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Sheriff's Office Divisions

 

 

Patrol

Squad CarThe Patrol Division is comprised of 1 captain, 3 sergeants, and 12 patrol deputies. Deputies assigned to the Patrol Division are uniformed deputies in marked squad cars. These are the men and women of law enforcement responding to the public’s requests for service and conducting proactive patrol activities intended to increase public safety. Patrol deputies are also charged with the responsibility of conducting the initial investigation of most crimes committed in the county. Patrol deputies work 10 hours shifts which overlap in the hours that typically generate the highest volume of calls for service, in order to provide the highest level of service to the citizens of Benton County.

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Recreational Vehicle Enforcement

Squad CarThe Benton County Sheriff’s Office conducts routine patrols using snowmobiles and ATVs with the goal of encouraging compliance with the laws and rules related to the use of these recreational vehicles. The Benton County Sheriff’s Office uses snowmobiles and ATVs to conduct search and rescue missions as well as providing routine patrol to seasonal properties and ice fishing shelters to help deter crime.

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Boat and Water

Squad CarThe purpose of the Benton County Sheriff’s office water patrol division is to prevent or reduce boating accidents and drownings; and to make Benton County waters safe and enjoyable. This Boat and Water Division conducts boating law enforcement; places navigation aids (buoys); investigates boating accidents and drowning incidents; conducts search, rescue, and recovery operations; issues permits for special water events and temporary structures; and conducts rental boat inspections.

The Benton County Sheriff is the project manager for the DNR State Boat & Water Safety Grant to Counties. This is a legislatively-directed appropriation grant used to help offset the cost of providing water patrol in Benton County.

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Dive Team

Dive TeamThe Sheriff's Office maintains a Dive Team, which has been in existence since 1979. The team is a cooperative effort with the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office. Both sheriffs’ offices coordinate efforts and personnel when a dive is needed in either county. The Dive Team is trained in rescue and recovery functions to assist with any incident taking place on or in a water body.

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Mounted Patrol

The Benton County Mounted Patrol is made up of 20 volunteer riders who undergo special training to prepare themselves and their horses for the demands of law enforcement work. Mounted patrol members may be called upon to assist in search and rescue efforts, crowd control, or security details. Most people have contact with mounted patrol members at one of the summer parades throughout the county or at the Benton County Fair.

Benton County Mounted Patrol
Benton County Mounted Patrol

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DARE

The Benton County Sheriff’s Office currently has one full time deputy assigned to provide DARE instruction to 5th graders in the schools of the Sauk Rapids-Rice and Foley School districts. D.A.R.E. is a police officer-led series of classroom lessons that teaches children valuable life skills designed to help them make good choices, especially in the important realms of drug use, smoking, drinking alcohol, bullying, and violence. Since the Benton County Sheriff’s Office began its DARE program in 1992, well over 10,000 students have graduated from the DARE program.

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Investigative Division

The investigative division is comprised of 1 lieutenant, 2 detectives, and 2 investigators who serve on the Violent Offender Task Force (VOTF). Members of this division conduct in-depth investigations into the most serious crimes committed in the county. The lieutenant and detectives focus on person crimes and serious property crime committed in the county. Investigators assigned to the VOTF focus their efforts on identifying and arresting criminals involved in those crimes that are most detrimental to the peace and safety of our communities. These crimes include selling drugs, illegal firearms possession, gang-related activities, and the like. These VOTF investigators work as a team with investigators from Todd County, Morrison County, Stearns County, Sherburne County, St. Cloud, Little Falls, Sauk Rapids, Waite Park, Sartell, and St. Joseph. The investigative division is responsible for maintaining the evidence room, providing expertise and assistance to deputies at crime scenes, and working with investigative staff from surrounding agencies to cooperatively solve crimes occurring across jurisdictional boundaries.

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Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP)

Dive TeamThe PSAP is the first point of contact most people have with any public safety agency. The Benton County PSAP answers all 911 calls generated within the county, except those from the cities of St. Cloud and Sartell. The 8 dispatchers working in this division operate the PSAP on a 24/7 basis and stand ready to answer calls for public safety assistance. The Benton County PSAP answers both emergency and non-emergency calls for the Benton County Sheriff’s Office, the Foley Police and Fire Departments, the Rice Police and Fire Departments, and the Sauk Rapids Police and Fire Departments.

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Civil Process and Records Management

The Sheriff is responsible for serving all civil actions and notices, collection of delinquent taxes and other processes as required by law to be served or posted on behalf of the state or county. The Civil Process Division administers the receipt and processing of these notices.

The Records Management Division collects, stores, organizes, and maintains the data generated by the other divisions in the Benton County Sheriff’s Office. This division is responsible for receiving data requests and disseminating data as prescribed by statute.

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Chaplaincy

The Purpose of the Chaplaincy program is to Support Office personnel and their families in time of need with strict confidence and compassion, to serve as a communication link between persons in crisis and their own spiritual advisors, and to coordinate follow-up counseling for those indicating both a need and an interest in such help. Chaplains lighten the burden by assisting, when requested, in the performance of tasks which tend to have a greater emotional and/or spiritual, rather than legal implication, e.g. death messages, domestic disturbances, suicide calls, fires, health trauma issues, and spiritual counseling requests.

Central Minnesota Emergency Services Chaplaincy offers service at this time to the police and fire departments of St Cloud, Waite Park, St Joseph, Sartell, Sauk Rapids; the counties of Stearns, Benton, and Sherburne; the State Patrol; first responders; and disaster personnel.

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Special Emergency Response Team (SERT)

Deputy Brad Kadlec and Ben.The Benton County Sheriff’s Office is a member of the Stearns-Benton SERT team. This joint effort between Benton and Stearns counties provides for the training and equipping of deputies for high risk situations. The deputies on this unit are highly trained, deeply motivated and specially equipped to deal with hostile and violent encounters with criminals. The SERT team is activated and deployed in high risk situations to ensure the safety of first responders and the general public while accomplishing the goal of ending criminal behavior or neutralizing threats to public safety.

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K-9 Unit

Deputy Brad Kadlec and Ben.The K-9 unit is a specialized team that makes use of the unique senses and abilities that a dog has to offer. The K-9 team is used to track suspects or lost individuals, apprehend suspects, protect the K-9 deputy, and locate drugs. K-9 handlers and their K-9 partners complete a 16 week training program before being placed into active duty. A deputy assigned to a K-9 partner is also responsible for the dog’s ongoing training and dedicates many hours to honing the dog’s skills. The Benton County K-9 program has been funded entirely by donations from the community. Thank you to all those community groups, businesses, and individuals who support our K-9 program.

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