Letter from Sheriff Dave Phalen
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Our office works hard to make significant improvements in our county in order to continue to make Fairfield County a great place to live and raise a family. My office is committed to making our neighborhoods safer. By doing so, we will improve the quality of life for individuals and families, both young and old. It is imperative that we seek new ways to reduce the negative influences that crime has on children and to help safeguard the elderly. Our approach has been three-fold.
· Integrity  · Commitment to Excellence  · Community Involvement  ·

Serving the citizens of Fairfield County has been an exciting and rewarding time for me. I appreciate all the support you have given to the Sheriff's Office. It is true that together we can make a difference, now and in the future.   
     Sheriff Dave Phalen



[Lancaster, Ohio, March 31, 2014] On March 30, 2014, at 11:29 p.m., the Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call from Brenda Gates, age 52, of 4300 Brook Rd., Lancaster, Ohio reporting she had been shot by her husband. While deputies were responding, John Gates then called reporting his wife had pulled a gun on him and they had been arguing. Deputies entered the home and found Brenda Gates in an upstairs bedroom with injuries from the shooting. She was treated and transported to OSU hospital by Med Flight. The home was then secured and detectives were notified to the scene. The Bureau of Criminal Investigation was called to assist in processing the crime scene. <<Read More


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