Community - Programs & Events

There are several crime prevention programs in existence in cooperation with the Sherburne County Sheriff's Office:

Seniors and Law Enforcement Together (SALT)

Participants listen to Sherburne County Sheriff Joel Brott at the 19th Annual Senior Day Out at the Friendly Buffalo in Big Lake.
Participants listen to Sherburne County Sheriff Joel Brott at the 19th Annual Senior Day Out at the Friendly Buffalo in Big Lake.

TRIAD is a three-way commitment involving law enforcement agencies, older citizens and community agencies that serve the older population. TRIAD works to improve the quality of life for senior citizens by providing an opportunity for the exchange of information between law enforcement and older persons. They have agreed to work together to reduce the criminal victimization of the elderly and enhance the delivery of law enforcement services to older persons. TRIAD can also reduce unwarranted fear of crime.


Sherburne County TRIAD has been working, through an advisory council called SALT (Seniors and Law Enforcement Together) for twenty years. The membership is made up of senior leaders and representatives from the Sherburne County Sheriff's Office and Attorney’s Office, the Elk River, Becker and Big Lake Police Departments, Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), Elk River Senior Center, Guardian Angels Care Center, and Sherburne County Senior Advocate. Working together, the SALT council has tried to identify the needs of our senior community and develop programs to address those concerns.

Two of the most successful programs are the File of Life and Senior Day Out: File of Life Refridgerator Magnet.

File of Life is a way to get medical information to emergency personnel by way of a refrigerator magnet. A decal on the front door alerts emergency personnel to look for the magnet, which holds a card with potentially life-saving information.  File of Life and Medical Information for First Responders.

Senior Day Out participants learn Use of Force options a deputy may have during an incident.  The use of the taser gun is highlighted here. Senior Day Out participants learn Use of Force options a deputy may have during an incident. The use of the taser gun is highlighted here.

Senior Day Out is held each spring and speakers present a wide range of topics of interest to seniors age 55 and older - from legal issues to demonstrations on enforcement techniques.

The 22nd Annual Senior Day Out is on May 16th, 2018 from 8am – 2:00 pm at the Friendly Buffalo in Big Lake.

This year's topics include:

  • Situational Awareness in Emergencies
    By Steve Doran, Commander, Sherburne County Sheriff’s Office.
  • Scams, Scams, and More Scams: Do they ever end?
    By Matt Wernz, Attorney, Federal Trade Commission, Midwest Region
  • Introduction to Permit to Carry: What is this law and how does it affect me?
    By Joel Brott, Sheriff, Sherburne County Sheriff’s Office
  • Financial Decisions: So many products and pitches – what information do you trust?
    • Long Term Care Coverage by Leslie Martens, Newman Long Term Care
    • Reverse Mortgages by Bob Streitz & Mike Kraus, Mortgages Unlimited
    • Steps to Protect your Financial Well-Being by Dave Jackson, Thrivent Financial
  • Updates from the Sherburne County Sheriff’s Office and Becker, Big Lake, and Elk River Police Departments will be provided on law enforcement services, crimes, and trends in your area, in addition to other topics of interest to our community.
  • Enjoy Lunch including a sandwich, salad, pasta, and dessert. Converse with other seniors and your local law enforcement staff.

Cost is $9.00 which includes morning treats, refreshments and a buffet lunch.
Pre-registration and payment must be received by May 1st, 2018.

Download the Senior Day Out Registration Form PDF

For further information, contact Deputy Roxanne Schreder at 763-765-3579 or via email.

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Neighborhood Watch

Anyone can be the victim of burglary or other crimes. Despite our best precautions we often feel alone and vulnerable to crime. Neighborhood Watch is a vital protection tool available -- something residents in a community can do by banding together, in connection with local law enforcement agencies, to prevent crime before it happens.

Neighborhood Watch is a community-based program that's been proven to deter crime. The National Neighborhood Watch program, sponsored by the National Sheriff's Association since 1972, unites law enforcement agencies, local organizations and individual citizens in a community-wide effort to reduce residential crime.

National Night Out
Neighbors gather to learn more about their area and ways they can help keep each other safe by reporting suspicious activity to the Sheriff’s Office.

A few concerned citizens, working with law enforcement, can spearhead the effort to organize a Neighborhood Watch. Members learn how to make their homes more secure, watch out for each other and the neighborhood, and report activities that raise their suspicions to the sheriff's office. Watch groups are extra eyes and ears for reporting crimes and helping neighbors.

