Providing Public Safety and Serving Todd County Since 1867
The Todd County Sheriff’s Office is committed to a professional level of Law Enforcement which will ensure the safety of our citizens, the prevention and investigation of criminal activity, and a cooperative working relationship with other Departments and Services.
The Chief Deputy, Jail Administrator, Dispatch Supervisor, Records Supervisor, and Office Support staff assists the Sheriff in executing the duties of the Office.
Investigation and Patrol
The most visible component of the Sheriff’s Office is the Patrol Division which consists of two Patrol Sergeants, nine full-time Deputy Sheriff’s, one full-time Court Security Deputy and five part-time Deputy Sheriff’s. The Patrol Division is responsible for patrolling the County and contract cities, answering citizen complaints, enforcing traffic laws, accident investigations, and responding to emergency calls for service. The Deputies also serve civil process papers as assigned.
There is one general Investigator with the Todd County Sheriff’s Office who investigates major crimes in the County. There is also one Deputy assigned to the Central Minnesota Violent Offender Task Force which has representatives from Todd County, Stearns County, Morrison County, Benton County, and the City of St. Cloud.
The Todd County Sheriff’s Office provides Law Enforcement Services to the cities of Browerville, Burtrum, Clarissa, and Grey Eagle on a contractual basis.
The Civil Process Division is tasked with the responsibility to receive and execute “all processes, writs, precepts and orders issued or made by lawful authority and delivered to the sheriff” (MS 387.03). Every effort is made to make service of all process in a thorough, courteous and expeditious manner.
Several civil process forms as well as a fee schedule are available for download on the Todd County Sheriff’s Office website. Generally, the Sheriff’s Office requires a deposit of $50.00 for each person to be served a process and you will be billed for the mileage amount.
- Civil Process Fees
- Execution Instruction Sheet
- 10 Day Exemption Notice
- 10 Day Notice Affidavit
- Service Information Sheet
- Writ of Execution
- Unlawful Detainer
- Restraining Orders for Harassment
- Domestic Abuse Orders for Protection
- Subpoena Service
Deputy Dave Laven
Todd County Sheriff’s Office
Civil Process Division
115 Third Street South
Long Prairie, MN 56347
Jail / Dispatch
The Todd County Sheriff’s Office has four full time Dispatchers who are responsible for answering citizens’ complaints, dispatching Law Enforcement, Fire Departments, and Ambulance Services. The Dispatchers operate, monitor, and access numerous computer programs to assist them in their duties.
The jail personnel consist of a Jail Programmer and eight Correctional Officers who are responsible for monitoring and meeting the required needs of inmates who are serving sentences, or being held on charges awaiting their court appearances. The Todd County Detention Center is licensed to hold up to 52 inmates.
There is also part time staff in the Jail, Dispatch, Court Security, and prisoner transport.
The Todd County Sheriff’s Office operates a 52 bed Detention Center that holds inmates on a variety of charges. Some of the inmates are serving sentences and others are being held while they await their court appearances. The Detention Center also holds inmates for other Counties that either do not have their own jail or do not have adequate space for their own inmates.
The Detention Center has four dormitory style cells and four cellblocks that have individual cells. Some of these cells have bunks and can hold two inmates; the others are single rooms. Additionally, there are four holding cells, an interview room for inmates who are in custody, and a booking room.
The inmates are monitored by Corrections Officers through the use of video surveillance cameras and physical checks. Doors throughout the facility are constantly monitored and controlled in two different locations in the facility. Inmates are served three meals a day.
To talk to jail staff directly call 320-732-7743.
Wednesday: 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM and 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Friday: 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Sunday: 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM and 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Visitors may sign up for their visit 15 minutes prior to the start time. Visitors are subject to showing some type of identification. Each inmate will be allowed 20 minutes per visitor. Each inmate is allowed three visitors per session. Persons under 18 years of age must have their legal parent or guardian with them. People that are under the influence of alcohol or drugs will not be allowed to visit. People waiting to visit an inmate must maintain good conduct and children must be kept under control.
Contacting an Inmate
By Phone: To contact an inmate by phone, call 1-800-943-2189 . Before you can leave a voicemail, you will need to create an account. Follow the prompts to create your account.
By Mail: Address mail to:
Todd County Detention Center
115 3rd St. S.
Long Prairie, MN 56347
Include a return address on the envelope. All mail is checked for contraband prior to giving it to the inmate. The Jail staff does not pass messages to the inmates. Any information that you want to get to an inmate must be done by phone, mail, or during visitation.
How do I receive phone calls from an inmate?
All inmates can make outside calls to approved family and friends. No incoming calls can be received except for voicemail messages to approved inmates. Each inmate will be given access to the telephone upon the completion of the booking process. Telephones for private use are located in each housing area.
