Introduction and history
The Douglas County Sheriff's Office employs 132 sworn deputies and a civilian support staff of approximately 100 full and part-time time employees. Combined they provide law enforcement related services to over 400,000 citizens of Douglas County, including approximately 70,000 in the primary patrol area outside the City limits of Omaha. The department provides its services in a mixed environment consisting of urban, suburban and rural settings encompassing 340 square miles.
The office was established in 1856 during Nebraska's territorial days when Omaha was the capitol of the territory. The office has evolved in response to the changing requirements of the office of the Sheriff and is currently organized into four bureaus each headed by a bureau captain answering directly to the Sheriff and Chief Deputy. The bureaus include:
The Civil Process and Civil Proceeds Divisions of the Field Services Bureau are responsible for processing and serving approximately 3,000 civil and criminal writs per month. The Bureau utilizes a computerized writ processing system that allows for the individual routing, tracking, service and return of a high volume of writs with a minimal clerical staff.
Unlike other sheriff's offices in Nebraska that rely on sworn deputy sheriffs to serve civil process, the Douglas County Sheriff's Office utilizes a staff of civilian, non-sworn process servers. These specially trained professional process servers are hourly employees and do not receive mileage or service fee reimbursements.
A civilian field supervisor directs the activities of the process servers and works under the overall supervision of the lieutenant in charge of the Civil Process Division. A sworn deputy sheriff executes statutory process including executions, attachments and replevins under the direction of the Sergeant supervising the Civil Proceeds Division.