Back to Normal Business on June 1

The Washington County Courthouse will resume normal operating procedures to walk-in traffic on June 1. In-person vehicle inspections and firearms purchase certificate applications will also resume to normal walk-in traffic procedures.

Washington County Jail inmate visitation will resume on June 1, as well.

 

Important Update About Inmate Visitation

The jail will continue to restrict access into the facility until further notice regarding professional visits, inmate activities such as church, AA, NA, fingerprinting, etc.

On June 1, 2020 inmate visitation via the visitation room will resume normal hours and procedures & will be subject to change if situations dictate.

For further information, read Washington County’s latest statement regarding modified business practices during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Modified Business Practices for Washington County Offices and Buildings

UPDATED May 6, 2020

View the Latest Modified Business Practices Statement

State of Nebraska Direct Health Measures for Three Rivers Health District, set in place to attempt to lower the spread of COVID 19 virus, have led to the modification of business at all of the County buildings in Washington County. The modifications resulted in the closing of Washington County buildings to the public. All County Offices remained open internally to assist the public via phone, US mail, or electronically.

Washington County’s plan will be as follows:

The DHM for Three Rivers Health District is set to relax some restrictions on May 10. These restrictions take in to account the ever changing situation facing the District. In an attempt to continue balancing employee and public safety with the need to conduct ongoing County business the following changes will be made to the County’s current business practices.

All County buildings will remain closed to the public until May 18, 2020.

On May 18, 2020 County Offices may begin taking appointments from the public for person to person interaction. The appointment expectations shall be the same as the Modified Business plan from March 20. All employees will wear a mask when interacting with the Public. Public will be screened at the west door and are asked to have masks when entering the building. Social distancing will be maintained at the same 6-foot standard. Each office will disinfect the areas of public contact in their office between each appointment. No gatherings of more than 10 people. Deliveries will be left at door. This practice will remain in effect until May 31, 2020.

If the Directed Health Measures have not been modified to be more restrictive, then the County buildings will become open to the public on June 1, 2020.

Monday, June 1, 2020, County Offices will not need to set appointments with public. Continued social distancing as directed by changing in Health Directives. Deliveries can return to normal. Maintenance Department will ensure areas are disinfected daily. Plan for continued Health Directives throughout the summer.

Due to the potential relocation of the Sheriff’s office and the continued risk of COVID spread to the jail population, Sheriff’s Office and Jail may have a modified business plan different from that of other County Offices.

This plan is subject to review daily.

Dan Douglas, Director
Washington County Emergency Management

View the April 2, 2020 Business Practices Statement Read the March 20, 2020 Modified Business Practices Statement


What About Inmate Visitation?

 

New Policies for Obtaining Handgun Permits

All Nebraskans have an important role to play in stopping the spread of COVID-19 and saving lives.  To ensure the welfare of the public and our employees, we are no longer accepting firearm purchase certificate applications in-person at our public counter.  Below are instructions on obtaining and submitting firearm purchase certificate applications.

Download a Handgun Permit Application

Download the form by clicking the button above, or call our office at 402-426-6868 and arrange for an application to be mailed to you.

Application Submission Instructions:

Sheriff’s Office only issues permits for people residing in the county, outside the city limits of Blair – all City Of Blair residents must apply at the Blair Police Department.

  1. Complete the application, have it notarized, and write your phone number at the top of the form;
  2. Provide a photocopy of your Nebraska Driver’s License/State ID with your current address;
  3. If applicable a photocopy of your permanent resident card;
  4. Mail the completed application, required identification photocopy, and $5.00 fee payable to:

Washington County Sheriff’s Office
Attn. Firearms Permit
1535 Colfax Street
Blair, NE 68008

Once the Sheriff’s Office receives the application we will conduct the background checks and then send the permit back to you via the U.S. mail.  Allow 3 business days for processing.

Pursuant to Nebraska Statute 69-2403 a firearm purchase certificate is required to purchase, lease, rent, or receive a handgun. The law applies to both retail and private party transactions. The law also prohibits selling, leasing, renting, or transferring a handgun to a person who does not possess a handgun certificate. Individuals possessing a valid Conceal Carry Permit are not required to have a Handgun Purchase Certificate.

Certificate Exceptions

A certificate is not required if:

  • The person acquiring the handgun is a licensed firearms dealer;
  • The handgun is an antique;
  • The person acquiring the handgun is authorized to do so on behalf of a law enforcement agency;
  • The transfer is temporary and the transferee remains within the line of sight of the transferor
  • Within the premises of an established shooting facility; or
  • The transfer is between a person and his or her spouse, sibling, parent, child, aunt, uncle, niece, nephew, or grandparent.