Neighborhood Watch groups are easy to start! Many of your neighbors may wish that a program like Neighborhood Watch already existed in their area, but don't know how to start one. They may not realize just how simple it is. Your first step is to contact Deputy Roxanne Schreder at 763-765-3579, or by email at

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Operation Identification

Operation Identification

Property marking is one of the oldest and best methods of crime prevention. Today, the most effective method of property marking is known as "Operation Identification." It's a program that has been proven to be dramatically effective in reducing burglary, when it is properly implemented.

Operation Identification has two parts. First, you mark all your easily stolen valuables with a permanent identification number, assigned to you by the Sherburne County Sheriff's Office or your local law enforcement agency. Second, you display a sticker that tells potential burglars that your property is marked.

The sticker discourages break-ins because it gives notice to a potential thief that your property will be hard for them to dispose of, can be tracked back to you; and if the burglar is caught with it in his/her possession, it is solid evidence of possession of stolen goods.

In the event that your property is ever lost or stolen, and turns up at a law enforcement agency anywhere in the nation, the property can be identified and returned to you as quickly as possible.

Additional information on how to enroll in this great program is available by contacting the Sherburne County Sheriff's Office. An identification number, door and window stickers and complete instructions will be provided.

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Fingerprinting Services

Fingerprinting Services

Jail Administration provides fingerprinting services for the public. You will be required to provide a valid driver's license with your current address or a current passport.

Jail Administration is available to provide this service Monday through Friday, from 8:30am to 3:30pm. Credit cards are accepted.
view the fee schedule for cost of Fingerprints

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Plan your Night to Unite on August 1st!!!

Effective crime prevention begins with strong neighborhoods and community relationships. The Sherburne County Sheriff’s Office urges all County residents to participate in Minnesota’s Night to Unite on Tuesday, August 1st, 2017. While this may seem like a long way off, it’s not too early to start planning your neighborhood festivities now!

Minnesota Night to Unite
Personnel from the Sheriff’s Office, Fire Departments, and Ambulance Services join in the festivities of Night to Unite by answering questions and providing tours of vehicles and equipment used during the course of their work day.

Minnesota will again be celebrating their local statewide crime prevention event titled Night to Unite on August 1st. Many of the same ideas National Night Out promotes can be considered with Night to Unite. Night to Unite focuses on getting to know one another in your neighborhood, building relationships with law enforcement, and bringing awareness to crime prevention.

This is the time to get together with your neighbors. Choose to keep your neighborhood safe by watching out for each other and reporting crime and suspicious behavior. A Minnesota Night to Unite event in your neighborhood could be as simple as locking your door, turning on your outside lights, and gathering the neighbors in the front yard to get to know each other while sipping some lemonade. Still other neighborhoods may choose to have a BBQ and potluck type atmosphere with games and activities for participants to partake in. It is important that your neighborhood tailors its event to those that live there.

Why register your event with the Sheriff’s Office? It is important to register your gathering so we can do our very best to send a Sheriff's representative to your event. Consider it a great time to build relationships with your neighbors, law enforcement, and other emergency personnel. It is also an opportunity to rekindle the spirit of your Neighborhood Watch program or to start a new program with the energy from the evening. Download a Registration form PDF document.

A strong community is a safe community. Everything we do to strengthen the ties among neighbors of all ages, backgrounds, and lifestyles makes our present and future that much brighter. We hope that you and your neighbors will join our office in giving crime and drugs a going away party.

Please do not hesitate to contact us at the Sheriff's Office. For more information about Minnesota’s Night to Unite, scheduled for Tuesday, August 1st, contact Deputy Roxanne Schreder at 763-765-3579.

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Crime Free Multi-Housing (CFMH) Management Training

Crime Free Multi-Housing

The Crime Free Multi-Housing program is designed to make multi-family dwellings and single family rental homes safe, desirable places to live. The CFMH program provides a partnership between police, local property owners/managers, and residents to foster a safe, healthy, crime free community in rental housing. CFMH is pro-property manager, pro-resident, and anti-crime. Please contact the Sheriff’s Office or your local Police Department if you are interested in becoming involved with this program.

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Sheriff Contact:

Sherburne County Govt Center
ATTN: Sheriff
13880 Business Center Dr NW
Suite 100
Elk River, MN 55330-4668

Office Location & Hours

Zimmerman Public Safety Bldg
26750 5th Street West
Zimmerman, MN 55398

Phone: 763-765-3500
Fax: 763-441-7303
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