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Operation Watch Dog

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Operation Watch Dog

The Linn County Sheriff's Office would like to invite all citizens who currently utilize private video surveillance at their home and / or business to participate in Operation Watch Dog.

Crimes can occur at any place or time and having knowledge of video surveillance that may have captured vital footage can be instrumental in solving those crimes. Video surveillance is an excellent way to help deter crime and one of the best methods for apprehending criminals and convicting suspects. This program is a new way for the community and law enforcement to work together to better protect our citizens, which is our highest priority.  

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How Does it Work?

Operation Watch Dog allows residents and business owners to register locations and capabilities of their security camera systems with the Linn County Sheriff's Office. Using this information, when a crime occurs, the Linn County Sheriff's Office will know the locations of nearby security camera systems and may contact the owner of the security camera system and request their permission to collect possible video evidence to assist us in following up on investigative leads.

Please note, this program does NOT give law enforcement the ability to tap into any home or business surveillance feeds. 

What are the Benefits of Registering your Camera?

Because security camera systems catch the suspect in the act of committing the crime, video surveillance footage is one of the best methods to apprehend suspects and convict them. As crimes occur nearby, many residents and business owners are unaware that their security camera systems may have captured information which could help solve a crime. 

By registering your security camera system with the Linn County Sheriff's Office, deputies can quickly identify nearby security camera systems which may have captured video of criminal activity. After registering your security camera system, you will only be contacted if there is a criminal incident in the vicinity of your security camera system and deputies believe viewing your system's video surveillance footage will assist in their investigation.


If you would like to register your security camera system with the Linn County Sheriff's Office and allow our deputies to contact you should a criminal incident occur in or near where your security cameras are installed, please fill click HERE

Terms and Conditions

The information you provide regarding your security camera system will be for official use only. Your personal information will remain confidential and will not be distributed except as required by law or court order. Operation Watch Dog is 100% voluntary. You can withdraw consent to view video surveillance footage from your security camera system at any time by calling the Linn County Sheriff's Office.

If necessary, the Linn County Sheriff's Office will contact you directly, using the information provided by you at the time of registration, to request the appropriate video surveillance footage. Any video surveillance footage containing or related to criminal activity collected may be used as evidence during any stage of a criminal proceeding.

Under no circumstances shall the registrants construe that they are acting as an agent and/or employee of the County of Linn, Missouri and/or the Linn County Sheriff's Office, Missouri by participating in Operation Watch Dog.

You agree not to release any video footage or still images to the media without consulting the Linn County Sheriff's Office. 

Have additional questions? 

Should you have any further questions regarding this program, please contact one of the following individuals:

Sheriff Jeff Henke

Chief Deputy Carrie Melte

Kaley Rodenberg

These individuals can be contacted via email at


via phone at (660) 895-5312 during regular business hours.



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