The Sheriff is the highest local police officer in the county and referred by the courts as the “Chief Law Enforcement Officer of His Bailiwick”. The Sheriff is elected to a four year term in office.
The Sheriff’s Office is currently comprised of 12 full time Deputy Sheriffs, an Administrative Assistant and 1 department clerk. In addition to this, there is an appointed Chief Deputy Sheriff. The Sheriff’s Office is available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week for contact through the Venango County 911 Center, which dispatches the appropriate law enforcement agency for emergency calls.
The principle duties of Sheriffs Office are as follows:
- Deputy Sheriffs have onview arrest authorities.
- Perform courthouse/courtroom security.
- Serve all warrants, including bench warrants, domestic relations warrants and district court warrants.
- Serve all civil process issued through the Court of Common Pleas and the District Judges’ Offices, and other county and state civil courts.
- Conduct personal property sheriff sales.
- Conduct Real Estate Sheriff Sales.
- Transport prisoners on a routine basis and by court order.
- Investigate criminal acts taking place on county property, including assaults, burglaries and thefts.
- Transport mentally ill patients by court order to other facilities.
- Enforce court orders to assist other county agencies such as Children and Youth Services and the juvenile court system.
- Serve and enforce protection from abuse orders.
- Enforce the Pennsylvania Vehicle Code and Crimes Code.
- Conduct background checks as part of the process of issuing Licenses to Carry Firearms.
In addition to the Deputy Sheriffs’ duties, the clerical staff performs the following:
- Prepare all civil processes and returns of service, such as complaints, protection from abuse orders, mortgage foreclosures.
- Prepare all warrants for service.
- Prepare subpoenas and returns of service.
- Conduct real and personal property sales.
- Issue Licenses to Carry Firearms, Licenses to Sell Firearms, and Licenses to Buy/Sell Precious Metals.
Finally, the Sheriff conducts the following public safety programs:
- Firearms Safety
- Senior Citizen Protection
- Business Security
- Drug Prevention
- Instruction in the use of ASP Baton, OC Spray and other numerous police oriented seminars.
License to Carry Firearms (Concealment Permit)
If you are interested in applying for a concealment permit, please read the following guidelines and procedure:
- You must be 21 years of age or older.
- You must fill out the application in its entirety with current and accurate information.
- On the application, you must provide (2) character references (NOT FAMILY MEMBERS). List their names, addresses and telephone numbers. Your references will be contacted.
- Your picture is mandatory on the License to Carry. The Sheriff's Office will take you picture with a webcam for no additional charge.
- Return to our office with a check, money order or cash for $20.00 and your driver's license/photo ID. Your driver’s license/photo ID must reflect your current address. If this is not the case, your application will not be accepted until you notify PENN DOT and obtain a change of address card/new license.
IF ANY OF THE ABOVE REQUIREMENTS ARE NOT COMPLETED, THE APPLICATION WILL BE RETURNED TO YOU.
LICENSE TO CARRY APPLICATIONS ARE ONLY PROCESSED MONDAY THRU FRIDAY 8:30AM TO 4:00PM
NOTE: Processing of this application may take up to 45 days and may require an interview with a Deputy Sheriff, which will also include a basic background investigation. If you have any questions, feel free to contact the Venango County Sheriff’s Office at 814-432-9565.