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Organizational Structure

 Organizational Chart effective January 2018

Current as of January 2019.

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A Message from the Sheriff

Sheriff Tim Dunning

As a constitutionally elected Sheriff, I recognize and accept that I have been given a special trust and confidence by the citizens and employees whom I have been elected to serve, represent, and manage.

This trust and confidence is my bond to ensure that I shall behave and act according to the highest personal and professional standards. I also accept the responsibility for encouraging others in my profession to maintain those same standards.

As Sheriff, it is my fundamental duty to:

  • serve mankind
  • safeguard lives and property
  • protect the innocent against deception
  • the weak against oppression or intimidation
  • the peaceful against violence or disorder
  • respect the Constitutional Rights of all persons to liberty, equality, and justice,
  • insure those under the color of my authority, do the same.

I will have no compromise for crime and with relentless prosecution of criminals, I will enforce the law courteously and appropriately without fear or favor, malice, or violence and never accepting gratuities.

I recognize the badge of my office as a symbol of public faith, and I accept it as a public trust to be held so long as I am true to the ethics of law enforcement.

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Mission Statement


During the 1800s migration westward, many of the people making the long trip from the eastern part of the country decided to stop in the young territory of Nebraska on the western banks of the Missouri River.

Douglas County began to grow and the people of the area wanted someone to protect them from outsiders and themselves. This need brought about the Sheriff of Douglas County and his Deputies.

The first and only Sheriff appointed was P.G. Peterson. The first Sheriff elected was Cameron Reeves on October 8, 1856. Reeves took office in January 1857. From that point forward, all Sheriffs were elected into office. There have been 30 Sheriffs for Douglas County; the first five prior to Nebraska's statehood. The current Sheriff, Timothy F. Dunning, is serving his fifth term in office.

Today, with a population of 463,585, Douglas County has the largest population of all 93 counties in Nebraska, and includes the state's largest city. Douglas County covers 331 square miles bordered by the Missouri River on the east, Platte River on the west, Dutch Hall Road on the north and Harrison Street on the south.

The County operates under a board of seven elected commissioners.

The department employs 213 personnel, 129 sworn officers and 84 civilian employees, making it the largest Sheriff's Office in the state. The personnel deliver the full range of law enforcements services, including:

  • patrol
  • criminal investigations
  • prisoner transportation
  • courthouse/civic center security
  • civil process
  • foreclosure proceedings
  • warrant service
  • mental health and protective order service
  • sex offender monitoring
  • tax collection.

The department became nationally accredited in 2005 by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA).


Mission Statement and Core Values

"As a member of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, I commit myself to ensuring the safety and trust of all people, with integrity and respect; and to having the courage to uphold the law, professionally and with sensitivity and fairness. I take responsibility for the protection of the citizens of Douglas County, and am accountable for my actions in serving them."

Core Values

  • Sensitivity
  • Excellence
  • Integrity
  • Professionalism
  • Accountability
  • Efficiency
  • Service
  • Protection
  • Public Trust


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