My Neighbor is always shooting guns. Can you make him stop?
The Sheriff's Office frequently receives complaints of people discharging firearms in the unincorporated areas of the County. There are no statutes or ordinances in existence that regulate or control the lawful discharge of firearms on private property in unincorporated areas. There are no regulations regarding any of the following:
The dimensions of the property the firearm is being discharged on;
The time of the day or night that firearms may be discharged;
The placement of any backstops or barriers;
Or any regulations concerning the noise produced when a firearm is discharged
As long as the person shooting the firearm is not being overtly reckless to the point that another person's safety is in immediate danger (which can be very difficult to prove criminally), then the lawful discharge of firearms is not prohibited. Absent a state statute or county ordinance establishing clear restrictions that were being violated, law enforcement has no authority to intervene in those situations. Some rural property that is included in platted subdivisions or developments may have "protective covenants" attached to the property that prohibit or regulate the discharge of firearms thereon, but protective covenants can only be enforced by the filing of a civil lawsuit by an aggrieved party. Law enforcement officers cannot enforce protective covenants in any way.
How do I resolve a property line/boundary dispute with my neighbor?
Occasionally, the Sheriff's Office is asked to intervene and settle real estate disputes concerning property line boundaries. These are private, civil matters between the parties involved. They must be settled in civil court by a judge if the parties cannot agree among themselves. We cannot examine property deeds or survey documents or landmarks to determine or settle property boundary disputes. We will take a written report if asked to for informational purposes only, but that must be the extent of our involvement in those issues. Of course, if a court issues an order requiring the Sheriff's Office to perform some act or function relating to a property dispute, we would follow the order of the court.
How do I get a copy of a police report?
Police reports are usually ready within 5 working days through our Records Department at 444-5785 during the hours of 08:00 am through 04:30 pm, Monday through Friday.
How do I add information to my police report?
Information can be added to your report by either contacting the original officer who took the report or the detective assigned by calling Dispatch at 444-5700.
Can I file a police report on-line?
No. An deputy must make contact with a person making a report, either in person or by phone. If you need to file a police report you should call the non-emergency number at 444-5700.
Who do I contact with questions on subpoena's or summons?
During business hours on Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 04:30 pm you may call the Civil Process Department Clerk at 444-5782.
Who do I contact with questions on writs of executions?
During business hours on Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 04:30 pm you may call the Civil Process Department Clerk at 444-5783.
Can you help me get my property back from my old roommate, husband, or wife?
This is considered a civil matter between you and your roommate, husband or wife. The Sheriff's Office cannot get involved in these matters. All civil matters are handled through the court. If you fear for your safety while you retrieve some of your property you can call our non-emergency number, 444-5700, and request an officer.
How do I evict someone?
THREE STEPS TO EVICTION
The plaintiff must serve the respondent with a handwritten notice giving them ample time to be off the property. They can be served either through certified mail or in person with a witness; this will provide the plaintiff with proof that they did serve the respondent. As of May 1, 1998 we do not serve any papers that do not come from the court. (By law we cannot give legal advice, nor can we give an opinion of what ample time is. Both parties need to ask an attorney).
If the respondent is not out within the time allowed in the notice, the plaintiff needs to get an attorney and go through the court system. This is necessary because this is not a criminal matter, it is a civil matter, and a decision has to be made by the court. We will NOT get involved in any type of removal without a court order.
The attorney will issue a summons, complaint, and notice of intent to issue a writ of possession. The respondent has 30 days to file an answer to the complaint for lawsuit, but only has 5 days to file an answer to the notice of intent to issue a Writ of Possession. If the respondent has not filed an answer to the notice within the five days, the plaintiff's attorney will go back to court and get the writ of possession. The summons, complaint, and notice can be served by a private process server, or by the Sheriff’s Office. If the plaintiff chooses the Sheriff’s Office we charge an $80.00 service fee.
Once the Writ of Possession is issued it has to be served by the Sheriff’s Office. We charge $50.00 to serve the Writ of Possession. The respondent will have 24 hours from the time they are served to be out. If they are not out when the 24 hours is up we will contact the plaintiff. It is the plaintiff’s responsibility to have movers there; the respondent’s things have to be moved to a public storage facility.
We are present during the move to keep the peace and inform the respondent that up to this point it has been a civil matter, but once the plaintiff is placed in possession of the property it would be a violation of a court order to come back, and charges could be filed by the plaintiff with the Prosecutor's Office.
