About the Sheriff's Office

Last Updated: Monday, December 11, 2017

Dickinson County, IowaDickinson County, IowaWelcome to the Dickinson County Sheriff's Office. Our office is responsible for enforcing the laws of the State of Iowa and the ordinances of Dickinson County. Along with the Sheriff we employ eight deputies, seven jailers, eight dispatchers and one office manager.

Aside from patrolling the unincorporated areas of the county, the Sheriff's Office also contracts with the cities of Wahpeton, Superior and Terril for law enforcement protection.

West Lake OkobojiPhoto taken by Michael Ehret, used with permission.West Lake Okoboji

Dickinson County is located in northwest Iowa. The county was organized in 1857 and is named in honor of Daniel S. Dickinson, a U.S. Senator for New York. The county has a total area of 404 square miles, of which 23 square miles (or 5.6%) is water.

Agriculture is a major industry in Dickinson County. (Photo taken by Aaron Sloan, used with permission.)Photo taken by Aaron Sloan, used with permission.Agriculture is a major industry in Dickinson County.

The Iowa Great Lakes is located in Dickinson County and is a popular vacation destination, bringing thousands of seasonal residents and vacationers to the area each year.

Arnolds Park Amusement ParkPhoto taken by Michael Ehret, used with permission.Arnolds Park Amusement Park

The 2016 census estimates 17,243 people living in Dickinson County, up 3.5% from 2010 when the population was 16,667. Dickinson County is one of the few rural counties in Iowa that is growing in population.