The primary function of the Pawnee County Sheriff’s Office is to protect and serve the citizens of rural Pawnee County Kansas. This objective is completed through preventative patrol and investigatory methods. The Sheriff’s Office cares for, and maintains the Pawnee County Jail, with a population averaging approximately 11 inmates at any given time and has at times reached 20 inmates. The Jail only has the capacity of 16 inmate beds. The Sheriff’ s Office has the ultimate responsibility to ensure “civil process” or summons, subpoenas, warrants, and etc. are served to the proper individual in the most appropriate manner by law. The Sheriff’s Office provides security for the Pawnee County Courthouse, often times during court. The Sheriff’s Office will, and has responded to other emergencies at the Pawnee County Courthouse and within the city of Larned.