We do not take personal checks. We must have cash, certified check, or money order.
How do I get a protection order or a restraining order?
The Washington County Sheriff's Office does not issue protection or restraining orders. The Circuit Judges issues protection and restraining orders. You can get a Protection or Restraining Order by using a private attorney or you can contact the Washington County Circuit Clerk's Office and they will assist you in this process.
How do I check to see if a protection order has been served?
During business hours on Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 04:30 pm you may call the Civil Process Department Clerk at 444-5782 and ask if it has been served. All other hours you will need to call 444-5700.
Where do I go to get traps to trap stray animals?
The Washington County Sheriff's Office NO LONGER loans out traps.
Does Washington County have a leash law?
No. The unincorporated areas of the county currently do not have a leash law. Each city has different ordinances. Check with the local Police for city ordinance information.
Does Washington County trap nuisance wildlife?
No. Washington County does not trap nuisance wildlife.
Where can I get information about my traffic citation?
Information regarding court dates, the price of a ticket, questions regarding the amount of any fine or how to keep a ticket off of your driving record can be obtained by calling the District Court the ticket was assigned. The court's phone number will be on the ticket.
How do I find out if I have a warrant?
The Washington County Sheriff's Office can only tell you about warrants we are responsible for. There is an online search or you can contact the Warrants Department at 444-5800 between the hours of 08:00 am and 04:00 pm, Monday-Friday. After hours you can contact Dispatch at 444-5700.
I need to find out how much a bond is on a warrant, whom do I contact?
You can contact the Warrants Department at 444-5800 between the hours of 08:00 am and 04:00 pm, Monday-Friday. After hours you can contact Dispatch at 444-5700.
Where can I obtain information on police auctions?
You can contact the Evidence Department at 444-5718 between the hours of 08:00 am and 04:30 pm, Monday-Friday.
Some of my property was seized, who do I need to contact?
You can contact the Evidence Department at 444-5718 between the hours of 08:00 am and 04:30 pm, Monday-Friday.
Can I get a background check on a citizen?
The Records Department can give you a background check on a citizen. They can only give you information on incidents that occurred in the unincorporated areas of the county. The Records Department number is 444-5785. If you need background checks for other cities you can contact the Arkansas State Police at 751-6663.
Can the Sheriff's Office tell me if something I have purchased is stolen?
If you have the serial number of the purchased item you can come to the Sheriff's Office between the hours of 08:00 am and 04:30 pm, Monday-Friday. You will have to fill out a form and provide a photo ID or your Driver's License. NOTE: You MUST bring the item with you to the Sheriff's Office.
How can I find out if a sex offender lives in my neighborhood?
Sex offenders who live in the unincorporated areas of the county are required by law to register with the Sheriff's Office. On certain levels of registered sex offenders, the Sheriff's Office will notify the residents in the neighborhood which the sex offender lives. You can search and register for updates online. If you have any further questions you can contact the Enforcement Division at 444-5720.
When is my child required to be in a car seat?
Arkansas laws require that a child under six (6) years of age or sixty (60) pounds shall be restrained in a child passenger safety seat properly secured to the vehicle. Any child over six (6) and under fifteen (15) years of age must be secured in a seatbelt.
How do I file a Freedom of Information request?
FOI requests are handled by the Records Department at 444-5785 between the hours of 08:00 am and 04:30 pm, Monday-Friday.
I need some information on someone who was in jail but has been released, who do I need to contact?
Detainee records are handled by the Records Department and you can contact them at 444-5785 between the hours of 08:00 am and 04:30 pm, Monday-Friday.
How do I get a copy of my driving record?
For questions regarding your driving record, contact Driver Control at 521-1431 or 1-800-662-8247.
How can I file a complaint against an employee?
You have to speak with a Enforcement Supervisor by calling 444-5700, who can send you a complaint form to fill out.
Is there a noise ordinance?
No. The unincorporated areas of the county currently do not have a noise ordinance. Each city has different ordinances. Check with the local Police for city ordinance information.
Can the Sheriff's Office jump start my car?
No. Our police cars are not equipped to jump start cars. Usually a wrecker service can provide you with assistance.
You have 30 days to tag your vehicle. Your vehicle should be insured immediately after purchase to abide with Arkansas State Laws. If you have further questions regarding your insurance you should contact your insurance company.
