Law Enforcement

P.O. Box 429 - 421 Highway 63
Shell Lake, WI 54871

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Sheriff's Office Phone:(715) 468-4700
Sheriff's Office Fax:(715) 468-4715
Jail Phone:(715) 468-4720
Jail Fax:(715) 468-4729
Anonymous Tip Line:(715) 468-2720
Washburn County Toll Free:(866) 845-0734

Department Contacts

Sheriff: Terry Dryden  
Chief Deputy: Mike Richter  
Jail/Dispatch Administrator: Cpt. Dan Brereton  

Mission and Purpose

Sheriff BadgeThe mission and purpose of the Washburn County Sheriff’s Office is as follows: to preserve public peace and order; to guarantee to all persons, regardless of sex, race, creed or color, their right to freedom as manifested in the Constitution of the United States; to enforce the laws, ordinances and rulings of the State and County; and to perform effectively the functions designated to the Sheriff by Statute. This mission shall be accomplished by the effective performance of the following functions:

  • Maintenance of law enforcement presence or availability on a 24-hour basis
  • Timely and rapid response to criminal incidents, traffic incidents and other appropriate requests for law enforcement services
  • Investigation of criminal offenses and apprehension of the perpetrators of those offenses
  • Initiation of investigation when it appears there may have been a violation of the law
  • Maintenance of a smooth, orderly and safe flow of traffic
  • Public information activities designed to involve citizens in crime prevention and to maintain public safety

In joining the Washburn County Sheriff’s Office, Employees make its responsibilities their own. Deputies are expected to carry out these responsibilities diligently and courteously and to take pride in the services they provide.

Victim Information and Notification Everyday (VINE)

VINELink The WI Statewide VINE system is a service through which victims of crime can use the telephone or Internet to search for information regarding the custody status of their offender and to register to receive telephone and e-mail notification when the offender's custody status changes. The VINE toll-free number for the WI Statewide VINE system is 888-868-4631. This service is provided to assist Victims of Crime who have a right to know about their offender's custody status.

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