2610 14th St.

Columbus, NE  68601

402-564-9077

sheriff@plattene.us

A Message from Sheriff Ed Wemhoff

 

Welcome to the Platte County Sheriff’s Office website.  We hope that the information provided here will help you learn more about our office and the wonderful community that we serve.  Please feel free to send us your comments or questions to sheriff@plattene.us

Platte County is a full service sheriff’s office providing all aspects of law enforcement, patrol, search and rescue, disaster services,  civil processing, prisoner transport, community service programs, records, and detention center for the entire Platte County area.

 

Sheriff Ed Wemhoff

March 19, 2020

Platte County officials have been continuously monitoring official guidelines regarding the COVID 19 health pandemic.  In following such guidelines, and in an attempt to maintain the health of Platte County employees, the Platte County Board has made the decision to limit public access to the Platte County Courthouse.

These actions will be taken immediately.

Platte County offices will remain staffed if and when possible, and will be available to the public for necessary services.  If you would have business to conduct, or are in need of necessary services from a specific office, please call that office before coming to the courthouse.

Phone numbers for each office can be found on the Platte County Nebraska website.

If you need to drop of an item for any Platte County office, you can do so in the Platte County Treasurers drop box.  The drop box is located directly outside and to the south of the courthouse entrance doors.  

Platte County officials intend to reevaluate the situation on a continual basis, and as soon as it is apparent that we can go back to business as usual, that information will be shared publically.  It is our hope that as this pandemic transitions through its stages, we will be able to readjust our availability to the public, once again allowing them back into the courthouse.  We hope this occurs sooner than later. 

 

Edward Wemhoff

Platte County Sheriff

 

Jerry Engdahl

Platte County Board Chair

Updated Public Health Recommendations for Travelers

 

 

  1. All returning travelers, from any international or domestic location, should assume that COVID-19 disease is present at the locations they have visited and traveled through.

  2. All returning travelers, from any international or domestic location, should limit public interactions, practice strict social distancing, and self-monitor for symptoms.

  3. Returning travelers from regions with widespread sustained transmission (e.g., CDC Level 3 countries - https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices#alert  - plus U.S. locales such as Seattle, WA; New York City; and Santa Clara County, CA) should immediately self-quarantine. Regions with widespread sustained transmission should be identified from CDC, state, and local public health websites and from media sources.

  4. IF a returning traveler develops fever or respiratory illness, they need to IMMEDIATELY self-isolate and report to a healthcare provider or local health department.

  5. Individuals unable to observe the 14-day self-quarantine should consult with their local health department about appropriate actions.

  6. Every health care worker who returns from travel should consult with a trained medical professional at their facility (e.g., infection preventionist or physician) and establish a specific infection control protocol (e.g., home quarantine, self-monitoring, PPE while at work) that mitigates patient and co-worker exposures.

Upcoming Area Events

March 17, 2020

 

As the Platte County Sheriff, I have been continuously evaluating what measures we at the Platte County Detention Facility (PCDF) can take to combat the spread of the Covid 19 virus.  In an attempt to maintain the health of those who both reside and work within the PCDF, I have chosen to temporarily suspend visitation at the PCDF, effective today March 17, 2020 at 5:00 PM.

We understand not only the desire, but also the importance of those confined here to have contact with family and others.  Mail will continue to be delivered both to and from the facility, and phone calls can still be made from within the facility.  Although our options are limited, we are more than willing to share with those of you desiring communication what options are available.  If you would like to understand your options, please contact the PCDF and inquire as to what those options are.  We are also actively pursuing what options exist for us to be able to better assist in communication.

My intentions at the PCDF are to reevaluate the situation every few weeks, and as soon as it is apparent that we can go back to face to face visitation, to open this avenue of communication back up.  My hopes are that as this pandemic transitions through its stages, we will be able to readjust our availability to again allow face to face visitation, which I hope is sooner than later. 

Sincerely,

 

Edward Wemhoff

Platte County Sheriff

What is Human Trafficking

Human trafficking involves the use of force, fraud, or coercion to obtain some type of labor or commercial sex act. Every year, millions of men, women, and children are trafficked worldwide – including right here in the United States. It can happen in any community and victims can be any age, race, gender, or nationality. Traffickers might use violence, manipulation, or false promises of well-paying jobs or romantic relationships to lure victims into trafficking situations.

Language barriers, fear of their traffickers, and/or fear of law enforcement frequently keep victims from seeking help, making human trafficking a hidden crime.

Traffickers use force, fraud, or coercion to lure their victims and force them into labor or commercial sexual exploitation. They look for people who are susceptible for a variety of reasons, including psychological or emotional vulnerability, economic hardship, lack of a social safety net, natural disasters, or political instability. The trauma caused by the traffickers can be so great that many may not identify themselves as victims or ask for help, even in highly public settings.

Many myths and misconceptions exist. Recognizing key indicators of human trafficking is the first step in identifying victims and can help save a life. Not all indicators listed are present in every human trafficking situation, and the presence or absence of any of the indicators is not necessarily proof of human trafficking.

The safety of the public as well as the victim is paramount. Do not attempt to confront a suspected trafficker directly or alert a victim to any suspicions. It is up to law enforcement to investigate suspected cases of human trafficking.

                Fingerprinting

Fingerprinting services are offered at the Platte County Detention Facility. Anyone in need of prints can call 402-563-4274 M-F 8-4 to set up a time to obtain the prints.

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