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“Go Buckets” coming soon to every Sioux County School classroom

February 27, 2024

We continue to work on the first ever “Go Bucket” collaborative initiative in Sioux County! This is a reminder from prior media released about the project. Since the start of the “Go Bucket” initiative in November, 2023, the School Resource Officers (SRO’s) in Sioux County and Sioux County Community Health Partners have been receiving monetary … Read more

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Maurice Couple Charged with Neglect of a Dependent Person, Mandatory Reporter Violations and False Report to Law Enforcement

February 22, 2024

JOINT PRESS RELEASE BY SIOUX COUNTY SHERIFF AND SIOUX COUNTY ATTORNEY                      Today, the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation filed seven counts of Neglect of a Dependent Person, Class C Felonies; two counts of Mandatory Reporter Violations, Simple Misdemeanors; and one count of False Report to … Read more

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Sheriff Van Voorst’s statement announcing 2024 campaign for election

December 21, 2023

On Thursday, December 20, 2023, Sheriff Jamie Van Voorst released the following statement, announcing his campaign for “re-election”: “A little over one year ago, I was honored with appointment by the Sioux County Board of Supervisors to the office of Sioux County Sheriff. Today, after previous discussions with my wife and family, colleagues, co-workers, I … Read more

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*SCAM ALERT* Imposter caller claiming to be Lt. Justin De Bruin

November 30, 2023

Residents in northwest Iowa have been receiving phone calls from an imposter claiming to be Lieutenant Justin De Bruin with our office. While Lieutenant De Bruin is a legitimate employee, he has not been calling numerous people today asking for gift cards. The imposter is telling victims that they missed federal jury duty and a … Read more

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Scammer unknowingly calls on-duty deputy’s cell phone *Video*

November 27, 2023

We wanted to share this video with you about how intense and pushy scammers usually are. We completely understand how easily people can become victimized, so we wanted to share this for your awareness. Once the scammer learned they were speaking with law enforcement, they promptly hung up. This is an excellent reminder how creative … Read more

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** SCAM ALERT ** Please read this Information about a scam currently in Sioux County

November 27, 2023

Over the past several days, the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office and other local law enforcement agencies have received reports of suspicious letters being received by area residents. The letters are sent by the “Iowa Workforce Development” for unemployment claims and some may include correct information, such as the last four digits of your social security … Read more

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NIXLE Tip versus phone calls for reporting – Read this for helpful information

November 13, 2023

This outline is for everyone who currently uses NIXLE tips; (If you are unfamiliar with what Nixle Tips are, head over to our website homepage at www.siouxcounty.com and check it out.) We thought it would be helpful to share this information with you to better serve the NIXLE Tip reporting process. In some cases, calling … Read more

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Public Awareness: Be aware of increased reports of burglaries and thefts to buildings and vehicles in rural areas

November 2, 2023

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind everyone to secure outbuildings and vehicles when not using them. Over the past few weeks, the sheriff’s office has investigated multiple reports of vehicle/out building burglaries and thefts. These burglaries have happened in the south, southwest and rural Rock Valley area of the county. Neighboring counties … Read more

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*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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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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“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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*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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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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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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