IN GOD WE TRUST
IN GOD WE TRUST
Governor Pete Ricketts has signed a new Executive Order which is now in effect. The new order specifically states, “All driver licenses, identification cards, commercial driver licenses, other conditional or provisional permits, handicap parking permits, vehicle titles, vehicles sales tax, in-transits, and vehicle registrations that were temporarily extended under Executive Order 20-05 will be required to be obtained and paid by August 31, 2020.” What this means for us is that on and after September 1, 2020, all transactions for vehicles purchased more than 30 days prior to the date of application will incur penalties and interest back to the date of purchase. Those individuals who have not renewed expired registrations or are operating vehicles with expired “IN-TRANSITS” tags may be cited by law enforcement. In essence, the grace period initially given to us by Governor Ricketts is set to expire in 60 days.
Adam E. Frerichs, Sheriff
A huge shout out to my Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Weyerts Family and the Gurley Lions Club for the donations and the kind words of support and encouragement for those of us in Law Enforcement. We are very fortunate to serve where we do because we have great community backing and support for what we do. That being said, it is still nice and always reassuring to hear those words from the folks whom we serve. Thank you all so very much!
Adam E. Frerichs, Sheriff
Welcome to the new Cheyenne County Sheriff's Office Website! The new site has been completely rebuilt, is more user friendly and is mobile device compatible. We think you will find lots of useful information in each of our sections, as well as convenient direct links to other relevant sites and information. The site is designed to open outside links in a new tab which maintains the Sheriff's Office site in the browser. At the bottom of the page you will see a summary of what is located in each section and you can go to each section by using the menu at the top of the page.
Although most of the site is complete and fully functional, there are portions of the site that are still under construction. Pages that are still being completed will be marked with a "Under Construction" sign. We anticipate that these pages will be available shortly.
Weather updates are located in the "Roads/Weather" tab. If there are current severe weather concerns in our area you will see a flashing banner at the top of each page. By clicking on this banner you will be routed directly to the Roads and Weather page. If there is no severe weather in the forecast the banner will be used to route you directly to other important information.
With the Cheyenne County Courthouse closed to the public and "Social Distancing" being a critical part of the nationwide COVID-19 plan, you will find numerous ways on the site to contact us by E-mail with questions or concerns.
There's lots to see here so take your time and have a look around the site. If you have questions or comments please go to the "contact us" tab and drop us a line.
In 1962, President Kennedy proclaimed May 15th as the National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week in which May 15 falls, as National Police Week. National Police week is a collaborative effort of many organizations dedicated to Honoring America's Law Enforcement community. The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial and Museum will hold the 32nd annual Candlelight Vigil on Wednesday, May 13, 2020 at 8:00 pm Eastern.
The memorial honors 22,217 officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice. This year, the names of 307 fallen law enforcement officers - 135 of which we lost in the line of duty in 2019. The other 172 are the names of officers who fell in years prior and who are now being recognized.
The current crisis that our nation is facing has led to the cancellation of public gatherings in Washington, DC, during National Police Week 2020. Therefore, the names of the fallen 307 law enforcement officers being added to the Memorial will be formally dedicated during a virtual Candlelight Vigil. The memorial, in partnership with Verizon, will broadcast the Vigil on May 13, 2020, at 8:00 pm globally.
Please register at https://LawMemorial.org/VirtualCandlelightVigil to watch the video with your family and friends and light a Virtual Candle in honor of your officer.
Nebraska is honoring two heroes this year, who paid the ultimate sacrifice.
Trooper Jerry Smith, Jr., Nebraska State Patrol
End of Watch: 07.20.2019
Trooper Smith was killed in a vehicle crash when his patrol car was struck by another vehicle in Morrill County.
Trooper Smith was a U.S. Army Veteran and served the Nebraska State Patrol for five years.
Trooper Smith is survived by his wife and adult children.
Deputy Jailer Randy Haddix, Cheyenne County Sheriff's Office
End of Watch: 07.09.2018
Deputy Jailer Haddix passed away as the result of a heart attach suffered while participating in custody and control certification class at the Scottsbluff County Jail in Scottsbluff, Nebraska.
Deputy Jailer Haddix was a National Guard Veteran and served with the Cheyenne County Sheriff's Office for three months. He previously served with the Broken Bow Police Department for fifteen years.
Deputy Jailer Haddix is survived by his wife, sister, and two brothers.
Please visit our Ultimate Sacrifice page in honor of those who have paid the ultimate price while proudly serving with the Cheyenne County Sheriff Office.
