From day-to-day clerical responsibilities to answering questions of visitors, our staff handles a variety of responsibilities to ensure a smooth-running department.


The "nerve center" of public safety in Sherburne County ... staffed 24-hours-per-day to coordinate all emergency services.


With 667 beds, the jail is currently the 2nd largest county facility in the state.

Court Security

Responsible for maintaining safety in the county's five courtrooms and security in the government center.

Gang and Drug Task Force

Formed to address gang and/or drug related activity in the county.

Emergency Services

Responsible for coordinating the department's response to major events, from weather related and natural disasters to terrorism.

E.R.U. - Emergency Response Unit

Responsible for high-risk building entries, hostage situations, and other incidents where use of force against officers is likely.


Investigations can range from proactive to reactive; responding to reported incidents as well as preventing crime (as is often the case in narcotics investigations).


The K-9 Unit specializes in narcotics searches and in locating explosives.

Mounted Patrol

Another group, comprised solely of volunteers, who serve on horseback to add versatility to the department's services.

Patrol Division

As its name implies, the patrol division is comprised of those staff members who perform patrol duties throughout Sherburne County.


These are individuals who volunteer their time to assist the patrol division with regular activities throughout the county ... from security checks to special surveillance operations.


Handles all movements of prisoners between Sherburne County and other jails, medical facilities, federal facilities and in-house inmate court appearances.

Water Patrol

There are 83 lakes measuring at least 10 acres in size in Sherburne County. Officers in this division receive special training and tools to promote safety and to educate the public.

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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