Sheriff's Office & Jail
Kelly Shannon - County Sheriff
The mission of the Becker County Sheriff Office is to provide the highest
level of Public Safety to all citizens regardless of status. this includes
all Minnesota Statutory requirements bestowed upon us and to continue to
strive to remain within financial boundaries.
The Sheriff of Becker County is an elected official. The Sheriff is the chief
law enforcement officer of the entire County. The Sheriff or his deputies
respond to all crime calls in the county; serves civil process papers involving
civil disputes, litigation, and family court; serves and executes arrest
warrants and search warrants and transports prisoners.
The Sheriff's Department also has a Boat and Water Department that inspects
boats of area resorts for current registration and safety violations, patrols
area lakes during the summer months and issues swim raft permits for special
events held on area lakes. The Boat and Water Department also heads up all
search and rescue operations on the lakes, such as drownings, assisted by the
Becker County Dive Rescue Team.
The Sheriff's Department also has a Sheriff's Auxiliary which consists of
members that are trained and licensed by the POST Board that assist the
Sheriff's Department and other law enforcement agencies within Becker County.
The Becker County Jail holds 48 inmates, either convicted or awaiting trial.
Convicted inmates may be held in the jail up to one year. Inmates from the City
of Detroit Lakes and/or surrounding towns located in Becker County are housed at
The Jail has many alternatives to jail confinement. STS (Sentencing to Service)
allows the inmates to work at a community service job while staying at the
residence at nights. Community service allows defendants to work off fines doing
community service in lieu of jail time. Work Release allows prisoners to work
out of the jail in community based jobs. The Huber Act allows inmates to go to
their private jobs during the day and report back to jail at night.
The Dispatch/Communications section of the Becker County Sheriff's Department
takes all incoming calls, answers 911 lines from Detroit Lakes, Lake Park,
Frazee, Callaway, Ogema, White Earth, Richwood, Osage, Two Inlets, and Pine
Point. The Sheriff's Department is also responsible for dispatching the
volunteer fire departments from the aforementioned towns. They also dispatch the
Detroit Lakes Police Department, Dakota Medical Ambulances, First Responders,
Game Wardens and other area police departments.