June 16, 2024

Sheriff’s Office

Union County Sheriff’s Office & Jail

209 E Main St #250

Elk Point, SD 57025

Emergency contact please dial: 911

Non Emergency Contact: 605-356-2679

Jail Phone Number: 605-356-9498

Sheriff’s Office & Jail Fax Number: 605-356-2679

Union County Sheriff’s Office Email: [email protected]

Union County Sheriff’s Office Facebook:



Sheriff Jim Prouty

Email: [email protected]



Links



Concealed Weapon Permits and Fingerprinting

 

Concealed Carry Pistol Permits may be obtained at the Union County Sheriff’s Office Monday through Friday during the hours of 8:00 am and 4:30 pm.

For Enhanced Concealed Carry Pistol Permits that need fingerprints obtained you will need to call (605) 356-9498 and make an appointment. Fingerprints will be done by appointment only and during the hours specified.

If you are applying for an Enhanced Concealed Carry Permit, after completing the required course the agency will give you a certificate and fingerprint cards. You will need to bring these to your appointment.



Union County Sheriff Deputies

Sergeant Jeff Christie

Email: [email protected]

 

 

Deputy Jerry Renken

Email: [email protected]

Deputy Cody Braun

Email: [email protected]

Deputy Evan Spindler

Email: [email protected]

Deputy Isaac Sauder

Email: [email protected]

Deputy Maxus Mach

Email: [email protected]

Deputy Austin Schuller

Email: [email protected]

Deputy Grayson Lass

Email: [email protected]

Deputy Kevin O’Mahoney

email: [email protected]



Union County Dispatch

Chief Dispatcher Sara Beatty

Email: [email protected]

The Union County Sheriff’s Communication Center operates a 24 hour-a-day Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP)and 911 Center. The Communication Center is headed by Communication Supervisor/ 911 Coordinator Sara Beatty . Beatty is responsible for the supervision of 7 full-time dispatchers. Beatty oversees all the operations of the Communication Division. All dispatchers are certified through SD Law Enforcement Training and Standard Commission. They are also trained and certified through Power Phone Emergency Medical Dispatch.

What is 911?

911 is the number set aside by telephone companies throughout the United States to put you in touch with emergency aid authorities. The concept was established in 1937 in Great Britain. In November 1967, the FCC met with the American Telephone and Telegraph Company (AT&T) to find a means of establishing a universal emergency number that could be implemented quickly. In 1968, AT&T announced that  it would establish the digits 9-1-1 as the emergency number throughout the US. On February 16, 1968 the first 9-1-1 call was made in the US in Halleyville, Alabama.

All requests for emergency police, firefighters, or emergency medical personnel, should be made by dialing 911 from any telephone. This is a free call from public telephones. It is against the law to misuse 911, if you aren’t certain whether or not your call concerns an emergency err on the side of caution and dial 911. For non-emergencies, (such as dogs barking), please call the non-emergency number 605-356-2670 or 605-356-2679.

When you call 911, the dispatcher will need to get some basic information from you. A good 9-1-1 Call is clear and factual. While this may be a terrifying emotional experience for you, only the facts will help law enforcement come to your assistance.

 

Key Facts:

Your address: While many modern 9-1-1 systems automatically display your address you are calling from, where you call from might not be where the emergency happened at. This is the most important piece of data you can relay. Help cannot come if the location is not known.

Your emergency: It is vital to a good 9-1-1 call to get to the point. rambling and crying will not help the deputy come to your rescue. Give the facts quickly and clearly. What is occurring? Please provide a brief description of what is happening?

Time Element: When did the situation you’re reporting occur? Was it within the last 5-10 minutes? This helps the dispatcher determine the priority of any response. Did it just occur or is it a “cold situation. This answers the WHEN.

Suspect Description: If pertinent, try to tell the dispatcher what the suspect(s) look like-Male/female, race, age, height, weight, hair, eyes, scars/marks/tattoo’s.

Clothing, were they carrying anything?

Weapons or drugs or alcohol involved : was there a knife, gun, bat, club? Was the person under the influence of anything? How are they acting?

