 2023

In 1962, President Kennedy proclaimed May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week in which May 15 falls as National Police Week. The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office is blessed to have some of the best law enforcement officers in Iowa. They put on their uniforms, gun belt, bullet proof vests, kiss … Read more

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*New Scam Alert* the Facebook Marketplace/Venmo Scam

April 11, 2023

Avoiding Marketplace Scams Sioux County and area law enforcement have observed an uptick in scams being completed online using Facebook Marketplace and other online “swap” pages. The most common scam occurring involves the fraudster advertising an item or service, with a price that is “too good to be true.” The fraudster then engages the victim … Read more

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SCAM ALERT: Two different scams to make you aware of

March 24, 2023

*SCAM ALERT NOTICE* The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office was made aware of two different scams making the rounds around Sioux County. -On this scam the person received a call from someone claiming to be with the Spirit Lake Police Department. The caller stated that the person on the phone had a warrant for their arrest … Read more

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Information about the Distract and Dash scam

March 7, 2023

  Here is some information we wanted you to know about a scam referred to as “Distract and Dash,” that has been appearing around the state. Please share with your friends, family and younger shoppers as well to avoid becoming a victim. In these cases, law enforcement has received reports of a simple-but-effective theft/scam that … Read more

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An exciting update!

February 9, 2023

Sioux County citizens, I have some great updates happening at the sheriff’s office that I’d like to share with you. As you may know, I have been working on enhancing the services provided by the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office: ◦ One of the ways is that we want to further serve our schools is by … Read more

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Lower your risk of becoming a victim of home burglary by following these tips

February 2, 2023

Burglary is the most common threat to our homes. Somewhere in the U.S., there’s a home burglary committed every 13-15 seconds. A burglary can have a major impact on your family’s sense of safety and well-being and can cause you to lose more than a few possessions. There are many things you can do to … Read more

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Safety Tips for driving in the fog – a good reminder for younger drivers as well

January 24, 2023

With the recent numerous dense fog advisories we have had and will likely have more of, the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office thinks it’s a perfect time to share our tips for driving in fog; especially heavy fog during winter. Fog makes driving difficult — and dangerous. There are more than 500 fatal car accidents related … Read more

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Newest K9 team arrives and begins service in Sioux County

January 12, 2023

We are excited to introduce our newest K9 Rocky, a one-year-old German Shorthair Pointer from the Netherlands. K9 Rocky was purchased from I-80 K9 in Atlantic, Iowa, and is trained in narcotic, methamphetamine, cocaine and heroin detection. Deputy Agustin Martinez will be his handler and the duo spent the last 10 days in Atlantic training … Read more

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Eye Witness Activity for law class students

December 2, 2022

Our School Resource Officer, Deputy Waylon Pollema, along with the Unity Christian High School Law Class teacher, Ms. Kris Talsma, led an “Eye Witness” activity with the law classes. In the activity, an unknown person entered the classroom suspiciously, stole a computer and left some articles of evidence behind. The law students were then asked … Read more

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High school crime scene activity ends with office and Courthouse tour

October 31, 2022

The four freshman Physical Science classes from Western Christian High School participated in a crime scene activity October 24 – 28. The activity was facilitated by Physical Science teachers, Shawn DeStigter, Sarah Wilson and our School Resource Officer, Deputy Waylon Pollema. On the first day of the activity the students were given a scenario: acting as … Read more

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Public Safety Reminder: Move Over for emergency vehicles, safely *VIDEO*

May 31, 2022

Please take a moment to watch the below video for a good safety reminder to not only move over for emergency vehicles that are stopped with its flashing lights on, but to slow down and please do it safely.   Recently, Sioux County Deputy Sheriff Jessica Dorhout was engaged in a traffic stop when her … Read more

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Sheriff’s Office Drone Highlight Video

January 1, 2021

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office has used its drone for various events that have occurred in our area. Some examples are: train derailments, flooding, fires, explosions and searching for lost or missing persons. We have compiled a short video that shows some of these events and it includes a brief description of the particular event … Read more

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