News & Updates

Help Wanted

Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office has an opening for a full time Jailer/Dispatcher due to an upcoming retirement. This will be a night shift position rotating every other weekend.  Due to the requirements of Iowa law regarding the operation of jail facilities, hiring for this position is limited to female applicants only.  Job duties include but, are not limited to answering phones, 911 calls, computer data entry, paging out Emergency personnel, & monitoring inmates.  You may be required to cover other shifts as needed.  Starting pay is $19.81 an hour.  Benefits include IPERS, health insurance, vision, & dental.  Interested persons can pick up an application at the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office or call Lacey at 319-293-3426.  Completed applications can be sent to:


NEW Text and Tip Line


In an effort to combat criminal activity, and assist in the overall efficiency of my office I have initiated a new Text a Tip line at 319-931-3973. This text only line will be monitored 24/7 and is completely anonymous. If you have information regarding a crime that has already occurred or, you wish to report on-going criminal activity this is another way to do so. As in the past you will still be able to contact us through the normal avenues of communication, and as always use 911 for emergencies.


Thank you for your continued support.

Sheriff, Dan Tedrow

UPDATE: ATV/UTV Operation Within Van Buren County


Resolution # 9/14/2020A

Van Buren County Supervisors have singed a new resolution regarding the use of ATVs/UTVs operation on Van Buren County secondary roadways.  The resolution does not relieve the operator's obligations, liabilities, and responsibilities to safely and legally traverse the County roadways.

You may view the complete text of resolution #9/14/2020A by selecting the following image. 

Driving Safe

Drunk Driving

Every day, almost 30 people in the United States die in drunk-driving crashes—that's one person every 48 minutes in 2017. These deaths have fallen by a third in the last three decades; however, drunk-driving crashes claim more than 10,000 lives per year. In 2010, the most recent year for which cost data is available, these deaths and damages contributed to a cost of $44 billion that year.

Impaired Driving

You can’t drive safely if you’re impaired. That’s why it’s illegal everywhere in America to drive under the influence of alcohol, marijuana, opioids, methamphetamines, or any potentially impairing drug–prescribed or over the counter. Driving while impaired by any substance—legal or illegal—puts you and others in harm’s way. Learn the latest research on drug-impaired driving, misconceptions about marijuana use, and what you can do to make smarter choices to drive safely.​

Distracted Driving

  • Distracted driving is dangerous, claiming 3,166 lives in 2017 alone. NHTSA leads the national effort to save lives by preventing this dangerous behavior. Get the facts, get involved, and help us keep America’s roads safe.

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