What are the Sheriff’s responsibilities?
By statute, the Sheriff is responsible to “keep the peace,” “pursue and apprehend felons,” “be officers of the court,” “patrol water ways,” “death investigation,” “search for missing or lost persons,” and is the “keeper of the jail.”

Additionally, the County Board has authorized the Sheriff to operate a 911 dispatch center, maintain an adult detention center (jail), operate a uniformed road patrol division, civil/bailiff/transport division, and a water / ATV / snowmobile division to meet the basic statutory requirements of responding to emergencies and investigating major crimes. The Sheriff’s Office also provides canine units, a Tactical (SWAT) Team, school resource officers, and an investigation division to aid us in meeting the public safety concerns of the citizens of Pine Island and all of Goodhue County.

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1. What is contract policing?
2. What are the Sheriff’s responsibilities?
3. What are the responsibilities of the city?
4. Why contract for policing?
5. Who determines the level of policing?