At today’s Commissioners meeting, the Cheyenne County Commissioners voted unanimously to reopen the Cheyenne County Courthouse on May 5, 2020 at 8:00 am. I am so glad that our commissioners held this meeting and are willing to follow in Governor Ricketts footsteps to begin reopening Nebraska. Our number one goal is to do what is best for our community while also ensuring everyone’s safety.
There has been a lot of discussion lately about reopening businesses and what is considered moving too fast and what is moving too slow. I think that the answer is found somewhere in the middle. That being said, the courthouse will continue to follow the recommended guidelines from Panhandle Public Health and NACO. Some things to keep in mind are that we will be trying to keep gatherings in the hallways to under 10 persons and will ask that everyone please adhere to social distancing. Please be mindful that not everyone is on the same page regarding the COVID-19 virus. Some people are celebrating getting things opened up and getting on with our lives, others want to move slower and will still be very mindful of keeping their social distance. I believe that we can accommodate both groups when we reopen.
So, let’s take a minute to address this reopening. Specifically, the most affected office, the Treasurer’s Office. I know that there have been a lot of folks concerned about getting their motor vehicle inspections done because their In-Transit grace period has expired. Please be advised that in March Governor Ricketts issued an extension to the 30 day grace period and extended it to 30 days after he lifts the State of Emergency. That hasn’t been lifted yet, so your grace period as of today is still indefinite. Bear in mind that we typically conduct 10-15 MVI’s per day and we have not done any for the last 30 days or so. The reason that I bring this up is that Cheyenne County Treasurer Shelley Bowlin and myself have been discussing the possible rush of persons that reopening the courthouse can potentially bring. We both believe that the best result for everyone involved is for you to call the Treasurer’s Office and schedule an appointment to conduct MVI’s and title business. This will help us to control the flow of people into and out of the courthouse and will help aid us with the 10 persons rule and social distancing guidelines.
Please bear with us and have patience with us as we begin this transitional process and deal with the backlog of work stemming from this closure.
Adam E. Frerichs, Sheriff
Good morning everyone. Due to two confirmed cases now in the panhandle, the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has issued Directed Health Measures (DHM’s) that apply to all counties in the Nebraska Panhandle. As you know from my earlier posts about this, once DHHS issues DHM’s, DHM’s are laws that become the responsibility of local law enforcement to enforce. So, what does this mean in a nutshell? The sheriff’s office will make every effort to enforce the DHM’s by taking the least restrictive action in every case. But, please be advised that violation of DHM’s are a Class V Misdemeanor. In addition to this, Panhandle Public Health District at any time could enact rules and regulations that if violated would be a Class III Misdemeanor. As of right now, everything that Panhandle Public Health has issued are “strong recommendations”, but that could change at any time. I will try to stay on top of this and keep everyone up to date and connected with the latest developments. Please see the DHM’s for Cheyenne County below.
Adam E. Frerichs, Sheriff
With considerable day to day changes related to the COVID-19 situation, we will be updating the site continually to provide you with the most current, detailed information possible.
COVID-19 updates and information are located in the "Sheriff's" tab under "COVID-19". You can click the link below to go straight to COVID-19 comments and updates directly from Sheriff Frerichs.
COVID-19 updates affecting the jail and visitation are located under the "Jail" tab under "Jail News". You can click the link below to go directly to updates that pertain to the jail.
New technology has been added to each of our patrol units to improve our communications, safety, productivity and service to our community. MDC's allow the Deputies better and faster access to information to enhance investigative capabilities and improve officer safety. Deputies are now able to run registrations, driver's licenses, criminal histories, arrest warrants, protection orders and various other documents and images instantly from the patrol car. Deputies can also use the MDC's to access E-mail, write reports and complete accident investigations. Electronic citations, which are now being required, are also completed and printed in the patrol car. Electronic citations are then uploaded by the County Attorneys Office making the process more timely and efficient.
MACH, a program that helps to coordinate, dispatch, and track officers from different agencies is also a key part of the new technology and is a major improvement to officer safety. MACH also allows multiple agencies to share intelligence rapidly improving community safety and response times.
Night view of the new MDC's and MACH program.
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The Cheyenne County Sheriff's Office is committed with courage, honor and integrity to protect the lives, property and rights of all people, to maintain order and to enforce the law. We are responsible for the professional care and custody of those confined to our jail, the security of the courts and the prompt investigation of crimes. It is our mission to maintain, while striving to improve, the quality of life and freedoms we enjoy and to ensure that our county is a safe place to live, work and visit. We shall dedicate ourselves to treat people with respect, fairness and compassion.