Welcome From the Sheriff

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We have tried to provide you with quick answers in Frequently Asked Questions and then more details in the narratives about each division of the Agency.

Code of EthicsRead...


In order for law enforcement to succeed they must earn the trust of the citizens they serve. Sheriff Cope has made a commitment to lead this office with integrity and demands ethical behavior from all of his employees. During basic training every officer is required to subscribe to the Law Enforcement Officer’s Code of Ethics, which is reproduced below:


“As a law enforcement officer, my fundamental duty is to serve mankind; to safeguard lives and property, to protect the innocent against deception, the weak against oppression or intimidation, and the peaceful against violence or disorder; and to respect the constitutional rights of all men to liberty, equality and justice.

I will keep my private life unsullied as an example to all; maintain courageous calm in the face of danger, scorn, or ridicule; develop self-restraint; and be constantly mindful of the welfare of others. Honest in thought and deed in both my personal and official life, I will be exemplary in obeying the laws of the land and the regulations of my Sheriff’s Office. Whatever I see or hear of a confidential nature or that is confided to me in my official capacity will be kept ever secret unless revelation is necessary in the performance of my duty.

I will never act officiously or permit personal feelings, prejudices, animosities, or friendships to influence my decisions. With no compromise for crime and with relentless prosecution of criminals, I will enforce the law courteously and appropriately without fear or favor, malice or ill will, never employing unnecessary force or violence and never accepting gratuities.

I recognize the badge of my office as a symbol of public faith, and I accept it as a public trust to be held so long as I am true to the ethics of the police service. I will constantly strive to achieve these objectives and ideals, dedicating myself before God to my chosen profession…law enforcement.”

All personnel, commissioned or not, will uphold the standards of this code while working for this Sheriff’s Office.

Mission Statement and GoalsRead...

The Mission Statement and Goals of an organization are not just “highfalutin” words put down to make folks feel better about their situation. Law Enforcement agencies are notorious for their reliance on established RULES, REGULATIONS, POLICIES, and PROCEDURES designed to tell officers what to do and how to do it.

One theory of management tells us officers need a specific, documented procedure for every situation while others think that requires the allocation of more resources to the development, codification and maintenance of the policy and procedure manuals than is justified. In other words, you spend more on the policies than you spend on doing the job.

You can never foresee every possibility, so you can’t write policies to cover everypossible situation.  So, to provide guidance to our officers, the Lyon County Sheriff has adopted the following Mission Statement and Goals.
When officers find themselves in a situation not covered by a specific policy or procedure they can always fall back on the Mission Statement and Goals for general guidance in how to handle the situation.

Mission Statement
It is the mission of the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office to serve and protect, with honor, the citizens of Lyon County, and all those passing through Lyon County, in a professional and compassionate manner, to the best of our ability.

  • The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office will provide the best, most professional, Law Enforcement services we can, within the limits of the resources available;
  • The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office will serve our citizens with integrity and compassion;
  • On and off duty, employees of the Sheriff’s Office will conduct themselves in a manner consistent with the Law Enforcement Officers Code of Ethics; and
  • Employees of the Sheriff’s Office will be ever mindful of our responsibility to use our tax money resources frugally.

No matter what situation the officer may find himself in, the Mission and Goals of the Agency when applied to the situation, with a reasonable measure of the officer’s common sense, should lead the officer to make the RIGHT decision.


The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office recognizes that ensuring the safety and security of the citizen’s of Lyon County requires a joint, cooperative effort. We really need the help of the citizen’s as active partners, participants in detecting and detering criminal activity.

Citizens are asked to be alert and aware of what is going on in their neighborhoods and, most importantly, when they see something they think is suspicious, REPORT IT IMMEDIATELY.

You would not believe the number of times we get calls from people reporting some observation or situation they found suspicious, two or three days later. Even if you think we cannot respond in time to be effective, the quicker we get the call, the more likely it is we will be successful.

Don’t be afraid to call because you are not sure; intuition and hunches are usually pretty good.

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