The Sheriff is extremely grateful to the volunteers within our county that help contribute to his office's mission to protect and serve the residents of Crow Wing County. We have a number of volunteers who contribute in numerous ways to his office and without our volunteers these programs would not exist. If you have questions or would like more information on how to get involved with one of these programs please contact the Sheriff's Office at 218-829-4749.
The Crow Wing County Dive Team was formed in 1987 and is made up of civilian volunteers who work with the Recreation Division to rescue victims from the water. They donate their time, knowledge, ability and equipment. They also assist other counties in their search and recovery missions. The Dive Team members receive specialized training in open water, swift water, limited/no visibility and ice diving. The Crow Wing County Dive Team is funded entirely through donations. Each year the team receives a generous donation from the Adam Sellheim Memorial Golf Tournament.
The Crow Wing County Sheriff's Mounted Patrol was established in 1985. It is a volunteer based organization that consists of active riding members and auxiliary members. The Mounted Patrol is an integral part of search and rescue calls. They also assist with crowd control, security and public relations. Mounted Patrol members participate in public service activities such as parades throughout Crow Wing County and the Crow Wing County Fair. The Mounted Patrol will also assist nearby counties if aid is needed. Riding members provide their horse, trailer and tow vehicle at their own expense. Each rider and horse must be tested annually on their horsemanship skills and their ability to meet the required standards. Auxiliary members are non-riding members who provide support and assistance to the Mounted Patrol. Each year, the Crow Wing County Mounted Patrol hosts one of the largest training clinics in the state. The Sheriff's Mounted Patrol is funded by tax-deductible donations and fundraising events put on by the members. Donations provide funds for equipment, tack and training expenses.
Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office has a Minnesota Law Enforcement Explorer Association (MLEEA) post. The MLEEA exists to promote public service and professional policing among young men and women. Various educational topics are taught by deputies, correctional officers, and dispatch advisers who work with the explorers on a regular basis. The advisers train the explorers, who range in age from 14-20 years old, in topics such as patrol functions, first aid, crime scene processing and more. The goal of the MLEEA is to teach the core values of teamwork, dedication, quality and service.
The Crow Wing County Jail Programs unit offers a wide range of programs and activities to inmates who are incarcerated in our facility. Each of the programs is designed to help inmates find positive ways to spend their time and energy while incarcerated. There are nearly 100 volunteers who donate their time and talents on a regular basis to provide quality programs to inmates. Some of the programs offered include: art classes, parenting programs, alcoholics anonymous and narcotics anonymous, faith based programs, adult basic education classes, work release, mentoring programs and recreational activities.
Lakes Area Chaplaincy
Lakes Area Chaplaincy, Inc. (LAC) was formed in 1998 to provide support for first responders, law enforcement officers and staff connected to the Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office. LAC is a non-profit organization. The chaplain is often called upon to assist in death notifications, support victims in times of crisis, provide support to inmates in the Crow Wing County Jail and serve as part of a crisis response team. The chaplain also visits sick or injured personnel, is a resource for counseling officers and their families and serves as a liaison with other clergy in the community. Lakes Area Chaplaincy needs your prayer support for strength, protection and guidance. Lakes Area Chaplaincy is also dependent on donations provided by individuals, churches and corporations. To become a prayer partner or make a donation, please contact Lakes Area Chaplaincy at 218-851-4563.