Dawson County's Law Enforcement Center was completed in July 1993 and can house 126 inmates. A jail staff of 27 working 12 hour shifts are responsible for total inmate care. After an inmate is booked into our facility, they must be fed, given medical care and clothing, provided counseling, allowed physical exercise, transported to and from court, or transported to other facilities.

The majority of the jail staff are certified officers. They must be constantly on alert for dangerous situations. To become a certified law enforcement officer, you must be 21 years of age and attend the Nebraska Law Enforcement Training Center for 12 weeks. During these 12 weeks, officers are trained extensively in all aspects of law enforcement. Application to the Training Center is taken seriously and credits may apply to an Associate Degree in Business Management.

Dawson County Sheriff's Office
In addition to the jail staff, the Dawson County Sheriff's Office has 16 certified law enforcement officers including the Sheriff and Chief Deputy. The fourteen "road officers" are extensively trained in investigation, accident reconstruction, death scenes and many other facets of law enforcement. Officers are also called upon to perform title inspections, issue handgun permits, handle complaints, serve warrants, receive and serve civil process and fingerprint for INS.

The Sheriff's Office and officers provide 24-hour coverage throughout Dawson County. The main office is open 5 days a week between 8 am and 5 pm.

Gary Reiber, Sheriff
Mike Hudson, Chief Deputy
709 North Grant
Lexington, NE 68850
Emergency #: 911
Non-Emergency phone: 308-324-3011
Contact Sheriff Reiber

Special Programs
Our officers reach out into the community through the use of specialized officers. The GANG officer works primarily in educating the community and working to dissolve gang activity. The C.O.D.E. officer works directly with the investigation of drug activity.

The Communications Center
The Communications Center is open 24 hours a day and may be accessed from the west side of the building. On a daily basis, we dispatch for 5 different agencies--the rescue and fire departments and the utility departments for Lexington, Elwood and Overton. E911 Emergency and Lifeline calls are received and dispatched and fire and burglar alarms are monitored.