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Denton County Sheriff's Office 


Sheriff Tracy Murphree

Welcome to the Denton County Sheriff’s Office Web site.  Our goal is to provide citizens and visitors with quick and easy access to information about this office, the departments within the Sheriff's Office, and the Denton County Jail.

Thank you,

Sheriff Tracy Murphree

Public Notices & Alerts


IRS Scam!  This scam is active again, so be aware if you get a call from someone claiming to be from the Denton County calling about an IRS warrant.  The new twist on the scam this time is that the caller ID says it's coming from the Denton County Sheriff's Office, and the caller claims to be with the Denton County Sheriff's Office.  This is not us.  The number on the caller ID may show up as 206-472-6006.


People are receiving calls about Active Warrants or Failure to Appear charges from a 940-200-3916 phone number.  The caller is stating he is Sheriff Robert Phugh, and he is requesting them to go to Kroger, and get a card for $1115 to pay the warrants and fines. 


On March 15, 2016 the Denton County Sheriff’s Office began receiving calls about a scam.

The SCAMMER is identifying himself as Sergeant Larry Kish with the Denton County Sheriff’s Office and he would tell the called party that they missed Jury Duty and that there are open warrants for their arrest. The SCAMMER is calling from 940-315-9715.

The SCAMMER will question the called party about why they did not appear for Jury Duty and will provide a fabricated name of a criminal case in Judge Sherry Shipman's court.

The SCAMMER will then advise the called party that they will need to go to Kroger's and get two rechargeable safe secure cards with a 19 digit # on the back. The SCAMMER will try to get the numbers off of the card and secure the funds.

The Denton County Sheriff’s Office does not contact citizens and demand payments for open warrants, nor does the court. If you have any information about this scam, or have had such a call, please call the Denton County Sheriff’s Office at 940-349-1600 to report the incident, or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-388-TIPS


Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS)

Denton County Sheriff’s Office
VIPS Program
127 N. Woodrow Lane
Denton, TX 76205

Your Ticket to Community Volunteering!

Mission Statement

The Volunteers in Police Services is committed to developing a spirit of cooperation and partnership within the community to enhance the Denton County Sheriff’s Office’s ability to serve citizens of Denton County.

Note from Your Sheriff

The Denton County Sheriff’s Office is a community based department.  I would like to invite you to become a part of this endeavor.  Our VIPS program is designed to give our volunteers a sense of personal satisfaction as they perform meaningful and important roles that directly affect our community.

The Volunteer in Police Service program, or VIPS, is part of a national Volunteer in Police Service Organization.

The goal of the program is to give the volunteers a chance to give back to their community. Community volunteers have a direct effect in the community by helping the Sheriff’s office make Denton County a better place to live while enjoying a sense of personal satisfaction.

Where can you help your community?

  • Community Events
  • School Events
  • Juvenile Impact Program
  • Translation Services
  • Fingerprinting Services
  • Crime Prevention Support

Volunteer Benefits?

  • Helping Others
  • Community Involvement
  • Meeting new and interesting people
  • Personal Satisfaction

Reasons to be a VIP?

  • Participate in purpose driven programs that benefit your community
  • Develop valuable relationships with other volunteers, your county and your Sheriff’s office
  • Exercise your special skills, talents and experience in a new venue
  • Support your sheriff’s department employees by performing duties that enable them to concentrate on public service.

What are the minimum requirements to volunteer?

  • Live or Work within Denton County
  • Have a valid driver’s license
  • Successfully pass a background investigation
  • Have no felony or serious misdemeanor convictions
  • Interview
  • Minimum 8 hours a month time commitment
  Volunteers are selected to ensure a broad community representation.            

How Do I get started?

For more information on volunteering or for an application, contact Deputy Charley Smith or call (940) 349-1651. 

You may Download an applicationAcrobat PDF


New Scam Warning: A person posing as a Sgt. Jackson is advising that there is a warrant for failure to appear for Grand Jury. He is asking for credit card info or for the victims to go to Kroger to purchase green dot cards.

He is calling from 940-200-3469.


A person called in stating they received a message to their home # from an Agent Mitch Rodriquez with the IRS. Tipster returned the phone call (phone

# 202 580 8482). Agent Rodriguez is stating they are from the IRS and there are discrepancies in taxes from 2002-2006 that need to be paid by Credit Card over the phone or they will send a deputy out the residence.


We have received several calls from citizens in Denton County stating that they have been contacted by a subject using the name of Sgt. Jackson with the Denton County Sheriff’s Office.

This subject is calling from 940-200-1606. He is advising these subjects that a warrant has been issued for their arrest for "Failure to Appear" for Jury Duty. The actor is advising these subjects to go to Kroger and purchase a Pre-Paid Credit card. This potential scam is identical to the scams that occurred last year.

It appears that the actors change their cell phone numbers so that they appear to be coming from the same area. In the past they have attempted these scams for a few days then moved on to a different area.


If you receive a call from a Lieutenant Tommy Donaldson from the Denton County Sheriff’s Office it could potentially be a scam.

The man claiming to be Lieutenant Tommy Donaldson says he is working with the Denton County Sheriff’s Office, but he is not.
Denton County Sheriff’s Office says the scammer will call random individuals and tell them they have missed jury duty and must appear before a judge immediately. Victims are encouraged BY THE SCAMMER to stay on the phone until they can meet with Lt. Donaldson and bring money to the “Court Clerk.”
The Denton County Sheriff’s Office does not contact people missing jury duty nor do they ask for a fine amount.
If anyone has been contacted by this individual please contact Sgt. Roger McAfee at 940-349-1669.


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Tracy Murphree

Main Office

Law Enforcement Center - Directions
127 N. Woodrow Lane
Denton, Texas 76205-6397
(940) 349-1600
(972) 434-5500
(940) 349-1604 (Fax)
(972) 434-5020 (Fax)

Other Phone Numbers




(940) 349-1600
(972) 434-5500

Jail Information:

(940) 349-1700
(972) 434-5502




Crime Stoppers:

(940) 349-1555
(800) 388-8477

Criminal Investigations:

(940) 349-1660
(972) 434-5503

Jail Records:

(940) 349-1630
(972) 434-5507


(940) 349-1560
(972) 434-5505

Animal Control:

(940) 349-1600
(972) 434-5500

Sheriff's Responsibilities

     The office of Sheriff is constitutionally created office with responsibilities prescribed by the legislature (Tex. Const. Art. V sec 23). The sheriff is the chief law enforcement officer for the county and is responsible for

  • operating the county jails,
  • investigating crimes,
  • making arrests,
  • enforcing traffic regulations on county roads,
  • serving writs,
  • seizing property after judgment, and
  • maintaining communications with other law enforcement organizations.

The sheriff has countywide jurisdiction; however, most sheriffs' departments concentrate their activities outside city limits where municipal officers cannot operate. Like all county department heads, the sheriff appoints his own personnel and in large counties may have a substantial staff and budget. The sheriff is elected every four years and is responsible for security in both the county and district courts. The sheriff also sets bail bond policy for the county except where there is a Bail Bond Board which establishes the rules and regulations for making bail by bondsmen. 


Press Releases


Open Records Requests

All requests for records may be submitted by completing the form below.

Sheriff’s Office Records

Custodian of Records – Toni Hodges
Ph#   (940) 349 -1630
Fax# (940) 349 -1628/5158

Inmate Medical Records

Custodian of Records – Doug Sanders
Ph#   (940) 349-1700

Racial Profiling Information:

Other Area Law Enforcement Agencies





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