Can I go on a police ride-a-long?
At this time the Washington County Sheriff's Office does not have a ride-a-long program.
How can I report elder or child abuse?
You can contact the police agency that has jurisdiction over the scene where the abuse occurred or you can call Adult Protective Services at 1-800-482-8049 or the Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-482-5964.
Do I need to have a license to operate a moped?
Yes. A moped with a motor smaller than 50 CCs is considered a motorized bicycle. The operator must have a license or certificate to operate it.
Do I need to wear a helmet when I ride a moped?
State Law requires anyone under age 21 to wear protective headgear when riding a motorized bicycle, motor driven cycle, or motorcycle. All passengers and operators must have protective glasses, goggles, or a face shield, regardless of age.
Can I set off fireworks in the county?
The simple answer is: yes, there are no laws or ordinances forbidding the use of fireworks in unincorporated areas. However, many types of fireworks will be forbidden during burn bans. You should be considerate of others when using fireworks; using them to harass or annoy others or using them in a reckless manner may violate other laws.
How do I report a vicious animal?
If you have an emergency call 9-1-1. If not, call 479-444-5700. We don't define animals as "vicious" any more, they are declared "hazardous", "potentially dangerous", or "dangerous. We will follow the new animal control ordinance and classify the animal appropriately.
Can WCSO do something about a dog that chases me on my bicycle? It doesn't try to bite, but almost made me wreck.
Yes, if the dog causes the problem when it's off its owner's property, we can declare it to be "hazardous" and the owner will be required to keep the dog restrained at all times. Call WCSO. You will need to identify the dog, in person, and sign a complaint form. If the owner files an appeal, you will need to testify in court.
I was just bitten by a dog or cat out in the county, what happens next?
Seek medical care as soon as you feel necessary. Call WCSO. If the bite broke your skin and drew blood, we may declare the dog "potentially dangerous" or "dangerous", depending on the circumstances. We will quarantine the dog or cat for 10 days at the WC Animal Shelter.
My dog bit someone at my house. What happens now?
We will take a report and quarantine the dog for 10 days at the shelter. If you do not have proof the dog has a current inoculation for rabies from a licensed vet, you will get a ticket for violating the rabies control act. Since the bite occurred on your private property, it will not be declared potentially dangerous or dangerous.
Who pays for the quarantine?
The animal owner.
My dog was declared hazardous/potentially dangerous/dangerous, I want to appeal that declaration. How do I do that?
An animal owner shall have fourteen (14) calendar days from receipt of a written declaration from a law enforcement officer finding the owner's animal to be "hazardous", "potentially dangerous", "dangerous" to file a written appeal to the County Court, with further appeal to Circuit Court, as provided by law.
My neighbor's dog dug up my flowers. Can you declare it hazardous?
No, that behavior is a nuisance, not hazardous.
WCSO declared my dog "vicious" under the old ordinance. Will it be reclassified to fit the new ordinance?
Only if it reoffends.
How do I get to the Sheriff's Office/Detention Center?
Our address is 1155 W. Clydesdale Dr.
Traveling North Bound on I-49:
If you are traveling north bound on I-49, make a right on Exit 60 (71 South, Cato Spring Springs Rd), turn right onto N. Cato Springs Road, Make a immediate right at south 71 South, turn left merging onto 4 lane, (John Paul Hammersmith Expressway), staying in left lane, travel to the stop light, turn left on S. School Avenue. Go approximately .3 miles on S. School Avenue then turn left on Clydesdale Drive. (Clydesdale Drive is between McBride Distributing and the Tyson’s Entrée Plant) Clydesdale will make a sharp curve to the right you will see the Washington Sheriff’s Office on your left.
Traveling South Bound on I-49:
If you are traveling south bound on I-49, make a right on Exit 61 (71 Business), travel to the stop light, turn left on S. School Avenue. Go approximately .3 miles on S. School Avenue then turn left on Clydesdale Drive. (Clydesdale Drive is between McBride Distributing and the Tyson’s Entrée Plant) Clydesdale will make a sharp curve to the right you will see the Washington Sheriff’s Office on your left.
When do you fingerprint for the public?
We fingerprint for the public on Thursdays from 9:00am - 11:00am. You will need to bring a fingerprint card and a photo ID.