Denton County offices will be closed on July 3rd in observance of Independence Day

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Notice: From the National Weather Service

Turn Around Don't Drown®

Each year, more deaths occur due to flooding than from any other thunderstorm related hazard. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that over half of all flood-related drownings occur when a vehicle is driven into hazardous flood water. The next highest percentage of flood-related deaths is due to walking into or near flood waters. People underestimate the force and power of water. Many of the deaths occur in automobiles as they are swept downstream. Of these drownings, many are preventable, but too many people continue to drive around the barriers that warn you the road is flooded. A mere 6 inches of fast-moving flood water can knock over an adult. It takes just 12 inches of rushing water to carry away a small car, while 2 feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles. It is NEVER safe to drive or walk into flood waters.”


Notice: Denton County – 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. Larry Kish at 940-349-1665.

Notice: Please be aware that someone is once again impersonating a Denton County Deputy and telling people they have warrants out. This is a scam! If you receive a call like this, please contact your local police department or the Sheriff's Office to file a report.


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Will Travis

Welcome to the Denton County Sheriff’s Office Web site, a resource designed to provide citizens and visitors with quick and easy access to information about this office and Denton County. 

Thank you, 
Sheriff William B. Travis

Main Office

Law Enforcement Center - Directions
127 N. Woodrow Lane
Denton, Texas 76205-6397
(940) 349-1700
(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

     Sheriff is a constitutionally created office with duties to be 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, but in practice, 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. 

     Constitutionally, sheriffs in counties of less than 10,000 population serve as tax assessor-collector (art. VIII, sec. 16) unless the voters elect to keep the jobs separate.  In several Texas counties the sheriff is also the tax assessor-collector and carries those additional responsibilities.

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