The Freeborn County Sheriff’s Office employs 13 full time deputies who work in the capacity of a Road Patrolmen. They have obtained at least an Associates Degree in Law Enforcement and passed the MN State exam to gain their Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) license. They continue with on going training and education each year to keep their license current.
The Road Patrolmen division is further broken down into 4 groups. There is one patrolman whose main duty is courtroom security, one patrolman whose main duty is civil process, and one patrolman who is assigned to the drug task force.
The remaining ten patrolmen are responsible for the “heart” of the patrol work. This includes responding to emergency calls, taking citizen complaints, providing security of the towns and homes within Freeborn County, monitoring the traffic on roadways, serving arrest/search warrants and investigating crimes. These ten patrolmen will also assist with the court security, civil process, and drug investigations.
Each of the patrolmen is assigned their own take-home patrol car. This enables them to respond to call-out situations quicker and more efficiently, enables them to have a larger scale saturation of patrol efforts or emergency response, and allows them to be responsible for their own equipment.
In the winter months the patrolmen have the opportunity to patrol the Freeborn County Area Snowmobile Trails on the Sheriff’s Office snowmobiles. During the summer they may be seen on the ATV’s or in the boat. The Freeborn County Sheriff’s Office also has a part-time deputy whose duty is water patrol.
The patrolmen provide 24 hour coverage to the citizens of Freeborn County. They cover all 720 square miles, 14 incorporated towns, 20 townships, and all types of roads. The patrolmen will work and travel on county roads, township roads, city streets, state highways, and also both Interstates that pass through the county. The patrolmen will enforce the laws in every part of the county whether it is in town, on the highway, or even on the lakes.