Frequently Asked Questions
Where is the Sheriff’s office and County Jail located?
Both are located in the same building at 111 S 1st Street, Scottsburg, IN. 47170. 1st Street runs north and south next to the Scott County Courthouse off of Hwy 56. We are open 24 hours a day. Emergency 911 Dispatchers are located across the street.
POLICE REPORTS-How do I get a copy?
How do I file a police report?
If you have been the victim of a burglary, theft, battery or assault (or any incident other than an auto accident) a police report would need to be created to document the crime. All police reports are created by officers.
If you need to report an incident please dial 812-752-8400 and central dispatch will contact an officer in your area. He will document the situation and create the police report.
Some reports can be made over the telephone.
If you need to add information to your previous report, you should leave a message for the original officer who took the report or by calling the Sheriff’s dept 812-752-8400.
Police Reports are usually ready within 5 business days. Copies of these reports can be obtained at the Sheriff’s Office and there is no fee for the first copy requested.
How do I get a copy of an Accident Report?
Patrol Deputies prepare traffic accident reports on accidents they have investigated in Scott County. These reports are filed within five (5) days of the date of the accident. There is a $10.00 fee for each copy and $20.00 fee for photos. We only accept money orders made payable to the Scott County Sheriff’s Office. NO CASH WILL BE ACCEPTED.
You may also get reports on line at https://www.buycrash.com/ Reports purchased online are Official State of Indiana Crash Reports. Reports are usually $12.00 each and are available online immediately upon purchase.
How do I file a protection order?
You can request a protection order at the Community Corrections office, Monday thru Friday 8:30 am - 4pm. Protection orders are served by the Scott County Sheriff's Office.
Basically a Protection Order also commonly referred to as an Adult Abuse Order, Child Protection Order, or Ex Parte Order of Protection. It is a Court order signed by a Judge which gives a respondent (defendant) certain directions and explains the consequences if the order is violated.
A protection order may be obtained for people who have been assaulted, abused, harassed, stalked, threatened, or harmed from one or more adults.
A protection order is only a piece of paper and we suggest that any petitioner also make a report to the proper law enforcement agency and consider plans to further ensure your safety and the safety of your family and friends.
Victims of Domestic Violence are encouraged to apply for Orders of Protection, because it is a crime (invasion of privacy) to violate them. This gives law enforcement greater authority to enforce the provisions of these orders and results in a new charge being filed. For more information visit www.in.gov/judiciary or call the prosecutor’s office 812-752-8466.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A RESTRAINING ORDER AND A PROTECTION ORDER AND WHICH ONE DO I NEED?
A protection order is an order issued through the court for persons who have had a domestic relationship (blood relation, intimate relationship, boyfriend/girlfriend, husband/wife, etc.) A restraining order covers anything not described under the order of protection, above. You must contact the Clerk’s office for an order of protection.
HOW DO YOU GET A HAND GUN PERMIT?
Step 1: Complete the online application at https://Indiana.gov/firearms
At the end of the application, you will receive directions on how to schedule electronic fingerprinting (step 2) and payment of state fee.
Step 2: Schedule electronic fingerprinting through www.identogo.com
Step 3: Bring your Application Number to your local law enforcement agency for approval and local fee payment.
Step 4: Your application will be electronically transferred to ISP for final review. If your application is approved, your permit will be sent to you via U.S. Mail. If your application is rejected, you will be notified via U.S. Mail and will receive instructions on how to file an appeal.
If you live in the county you would come to the Sheriff’s Office to finish the application process. If you live in the city limits of Scottsburg, you would go to the Scottsburg City Police Department. If you live in the city of Austin, you would go to the Austin Police Department.
HOW MUCH DOES A HAND GUN PERMIT COST?
You can pay on line at the time you make the appointment for your State fee or bring a money order to the Sheriff’s Office with you at the time of your fingerprint appointment. For your local fee, you will need to bring a money order to the appropriate police agency.
Prices are as follows: For electronic fingerprinting
If you have No permit/or expired permit:
- Lifetime fee: State fee: NO Fee, Fingerprint Fee: $12.95, Local fee: NO FEE
If you have a Valid 5 year Permit:
- Lifetime fee: State fee: NO FEE, Fingerprint Fee $12.95, Local fee: NO FEE
- 4 year Permit fee: State fee: NO FEE, Fingerprint Fee $12.95, Local fee: NO FEE
If you do not have a computer you can go to your local library and they will assist you. If you have any question you can call the sheriff’s office at 812-752-8400.
The State has changed the process of the gun permit process.
Effective January 1, 2017 you can no longer print off the application and mail it into the state with a money order. It has got to be completed on line with the payment online as well.
If you do send it into the state with payment it will be returned to the applicant and delay your process.
Listed below are the websites that you will need to start your process:
www.indiana.gov/firearms - File your application
www.identogo.com - Schedule your fingerprints appointment
How can I be fingerprinted for work/job purposes or handgun permit?
