The sheriff's office administers and executes arrest warrants, commitments, and other court orders for persons wanted in Hennepin County and outside the county. The office handles about 3,000 new warrants each month and resolves about the same number. Sheriff staff also extradite wanted individuals back to Hennepin County who are captured in other counties or states.
Sheriff’s patrol provides emergency response throughout the county. Patrol deputies also provides primary law enforcement to Greenfield, Hanover Medicine Lake, Rockford, Hennepin County Home School, county jail, Fort Snelling, 133rd Minnesota Air National Guard, 934th U.S. Air Force Air Wing, and U.S. Marine Corp/Navy Reserves.
Water patrol responds to and investigates water-related incidents for the over 100 lakes and three major rivers in the county. Responsibilities include responding to near-drownings, drownings, boating accidents, and making arrests for boating while intoxicated. Water patrol conducts ice rescue, swift water rescue and airborne rescue.
For emergencies, call 911.
Transport staff bring inmates to hearings, convicted inmates to correctional facilities, and mental health patients to court hearings or treatment facilities. Each year, sheriff staff transport more than 12,000 inmates and mental health patients.
Deputies and their K9 partners track missing persons, apprehend suspects, complete building searches, search for evidence, detect narcotics and sweep for explosives. Each year, the K9 unit deploys hundreds of times.
The sheriff’s office operates the emergency communications center in Plymouth, taking calls for emergencies including fires, accidents, crime, and health crises. One of the largest consolidated dispatch centers in the upper Midwest, the center handles over 600,000 calls each year, including about 250,000 911 calls. Dispatchers take calls for over 50 law enforcement agencies, fire departments and emergency medical service providers, serving about 525,000 residents.
The communications center also houses a radio system to enable law enforcement agencies to directly communicate with each other. Sheriff’s staff trains local police and fire departments how to use the radio system.
For all emergencies, call 911.
For non-emergencies, call 952-258-5321.
Deputies handle over 30 types of civil process, including writs of execution, subpoenas, summons, domestic abuse orders for protection, and foreclosure sales. They manage 120 civil process requests per day.
Special operations coordinates preparedness for events involving multiple law enforcement agencies such as active shooter incidents, emergencies and threats. The unit also conducts multi-agency trainings to prepare for these events.
Emergency management provides the sheriff's office and other local law enforcement with personnel and equipment at events such as natural disasters, law enforcement incidents, and large community events.
Weapons of mass destruction tactical response
The sheriff’s office is the lead agency for this countywide team. This team is trained and equipped to respond to incidents involving weapons of mass destruction or hazardous materials.
Emergency services responds to events including hostage rescue, barricaded suspects, and high-risk arrest warrants, with the goal of achieving peaceful resolutions to dangerous situations.
Special response supports law enforcement operations at special events, demonstrations, and community celebrations where there’s potential civil unrest or criminal activity.
Critical infrastructure protection
Deputies are assigned to provide high visibility patrols of critical infrastructure.