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The Vilas County Sheriff operates a Patrol Division that is the backbone of the "Protect and Serve" portion of the Office. With a full staff level of 20 sworn deputies and 5 lieutenants as Shift Supervisors, this division answers the calls for service 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.


The Sheriff's Office is the first line of Law Enforcement response to 13 townships in Vilas County. Additionally, the division assists local law enforcement of the Eagle River Police Department and the Lac Du Flambeau Tribal Law Enforcement Officers.

The Patrol Division operates out of the main office located in the Vilas County Justice Center, located in the City of Eagle River. The Sheriff's Office has two substations in Arbor Vitae and Boulder Junction as well. The 27 total officers that comprise the Patrol Operations are also responsible for staffing the other non-traditional types of law enforcement that Vilas County offers. This includes the Emergency Response Team, consisting of 9 officers. Boat Patrol on the many bodies of water within the County are also carried out through Patrol Operations as well as winter Snowmobile Patrol.


The division has one Deputy assigned to Liaison duties in the largest school in the County, Northland Pines High School. The K-9 unit, Transport unit, Civil Service, and Court related duties are also carried out by the Patrol Unit.

Need to contact a specific Deputy?
Visit our contact page.
Have a Crime Tip?

We have partnered with Tip411 to develop a user-friendly app to provide tips to the Sheriff's Office.  You can remain 100% annomynous, and completely confidential.  We understand the need to develope partnerships with our community members and the need for a freeflow of information.  You may submit a tip here, or download the app on the App Store or Google Play.

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