sheriff“I hope you enjoy your visit, and I welcome the opportunity to share with you our outstanding law enforcement agency. On our web site, you will find information about the Inyo County Sheriff’s Office, the most often used agency telephone numbers, recent news releases, and useful links to other sites. Through our web site and web links, you will be able to search for sexual predators and sexual offenders and prepare for emergencies.

Our mission at the Sheriff’s Office is to improve the quality of life in our community by reducing fear, preventing crime and enforcing the law while protecting each individual’s freedoms as guaranteed by the United States Constitution.

I am grateful to the citizens of Inyo County for entrusting the Office of Sheriff to me. The men and women that comprise the Sheriff’s Office are dedicated individuals who work as a team to give the citizens and visitors of Inyo County effective and responsive law enforcement.

Being the second largest county in California with both the highest and lowest points in the continental United States presents many unique challenges to law enforcement, veterans’ service, and animal services. I am proud to lead a diverse team capable of adapting to those challenges. We are committed to working in partnership with the citizens of Inyo County to succeed in our mission.
Thank you for taking the time to learn more about the Inyo County Sheriff’s Office. We look forward to serving your needs.”

– Sheriff Bill Lutze

Inyo County is the second largest county in California, covering 10,412 square miles, and the third largest county in the United States. Covering 10,412 square miles, we are bordered by the Sierra Nevada Mountains to the west and the State of Nevada to the east. With a permanent population of approximately 18,156, Inyo County is primarily a tourist-based economy with 1.7% of the land in private ownership and the rest owned by the Federal government, the State government and the City of Los Angeles. Our two national parks provide Inyo County with the unique distinction of being home of both the highest peak (Mount Whitney at 14,495 feet) in the lower 48 states and the lowest point in the United States (Badwater, Death Valley at 282 feet below sea level). Inyo County has one incorporated city, Bishop, with a population of approximately 3,575. A popular travel destination for more than 5.5 million visitors annually, Inyo County offers fishing, hunting, hiking, rock climbing, cross country skiing, off-road vehicle travel and much more.