Inmate calls (local and long distance) are billed at a per-minute rate, with no connection fees. International calls are also billed at a per-minute rate. Three-way calls are prohibited.
The calling rates for Todd County Sheriff’s Office are shown below:
To create and fund Pre-Paid Collect accounts, please visit NCIC Inmate Communication’s website at: https://account.ncic.com (Para Espanol, https://cuenta.ncic.com ) or call our call center at 1-800-943-2189.
How to Leave Inmate Messages
- Create a prepaid phone account with one of our live operators at 1-800-943-2189
- Use this same phone number to leave messages for inmates once your account has been created
- Several options will be provided on the phone menu. Select the option “to leave a message for someone at a facility, press 3”
- Scroll through the available inmates and select the person you’d like to leave a message for
- Record your message and review it before submitting
- The maximum time allowed for a message is 3 minutes
- The cost of the message will be deducted from your prepaid account balance like a regular phone call
To leave funds for an inmate, cash can be deposited in a kiosk in the lobby of the detention or go to jailatm.com. Commisary is provided to the inmate by Stellar Services.
Volunteer and Seasonal Units
The Todd County Sheriff’s Office is responsible for the lakes and waterways of the County which is enforced by the Boat and Water Division. Additionally, the Sheriff’s Office has the Mounted Posse which is a highly trained, volunteer organization that assists in crowd control at large gatherings, missing person searches, article searches, securing major crime scenes, and any other duty(s) that may arise because of an incident.
The Sheriff’s Office also employs a Chaplain who can offer assistance to Sheriff’s Office Personnel who are involved in traumatic incidents and to serious crime victims and their families.
Chaplain Dave Greaver
Dave graduated from Crown College, St.Bonifacius, Minnesota and has ministered as a pastor, counselor and chaplain since 1983. He has served the Brainerd Lakes area as a pastor, chaplain and mental health counselor since 1995. Dave is trained in Critical Incident Stress Debriefing/Management and is a member of the Central Minnesota Crisis Response Team. Dave and his wife, Pearl, have five children and eleven grandchildren. The Greavers like to focus free time traveling to visit family, along with fishing, gardening and reading. Dave also speaks at area churches civic organizations, businesses and other community events when requested. Presently Dave and Pearl reside in Baxter and are planning to reside in Todd County.
The Todd County Sheriff’s Office employs seasonal recreational specialist who along with licensed Todd County Deputies are responsible for patrolling Todd County lakes, watercraft inspections, issuing raft permits and placing warning buoys in Todd County’s waterways. The Todd County Water Patrol Unit is dedicated to patrolling area waterways to promote water safety and enforcing boating and other water related laws.
GRANT PROGRAM INFORMATION
Grant Name: State Boat & Water Safety Grant to Counties
Project Manager: County Sheriff
Type: Legislatively-directed appropriation
Purpose: Preventing or reducing boating accidents & drownings and making Minnesota’s waters safe & enjoyable. This includes boating law enforcement, aids to navigation, response to & investigation of boating accidents / drownings, search, rescue & recovery operations, permitting of events & temporary structures and rental boat inspections.
2018 Grant: Allocated: $6445.00.
Grant Period: Jan. 1, 2018 –June 30, 2019
Amount Expended and Invoiced as of 6/30/19: $6445.00
Amount Expended and Invoiced to date: $6445.00
6110.1800 PLACEMENT OF TEMPORARY STRUCTURES AND BUOYS IN THE
WATERS OF THE STATE.
Subpart 1. In general. No person shall leave any temporary structure not extending
from shore, or any buoy or sign in the waters of this state between the hours of sunset and
sunrise without first obtaining a permit in writing therefor from the sheriff of the county.
Mooring buoys must be placed as provided in part 6110.1500, subpart 4. Swimming area
markers must be placed as provided in part 6110.1600.
Subp. 2. Permit for temporary structure or buoy. The sheriff of any county may
issue a permit for the placement of any such structure or buoy whenever, in the sheriff’s
opinion, the structure or buoy will not constitute an undue hazard to or illegal obstruction
Each structure or navigational buoy placed pursuant to such permit shall have the
permit number painted on it and shall have attached either a light visible in all directions, or
sufficient reflectorized material so as to reflect light from all directions, which material shall
retain 80 percent of its dry weather reflective signal strength when submerged in water.
Nothing in this part shall be construed to affect the provisions of Minnesota Statutes,
section 103G.245, or the requirements for permits from the commissioner of natural
resources thereunder, nor shall this part be construed to affect the construction of blinds
built according to Minnesota Statutes, sections 97B.805 and 97B.811.
How do I obtain a gun permit?
The Todd County Sheriff’s Office handles all gun “Carry” applications for Todd County. Permit to purchase applications are turned into your local police department. Applications for both Carry and Purchase permits are available at the Todd County Sheriff’s Office and may be obtained Monday – Friday between 8AM and 4:30 PM. If you have a permit to carry, you do not need a purchase permit.
