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Sheriff LeRoi Day and Deputies - 1954
Sheriff LeRoi Day and Deputies - 1954

On October 5, 1850 the territory north of Salt Lake City was organized into and named Davis County, in memory of Captain Daniel C. Davis. He served in the Mormon Battalion during the war with Mexico and led many immigrant groups across the plains to settle the west.

Jail erected in the early 1920’s east of the
courthouse. Later demolished in 1963.
Jail erected in the early 1920’s east of the courthouse.  Later demolished in 1963.

In March of 1853, Farmington, then known as Little Cottonwood, was approved by the Territorial Legislature as the County seat of Davis County. A year later, Lot Smith, who also served in the Mormon Battalion at age 16, was appointed the first sheriff of the County. The first jail in Davis County was erected on the Courthouse grounds and had three cells.

The population of Davis County has continued to grow from the original 1,598 citizens to over 306,479 in 2012. Davis County covers 275 square miles. The Sheriff's Office has increased from a handful to over 230 deputies.

Since its inception, the Davis County Sheriff's Office has evolved to be one of the most capable public safety agencies in Utah. Unlike other law enforcement agencies in the State of Utah, our Patrol deputy sheriffs are certified paramedics who perform a dual role of medical and law enforcement duties. Our specialized units include the K-9 Team, Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.), Specialized Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT), Bomb Squad, Bicycle Patrol, Motorcycle Unit, and Corrections Emergency Response Team (CERT) for the Jail. The Emergency Services Division coordinates, supervises and oversees hostage negotiations, community services, the emergency management of disasters, public information duties, and training for our law enforcement deputies and office personnel.

First Uniform-December 12, 1958
Sheriff LeRoi Day (seated)
First Uniform/December 12, 1958/Sheriff LeRoyi Day (seated)

In the Justice Services Division, we provide security and bailiff services for the Second District Court of Utah, civil service processing, fugitive unit, Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) and computer forensics, and inmate transports inside and outside the Justice Complex area. Advanced criminal investigations, including polygraph, crime lab and detective services, are also provided.

The Sheriff's Office is also augmented by several volunteer groups such as Search and Rescue, Mounted Posse, Amateur Radio Emergency Service, Bountiful Jeep Posse and over 200 religious and education volunteers for the Jail. These groups, along with the employees of the Sheriff's Office, provide the workforce to serve and protect the public, maintain the law, and respond to any emergency should it arise.

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