Vehicle description: If a vehicle was involved, try to provide the dispatcher with the color, make, year, model, body type, license number, direction of travel

The response to these questions will not be delayed by answering the above questions. In fact, answers to these types of questions often give the deputy the necessary information to apprehend the suspect(s) quickly. In most cases, deputies are dispatched while you are still on the phone. The dispatcher can relay the important information to the deputies prior to their arrival.

Remember: Remain calm and answer all the questions. Let the dispatcher control the questioning. Do not hang up until you are sure the dispatcher is finished with what they need.

Dispatchers monitor and respond to service and information requests from the public, evaluate service needs and dispatch appropriate units. Dispatchers perform a vital function within the department and require skills and abilities that are unique. At all times, they must have the ability to be calm when talking to emotionally upset or irate individuals or when confronted with life and death situations. Dispatchers must listen carefully, simultaneously distinguishing between, and monitoring, multiple radio transmissions and telephone conversations. They also must have the ability to remember past calls and events and relate correct information to officers in the field. Working under pressure, Dispatchers must exercise good judgment and make sound decisions in highly charged emergency situations.



Union County Jail

 

Union County has 10 full-time and 4 part-time jailers.  

Union County Jail was built and moved into in August of 1999.  The jail has 40 beds and an additional 12 beds used for work release.  The jail also houses prisoners for Federal Marshalls and INS and other surrounding counties, as needed.

Visitation

Union County Jail allows and encourages inmates to maintain contact with family and friends through visitation.  Visits are scheduled through jail staff, and must be scheduled a minimum, of 24 hours in advance by calling (605) 356-9498.

Visiting times are as follows:

Monday @ 3:00 pm, 6:00 pm & 6:30 pm

Tuesday – Friday @ 2:30 pm, 3:00 pm, 6:00 pm & 6:30 pm

Saturday @ 1:00 pm, 2:00 pm and 3:00 pm

Each inmate will have one (1), thirty minute visit per week.  There are two slots available during each specified time.  Visitors who have not made appointments will not be allowed to visit.  If a visitor fails to show up for a scheduled visit they will not be allowed to reschedule the visit for the same week.  Visitors who show up late will only be allowed to visit for the time remaining during their time slot.  Any disruptions by either party during the visit will result in termination of the visit.  Any visit may be denied if:

– The inmate or visitor is disruptive or dangerous

– The visitor appears to be under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs

– The visitor refuses to show, or does not provide identification

– The visitor refuses to submit to property security precautions

– Any contraband is detected on the visitor

– The Sheriff or Chief Jailer denies the visit for security reasons

– Visitor is dressed inappropriately

Money Requests

All monies (including money dropped off at the time of visitation) will be placed on the inmate’s account.  Inmates wishing to withdraw money from their account must fill out a request form.  Money orders and correctional institution checks will be endorsed over to the Union County Jail.  All inmate funds will be deposited in the Jail account.  NO PERSONAL CHECKS WILL BE ACCEPTED AT ANY TIME.  At time of release, any remaining money in the inmate’s account will be refunded by check.  

Property

Property delivered to inmates will be accepted at any time.  Approved inmate property will be handed out after visits or when jail staff is available to do so.  Only the items listed below are allowed in the Union County Jail.  All items must be brand new, and in the original package.  NO EXCEPTIONS.

*Underwear (6 max, white or solid colors only, must be new in package) 

*T-shirts (6 max, white, cream or light gray only, crew neck, must be new in package

*Socks (6 max, white only, must be new in package)(gray toe/heel okay)

*Thermal Underwear (white or cream color only)

*Writing Paper (NO wire bound notebooks)

*Clear Plastic Pens (any color okay) (NO PENCILS OR MARKERS OF ANY KIND)

*Envelopes (no metal clasps)

*Photographs (no nudes-must have all private areas covered)

*Shampoo, Body Wash, Face Wash (clear bottle, liquid only)

*Conditioner (will be dispensed by jail staff in Dixie Cup)

*Hair ties (no metal allowed)

*Deodorant (completely clear)

*Toothpaste (will be dispensed by jail staff in Dixie Cup)-Over the counter Tylenol, Ibuprofen, antacids, allergy meds (Claritin or Zyrtec only)(to be dispensed by jail staff). NO PM MEDS ALLOWED.

