Ford County Sheriff's Office

  • Agency: Ford County Sheriff's Office
  • Address: 11311 E. Comanche, Dodge City, 67801 KS
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Ford County Sheriff's Office is located at 11311 E. Comanche, Dodge City, 67801 KS. The Ford County Sheriff's Office phone number is 620-227-4501.

Ford County Sheriff's Office News

Ford County Sheriff’s Office 11311 E. Comanche Dodge City, Ks 67801 MEDIA RELEASE On September 28, 2018, Ford County Deputies responded to a domestic violence call in rural Ford County. Prior to arrival the suspect fled the scene. Suspect vehicle was located a few miles from the residence and a search was conducted throughout the night and into the early morning hours of September 29 before a deputy spotted the suspect near a milo field. The deputy pursued the suspect into a milo field at which time the suspect laid down. A security perimeter was set up and assistance was requested from the Dodge City Police Department, Kansas Highway Patrol and Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks & the Gray County Sheriff’s Office to aid in a search of the suspect. Three separated K-9’s were deployed and an unmanned air unit. The suspect was not located. A local farmer offered the use of a spray rig to aid in the search. As a result, law enforcement officers were able to locate the suspect, who then took off on foot and was caught and taken into custody without incident. A male suspect has been booked into the Ford County Detention Center on Domestic Violence charges of Aggravated Kidnapping, Aggravated Battery & Aggravated Assault. The case will be sent to the Ford County Attorney for review. Sheriff Bill Carr

R.I.P. Deputy Kunze

The Ford County Sheriff’s Office would like to congratulate Deputy Matthew Bolmer and Deputy Shane Darrough, for successful completing the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center on August 10, 2018.

Sheriff Encourages Parents, Grandparents and Caregivers to Sign Up for Registered Offender Notification Alerts With schools throughout the county now dismissed for summer break, the Ford County Sheriff’s Office wants to remind parents, grandparents, daycare operators and others about their easy to use offender notification program. “A lot of people have the misconception that Kansas law prohibits registered offenders from living near schools, parks, daycare's and swimming pools,” according to Ford County Sheriff Bill Carr. “Unfortunately that’s not the case, and since - especially this time of year - many kids ride their bikes around town, visit friends, stay with their grandparents or attend a daycare, we want to provide information about those other locations to parents so they can keep their families safe.” “One way our office tries to help inform parents is by providing the Offender Watch Program. This program allows anyone to easily register as many addresses as they want us to monitor and if a publicly registered sex, drug or violent offender moves anywhere within a two-mile radius of that address, we will send out an email notification,” continued Sheriff Carr. “We use the registration fees collected from the offenders to fund this program, making it free for citizens in our community to use,” concluded Carr. To sign up, residents can visit the Sheriff’s Office website at: and click on the “Registered Offenders” tab.

Interested in the history of our fine office? Check out our Sheriff’s Office History Page on the website to learn about our past Sheriff’s, the history of our building, and much more! Comment below any historical facts you know of; we'd love to hear them!

Have a Happy and Safe 4th of July

The National Weather Service in Dodge City has issued a * Severe Thunderstorm Warning for... Ford County in southwestern Kansas... Eastern Finney County in southwestern Kansas... Hodgeman County in southwestern Kansas... Gray County in southwestern Kansas... Northeastern Haskell County in southwestern Kansas... * Until 945 PM CDT. * At 847 PM CDT, severe thunderstorms were located along a line extending from 14 miles south of Dighton to 4 miles northeast of Charleston to 6 miles north of Tice, moving east at 45 mph. HAZARD...70 mph wind gusts and penny size hail. SOURCE...Radar indicated. IMPACT...Expect considerable tree damage. Damage is likely to mobile homes, roofs, and outbuildings. * Locations impacted include... Dodge City, Gray, Cimarron, Montezuma, Jetmore, Spearville, Pierceville, Copeland, Ingalls, Ford, Hanston, Ensign, Bloom, Charleston, Kingsdown, Howell, Wright, Tice, Kalvesta and Bellefont. Numerous reports of 60 to 70 mph winds have been recorded or estimated with this line of storms. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... For your protection move to an interior room on the lowest floor of a building.

