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Salt Lake County Sheriff's Office

The Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Office operates two correctional facilities; the Salt Lake County Metro Jail and the Oxbow Jail Facility. Both jails are highly efficient, designed to operate at low costs with an abundance of programs that minimize overcrowding issues while creating an approach that reduces recidivism. Salt Lake County’s Public Safety Bureau prides itself on meeting the diverse challenges of effective crime prevention by transitioning between law enforcement authority, prisoner management, government security and public service.

In addition to our Corrections Bureau and Public Safety Bureau; the Sheriff’s Office is also home to Search and Rescue, the Mounted Posse, Human Resources and Fiscal Divisions. With over 1,100 employees and volunteers, the Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Office takes pride in its role as a leader in public safety and community service.

News Items

Enforcement of Salt Lake County Health Department Public Health Order (PHO)

A message regarding enforcement of the Salt Lake County Public Health Order issued March 29.

Enforcement questions include:

• Deputies taking an "educate and warn first" approach when encountering violations of the order.

• Deputies will not ask for proof that you are an essential employee.

• Additional information regarding the order can be found at the Salt Lake County Health Department's web-site at www.slco.org/health

• The full text of the Public Health Order can be read by clicking here.

Message from the Salt Lake County Sheriff's Office

Today a thank you gift from a citizen was dropped off at the Sheriff’s Office. These beautiful signs were placed at each entrance of Metro and Oxbow Jails from our community. Thank you for the donation and the reminder we are all heroes who work here keeping the incarcerated and the community safe.

Message from the Salt Lake County Sheriff's Office

We wanted to share with you Sheriff Rivera’s position with regards to the enforcement of Mayor Wilson’s recently issued Public Health Order (PHO), which took effect this morning at 12:01 AM.

As we continue to perform our day to day duties, Sheriff’s Office will proactively address violations of the Public Health Order. Deputies will assess each situation individually and respond appropriately. The initial response will focus on communication and education with the goal of gaining voluntary compliance. Our hope is to accomplish this without additional enforcement being taken.

We thank you for your cooperation and compliance!

Message from the Salt Lake County Sheriff's Office

Salt Lake County has issued a public health order in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 and to prevent our healthcare system from being overwhelmed. We hope Salt Lake County residents understand and voluntarily comply to protect the health of our citizens within the County and throughout the State. We will work with our communities and continue to help educate citizens about the importance of this public health order. Please remember to practice social distancing and limit groups to 10 or less. Our community is strong and resilient. Stay calm, stay safe, and stay home.

Message from the Salt Lake County Sheriff's Office

Earlier today Governor Herbert and Salt Lake County Mayor Wilson encouraged our community to Stay Safe, Stay Home. The Sheriff’s Office cares about our community and wants to remind everyone to be calm and stay strong while many adjustments are being made daily.

The Sheriff’s Office Administration Building will continue to be available by appointment for records and GRAMA requests. Those requests must be made online at http://slsheriff.org or by phone 385-468-8870.

Message from the Salt Lake County Sheriff's Office

This morning the Sheriff’s Office reevaluated our jail operations and has made the decision to take both the Metro and Oxbow Jails off lockdown. Due to preventative actions we have initiated to minimize the spread of COVID-19, our visiting remains closed to the public. Our visiting lobby will remain available to non-contact attorney visits, law enforcement duties, and payment of cash bail. Prisoners will have the opportunity to reach out to family and friends through phone calls, emails, and letters. As of March 16, 2020, the Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Office has provided our prisoners three (3) free fifteen (15) minute phone calls a week while we have suspended visitation. Thank you for your patience and understanding. Stay well and stay safe.

Message from the Salt Lake County Sheriff's Office

Here is a brief update for family and friends who have loved ones currently incarcerated at the Metro and Oxbow Jails. We are pleased to report there were no injuries as a result of the earthquake or aftershocks that have occurred throughout the day. Our jail support system, which includes water (hot and cold), HVAC, and electricity as well as emergency support systems, are fully operational and have been maintained throughout the day. Please know prisoners and staff are safe and there has been no risk to anyone during this incident. To continue our pursuit in keeping everyone safe, we will continue to remain on lockdown and reassess our lockdown status in the morning.

Message from the Salt Lake County Sheriff's Office

The Sheriff’s Office would like to remind our community members to stay calm and stay at home today as community leaders work through helping others effected by the earthquake. While home with your families take a few minutes to plan, prepare, and practice earthquake safety. Create some practice drills and draft an emergency evacuation plan from your home to a safe meeting place. Establish an emergency priority list for personal items, gather vital documents, and write down important information you may need. For more detailed information please check out the cdc.gov or Utah.gov website on earthquake preparedness. Most importantly, please continue to remain calm, take care of your families and one another. Our community will be stronger together.

Jail Status - Earthquake Update

The Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Office understands there is concern for family and friends currently incarcerated or working inside the Metro and Oxbow Jails after this morning’s earthquakes. We would like to reassure the community that the prisoners and staff inside our jails are safe. Our maintenance staff has checked both jails and determined the damage sustained from this morning’s earthquake is minimal. Both jails are currently on lockdown as we continue to experience minor aftershocks in Salt Lake County. Non-essential civilian staff have been sent home for the day. We are under normal power and continue to accept prisoners in booking. We appreciate your concerns and want to remind everyone in our community to stay calm and stay safe.

Corona Virus - COVID-19 Update

The Salt Lake County Jail has taken a number of measures to limit the exposure of COVID-19 as much as we can. The health and safety of the people in our facility and the public is our primary concern. To help keep everyone as safe and healthy as possible, we need your help and cooperation.

We are increasing our efforts to prevent the spread of this disease in our facility and minimize its spread in the community. The following preventative measures are being put in place, effective today, March 16, 2020.

COVID-19 presents a serious health risk for the people in our community. It’s a responsibility we all share to keep one another safe.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Corona Virus - COVID-19 Update

CDC recommends that everyone do their part to help us respond to this emerging public health threat. Individuals and communities should familiarize themselves with recommendations to protect themselves and their communities from getting and spreading respiratory illnesses like COVID-19. Older people and people with severe chronic conditions should take special precautions because they are at higher risk of developing serious COVID-19 illness.

Recommendations & Precautions

CDC - More Information


If you are feeling ill, please stay home and get better.

If you believe you may have been exposed to the coronavirus call the Utah Coronavirus Information Line: 800-456-7707.

Law Enforcement, please review the COVID-19 General Fact Sheet on the best methods for avoiding illness.

COVID-19 General Fact Sheet

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