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Welcome to the Park County Sheriff’s Office website. As you browse the site, we hope you find it informative and useful

Please feel free to contact me with concerns, questions or suggestions on how we may better serve you.

Sheriff Scott A. Steward

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Staff Spotlight

While Park County Wyoming was officially established in 1911, it wasn’t until the summer of 1970 that Search and Rescue was created. The Sheriff at the time, Harley Kinkade, sought out the expertise of his nephew, Kirk Waggoner, to formally organize a group of volunteers to create Park County Search and Rescue (PCSAR). Under the command of the Sheriff’s Office the original five “ragtag” (Waggoner) group members have grown and evolved into a specialized and expert team of rescuers. Harley and Martha Kinkade left a legacy of selfless and dedicated volunteer work and inspiration.

The members are trained in skills such as: first aid and CPR; wilderness search; aircraft and emergency locator transmitter (ELT) search; urban search; search management; swift water and ice rescue; mountain rescue; K-9 search; Incident Command System; wilderness travel; land navigation; avalanche search; and critical incident stress management.  Some of the team members are extensively trained in emergency medicine and other specialized rescue techniques and many of them are community instructors of various outdoor skills and safety programs. The PCSAR team also assist the local law enforcement, emergency management, volunteer fire departments and ambulance services when extra help is needed with logistical support or medical/rescue services during serious incidents.

An organization based solely on the effort of volunteers can only be as great as the community providing said volunteers. PCSAR currently has over thirty members and a waiting list, proving that the community supporting this team is far above standard. It is because of this that Park County Search and Rescue wants to say thank you for the community it has the privilege of serving.

Update from the Park County Sheriff’s Office

 The Park County Sheriff’s Office will remain operational in both the criminal and administrative capacities, we are taking certain precautions to protect the employees and inmates in our care in order to limit exposure to COVID-19. As always, if you have an emergency call 911.

All the Inmate Rules and Regulations (Inmate Rules and Regulations) are still in effect with the following, temporarily, added precautions.

  • Only inmates that have completed the fourteen (14) day quarantine period are eligible for visits.
  • Eligible inmates will be escorted to and from the visit booths while wearing a required mask.
  • Deputies will sanitize each booth in between inmate visits (on the inmate side).
  • Deputies will wear masks and gloves while receiving visitors or items from the public.
  • All visitors are responsible for their own masks, sanitizing wipes, and the sanitization of their booth. While none of these things are required it is highly recommended.
  • There will be NO direct contact between inmates and the public.
  • Public FINGERPRINTS by appointment only (mask and hand-washing will be required) Please call 307-527-8714 or 307-754-8714 THE DAY YOU WOULD LIKE TO MAKE APPOINTMENT FOR.
  • No tours to the facility and no KIDPRINT ID program until further notice.

The visit schedule, and the requirement to schedule prior to 5:00 P.M. on the Friday before the visit, have not changed at this time, but are subject to as the Detention Center mitigates this ever evolving situation and prioritizes the safety and well-being of the inmates, staff, and facility. Please call 307-527-8754 to schedule a visit or if you have any questions.

We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience to the public during these necessary precautions. The Park County Sheriff’s Office is committed to the service, safety, and security of our community. The listed measures will assist us in doing that during this time.

Irrigation Water Safety

Contrary to the wet snowy weather citizens woke up to this morning, spring has come to Park County, Wyoming. The temperatures are warmer, if only slightly, and the color of green is slowly returning to the area. Sheriff Scott Steward wants to remind residents that now is a good time to review irrigation canal safety and the appropriate uses of irrigation water.

Many of the residents of Park County depend on the water from the irrigation canals, everyone from hobby gardeners to our local farmers. There are thousands of miles of irrigation canals in Wyoming and there are dangers to these water ways that need to be considered by all.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, every day in this country, an average of ten people die from unintentional drowning.  Of these, one in five are children aged 14 or younger.  In addition to the drowning potential, ingesting irrigation water from these canals can result in serious risks to a person’s health.

For health and safety around irrigation water and canals, residents should:

Never swim or allow children to swim in canals. Canals are dangerous due to slippery banks, diversions, and fluctuating currents.

  • Do not allow children to play near canals. Do not walk along the banks or edges of canals, which can be very slick.
  • Never jump in to rescue pets. Instead, call 911 for help. Do not jump in after toys or other objects.
  • Obey all posted warning signs. If walking, jogging or biking along canals, keep a safe distance from the edges of the flowing water.
  • Never use canal irrigation water to fill swimming pools, “kiddie” pools, hot tubs or for bathing or drinking. Water from canals can contain agricultural runoff, bacteria, protozoans, chemicals, fecal material from animals, or other contaminants that can cause serious illness.
  • Label all standpipes from irrigation piped systems that use canal water with the words “NON-POTABLE – DO NOT DRINK”. Irrigation water for edible crops and/or gardens should not come into direct contact with edible parts of the plant unless the crop will be peeled, skinned, or cooked before eating.
  • Never connect piping using irrigation water with freshwater potable water systems. Canal water is not chlorinated and can pollute drinking water systems.

Irrigation water is integral to Wyoming agriculture, which is its intended purpose. Any other use of irrigation water can be hazardous or pose a serious public health risk. So please, remember to be safe around Wyoming canals and irrigation ditches.