Volunteer with the sheriff's office

Residents and community members can become part of the Sheriff’s Office by volunteering. Become a Special Deputy, volunteer in the jail, or if you’re a young person, get involved with Explorers.

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Special Deputies are residents and community members who become specially trained to perform a variety of public safety duties.

Special Deputy duties can include:

  • Search and rescue
  • Horseback mounted patrol
  • Patrol of the county’s lakes and rivers
  • Community events and parades
  • National Night Out/Nite to Unite
  • Open houses, citizen academies and public demonstrations
  • Emergency call outs
  • Natural disasters
  • Water safety inspections
  • Support patrol operations
  • Traffic and crowd control
  • Crime scene support
  • Amateur radio operators
  • Motorist/citizen assists
  • Medical emergencies
  • Underwater rescue ream (must have 2 years’ special deputy experience)
 For information about volunteering as a Special Deputy, contact Lt. Bret Cline.

Apply to be a volunteer Special Deputy

More than 100 citizens from a variety of community groups volunteer at the Hennepin County Jail to give instruction to inmates. Topics include Alcoholics Anonymous, domestic violence prevention, and religious instruction.

If you’d like to volunteer at the jail, fill out an application by clicking here. If you have any further questions, contact Adam Hernke.

The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office Law Enforcement Explorer Post #744 is a youth organization sponsored by the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office and the Boy Scouts of America.

The objective of the Explorer post is to provide young men and women (ages 14-20), an opportunity to learn about the law enforcement profession through volunteer service to the community. The post advisors are members of the sheriff’s office who oversee the operation of the post and act as liaisons between the sheriff’s office and the explorers. The Explorers continually train for competitions with other explorer posts from law enforcement agencies across the region. The competitions cover topics such as crime scene search and accident investigation.

For information about volunteering as an Explorer, contact Bret Cline or call 612-348-9650.

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