About the Washoe County Sheriff's Office
The Washoe County Sheriff's Office provides law enforcement services for the unincorporated area of Washoe County. We also are responsible for operating the only adult detention facility for pretrial detainees and sentenced misdemeanants within Washoe County. The Agency has an authorized strength of 423 commissioned, 291 civilian, and 45 intermittent hourly employees. We also have 13 active Reserve Deputy Sheriffs and a volunteer corps of 429 persons. The Sheriff's Office has an annual operating budget of $101.5M and has been awarded grants in the amount of $2,621,800.
The Sheriff's Office is divided into three Bureaus and the Forensic Science Division. While each Bureau/Division has a unique function, they impact the operation of the other Bureaus/Division.
The Administrative Bureau, under Chief Deputy Susan Schilling, includes Background Investigations, Community Relations, Training, Fleet Services, Research and Development, Records and Civil Sections, Dispatch, and oversight of the Regional Public Safety Training Center.
The Detention Bureau, under Chief Deputy Russ Pedersen, includes the administration of the detention facility, alternative sentencing programs, inmate programs, transportation of inmates to court and medical appointments, court security and commissary services for inmates.
The Operations Bureau, under Chief Deputy Sherman Boxx, includes Patrol, Detectives/Investigations Unit and Special Operations Divisions.
The Forensic Science Division (Crime Lab), under Director Kerri Heward, includes the Forensic Investigation Section (FIS), as well as the Evidence, Breath Alcohol, Controlled Substance, Firearm & Toolmark, and Toxicology Sections, and the Biology Unit.
WCSO MISSION STATEMENT - To serve the residents of Washoe County, consistently earning the public’s confidence by providing a safe and secure community using the highest quality law enforcement, detention, and support services possible within the resources entrusted to us.
WCSO VISION STATEMENT - The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office will exist to preserve liberty, enhance the safety of the community and defend human dignity. We will strive to be recognized for our strong service orientation, leading edge development of all our human resources and application of emerging technologies. We will be an organization in which each employee embraces integrity as the cornerstone upon which the public trust is built by fostering an environment of honesty, trust, and mutual respect. We will embody the values of our office and reflect these values in the performance of our duties. We will continue to build upon this vision through open communication and receptiveness to new ideas.