The Sheriff’s Office as of June 2018 no longer does the electronic fingerprinting you will have to go to the www.Identogo.com website and find a location that will be the closest to you.
WHAT IS L-1 SOLUTIONS?
L-1 fingerprinting is the process of electronic fingerprinting oppose to the ink type fingerprinting. You can go to their web site and set up an appointment for this process.
How do I obtain a CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECK?
The Sheriff's Office may provide certain information to the public that is available for public disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act. This would include information from the Sheriff's Office Records Management System on Incident/Offense Reports, Jail Booking Records, and Warrant Records. Exceptions would be for records relating to active/ongoing investigations, certain personnel records, records that have been sealed/expunged by court order, and records involving juvenile offenders or juvenile suspects. There is no fee associated with processing these requests. We cannot provide information relating to records maintained by any other law enforcement agency. You would need to contact those agencies directly for information from their records. A form must be picked up at the Sheriff’s Office, once returned; the record is available the next business day.
WARRANT OF ARREST-How do I find out if I have a warrant for my arrest?
What do I do if I have one? The Sheriff's Office maintains Warrants of Arrest issued by the Circuit and Superior Courts. All of these warrants constitute public records under the Freedom of Information Act. Any person can obtain information on arrest warrants pertaining to himself or herself or any other person by this website. Such information as the date of the warrant, charge(s) specified on the warrant, bond amount, and issuing court can be provided. Many arrest warrants are served by deputies working in the field, either during vehicle stops or by visiting the last known home address or work address of the person named in the warrant. Other warrants are served when people voluntarily surrender themselves to the Sheriff's Office after learning a warrant exists for their arrest. Most warrants will have a bond specified by the court that a person in custody is required to post before being released.
Misdemeanor arrest warrants may be served anywhere in the State of Indiana. Felony arrest warrants are extraditable from anywhere within the United States. The Sheriff's Office is very aggressive in serving arrest warrants, and extradition will generally be authorized whenever we are notified a person is in custody in another County or State. Any person wanting information about an arrest warrant or how to take care of an active warrant should contact the Sheriff's Office. We will make every effort to make a reasonable accommodation to allow the person satisfy the warrant within the boundaries of the law and department policy.
Where is my car impounded?
Vehicles which are impounded are stored at one of the following places: All Around Towing 752-4254, Elliott’s 752-3690 or Goodins 752-4195.
I have a question about my criminal case or summons.
If you are the defendant you should call your attorney or visit http://mycase.in.gov/.
I want to know if a civil paper was served.
You may call our office 24 hours a day 812-752-8400. You may also call the Scott County Clerk at 812-752-8420.
I received a Tax Warrant Letter, what is this for?
The Indiana Dept of Revenue collection process begins with the proposed assessment (AR-80). This bill lists the tax type, tax period, due date and amount due. An explanation for the billing also accompanies this stage of the process. A demand notice for payment is the next stage allowing the taxpayer only 10 days to respond. If your account reaches the warrant stage, you must pay the total amount due or accept the expense and consequences of the warrant. Although this is not a warrant for your arrest, the information will appear on a credit report or title search and may become a lien on your property. The warrant is filed with all county clerks’ offices in which you have assets. The Sheriff’s Office has up to 120 days to collect the amount due or substantial payments before the Department takes further action, which may include turning your account over to a collection agency. You may contact the Collections Division by calling 317-232-2165 or via fax 317-234-4161.
I need more information about the Sheriff Sales.
All of our Sheriff Sales go thru Lieberman Technology. For a complete listing or any questions go to http://www.in.sheriffsale.com or call 1-812-434-6645 or email at sheriffsalepublicquestions@LTnow.com
Effective in 2020-the Sheriff sale will be held every other month, it is the first Tuesday of the month at 2:00 p.m at the 911 center at 85 E. Wardell St. in Scottsburg effective January 2020
Why does it take so long to get a deputy to my house to take my report?
We have 190 square miles to cover. We have a limited number of officers on duty at one time. We may be completely across the county from your residence answering another call or serving papers and sometimes it takes us a little while to get there. Emergency Calls are priority. Typically if we are backlogged our central dispatch will let you know our approximate arrival time. We apologize for any delay, and you will receive the same attention and time to your case as all other citizens. Some reports can be made over the telephone.
I have information to pass along but I do not want to use my name.
Email us using the link on our home page or call our tip line 1-812-752-7898. Rest assured that we will not try to contact you back or trace your number or address. Thank you in advance for any information.
HOW CAN I FIND OUT IF A SEX OFFENDER LIVES IN MY NEIGHBORHOOD?
Sex offenders are required by law to register with the Sheriff's Office. You can search the register for updates online by checking online at http://www.scottcountysheriff.org. Or visit the Indiana sex offender registry https://indianasheriffs.org/offender-watch/
WHERE CAN I GET INK FINGERPRINTS?
We do the ink fingerprints here at the Sheriff's office during office hours and the fee will be $20.00 per fingerprint card. You will need to pay at the time of fingerprinting and you will need to have correct change and we will accept cash and money order for this payment.