Documents Required at Time of Application

  • Current Nebraska operator’s license or Nebraska state ID card. The Nebraska license or ID must have your correct legal name. The address on your Nebraska license or ID must be a current residential address in Washington County and match the address on the application. Completed permits will only be mailed to the Washington County residential address on the application. The Sheriff’s Office will not accept applications or issue purchase permits to applicants with only a post office box.
  • If your only form of ID is a Military ID card (must be active duty and temporarily or permanently stationed in Washington County with military orders), you must also provide two forms of proof of Washington County residency (i.e. utility bill, vehicle registration, pay stub, etc.) with your current address.
  • Application fee of $5.
  • Applicants born on a United States military base outside the U.S. must provide their birth certificate.
  • Applicants that are not U.S. citizens must also provide a copy of their citizenship papers, U.S. Passport, or alien resident card.

Age & Residency Requirements

To obtain a handgun certificate from our office you must be at least 21 years old and a current Washington County Resident.

Disqualifiers

Applications will be denied if the applicant:

  • Fails to answer all questions on the application
  • Has been convicted in any court of a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding 1 year
  • Is a fugitive from justice
  • Is an unlawful user of or addicted to any controlled substance
  • Has been adjudicated as a mental defective or has been committed to a mental institution
  • Is an alien unlawfully in the United States or an alien admitted to the United States under a non-immigrant visa
  • Has been discharged from the Armed Forces under dishonorable conditions
  • Having been a citizen of the United States, has renounced his or her citizenship
  • Is subject to a court order that restrains the person from harassing, stalking, or threatening an intimate partner or child of such intimate partner
  • Has been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence
  • Is under indictment or information (i.e. charges have been filed in court) for a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding 1 year

Re-Application Upon Expiration

Certificates are valid, statewide, for three years at which time applicants must re-apply for a certificate. All documentation above is required at the time of application regardless of whether a certificate has been issued to applicants in the past.

What to Do When You Receive Your Firearms Purchase Certificate

Upon receipt of your certificate, please inspect the document and ensure that the personal information is correct and that the Sheriff’s signature appears. In the event of any typographical error or omission, please bring the certificate to the Sheriff’s Office within thirty days for any corrections that may be necessary. Notification of any corrections beyond thirty days after issuance shall require a new application.

Sheriff’s office adds defibrillators to patrol vehicles through donations

Washington County sheriff’s deputies will soon have a device in their patrol cars that could save lives at a moment’s notice.

Through donations from the Blair Area Community Foundation (BACF), CF Industries, Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 36 and private donors, the sheriff’s office recently purchased 16 automated external defibrillators, also known as AEDs. The portable devices are designed to treat people experiencing sudden cardiac arrests.

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The Washington County Jail is Hiring!

Washington County Sheriff’s Office is accepting applications for the position of Corrections Officer part time positions available with those successfully completely their probationary period being offered full time employment. Shift work, nights/weekends, and mandatory overtime are required.

We are moving into a new Justice Center & 120 bed jail facility in April 2020 and we are looking for “exceptional employees” – dedicated, hardworking, safety conscious individuals to fill several “new” positions.

Successful applicants will be a U.S. Citizen, minimum 21 Y.O.A., High School Diploma or G.E.D required. Physical requirements are height and weight commensurate, ability to bend, stoop, routinely lift 50+ pounds, & physical agility to participate in mandatory training such as defensive tactics, self-defense training, and other mandatory training. All applicants will be subject to a drug screen, background investigation, medical examination, and polygraph examination prior to hire.

W.C.S.O. offers competitive wages & benefit package, previous experience may result in a hiring bonus dependent upon valid certifications and dates of employment. Bi-Lingual skills would be beneficial. Applications may be obtained at the Sheriff’s Office, 1535 Colfax St., Blair, Nebraska 68008 or from the department website at:

https://www.washcountysheriff.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/Application-of-Employment-1.pdf

The job of a corrections officer often includes:

  • Booking prisoners
  • Searching prisoners
  • Guarding and watching prisoners
  • Preventing fights and potential riots
  • Transporting prisoners to and from court
  • Inventorying possessions of new inmates
  • Working closely with new arrestees
  • Working closely with convicted felons and serious  misdemeanants

Officers who work at a jail deal with a wide range of individuals, we routinely encounter individuals under the influence of alcohol and drugs. Many are verbally and physically abusive and our employees are expected to exercise control over difficult and sometimes violently assaultive individuals, yet we must maintain composure and operate under department guidelines. The job can be “very” physically demanding.

We will not be taking telephone calls regarding these positions until such time as the application and resumes are on hand and filed.

Job Type: Part-time

Salary: $14.89 to $18.90 /hour

“Click It or Ticket”

Area law enforcement will participate in the nationwide “Click It or Ticket” campaign.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office and the Blair Police Department will participate in the traffic safety enforcement project May 20 to June 2.

Both agencies received grants from the Nebraska Office of Highway Safety.

Read more at the Washington County Pilot-Tribute & Enterprise