The Lancaster County Sheriff's Office is responsible for a full range of law enforcement and court-related duties. The Sheriff's Office is staffed by 115 employees including 84 commissioned deputies. The majority of deputies are assigned to the Patrol Division and respond to emergency and routine calls for service in addition to conducting self-initiated prevention and detection of law violations, investigate criminal activity and traffic accidents, and performing coroner's duties. The rest perform more specialized duties such as:
- Fugitive Apprehension
- Court security
- Crime prevention and education
- Drug offense investigation
- Extradition of prisoners from other states
- Major crime investigation
- Service of civil process
Sheriff's deputies have law enforcement authority throughout Lancaster County, including its cities, villages, and townships. Deputies assigned to the Patrol Division are primarily responsible for maintenance of law and order and other peace officer duties in those areas within the County that fall outside the City Limits of Lincoln. Deputies assigned to the remaining four divisions (Investigations, Court Services, Support Services, and Professional Standards) have a significant presence throughout Lancaster County and the City of Lincoln.
The Sheriff's Office maintains strong partnerships with surrounding agencies including the Lincoln Police Department, Nebraska State Patrol, Game and Parks Commission, Department of Homeland Security, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and University of Nebraska-Lincoln Police Department. These partnerships enable the Sheriff's Office to provide a higher level of service while maximizing available resources.