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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. Davis served in the Mormon Battalion during the war with Mexico and led many immigrant groups across the plains to settle the west. 

In March of 1853, Farmington, then known as Little Cottonwood, was approved by the Territorial Legislature as the County seat of Davis County. One year later, Lot Smith who, at the age of 16 served in the Mormon Battalion, was appointed the first sheriff of Davis County.

Since 1854, Davis County Sheriff’s Office has proudly served our community, during which time 31 sheriffs have stood at the helm of our agency. The Davis County Sheriff is one of ten elected Davis County officials and works closely with the County attorney, assessor, clerk/auditor, recorder, surveyor, treasurer, and a three-member board of commissioners.

The first jail in Davis County, equipped with three cells, was erected on the Courthouse grounds in 1891. After multiple escapes, the jail was demolished and a new jail was granted in 1963. In 1991, 100 years after the first Davis County jail was built, a 368-bed state-of-the-art correctional facility and administrative office was constructed and co-located with the courts in the Davis Justice Complex. To meet spacing needs, the correctional facility was expanded in 2007. Although the average jail population has remained unchanged since 2008, medical and mental health needs have increased. As a result, in 2019, a new medical wing was proposed to provide more comprehensive services and improve emergency response times.
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A service unique to Davis County Sheriff’s Office is the deputy/paramedic role in our Patrol division. Implemented in 1978, this blending of law enforcement and para-medicine has received local and national acclaim. Deputy/paramedics are trained and certified to handle both law enforcement and medical calls. As the populations in the communities we serve—Fruit Heights, South Weber and West Point—continue to grow, so does the need for law enforcement presence and response. Thus, we have begun hiring several deputy-only positions.

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