The Benton County Sheriff’s Office is taking precautions to protect staff and inmates from contacting COVID-19 infections. Whenever possible, our staff are conducting business through telephone, email, and US mail. We have restricted access to our public lobby in compliance with social distancing best practices. If you have business at the sheriff’s office, we ask that you call 320-968-7201 before your arrival. If it is necessary for you to personally come to our office, we will make an appointment with you. Visitation for jailed inmates has been suspended and we have added a drop box in our vestibule to accept applications for permits to carry a pistol. Applications for permits to purchase a pistol may be submitted to our office via US mail or via email to email@example.com.
It is the mission of the Sheriff’s Office to keep Benton County safe by enforcing laws, providing public safety services, and building community partnerships with respect and integrity.
The Benton County Sheriff’s Office strives to reduce crime and build community trust while ensuring accountability to the people we serve.
The Benton County Sheriff’s Office has created a strategic plan to assist in guiding and focusing our efforts on the mission of keeping Benton County safe by enforcing laws, providing public safety services, and building community partnerships with respect and integrity. To access the overview of this strategic plan and a graphic representation of the plan:
The sheriff, as chief county law enforcement officer, is charged with keeping and preserving the peace of the county. The sheriff’s duties include:
- Investigating felonies and arresting those responsible
- Housing inmates in the county jail
- Transporting inmates through the court system
- Providing for the security of the court
- Conducting search and rescue operations within the county
- Serving civil actions and notices
- Collecting delinquent taxes
- Executing other processes as required by law to be served or posted on behalf of the state or county
The Benton County Sheriff’s Office employs 84 people including 29 licensed peace officers and 8 public safety dispatchers. The 8 public safety dispatchers answer 911 calls made from the unincorporated areas of Benton County as well as the cities of Rice, Sauk Rapids and Foley.
Trained citizen volunteers assist the Sheriff’s Office in the 20 member Mounted Patrol Unit, the 10 member Reserve Deputy Unit, and in a variety of program for inmates in the jail.
The Benton County Sheriff’s Office, while maintaining law enforcement jurisdiction throughout the entire county, exercises primary law enforcement jurisdiction in the unincorporated areas of the county. The Sheriff’s Office works in close cooperation with our partner law enforcement agencies who share jurisdiction in all or part of Benton County.
Sheriff’s Office Building
The Benton County Sheriff’s Office was built in 1996 and its jail can house up to 102 inmates.
Fees for service
Payment for any fees to the Sheriff’s Office must be made in cash or by check. We are unable to accept credit card payments at this time.