Uintah County Sheriff's Office

  • Agency: Uintah County Sheriff's Office
  • Address: 641 E 300 S, Vernal, 84078 UT
  • Chief:
Phone: (435)789-2511

Uintah County Sheriff's Office is located at 641 E 300 S, Vernal, 84078 UT. The Uintah County Sheriff's Office phone number is (435)789-2511.

Uintah County Sheriff's Office News

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We will be in the Walmart parking lot from 10 a.m. til 2 p.m. Saturday. Stop by and see us!

Uintah County Sheriff News Release April 13, 2018 Uintah County Sheriff Deputies are investigating an altercation that resulted in the death of a 67 year old man at a residence near Pelican Lake earlier today. Just after 1:00 p.m., an argument occurred between a 67 year old man, who lived at a residence located at 16177 East 4500 South, and a 46 year old man living on the property of the victim. At some point during the argument, a hand gun was produced and the argument between the two men turned physical, resulting in the death of the 67 year old man. No shots were fired from the hand gun during the incident. At this time the other man involved is cooperating with law enforcement and has not been charged. The investigation is still ongoing and more information will be released when it becomes available.

4th Annual Law Enforcement Pancake Breakfast, the event will be held at the Elks Lodge in Vernal Utah, April 14th, 2018 at 09:00 $5.00 per person. All the proceeds will go to the Vernal City Recovery Day Event that will be held in September.

We had a great night celebrating the Uintah County Sheriff's Office Awards Banquet for 2017. I am so proud of our Deputy's, Controllers and Staff. They do a great job all year long. I will be posting the pictures of the awards on Friday.

Well said, worth reading. Our hearts are with those who have fallen and we appreciate each and every one of our deputies that step up every single day.

UINTAH COUNTY SHERIFF NEWS RELEASE Four Year Old Injured in Accidental Shooting Uintah County-Jan. 26, 2018-A four year old boy was critically injured Thursday morning after suffering a self-inflicted gunshot wound while at his home in Vernal. On Thursday morning, January 25, emergency crews were called to a home in Vernal on the report of a four year old suffering from a gunshot wound. Sheriff detectives investigating the incident believe the boy, who was home with other family members at the time, climbed a set of shelves in a bedroom closet where he gained access to a loaded handgun. At some point, the child discharged the handgun, striking himself in the chest. Crews were on scene within minutes and transported the boy to Ashley Regional Medical Center, where he received treatment before being airlifted to Salt Lake City by helicopter. The child was in stable condition as of last night. The incident is still under investigation. Our thoughts are with the child and his family as we hope and pray for a full recovery.

Little Brushcreek Cave Rescue Uintah County-January 8, 2018-A California man was rescued after he was seriously injured when he fell approximately 50 feet while climbing inside the Little Brushcreek cave system in north Uintah County on Sunday. The 24 year old man and three of his friends were exploring the caves on Sunday evening when he fell approximately 50 feet. After he fell, one of his friends navigated his way out of the cave, which took him about an hour, where he called 911 just after 9:00 p.m. Initially, Uintah County Sheriff deputies, Uintah County Search and Rescue, Vernal Fire, and Gold Cross responded. After learning that the injured party was several hundred feet inside the cave, additional resources from throughout the state and region where contacted. Crews from Wasatch County, Utah County, Salt Lake, as well as members from the Utah Cavers Association and National Cavers Association responded to assist in the rescue effort. Two rescuers, a member of Vernal Fire and a member of Uintah County Search and Rescue, were able to make it to the injured party during the night and stayed throughout while efforts were coordinated to get the injured party and his friends out of the caves. At approximately 9:50 a.m. on Monday morning the injured man was rescued and brought out of the caves. It is estimated that he and his friends were approximately 500 feet inside the cave system when he fell. He was airlifted from the scene by Classic Lifeguard to the Wasatch front for treatment of multiple broken bones and trauma. Two other individuals with the party also had to be rescued, but were not injured. This was an extraordinary rescue effort and the Uintah County Sheriff's Office wants to recognize and say thank you to the many agencies that were involved and contributed, which include the Uintah County Search and Rescue, Wasatch County and Utah County Search and Rescue, Vernal Fire, members of Salt Lake Fire, Gold Cross, Classic Lifeguard, the US Forest Service, the Utah Cavers Association, and the National Cavers Association.

Happy Holidays Everyone!!!

We have had a very busy year working with the Utah State Prison and Salt Lake County jail to bring out more inmates. By doing this you can see it has increased revenues substantially which in turn will help off set costs. But the best part of all this information is, it has allowed me to hire 6 more deputy's that will now have employment and be able to start their careers in law enforcement. I would also like to let everyone know, you have a great group of Law Enforcement Deputies and civilians that work for the Uintah County Sheriff's Office. Yes, we are human and from time to time we will make a mistake, but I can attest to you, we will always do our best to protect you and your family as well as take care of and protect those in our Jail. If you have questions or concerns about any topic with the Uintah County Sheriff's Office please send me an e-mail, Sheriffnorton@uintah.utah.gov or call us at 435-789-2511 Happy Holidays!!!

