Sheriff's Office

Sheriff Jerry W. SmithThe Sheriff’s Office serves all the citizens of Butte County by providing a mix of public safety and public service functions. The Sheriff’s Office provides around-the-clock law enforcement service to every region of the county. In addition to 24 hour policing, we offer Butte County citizens a full range of services including, coroner services, civil services, court security and corrections.

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Residents, inmates grateful for fire safety program in Butte County.

Inmate work crew spends months reducing fire hazards for residents in need


Missing Oroville Man:

John Chesley was last seen on Saturday Feb. 22nd around 1pm wearing a blue flannel shirt, blue jeans, and white tennis shoes. He is hard of hearing and suffers from dementia. If someone has information or thinks they might see John Chesley they should call 538-7322.


Butte County Sheriff’s Office Warns Public of Phone Scam

The Butte County Sheriff’s Office has received multiple reports of citizens receiving phone calls from someone identifying themselves as an employee of the Butte County Sheriff’s Office, advising that a warrant is about to be issued in the citizen’s name unless a payment is made within 90 minutes. The caller may be using a technique known as “caller ID spoofing” which allows the caller to make their phone number appear to be from the Sheriff’s Office. This is a scam. The Butte County Sheriff’s Office does not call citizens to advise them of warrants being issued.

If you receive a phone call from someone identifying themselves as a BCSO employee advising of a warrant being issued or requesting payment, do not provide any personal information or credit card numbers. If you receive such a call, please report by calling (530) 538-7322.


New Mass Public Notification System

The Butte County Sheriff’s Office, through a cooperative agreement with several local municipalities, has entered into a contract for a new Emergency Mass Notification System. This will allow local agencies to send out emergency notifications to a large audience in a very short time frame. The system is now online and the citizens of Butte County are encouraged to sign up for notifications on the self-registration portal. The web portal allows users to add email addresses, cellular numbers and land line phone numbers and attach those numbers and email addresses to their home on a map. While the majority of traditional land line phone numbers are shared with Law Enforcement for emergency usage, cellular phone numbers and Voice over Internet Protocol (VOIP) phone numbers are not currently shared.

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Sheriff's Office

33 County Center Dr
Oroville, CA 95965

Chico Substation
479 E. Park Ave
Chico, CA 95928

Magalia Substation
14166 Skyway
Magalia, CA 95954

Office Hours
Monday to Friday
8:00am to 4:30pm