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I would like to welcome you to our newly designed web site. We have tried to make the web site more user friendly and current by keeping the information up-to-date. We will continue to make changes and update the web site in an effort to better keep the citizens of Allen County informed. News releases will be posted on the web site as they are released, links to other web sites will be added, and contact information for the Sheriff’s Office will be updated. Since taking Office on January 1, 2009 my staff and I have been very busy reorganizing parts of the administration as part of the effort to reduce the overall budget of the Sheriff’s Office. With the hard work of everyone we have been able to accomplish this by not reducing our services to the community. I continue my commitment to make Allen County a better place to live, work, and visit by improving public safety. One of the ways this can be accomplished is with a strong working relationship among all public safety agencies working together in Allen County. Your comments and suggestions are always welcome. 

                  Sheriff  Samuel A. Crish


The Sheriff is the chief law enforcement officer of the county and custodian of the county jail. The Sheriff's responsibilities cover the entire spectrum of law enforcement--criminal investigations, air and water accidents, and enforcement of traffic and drunk driving laws. The Sheriff has concurrent authority with municipal and township police in those political subdivisions, as well as authority on state highways.

As custodian of the county jail, the Sheriff is responsible to the courts for the safekeeping of all county jail prisoners and must produce them in court for trial. The Sheriff, or one of the Sheriff's Deputies, attends all sessions of criminal trials in the Court of Common Pleas. The Sheriff must exercise judgment when ordered by the Court and sell at auction any property ordered to be sold for the satisfaction of a judgment. The Sheriff is responsible for serving all writs, summonses, and subpoenas issued by the Common Pleas Court. The Sheriff conducts all sentenced criminals to prison to serve their term in the penitentiary.



Pursuant to the new concealed carry license law, all government
buildings must post a sign prohibiting anyone from carrying a concealed
weapon onto the premises. Any private employer, business or entity that
wishes to prohibit concealed carry must also post the sign before
enforcement action can take place.

The following link is the sign format recommended by the Allen County
Sheriff's Office Concealed Carry Committee. It meets the Ohio Revised Code requirements and is available for anyone to download for their use.


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