Butte County South Dakota Sheriff's Office

Sheriff Fred Lamphere grew up in western South Dakota and has always loved the area.  He briefly moved away for six years after high school but returned with hopes of becoming a law enforcement officer.  After over 24 years in law enforcement he is glad he followed that dream.  Sheriff Lamphere began his law enforcement career in 1989 as a patrolman for the Belle Fourche Police Department, was promoted to Sergeant in 1993.  In January 1996 he was hired as the Police Chief in Newell.  He ran for Sheriff of Butte County in 2002 and was elected to his current position.

Sheriff Lamphere graduated from the SD Law Enforcement Academy in 1990 and is a 2004 graduate of the National Sheriffs Institute.  He is a past-member of the SD Police Chiefs Association, a current member of the South Dakota Sheriffs’ Association and where he serves as an executive board member. Sheriff Lamphere is also a member of the National Sheriffs’ Association.  He was appointed by Governor Rounds to the SD Public Safety Communications Council serving until 2010.  Sheriff Lamphere is also a member of the FBI law enforcement executive development association, the Western SD Buckaroos, and a member of the Newell Volunteer Fire Department.

Sheriff Lamphere is married to his beautiful wife Kathy.  They have five children between the two of them and have nine grandchildren.  In addition to his responsibilities as Sheriff they also operate a hunting guide service in Western South Dakota where he can enjoy his time hunting and guiding with hunters.


Fred Lamphere, Sheriff



839 5th Ave 

Belle Fourche, SD 57717


Phone: 605-892-3324

Fax: 605-723-3327

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Reserve Deputies Wanted

The Butte County Sheriffs Office is accepting applications for reserve deputy sheriff. The successful applicants must be at least 21 years of age, be a United States Citizen, hold a current driver’s license. Have a clean Criminal record, have an HSG or GED, be able to move to Butte County. Will need to take an entry test and score 75% or better. Go to the Employment page for more info. 

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Belle Fourche, South Dakota

The Bureau of Reclamation and South Dakota Game Fish and Parks today implemented fire restrictions for specific activities at Belle Fourche Reservoir; including Rocky Point State Recreation Area. Restrictions are necessary due to the continued dry weather conditions and the fire restrictions enacted by Butte County. The following restrictions apply to Belle Fourche Reservoir, Rocky Point State Recreation Area and all surrounding lands managed by Reclamation: 

  • No campfires are allowed 

  • Cooking is allowed only in elevated grills or stoves using propane gas 

  • Vehicle access is allowed only on graveled roads or roads clear of vegetation 


To report a fire on the reservoir lands, call 911. To report a violation of these restrictions, contact the Butte County Sheriff’s Office at 605-892-2737. 

These restrictions are in effect until further notice. For more information regarding these restrictions or other issues pertaining to Belle Fourche Reservoir, call Jay Leasure, Bureau of Reclamation, 605-519-5504. For questions related to Rocky Point Recreation Area, contact Brad Nelson, South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks at 605-641-0023. 

Dry Conditions Prompt Restrictions at Belle Fourche Reservoir

Sheriff Sales

Occasionally the Sheriffs Office will have a sale of items that have been seized by a court order, or because of unpaid taxes, or unpaid bills, etc...Please check here for upcoming sales.

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Each month, the Sheriff’s Office will post a list of the names of individuals who have one or more active warrants in Butte County. To view the current list of names, click HERE. The list will be updated on or about the 10th of each month.

Please note that if a warrant is served by arrest, taken care of by posting of the bond or POA or canceled after the list has been posted on the website, the individual’s name will remain on the list until an update is posted.

Anyone having questions about an active warrant or information regarding an individual who has an active warrant may contact Sheriff Fred Lamphere or Deputy Tristin Clements by telephone or email at the number and addresses shown.

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