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 Recently, the State of Iowa passed a law to allow operation of ATVs/UTVs on county roadways beginning July 1, 2022. More information about the use and restriction of recreational vehicles can be found at:


Linn County Website - Iowa ATV/UTV Bill HF2130


The process for depositing money to an inmate commissary account has been updated:

Inmates can receive money for their account by money orders or certified cashier's check sent to the jail using a delivery service (i.e. USPS, UPS, FedEx, etc.).  Money orders and cashier's checks must be filled out with the inmate's name and mailed to the following address:

(Inmate's name)
Black Hawk County Jail
225 East 6th St.
Waterloo, IA  50703

**Please include a return address.

Cash can no longer be brought to the front counter at the Sheriff's Office:

Cash and or credit cards can be used to deposit money on an inmate's account by using the kiosk in the front lobby entrance.

Money can also be deposited online at:


This is for inmate commissary only, and cannot be applied to inmate phone accounts.

 Beginning July 1, 2021, Iowa's Weapon Permit Laws will change with HF756 signed into law by Governor Reynolds on April 2, 2021. More information can be found at the link below.

Iowa DPS HF756 - Iowa's New Weapon Permit Law

Permit to Carry Flowchart


Black Hawk County Sheriff's Office 2021 Annual Report

2021 Annual Report

2021 Annual Report Press Release

Upcoming Sheriff's Town Hall Meetings

Since Sheriff Thompson was elected in 2008 and in most months 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!

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Black Hawk County Sheriff's Office
225 E 6th Street
Waterloo, Iowa 50703

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