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.


Oroville, Ca— Butte County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue is in the process of concluding a planned fundraising campaign, which involved phone calls being made to area residents. However, the Butte County Sheriff’s Office has received reports from concerned citizens questioning the credibility of some of the phone calls.

If you receive a phone call soliciting donations for Butte County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue, it should come from a local phone number. The only two addresses associated with this fundraising campaign are:

P.O. Box 542 Chico, CA 95927


2530 Zanella Way #B Chico, CA 95928

Any Search and Rescue phone calls that request donations to be sent to an address other than the ones mentioned above, are not associated with Butte County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue and should be considered fraudulent. 

Butte County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue typically posts information regarding current fundraising efforts on their website: . If the public should have any concern over a phone or mail solicitation on behalf of Search & Rescue, or would like more information regarding Search & Rescue, please call (530) 895-6577 and leave a voice mail. A SAR officer will return your call as soon as possible.

If you believe you have received a fraudulent phone call, please report it to BCSO by calling (530) 538-7322.

Friday, July 11, 2014 /Number of views (73) /Categories: Press Release


Oroville, Ca--On July 8, 2014 the Butte County Sheriff’s Office served a search warrant at 915 Milsap Bar Rd in the Berry Creek area of Butte County.  Detectives had secured a search warrant for the property and an arrest warrant for Andrew Frerks (Age 62) charging Frerks with Criminal Threats, Witness Intimidation, Tampering with a Phone Line and Battery, based on an incident which occurred in June, 2014 at the Milsap Bar location. 

The Butte County Sheriff’s SWAT team was assigned to secure the scene and initially serve the search warrant.  As the SWAT team approached the residence, they detained Rodney Baker (age 40) who also lived at the residence with Frerks.  The SWAT team then made entry into the residence after announcing that the Butte County Sheriff’s Office was present to serve a search warrant at the premises.  The SWAT team entered the residence after no response and encountered Frerks in the living room.  Frerks had a semi-automatic handgun and was picking it up from a table.  Frerks fumbled with the handgun and dropped it on the floor as he was restrained and placed into handcuffs. 

A search of the property resulted in the seizure of several firearms and ammunition.  Both Frerks and Baker were arrested with fresh charges.  In addition to the arrest warrant, Frerks was charged with Exhibiting a Firearm at a Peace Officer, Resisting Arrest, Possession of a Firearm by a Felon and Possession of Ammunition by a Felon.  Frerks was booked into Butte County Jail, Oroville with a bail of $457,000.  Baker was charged with being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm and Ammunition.  Baker was booked into the Butte County Jail, Oroville with a bail of $40,000.


Tuesday, July 08, 2014 /Number of views (84) /Categories: Press Release

Update: Body Found In Burned Car in South Chico Area


Oroville, Ca-- Update: The deceased male found in the burned car in South Chico has been identified as Andrew Robert Curbow, age 29, from Chico. No other information is available at this time.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014 /Number of views (169) /Categories: Press Release
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Dolly O Donuts Robbery

May 25th, 2014, 2:00pm

On May 25th, 2014, at approximately 2:00pm, an armed robbery was committed by an unknown suspect at Dolly "O" Donuts (14122 Skyway) in Magalia, Ca. At the closing time of the business, the unknown suspect entered the business, brandished a weapon and fled the business with an undisclosed amount of cash. The type of weapon will not be released at this time.  The victim was not harmed but was visibly shaken. At this time, we believe the suspect acted alone. The lone suspect was described as a Hispanic, male, adult (20-25 years old) wearing black clothing, approximately 5'6", average build. The suspect was wearing a black T-shirt with a distinctive white logo on the shirt. The suspect's face was concealed. The suspect fled on foot in an unknown direction. If anyone has information about this investigation, please contact the Butte County Sheriff's Office at (530)538-7321.
Tuesday, May 27, 2014 /Number of views (202) /Categories: Press Release

New Mass Public Notification System

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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.

Thursday, May 15, 2014 /Number of views (0) /Categories: Announcement
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