There is no fee for a purchase permit, and your permit will be acted on within seven days of returning a completed application. Purchase permits are good for one year from the date of issuance.
The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension addresses many frequently asked questions concerning carry permits. Please visit their web-site at: Permit to Carry FAQ
The Todd County Sheriff’s Office charges $75 for processing a carry permit, and has 30 days to either issue or deny the permit, though generally speaking, it does not require this long. A carry permit is good for five years from the date of issuance. Whether your permit is a renewal or a first time issue, you must take a BCA approved class within one year of the date of application and provide a copy to our office. Your address and driver license numbers do not need to match your card, however; you must notify our office within thirty days of a permanent address change.
The Snowmobile Patrol works with local Conservation officers to enforce state laws and local ordinances. Snowmobile enforcement is funded by a grant from the Department of Natural Resources to aid in the snowmobile enforcement activities. Snowmobile Patrol provides public safety to the users of the trails and frozen waterways: to investigate incidents, provide snowmobile safety education talks and classes to the citizens of Todd County and to maximize the efficient use of the available resources in providing these resources.
The first Sheriff of Todd County took Office in January of 1867. At that time, the Sheriff was probably the only Law Enforcement Officer in the County and usually requested assistance from citizens if the need arose. The Sheriff and his family were responsible for feeding and caring for prisoners. The first Jail in Todd County was built in 1900 during the term of J. G. Hermes. That facility was used until 1985 when the current facility opened. In the initial construction of the current facility, it was designed to hold 24 inmates. In 1996, the building was added onto and the Court facility and other County Offices were placed on the second floor. During that construction, the inmate holding capacity was increased to 34. In 2004, the Department of Corrections allowed the Sheriff’s Office to increase the capacity to 44. Then again in 2007, another construction project increased the capacity of the jail to 52 inmates.
Sheriffs of Todd County
1867 H.H. Scott
1868 E.S. Foucher
1872 Louis Henry
1873 M. Dinkel
1878 C. Chase
1883 J. F. Bassett
1887 G. W. Maynard
1899 J. G. Hermes
1903 Chas Hamilton
1909 Anton Johnson
1923 John B. Burns
1927 S. H. Adams
1947 Ralph Kamphenkel Resigned in 1950
1950 J. H. Walter Appointed
1951 Warren Galvin Died in 1955
1955 Jim Bain Appointed
1971 Kenneth Gothman
1987 David Asmus
1995 David Kircher
2007 Pete Mikkelson
2014 Don Asmus
Frequently Asked Questions
Requests can be made through our records department at 320-732-7748 or by mailing a request to Todd County Sheriff’s Office at 115 3rd St. S, Long Prairie, MN 56347.
If you have been involved in an accident and your insurance company needs a copy of a report, you may forward a copy to them, or they may obtain the report directly with an authorization signed by you. Not all reports are public. We follow the Minnesota Data Practices Act as well as Minnesota Statutes concerning the release of records.
Due to changes in legislation, we are no longer able to run driver license records for the public. Driver license records must be requested from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Driver and Vehicle Services division at https://dps.mn.gov/divisions/dvs/Pages/default.aspx and click on Request Records. A “Record Request” form must be filled out and sent to DVS.
If you are requesting someone else’s record, you must also attach a “Grant Access to Record Authorization Form” signed by the person whose records you are requesting. Questions about this procedure can be directed to Driver and Vehicle Services Records Unit at 651-296-2940.
Generally speaking, it is best to contact the officer or investigator involved with your case. Contact our dispatch center at 320-732-2157. If the officer is not in, all personnel have voice-mail where a message can be left for them.
We are unable to run criminal histories for the public for any reason. Criminal History records requests must be directed to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. Information on how to obtain a copy of your own criminal history can be found at https://dps.mn.gov/divisions/bca/Pages/criminal-history-search.aspx.
If you are trying to obtain a criminal history on someone else, there is information on the above BCA site for that procedure also. Generally, convictions are public information. You may contact the Clerk of Court at the county where you believe the conviction took place, or you may go to http://www.mncourts.gov to search for public information. The number for Todd County Court is 320-732-7800. You may also conduct a public criminal history search through the BCA at the website https://chs.state.mn.us.
Level one and two offenders are not public information, however; level three offenders (the most serious) require a public hearing prior to moving into a community so you would have prior notification if a level three offender were to move to your location. The Todd County Sheriff’s Office regularly checks on predatory offenders to verify their address, employment, and vehicle information. The state also maintains a public web-site for ‘non-compliant’ offenders. If you suspect that someone is a predatory offender and is non-compliant, you may check the web-site at: https://por.state.mn.us
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