Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Sheriff's Office Response

As a result of the worldwide pandemic of COVID-19, efforts have been taken to mitigate the risks of an outbreak at the Denton County Jail.

Denton County Sheriff's Office 

Sheriff Tracy Murphree

Welcome to the Denton County Sheriff’s Office Web site.  Our goal is to provide citizens and visitors with quick and easy access to information about this office, the departments within the Sheriff's Office, and the Denton County Jail.

Thank you,

Sheriff Tracy Murphree

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Sheriff's Responsibilities

The office of Sheriff is constitutionally created office with responsibilities prescribed by the legislature (Tex. Const. Art. V sec 23). The sheriff is the chief law enforcement officer for the county and is responsible for

  • operating the county jails,
  • investigating crimes,
  • making arrests,
  • enforcing traffic regulations on county roads,
  • serving writs,
  • seizing property after judgment, and
  • maintaining communications with other law enforcement organizations.

The sheriff has countywide jurisdiction; however, most sheriffs' departments concentrate their activities outside city limits where municipal officers cannot operate. Like all county department heads, the sheriff appoints his own personnel and in large counties may have a substantial staff and budget. The sheriff is elected every four years and is responsible for security in both the county and district courts. The sheriff also sets bail bond policy for the county except where there is a Bail Bond Board which establishes the rules and regulations for making bail by bondsmen. 

Inmate Services 

  • Friends and Family may place money on inmates Commissary account by setting up an online account with Access Corrections or you may call 1-866-345-1884.
  • Friends and Family may place money on an inmate's Phone Debit account. Or, set up an Advanced Connect Account for the inmate to make phone calls by visiting  the Securus Technologies website. You may also call 1-800-844-6591 for help.

Denton County Sheriff’s Office Inmate Visitation

All inmate visitation is by video visitation. All visitors will need to be registered online with HomeWav (see information below) in order to have a remote or onsite visit with an inmate. All remote visits are initiated by the inmate, not the visitor. Once a visitor registers and logs in to be online, the inmate can see their visitor is on line and initiate the call when they want. There is no scheduling for remote-home visits. Depending upon the Classification and Housing area of the inmate, remote-home visits may be limited.
All inmates are allowed up to two free visits per week at the Public On-Site provided they are not in a disciplinary housing. On-Site visits must be scheduled 24 hours in advance of the visit. Once a visitor registers and schedules a visit with an inmate, the inmate will need to approve the visit or deny the visit. If the inmate approves the visit, the time scheduled will then be approved for the visit.

On Site Public Visits

  • Tuesday - 8:30 AM to 7:30 PM
  • Wednesday - 8:30 AM to 7:30 PM
  • Friday  - 8:30 AM to 7:30 PM
  • Saturday - 8:30 AM to 7:30 PM
  • Sunday - 8:30 AM to 7:30 PM

Remote-Home Visits

  • Sunday through Saturdays - 7:30 AM to 9:00 PM

HomeWAV Contact Information

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Customer Support Center | 7 days a week | 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM CST | 844.394.6639

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Please ensure you are aware of all video visitation rules and regulations by reading our Denton County Sheriff's Office Video Visitation Rules Policy Adobe Acrobat PDF

DCSO Citizen Academy

The Denton County Sheriff’s Office will be having our DCSO Citizen Academy (Dates to be determined). The DCSO Citizen Academy will last 12 weeks and you will be introduced to what the Sheriff’s Office is all about. You will be an active participant in most aspects of our daily duties. Please fill out the attached application Adobe Acrobat PDF  and return ASAP. Once you graduate from our DCSO Citizen Academy class then you will be eligible to join our Volunteers in Police Service, (VIPS) program. Contact Deputy Tim Keffer if you have any questions or concerns. 

Woman’s Empowerment Program

The Denton County Sheriff’s Office would like to invite females 15 years old and older to the FREE Woman’s Empowerment Program. The Woman’s Empowerment Program is a self-defense class offered once a month. Registration is required at The program is held on Saturdays from 9:00 AM  until 12:30 PM.

2020 Class Dates

  • Dates to be determined

Main Office

Law Enforcement Center - Directions
127 N. Woodrow Lane
Denton, TX 76205-6397
(940) 349-1600
(972) 434-5500
(940) 349-1604 (Fax)
(972) 434-5020 (Fax)

Other Phone Numbers


Non-Emergency: (940) 349-1600
(972) 434-5500
Jail Information:    (940) 349-1700
(972) 434-5502

(940) 349-1515

Crime Stoppers: (940) 349-1555
(800) 388-8477
Criminal Investigations: (940) 349-1660
(972) 434-5503
Jail Records: (940) 349-1630
(972) 434-5507
Warrants: (940) 349-1560
(972) 434-5505
Animal Control: (940) 349-1600
(972) 434-5500

Open Records Requests

All requests for records may be requested at the link below.

Sheriff’s Office Records

Custodian of Records – Toni Hodges
(940) 349-1630
(940) 349-1628/5158 (Fax)

Inmate Medical Records

Custodian of Records – Doug Sanders
(940) 349-1700