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Quality of Life in Yalobusha County

Quality of Life: Law Enforcement

With just over 13,000 people and 519 square miles in the county, seven full-time and three part-time deputies working in the Yalobusha County Sheriff's Department enforce the law and work with the public in our county. These deputies also work with police departments in the county’s three largest municipalities: Water Valley, Coffeeville, and Oakland.

The Water Valley Police Department has eleven full-time employees while the Coffeeville Police Department has three full-time employees and one part-time officer. The Oakland Police Department has one full-time employee and three part-time employees.

The sheriff of Yalobusha County is Lance Humphreys, who was elected in 2007. His department has offices in both of the county's judicial districts, with a main office in Water Valley and second office in Coffeeville. Daily operations are run out of the Water Valley office, which is also the location of the county's 24-capacity jail. Our sheriff's department works to be active in the community, with deputies striving for high visibility through frequent patrols and community interaction.

Another important responsibility for the sheriff's department is working with the U.S. Corps of Engineers to provide lake patrol on the thousands of acres of federal land located in our county. This acreage includes portions of the beautiful reservoirs located in our county, Enid and Grenada lakes.

Yalobusha County is a rural county where life is easygoing and crime is minimal. If you have a problem or suggestion, feel free to stop by the sheriff's department, or any of the police departments in the county, and pull up a chair. We are here to serve.


Yalobusha County has a low crime rate. Through the third quarter of 2009, there were only 7 violent crimes reported.


  • Crime rate icon11 full time police in Water Valley
  • 1 full-time, 3 part-time employees in Oakland
  • 3 full-time and 1-part time officers in Coffeeville
  • 7 full-time, 3 part-time county deputies
  • 24-person capacity county jail
  • Sheriff Lance Humphreys