About the Sheriff's Office


The Story County Sheriff's Office is a progressive and professional full-service law enforcement agency consisting of 90 full-time employees. We serve approximately 97,000 citizens in an area of 576 square miles located in central Iowa. Story County is home to Ames, where Iowa State University and the Iowa Department of Transportation are located.

About the Office

The Sheriff's Office is made up of five primary divisions, including the following:

  • Administrative Division
  • Communications Division
  • Field Services Division including:
    • Investigations
    • Patrol
    • Emergency Response Team
    • Crisis Negotiators Team
  • Jail Division
  • Support Services Division including:
    • Civil
    • Dive Rescue Team
    • Uncrewed Aircraft Systems Team
    • Sheriff's Reserves

Within the aforementioned divisions, deputies are involved in many programs and areas of specialization, including:

  • Central Iowa Drug Task Force
  • Crime Prevention Program
  • Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) for the Mentally Ill
  • Drug Recognition Expert Program
  • Emergency Response Team Members
  • Patrol Training Officer Program
  • Hostage / Crisis Negotiators
  • Community Policing Programs
  • Peer Support/Officer Wellness
  • Human Trafficking Task Force
  • Instructor Training Programs
  • Internet Safety Programs
  • Sexual Assault Response Team
  • Traffic Accident Reconstruction
  • Traffic Safety
  • Underwater Search and Rescue Divers
  • Uncrewed Aircraft Systems Pilots
  • ALiCE
  • Child Abduction Response
  • FBI Violent Gangs Taskforce