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.

Search Warrant served in Oroville

On 05-17-16, Deputies with the Butte County Sheriff’s Office Special Enforcement Unit served a search warrant in the 30 block of Gold View Court, Oroville.
Upon service of the search warrant, Deputies contacted Pau Cun Liu, age 48, of Sacramento. A second subject, identified as Nhat sang Vong, age 46, of Sacramento fled from Deputies. Liu was detained without incident.
The investigation found that Liu and Vong were involved in a large scale marijuana operation to include the transportation of marijuana. A search of the property revealed several indoor grow houses and one greenhouse that together contained 795 marijuana plants. All 795 marijuana plants were eradicated from the property.
Based on the scale of this marijuana growing operation, Liu was arrested for the felony cultivation of marijuana, possession of marijuana for sale, transportation of marijuana, and maintaining a residence where drugs are made (the cultivation of marijuana). Liu has a bail of $175,000.00. A felony warrant for Vong will be sought for the same charges.


Friday, May 20, 2016 /Number of views (9) /Categories: Press Release

Suspicious encounter

On May 11, 2016, at approximately 2:00 pm, Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) received a call from a citizen reporting a suspicious van in the area of Mt. Ida and Pioneer Trail in Oroville.
A Deputy Sheriff responded to talk with reporting party (RP). The RP reported his 9-year-old granddaughter arrived at his house from school. She told the RP she had been approached by a man who asked her if she needed a ride. The granddaughter told the Deputy the van was a box style van. She described the man as a white male older adult with a grey beard and glasses.
It is unknown at this time if the man had any criminal intent. The Butte County Sheriff’s Office is still investigating the incident. The Oroville Elementary School District has been notified.
The Butte County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind parents to talk with their children about not talking to strangers and being aware of their surroundings. Also, when possible children should use the buddy system while walking home from school.
The Sheriff’s Office is urging anyone who may have information regarding this incident to contact BCSO Detective Calkins or the Watch Commander at (530) 538-7321 or 891-2711.
Thursday, May 12, 2016 /Number of views (28) /Categories: Press Release

Bomb Squad Callout in Oroville

On May 8, 2016 at 11:30 a.m. A citizen came into the Butte County Jail lobby and advised that he had found what he believed was a pipe bomb near his residence in Oroville. At the time, the device was in the citizen’s vehicle, which was subsequently re-located to an open lot at the intersection of County Center Drive and the Sheriff’s Office access road. After Butte County Sheriff’s Deputies responded and examined the item, it was determined that it had a cylindrical shape and characteristics similar to that of a possible improvised explosive device. The Butte Inter-Agency Bomb Squad responded to the scene and conducted “render-safe” procedures on the device. Circumstances related to how the device came to be in the citizen’s yard is currently under investigation. County Center Drive was closed to vehicle and pedestrian traffic for approximately two hours while the bomb squad conducted the on-scene investigation. Visiting hours at the Butte County Jail were also suspended during the time the roads were closed during this incident. After the scene was secure and the roads were re-opened, jail visiting hours reconvened. The Butte County Sheriff’s Office and the Butte County Inter-Agency Bomb Squad would like to thank the California Highway Patrol and Cal Fire for their assistance in this incident.

The Bomb Squad would also like to express to the public that if they locate any items they believe may possibly be explosive or hazardous type materials of any kind, they are urged to stay away from the items and contact local law enforcement or the fire department immediately.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016 /Number of views (22) /Categories: Press Release


Oroville, CA— The Butte County Sheriff’s Office will hold a Memorial Service in honor of our fallen heroes on Monday May 9th, 2016. The Memorial Service will be held at 10am on the Sheriff’s Office South Lawn (near the Memorial Pond). All BCSO personnel, whose duties permit, have been asked to attend, and an invitation has been extended to the families of our personnel who sacrificed their utmost in the line of service. The BCSO Memorial Service is being held in coordination with Peace Officer’s Memorial Day, which falls on May 15th. We invite the media to join us as we honor and remember our fallen heroes.


For more information, please contact
BCSO PIO Miranda Bowersox
530.538.5384, 530.990.6949

Tuesday, May 10, 2016 /Number of views (18) /Categories: Press Release

BCSO Deputies and Detectives Respond to Shooting in Bangor Area

April 29, 2016

On Thursday, 4/28/16, at approximately 7:41 PM, the Butte County Sheriff’s Office received a 9-1-1 call from the 6500 block of LaPorte Road reporting a shooting had occurred. The initial report was that a male had been shot in the chest by another male after an argument in the street. The subject who did the shooting had left the scene at the time of report. Deputies responded to the area however the victim had been transported by friends to medical personnel. The victim was flown by helicopter to a local hospital for treatment.
Deputies located witnesses and the male shooter who lived a short distance away. Detectives responded to investigate this incident and during the course of the investigation learned that there had been some sort of issue at an address on Darby Road. At the conclusion of that incident 4 people left in a truck, one of those 4 being James Jordan (age 45). Jeffrey Martin (age 56) followed the 4 people in the truck to the 6500 block of LaPorte Road where an altercation occurred and Martin shot James Jordan in the chest with a .22 caliber Ruger semiautomatic handgun. Based on statements these individuals knew each other prior to this incident.
The victim, at last report, was recovering from the gunshot wound but remains in the hospital.
Detectives arrested Martin for Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Felony and Causing Great Bodily Injury during a Felony. Martin’s bail was set at $200,000.

For more information, please contact
BCSO PIO Miranda Bowersox
530.538.5382, 530.990.6949

Friday, April 29, 2016 /Number of views (324) /Categories: Press Release
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