Sheriff Bill Lutze
"Welcome to the Inyo County Sheriff's Office web site.
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 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 the highest and lowest points in the lower 48 States presents many unique challenges to law enforcement, veteran's service, and animal services. Our personnel must be diverse and adapt to those challenges. Working as a team and in partnership with the citizens we will succeed in our mission.
Thank you for taking the time to learn more about the Inyo County Sheriff's Office and 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. We are located on the east side of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and border the State of Nevada to the east. Our permanent population is approximately 18,156 with approximately 5,500,000 visitors and travelers annually. 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. We have two national parks along with 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. Inyo County offers fishing, hunting, hiking, rock climbing, cross country skiing, off-road vehicle travel and much more.