Centre County Sheriff
Effective Monday, March 23, 2020
The Centre County Sheriff’s Office is still issuing License to Carry permits ONLY to Centre County residents at this time. The background check system (PICS) is running slow so we will be sending the permits to you in the mail or you can pick them up at a later date after we take your application. You do still need to come in person to get your application started. We will NOT accept any mailed applications.
If you need to renew your permit or would like to apply for a new one, and are a Centre County resident, please call our office at 814-355-6803 and we will set you up an appointment to renew your permit. We will not let anybody enter the building without an appointment. This lets our staff know when someone will be in our lobby and gives us adequate time to sanitize properly. We ask that only one person be in our lobby at a time. All others can wait outside of our office until it is cleared out. This is to help with social distancing and also give us a chance to properly sanitize the front lobby for everyone’s safety.
If you are feeling ill, please stay home.
Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. We are taking this day by day, so please keep checking our Facebook, our website, or you can give us a call at 814-355-6803.”
Effective Wednesday, March 18, 2020
Due to the recent developments with COVID-19 and the restrictions with it, the Centre County Sheriff’s Office will be suspending the issuance of License to Carry permits for out-of-state residents until further notice. We will currently still be issuing permits to Centre County residents Monday-Friday 8:30am-4:30pm.
If you are feeling ill, please stay home.
If you have to come into the office and there are several people in the lobby, we ask that you please wait outside until it clears out.
Sorry for any inconvenience.
The Sheriff is the highest ranking law enforcement officer in the county. The Office of the Sheriff is mandated by the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Sheriff is an independent elected official with law enforcement responsibilities as well as civil and criminal court duties.
Duties & Functions
As the chief law enforcement officer, the Sheriff provides the same type of service as other law enforcement agencies (except for Criminal Investigations) and its main priority is to serve the Court of Common Pleas. In addition the Office of the Sheriff is responsible for service of civil work for the Court of Common Pleas as well as service of civil process for district magistrates, private attorneys, and other agencies. The Deputies also conduct Sheriff Sales, serve Possessions (Eviction Orders), civil Protection from Abuse Orders and Custody Orders. Centre County Deputy Sheriffs work diligently to apprehend individuals who have active warrants issued from the Courts. Along with all the duties listed above, the Deputies actively enforce all motor vehicle violations under Pennsylvania Title 75.
The Sheriff’s Office provides security for the Centre County Courthouse and University Park Airport as well as most county run agencies and county owned buildings. Sheriff’s Deputies transport prisoners to and from various state and county prisons across the Commonwealth for court proceedings. The office is also responsible for transporting persons back to Centre County who have fled to areas outside the boundaries of the Commonwealth to avoid prosecution. The Centre County Sheriff Deputies also patrol Snow Shoe Rails to Trails, Centre County Grange Fair, and assist with Penn State University Football Games.
The Sheriff’s Office is responsible for issuance of License to Carry Firearms and regulate/license the county firearms dealers. More information on the License to Carry Firearms can be found under the License to Carry link on this page.
Centre County Deputy Sheriffs attend an intensive19 week basic training course (Act 2 Certification) or have already completed Act 120 (MOPEC Certification). The Deputies must also attend Up Date training every two years. Centre County Deputy Sheriffs have completed Critical Incident Response Training and Civil Disturbance Tactics in conjunction with local police agencies. This training enhances the office in support of other law enforcement agencies. The Centre County Sheriff’s Office also has Deputies trained and specialized in the following areas; First Aid, AED and CPR, Oleoresin Capsicum (OC)/Pepper spray, Annual Firearm’s Training, Taser Training, Active Shooter Response, Crises Intervention Training (CIT) and FBI Post Blast Bomb School. Every member of the Sheriff’s Office has been trained by either NCTC or a member from the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office. We have a Child Seat Safety Tech Certificated Deputy to do child seat safety checks and installations.
The Centre County Sheriff’s Office is offering a new pilot senior check-in program. The goal with this program is to provide peace of mind to Centre County Residents who are over the age of 65 and independently living alone, as well as their families. More information and the application can be found under the Senior Check-In Program link on this page.
Centre County Triad, a working partnership with county senior citizens and all Centre County law enforcement agencies was established in 1997. Triad sponsors a Citizens Police Academy every year as well as various crime prevention programs for our seniors. Centre County Sheriff’s Office annually assist with Centre County Camp Cadet. Centre County Sheriff’s Office will also be responsible for two Medication Collection Boxes. One Medication disposal site will be located at the Centre County Sheriff’s Office and the other located at the County Willowbank Building. See below for what is and what is not accepted.
- Medications, whether prescription or over -the –counter, from households and residence are accepted.
- Medications may be disposed of in the original containers or in a sealed plastic bag.
- Liquid pharmaceuticals shall remain in the original container.
- NO needles, syringes or lancets shall be placed into the collection/drop box.