****.Media Release**** IRS Scam Alert Ford County Sheriff Bill Carr would like to inform everyone that there is a “SCAM” being perpetrated against the citizens of Ford County. Scammers pretending to be agents of the “IRS” threatening you with a lawsuit or arrest for back taxes you supposedly owe. They ask you to contact them right away to set up payment options. The phone number came from (734) 351-9889. When we called the number a person with a heavy accent answered. I explained who I was and began inquiring about their practices of calling people the male hung-up on. Most all scams are being perpetrated by very sophisticated organized criminal organizations and are nearly impossible to track. Once your money is gone there is little to no chance that any prosecution will take place or that you will recover any of your stolen money? Most of these scams originate in India, Africa and assorted Asian Countries but there have been some originating from the United States. If anyone calls you claiming to need any form of payment via cash card, bank account or credit card information you are encouraged to hang up and notify your local Law Enforcement Agency. IRS: Note: The IRS doesn't initiate contact with taxpayers by email, text messages or social media channels to request personal or financial information. Any contact from the IRS will be in response to a contact initiated by you. Criminals, when they learn of a new IRS process, often create false IRS web sites and IRS impersonation emails.

In appreciation of those who brought law and order to old Dodge City and paved the way for today’s law enforcement. This article is courtesy of Kathy Bell, Boot Hill Museum and the Dodge City Daily Globe. 🚓🚔 Happy 135th Anniversary Gentlemen 🚔🚓 In 1883, former Dodge City lawmen, Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson and Charlie Bassett, returned to town one last time. But they weren’t here to enforce the law. Instead they posed a threat to law and order. They came to Dodge City as a show of force to support a friend in what became known as the “Saloon War.” It started with the Dodge City election of 1881 which ousted the gambling, prostitution and saloon tolerant “Gang.” Dodge City’s famous lawmen and Luke Short, a well known gambler, were part of this Gang. Wyatt Earp had left Dodge City a few years before. After these elections, the remaining “Gang” lawmen left Dodge City for other venues. The “anti-gang” officials were led by mayor, Alonzo B. Webster. Despite the hostile environment, Short stayed in Dodge City. Hoping to improve the climate for saloon owners and gamblers, Short’s business partner, W.H. Harris, in 1883, ran against Webster’s picked candidate, Larry Deger. When Deger won the election the situation got worse for Short and his friends. Things came to a head in 1883, when Short bought the Long Branch Saloon and hired women to “sing.” Those with the right politics could run their establishment any way they wished. But Short had the wrong politics and, on April 28, the officials arrested his “singers.” Just a note of clarification: He did not hire his female singers for their ability to carry a tune. The intent was for them to entertain cowboys in other ways. Short protested because these same officials looked the other way when other more politically connected establishments hired the same entertainment. He could not run his establishment against this competition. Things got hot when Short and City Clerk Louis C. Hartman exchanged shots. Though neither was injured, Deger’s men rallied against Short kicking him and his friends out of Dodge City. They blocked attempts by Short to return with physical threats. To defend his interests, Short contacted his more powerful friends and political allies. He wanted to recoup some of his financial losses by returning to Dodge to sell his interest in the Long Branch. Short’s allies quickly laid plans to come to Dodge City to present a unified front against Deger and his forces. A serious confrontation was in the making; alarm spread throughout the State of Kansas. On June 3, Short’s allies began arriving in Dodge City. A total of seven men gathered to defend Luke Short. Famous gunslingers Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson, and Charlie Bassett were ready to fight for Short. Joining this notorious group were former Long Branch owner, W.H. Harris; District Court Clerk, W.F. Petillon; Frank McLain and Neil Brown. On June 10, 1883, these seven men and Short posed for an iconic photograph as the “Dodge City Peace Commission.” Though some of these men had been the “good guys” as lawmen Dodge City in the 1870′s, in this case they posed a threat to law and order in Dodge. Given the reputation of these former Dodge City lawmen, Short’s opponents feared for their lives. For awhile it appeared an all out shooting war would erupt. Not a shot was fired or any blood spilled. All parties agreed to a compromise in which Short recouped some of his money and left town with his skin intact. One of the provisions of this compromise was gambling in Dodge City was confined to back rooms out of the public eye. This was the beginning of the end of Dodge City’s wild days. In just a couple short years the cattle drives ended and Dodge’s nature became calmer and more conservative.

The Ford County Sheriff's Office is currently investigating Burglaries to local businesses that occurred between the late evening hours of May 30th, 2018 and early morning hours of May 31, 2018. The individual pictured in this post is a person of interest. If anyone has information as to the identity of this individual or information about the burglaries, please contact the Ford County Sheriff's Office at 620-227-4501 or message us on Facebook. You can also leave an anonymous tip by Texting a Tip: Text FOSO plus your tip to 274637 or by going to then click on submit a tip. Thank you for your assistance! Sheriff Bill Carr

Strongly discourage driving on Highway 54 between Bloom and Bucklin at this time. 6:00 p.m.

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