The Woodbury County Sheriff's Office was established in 1853 and has undergone many changes over the years. With the ever-changing landscape of law enforcement and the technological advances seen in digital and wireless equipment; with Supreme Court rulings and utilization of best practices; our Patrol Division has evolved into the complex, cutting-edge law enforcement tool it is today.
Surprising to many, the Code of Iowa does not provide for a Patrol Division within the scope of authority to any of Iowa's ninety-nine Sheriff's. Yet patrol is tasked with being the eyes and ears of the Office and in fact; it is it's life blood and the first responder to numerous incidents. In spite of the Office of Sheriff not being mandated to have a patrol, the code mandates specific duties which could not be accomplished without it. Patrol is charged with responding to calls for service. This could be anything from helping a motorist get back on with their travel plans to apprehending a homicide suspect.
The Woodbury County Sheriff's Office operates both un-marked and fully marked squad cars. They operate twenty-four hours each day and respond to all public hazards including fire calls, medical assistance, disturbances, and other cries for distress. They also perform preventative traffic enforcement, accident investigations, OWI detection and narcotics interdictions.
Deputies are further required to document their activities through written reports, the logging of evidence, testifying in court, and becoming knowledgeable of the their community through the concept of community policing. Community Policing is stressed through a cooperative partnership with the patrol deputy and the public, of which they serve. Through this partnership, they are able to reach a common goal through a mutual effort in public safety and service.
Lt. Charles T. Hertz, pictured above, is the division commander and can be reached at 712.279.6010, and selecting option five (5) on the automated phone system. Lt. Hertz is a thirty-five year veteran of the Woodbury County Sheriff's Office and a graduate of the FBI National Academy, 2004. Lt. Hertz was a K9 handler from 1978 to 2000, SWAT Team Leader from 1988 to 2008, and a Patrol Sergeant from 1992 to 2003, prior to being promoted. Lt. Hertz has his Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice.