The Sheriff, as the chief law enforcement officer of the county, is responsible for servicing a landmass of approximately 534 square miles. This includes 1,185 miles of roadway, of which 217 miles are state highways, 534 miles are township roadways and 434 miles are country roads.
The Enforcement / Patrol component consists of 30 sworn deputies and another 5 available sworn deputies in the Transport / Warrant Division. The Hancock County Sheriff's Office's vehicle fleet consists of 25 patrol vehicles, 9 vehicles for Transport / Warrant, and 6 for detective use.
Deputies were called upon to investigate a total of 1,105 accidents on Hancock County roads in the year 2006. A total of 1 fatal crashes were also investigated.
A total of 5,636 incidents were reported to the Hancock County Sheriff's Office for the Road Patrol to cover. Liberty Township led all Hancock County Townships with a reported 1,210 incidents in 2006. The Village of Arlington had the most incidents reported for a village with 216 incidents for the year.
The Road Patrol is also responsible for safeguarding property, investigating crime and response to complaints and accidents. They are also responsible for the service of subpoenas, warrants, summons and other legal notices as issued by the courts.