2 year-old Child Dies in Accidental Shooting Ballard, Utah-December 11, 2017-A two year old girl died Sunday after she was fatally shot inside her home in Ballard. On Sunday, December 10, 2017, Uintah County Sheriff Deputies responded to the Uintah Basin Medical Center on the report of a child that had been shot. Investigators learned that the child was at her home in Ballard when she was accidentally shot while an older sibling was moving a gun. According to investigators, the gun had been brought inside the home following a hunting trip the day before and was leaning against a wall. The victim and other siblings were cleaning up their toys when one of the older siblings went to move the gun from inside the house to another location. In the process of moving the gun, it discharged, fatally wounding the two year old girl. The victim was transported to the hospital by her parents within minutes after the incident occurred, where she was pronounced deceased. The investigation into the incident is ongoing. Our thoughts and prayers will be with the family of the victim as they go through this tragedy.

2017 Shop with a Cop. We had a fantastic time hanging out with some great kids and just about every Officer in town. Thanks to the Vernal City Police Department for all their hard work each year making sure this event takes place as well as McDonald's, Wal-Mart, Classic Lifeguard Air Medical Service, Mr. and Mrs. Clause, Whit-Jack Photography, all the different Police Agencies and their Officers and especially to my good friend Rylee Deets. Rylee saves her money all year just to bring it in and donate it to help kids that are less fortunate. And we should never forget to give a big thanks to those of you in our community that give so much for this event and others throughout the year. May God Bless all of you during the up coming holidays and throughout the new year. Sheriff Norton

Kevin Orr (EOW) 11-22-2006 Today we reflect on the loss of a true hero. Kevin has been deeply missed by his loving family and friends since his passing. We at the sheriff's office appreciate all he did for our community and the citizens that live here. He was fiercely loyal to his family and those he worked with. We pray our Heavenly Father will send special blessings to his family to help them get through another year without this great man. Sheriff Vance Norton

We had a great time at the 5k 2017 Ruck Run, thanks go out to Wes Porter and the UB Tech for the invite and encouragement to come out and experience what our military does on a regular basis. I found that packing 50 pounds of gear for 3 miles is not a lot of fun, and then to find out our military men and women sometimes go out to 23 miles. Honor and Respect is all I can say for those that have served or are currently serving. "Thank You" Sheriff Norton

Today is the time to reflect and respect our brave men and women for what they've done for our nation in times of peace and war. We will always stand for the flag and give you the honor and respect you deserve. We thank each and every one of you and may God bless you and your families throughout the year. Sheriff Norton

During the past 35 days our Country has sustained so many tragic deaths, with several taking place right here at home. I ask that we all extend our deepest sympathies to those that have been affected and pray for God to give the families comfort at this time. Sheriff Norton

Accident Claims Life of Jensen Teenager On Saturday, November 4, 2017, 15 year old Conner Wall of Jensen, died as a result of injuries sustained in a one vehicle rollover in the area of 5210 south 4625 east. Wall was a passenger in a Jeep driven by a family friend at the time of the accident. The Jeep was traveling across a side hill and turned to go towards the top of the hill when it overturned. Wall was ejected and was pinned under the vehicle. The driver and other family members were able to free the teen, prior to emergency crews arrival. Emergency Crews administered CPR to Wall until he was transported to ARMC were he later died. There is no indication that speed or impairment were factors in the accident. The investigation is still ongoing. At this time our thoughts and prayers are with the families of those involved.

The Uintah County Sheriff’s Office is currently seeking someone to provide haircuts for inmates in the Uintah County jail. This is considered a volunteer position, no benefits, paying $10 per haircut. No specialty haircuts, basic clipper and cuts only (5-10 minutes), every 4-6 weeks with a negotiable schedule. Qualified applicants must have successfully completed cosmetology school, are licensed in the state of Utah, and pass a background check. If you or someone you know is interested, come to the jail lobby located at 641 East 300 South in Vernal, bring a photo identification, and fill out a volunteer application. The deadline for applicants is November 13, 2017. For further information, contact Sergeant Sharity Schiltz at 435 781 1300 or send us a message on Facebook.

I am very excited to have the Uintah County Sheriff's Deputy's trained in and equipped with this new drug that can help save lives. Please read this article for more information and please call us if you have any questions. The last part of the article says it best, this is not a cure, but hope it will save lives and buy us some time until a cure is found. With the drug problem in our community following the nations trends, we need to continue to support the resources we have, such as the Uintah County Drug Court program along with continuing to educate our children about the harmful effects of all drugs. If you or your group would like to gain more information on the pain pill/ heroin problem in our area please call the Uintah County Sheriff's Office 435-789-2511 and we will set up a presentation. Thanks, Sheriff Norton

I am still waiting on the results from the proposed 2018 budget. From what I am hearing it does not sound promising. I will be able to speak to the commissioners and the County Clerk on Tuesday of next week to find out what has been cut and why. But, I do have some good news, I do have one Corrections Deputy position right now, and one Controller position opening up. so I am advertising for both positions right now. Please go to the Uintah County website and read the posted information under job openings. I look forward to filling these two positions and will keep working on trying to get more people back to work. Thank You, Sheriff Norton