Sheriff's Office
Sheriff Kory L. HoneaThe 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.

Butte County Sheriff Lifts All Evacuation Advisories & Warnings Previously Issued for the Oroville Dam Spillway Incident

OROVILLE, Calif. (March 22, 2017) – Effective immediately, Butte County Sheriff Kory L. Honea has lifted all evacuation warnings and advisories for Butte County residents previously affected by the February 12th Oroville Dam spillway emergency evacuations.

“These past six weeks have been a very difficult and unsettling time for many individuals and families affected by the danger posed by fast-moving erosion to the emergency spillway,” said Sheriff Honea.  “I couldn’t be more proud of this community and the countless unsung heroes who helped their neighbors and cared for those who needed it most.”

“I feel satisfied with the progress made in reinforcing the primary spillway, emergency spillway and returning the Hyatt Powerhouse to an operational state, as well as the successful efforts by the California Department of Water Resources to lower the lake level enough to buffer for future storms,” said Honea.  In the coming few months, work will continue to manage the spring runoff inflows to the reservoir.

Additional work continues on the primary spillway, the area below the emergency spillway, access roads, and other areas eroded by the emergency spillway runoff. Rock benches and check dams are being constructed to slow water and minimize erosion should the emergency spillway ever need to be used again.  Sheriff Honea urges all residents to ensure they have an emergency plan and supplies ready for any and all emergencies that may come up throughout the spring season.  An evacuation plan has been developed, and may be accessed by visiting www.buttecounty.net/OEM.

As a reminder, this is the spring runoff season. Water levels and flood concerns can change in the region’s waterways.

It is also important to keep informed by following reliable and accurate sources of information.  Follow the Butte County Sheriff’s Office on Facebook and Twitter, sign up for emergency mass notifications at

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BUTTE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE DETECTIVES INVESTIGATE HOMICIDE IN CHICO

March 17, 2017

BUTTE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE DETECTIVES INVESTIGATE HOMICIDE IN CHICO

Chico, Ca—On Thursday, March 16, 2017, Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) received a call from a citizen reporting what appeared to be the body of a deceased man located near River Road in Chico.

BCSO deputies and detectives responded to the location and confirmed the discovery. The body has been identified through fingerprints as that of Joseph Strickland, age 28, from Chico.

Due to circumstances surrounding the investigation, BCSO detectives are currently investigating the incident as a homicide. An autopsy will be conducted next week. Detectives have not identified a suspect at this time; however, it is believed that this was a targeted incident.

In an effort to protect the integrity of the investigation, additional details are not being released at this time.

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Contact: BCSO Community Relations Unit
530.871.9440


Friday, March 17, 2017 /Number of views (37) /Categories: Press Release
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Community Meeting for Gridley and Biggs Residents

March 15, 2016
Community Meeting for Gridley and Biggs Residents
Oroville, CA- The first of four community meetings for community members who live in the flood evacuation zones in Southern Butte County is scheduled for Thursday, March 16, 2017, at the Butte County Fairgrounds, located at 199 East Hazel Street in Gridley. The meeting will take place from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. inside Butte Hall.
Sheriff Kory Honea and Gridley-Biggs Chief of Police Dean Price will outline the areas in each zone in the Biggs and Gridley areas, which are zones 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 11. Sheriff Honea and Chief Price will also outline exactly how residents can locate their zone on the Butte County website as well as how to sign up for Emergency Mass Notifications. Computers will be available for residents to be able to sign up for the Emergency Mass Notifications as well as to locate their zone. Handouts of each zone map will be available to residents as well as information to stay informed during an emergency.
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BCSO Community Relations Unit
(530) 871-9440
Wednesday, March 15, 2017 /Number of views (19) /Categories: Press Release
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BCSO Applying for Grant Funding through the California State Parks Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Program


The Butte County Sheriff’s Office is in the process of applying for grant funding through the California State Parks Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation (OHMVR) program.

Funds from the OHMVR grant support the efforts of the Sheriff’s Office in patrolling the Jonesville Snow Park, the Plumas National Forest and the Lassen National Forest. These duties include enforcement of state laws, federal regulations, and Butte County ordinances. If awarded, Sheriff’s deputies will use patrol vehicles and snowmobiles to patrol in and around these areas year round. Deputies will assist with visitor safety, education, enforcement, and search and rescue efforts.

The Butte County Sheriff’s Office will provide information and education regarding environmental issues and conservation concerns regarding off-highway vehicle use. The Sheriff’s Office, along with Butte County Search & Rescue will respond to emergency calls for service in and around these areas as needed.

Beginning Tuesday, March 7th, 2017 through Monday, April 3rd, 2017, a draft of the grant application will be available for viewing and public comment at www.ohv.parks.ca.gov. From that website, the public will be directed to the Grants/On-Line Grant Application (OLGA) public review feature for instructions on how to submit their comments.

Written public comments can also be mailed to Sergeant Jack Storne at the Butte County Sheriff’s Office, 33 County Center Drive, Oroville, CA 95965.
Monday, March 06, 2017 /Number of views (41) /Categories: Press Release
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Butte County Jail Evacuation

Oroville, CA- On Sunday, 2/12/17, at approximately 4:30 p.m., the Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) Jail Command Staff and Sheriff Kory Honea began an evacuation plan for the Butte County Jail due to the credible threat of potentially catastrophic damage to the Lake Oroville Dam Emergency Spillway.
All 578 inmates from the Butte County Jail were safely transported to the Santa Rita Jail, located in the city of Dublin, in Alameda County. This is the first time an evacuation order has been issued at the Butte County Jail. Approximately 80 personnel were involved in the evacuation and transportation to Alameda County. The Butte County Office of Education provided five buses, and assistance and transport vehicles were provided by the Placer County Sheriff’s Office, the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office, and the Tehama County Sheriff’s Office. The California Highway Patrol assisted in escorting the caravan of vehicles used to transport the inmates to Alameda County.
Sheriff Honea is working closely with Cal Fire and The Department of Water Resources in a unified command to manage the situation and the inmates will return to the Butte County Jail when it is deemed safe for them to return. Friends and loved ones of inmates can call the Santa Rita Jail at (925) 551-6500 or can visit alamedacountysheriff.org for more information.
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BCSO Community Relations Unit
(530) 871-9440
Monday, February 13, 2017 /Number of views (136) /Categories: Press Release
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