*Paperback books 

*Puzzles, Games (but must be donated to jail)

*Stamps

*Money (Cash or Money Order ONLY)

*Magazines will not be accepted unless directly from publisher through mail.

Phone calls

Union County Jail utilizes Reliance Telephone for inmate calls.  You can purchase phone cards by going to their web site: www.reliancetelephone.com or 

Inmates can purchase $10.00 and $20.00 phone cards in the jail out of their inmate bank. Short messages can be left for inmates by calling (605) 356-9489.

Notice to Inmates Sentenced in Union County

Effective January 1, 2023, all inmates sentenced to the Union County Jail will be charged $25.00 per day for room and board.  This fee will be deducted daily from the inmate’s account.  Prescription and over the counter medications will be charged and deducted from inmate bank when the expense in incurred.

SDCL 24-11-45, which authorizes prisoners confined to jail while serving a sentence to be liable for the cost of their confinement, became effective July 1, 1995.  Below is a full text of SDCL 24-11-5.

“A prisoner confined to any jail while serving a sentence is liable for the cost of the prisoner’s confinement including room and board charges, medical, dental, optometric and psychiatric service charges, vocational education training and chemical dependency treatment charges.  If, after considering the prisoners net income, net worth, number of dependents and any existing obligations, the Judge who sentenced the prisoner to jail determines that the prisoner is unable to pay, the Judge may waive all or part of the payment for the cost of the inmate’s confinement.”

Inmates will be billed, and if not paid, the unpaid balance will be turned over to a collection agency.



Administration

Tracy Smith

Email: [email protected]

Renee Irwin

Email: [email protected]

Tracy and Renee are the Sheriff’s Office secretaries.  They assist the Sheriff in the daily business operations of the Sheriff’s Office.  They are responsible for data entry, tracking money from all fees collected, reporting statistics, keeping files and a variety of other duties.



Union County Sheriff’s Office Mission Statement

The mission of the Union County Sheriff’s Office is to provide quality, professional law enforcement services tailored to the needs of individual communities to improve the quality of life. The public is our customer. We serve by responding in a professional and courteous manner. We work in partnership with community members to solve problems and create safe and healthy neighborhoods. We work as a team, respecting and supporting each other’s roles and responsibilities.



Union County Sheriff’s Office History and Previous Sheriff’s

The Sheriff of Union County posed for this picture in front of the court
house at Elk Point, S.D. with whisky stills collected in raids in a
“clean up” operation.  Sheriff at the time is Sheriff Dahlin.  Thanks to Roland Rosenbaum for the information!

 

Sheriff Dan Limoges

 

Sheriff Dan Limoges served Union County for 33 years as Sheriff, getting elected to his first term in 1991, and has been consecutively re-elected Sheriff since. Prior to, Sheriff Limoges got his start in law enforcement in 1985 as a patrol officer for the Alcester Police Department until he accepted a position with the Union County Sheriff’s Office in 1989. In addition, Sheriff Limoges served as the president of the South Dakota Sheriff’s Association in 2005. Sheriff Limoges oversaw 10 full-time Deputies, the Union County Jail, and the 911 Communications Center. Sheriff Limoges was well known within the community and was deeply committed to providing quality and professional law enforcement services to the citizens of Union County. Sheriff Limoges will be greatly missed.



Current Employment Opportunities:

The most frequent position where we have openings is as a Union County Jail Correctional Officer.  The position of Correctional Officer is a great start to a career in both corrections and as a Law Enforcement Officer.

Occasionally we will have openings for Deputy Sheriff.

Here are some of the minimum qualifications for these positions:

Correctional Officer:

  • High School Graduate or GED
  • Minimum age of 18
  • No felony Convictions

Deputy Sheriff:

  • High School Graduate or GED ( College degree is preferred)
  • Minimum age of 21
  • No felony or domestic violence convictions
  • Valid Driver’s License

Union County Sheriff’s Office Employment Application