Scott Bentzinger
(217) 357-2115



Office of the County Sheriff
Scott Bentzinger

In Partnership with the Community

Welcome to the Hancock County Sheriff's home page. Striving to give the citizens of Hancock County the best services possible we are proud to have a publicly accessible site on the World Wide Web. The purpose of this site is to allow the citizens of Hancock County and the "web" to become better acquainted with our organization. Thank you for your interest in the Hancock County Sheriff's Office.

Welcome to the Hancock County Sheriff's Office Web site. Please take a look at who we are and what we do to serve and protect the citizens of Hancock County.

The Office of Sheriff is provided for within the Illinois Constitution. Sheriff's are elected to a four year term that coincides with the Illinois Governor's election. The Sheriff is considered at the common law to be the chief law enforcement officer of a county. The Sheriff is also the Warden of the County Jail, the Custodian of the County Courthouse and the Chief of Security for the Courthouse. The Sheriff, 911 Administrator, Deputies, Correctional Officers, Court Security Officers, 911 Telecommunicators and civilians make up the Hancock County Sheriff's Office.

Hancock County is a large county by Illinois standards having a total of 816 square miles with 1,606 total miles of roadways. The 2010 census showed our county's population to be 19,180 citizens. The Hancock County Sheriff's Office works closely with all the other police agencies in the county. Augusta, Carthage, Dallas City, Hamilton, Laharpe, Nauvoo, Plymouth and Warsaw all have their own police departments. Hancock County is also home to four Illinois State Troopers and one Illinois Department of Natural Resources Conservation Officer. Hancock County is a great place to raise a family and to spend your golden years. We have been blessed to see our crime rate drop eight out of our last nine years with 2003 being our only year with an increase.

Services Provided

Crime Prevention

Crime prevention is one of the most important duties of the Hancock County Sheriff's Office. No one likes being the victim of a crime. We have the responsibility to educate the citizens of Hancock County in methods to protect themselves and their property and reduce criminal opportunity.

The programs that the Hancock County Sheriff's Office has available to all Hancock County neighborhood and civil groups, businesses, schools and churches include:

- Auxiliary Deputy Reserve Corps
- Bank Teller Training in Armed Robbery, Forgery and Credit Card Fraud
- Gun Safety
- K-12 School Programs
- Senior Citizens Programs
- Bicycle Safety
- Identity Theft
- Security assessments for businesses and homes
- Community Meetings
- Personal Safety for Adults and Children
- House Watch while on Vacation

Tips:

- If you go out alone you're 50% more likely to be a victim of a crime. If you go out with two or more people you reduce your chances of being a victim of a crime by 90%.
- Take an interest in your neighbors place, report any and all suspicious activity immediately. We want you to bother us. We would rather prevent a crime from happening than to try to solve a crime after it happened.
- Protect your identity. Never give out your date of birth, social security number, credit card numbers, bank account numbers or personal information over the telephone or to any one who comes knocking on your door. Only give this information to businesses, medical facilities, banks and people you know and trust.

Report all suspicious activity by calling 911 or 217-357-2115.

  • Crime Prevention
  • Law Enforcement 911
  • Protect Citizens
  • Reduce Criminal Opportunity
  • Protect Property
  • K-12 School Programs