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The Sheriff's Office's primary concern is the safety and well-being of all persons and property in Stearns County. It operates on a 24-hours-a-day, 365-days-a-year basis.
The Sheriff's Office consists of seven divisions:
Over 200 dedicated staff and an annual budget of nearly $20 million provide a variety of services in the following areas:
The mission of the Stearns County Sheriff's Office is to provide efficient, high-quality, compassionate law enforcement services to all citizens. To achieve these objectives, the Department will constantly strive to enforce laws courteously and appropriately without fear, favor, malice, or ill will. The Sheriff's Office will work with the public, offering guidance and assistance to aid in combating crime and protecting life and property.
It is the responsibility of the Stearns County Sheriff's Office, through Correctional Staff, to ensure the efficient operation and maintenance of a safe, secure detention facility. This facility shall administer policies and procedures sensitive to the humane needs of the incarcerated while acknowledging financial limitations.
Code of Ethics
AS A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER, by virtue of the authority conferred upon me by the State of Minnesota and the local governments by which I am employed, I accept it as my responsibility and fundamental duty to devote my abilities, energies, and efforts to the preservation of law and order; to the safeguarding of lives and property, the protection of the innocent against deception, the weak against oppression or intimidation and the peaceful against violence.
IN THE FACE OF DANGER, scorn or ridicule, I will remain courageous and calm. I will respect the constitutional rights of all individuals, regardless of color, race or creed. I will practice self-restraint and understanding in dealing with human frailties, and I will never lose sight of the fact that, as an officer of the law, I am not the master of the people, but the servant of the law-abiding.
IN THOUGHT AND DEED, both in my personal and official life, I will strive to set a good example to all by obeying the laws of the land and the regulations of my department. Confidential information divulged to me in my official capacity will be kept ever secret, unless revelation is necessary in the proper performance of my duties.
EVER MINDFUL of the fact that it is better to prevent the commission of an act of crime than to apprehend the wrongdoer after the act has been committed, I will constantly strive to communicate to the general public ways and means in which crime may be prevented.
WITHOUT FEAR OR FAVOR, malice or ill will, I will enforce the law courteously, impartially and effectively. Without compromise, I will pursue the perpetrators of criminal acts relentlessly, never employing unnecessary force in making apprehensions and bringing law violators to justice.
I REGARD THE BADGE OF MY CHOSEN PROFESSION as a symbol of public faith, and I accept it as a public trust.
I DEDICATE MYSELF to be true to the trust, and I will keep the faith, by upholding the ideals set forth in this code of ethics.
Unanimously adopted by the Minnesota Sheriff's Association in conference at Duluth, Minnesota, December 4, 1973.