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Community Outreach Division

The Sheriff's Office deputies and personnel often interact with residents when they are in need of immediate help or law enforcement services. While emergency response is essential, we recognize the value of community collaboration. Our deputies and personnel build trusting partnerships with residents—and together we develop solutions to improve public safety.

This is known as “community policing” and it is a key component in the Task Force on 21st Century Policing Report—which is a set of recommendations for law enforcement to build community trust. The Community Outreach Division operates multiple community policing programs, including the Community Engagement Team and the Sheriff's Youth Program. 

To request the Community Outreach team at your event, contact Deputy Joel Svenby at 612-348-2420 or

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A major function of the Community Outreach Division is the The Sheriff's Office Community Engagement Team (CET). CET leads our agency’s efforts to build communities of trust among multi-cultural communities. The team includes the Sheriff and civilian community liaisons. The team interacts with residents in several world languages.

Our CET responds to residents' concerns, works to build lasting relationships, and develops crime prevention initiatives in a culturally-specific manner.

Our CET members provide outreach to many different diverse communities. We meet with residents at businesses, schools, and community events. Residents also enjoy visiting Sheriff’s Office facilities to learn about our work during culturally-specific One Day Citizen Academies. The CET and residents identify public safety concerns and collaborate on proactive solutions.

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