We are sincerely proud of our distinguished history, and are committed to future excellence through proactive, aggressive, and innovative policing to positively impact Black Hawk County citizens. This website demonstrates our pledge to provide consistently excellent service with a community outreach focus.
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 Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Urbandale and Des Moines Police Departments and the families of the murdered officers.

Urbandale Police Officer Justin Martin

Des Moines Police Sgt. Anthony Beminio

Police Officer Justin Martin and Sergeant Anthony Beminio, were shot and killed from ambush while sitting in their patrol cars shortly after 1:00 am on November 2nd, 2016. We extend our deepest sympathies to all who had the privilege of knowing these gentlemen.


Black Hawk County Jail to Begin Hiring Civilian Detention Officers

After several years of exploring potential efficiencies for jail division staffing, and pursuant to recent successful contract negotiations with the deputy’s union, Sheriff Tony Thompson has elected to begin the process of soliciting and hiring civilian detention officers to transition most of the jail deputy positions currently found in the jail staff.

Press Release: BHCSO Civilian Detention Officer

General Job Description

Basic Qualifications

Hiring Process

Upcoming Sheriff's Town Hall Meetings

Since Sheriff Thompson was elected in 2008 and in every month since, he has hosted a community meeting somewhere in the county.  The locations move each month to a different community, in order to provide a transparent look at the Black Hawk County Sheriff's Office, allow the community to voice concerns, and spotlight programs and services offered by the Sheriff's Office. Everyone is welcome to attend!

November 10th 6:30pm Washburn Waterloo Moose Lodge, 6636 La Porte Road, Washburn
December 13th 6:30pm Waterloo Waterloo Center for the Arts, 225 Commercial Street, Waterloo
January 17th 6:30pm Elk Run Heights Elk Run City Hall, 5024 LaFayette Street, Elk Run Heights
February TBA TBA

 Deputy of the Year 2015 Matt Reams

2015 Deputy of the Year Press Release

Deputy of the Year Webpage

Sheriff's Office Releases 2015 Annual Report

2015 Annual Report (.pdf)

Annual Report Press Release 


New Details about the Range Training Facility can be found HERE.
Including directions, range info, contacts and schedules.



The Inmate Worker Program has had significant impact on...(READ MORE)


The Black Hawk County Sheriff's Office has Posted the New Fee Schedule since 2011!

New Fees ---> HERE

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Sheriff Tony Thompson


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