Mission Statement
The primary mission of the Fulton county sheriff’s office is to provide a safe and secure environment for the residents and visitors of Fulton county.  This office will provide professional high quality and effective police, correctional and court services in partnership with the community.  By working together, we can maintain the peace, provide safety and security for our citizens, and reduce crime and/or fear of crime.

To be successful in this mission, we require the commitment of the administration, every employee of the sheriff’s office, and the citizens of the county, all working together to maintain the fulton county sheriff’s office as a trusted source for assistance.

The jail staff is responsible for the care and custody of pre-trial detainees and convicted individuals sentenced to the Fulton county jail.

Visiting shall be conducted twice weekly.  Inmates shall be allowed visitation for up to thirty minutes per week on either Wednesday or Sunday unless that inmate has had disciplinary action taken for a jail rule violation.  Visitors shall be selected by the inmate and their names placed on the authorized visitor’s list. 

Women’s visiting hours
Wednesday’s 1:00 p.m.- 3:00 p.m.
Sunday’s 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.

In order to be allowed visitation you must be signed in no later than 3:00 p.m. On Wednesday and no later than 11:00 a.m. On Sunday

Men’s visiting hours
Wednesday’s 5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Sunday’s 12:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.

In order to be allowed visitation you must be signed in no later than 8:00 p.m. On wednesday and no later than 3:00 p.m. On sunday

Visiting guidelines
Inmates serving a sentence of periodic imprisonment such as weekends or work release are not eligible for visitation privileges. In cases where a relative and a friend arrive at the same time, the relative will be given preference. Any person on a visitation list that creates a problem for staff may have their visitation rights revoked. Persons under the age of 17 shall be accompanied by an adult with picture identification. Visitation between parties involving any known order of protection shall not be permitted


  • Only white colored socks, underwear, and tee shirts are permitted.
  • White clothes can only be picked up during visitation days and hours.
  • The only other thing accepted besides the above listed white clothing are appropriate photographs.
  • All cash money must be added through the kiosk in the lobby.
  • All money orders must be mailed.

Court security
Court security is responsible for the security of the courthouse, courtrooms, and transportation of inmates from the jail to court.

The fulton county sheriff’s office is responsible for patrolling all unincorporated towns and rural areas of fulton county.  Fulton county is approximately 880 square miles and has a population of approximately 36,651 people.  Deputies are responsible for patrol.  Deputies handle both emergency and non emergency calls for service.   The fulton county sheriff’s department utilizes both marked and unmarked patrol cars.

The Fulton county sheriff’s department started the k-9 unit in February 2010 with the addition of k-9 Bolo.  Bolo was born in Czechoslovakia and was purchased in Ohio from vanderhous gil German shepherds.  Bolo is a six year old German shepherd.  Bolo is the first law enforcement k-9  deployed by the Fulton county sheriff’s office.  His partner, Sgt. Chris ford, has been with the Fulton county sheriff’s office since 2006.  Bolo is trained and certified by the Illinois state police in narcotic detection, tracking, criminal apprehension, and police protection.  Bolo serves as a valuable tool for the Fulton county sheriff’s office, west central Illinois drug task force, and assists with area agencies when requested.

The Fulton county sheriff’s department employs one lieutenant and two full time investigators

Civil process
The civil process section processes legal filings.  Kathy bull may be contacted at (309) 547-3014 ext 102 Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. 

Correspondence may be sent to:
Fulton County Sheriff’s Department
Civil Process
P.O. Box 269
Lewistown, IL 61542


Canton Police Department
Chief W. Daniel Taylor
Canton Police Department
2 N Main St
Canton, IL 61520
(309)647-5131 (fax)(309)647-8226

Lewistown Police Department
Chief John Werland
Lewistown Police Department
119 S Adams St.
Lewistown, IL 61542
(309)547-2226 (fax) (309)547-7250

Astoria police department
Chief Trent Robertson
108 S Walnut St
P.O. Box 694
Astoria, IL 61501

Avon Police Department
Chief Linden Beard
105 W Clinton
Avon, IL 61415

Dunfermline Police Department
Chief Rusty Graham
709 Center St.
P.O. Box 104
Dunfermline, IL 61542

Fairview Police Department
Chief Ed Reed
Fairview Police Department
245 W Wilson
Fairview, IL 61432

Farmington Police Department
Chief Carl Powell
322 E Fort St
Farmington, IL 61531

London Mills Police Department
Chief Scott Keithley
100 N 3rd St.
P.O. Box 286
London Mills, IL 61455

Vermont Police Department
Chief Shane Woods
1002 N Main St.
Vermont, IL 61484

Illinois State Police

Illinois Department of Corrections

Illinois Sex Offender Registry

Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-799-safe(7233)

Fulton Mason Crisis Service
1330 E Ash St
Canton, IL 61520

V.i.n.e. (victim information and notification everyday)

America’s Most Wanted

Canton Daily Ledger

Fulton County Democrat

South Fulton Argus

Federal Bureau of Prisons

How to submit FOIA form
Freedom of information forms can be sent to:
Fulton County Sheriff’s Department
P.O. Box 269
Lewistown, IL 61542
emailed to:  sheriff@fultonco.org
faxed:   (309)547-2355

Crime Stopper’s (309)547-3939

Fulton County Animal Control
22988 E St Hwy 9
Canton, IL 61520

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