Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office has increased
the number of deputies patrolling downtown Minneapolis. In partnership with the
Minneapolis Police Department, deputies work into bar close hours from 7 p.m.
to 3 a.m. Previously, the deputies
were walking the beat between 1 p.m. and 9 p.m. Additionally, the Sheriff’s Office has doubled the number of deputies deployed to downtown.
Each summer, the Sheriff’s Office
partners with the Minneapolis Police Department, Metro Transit Police, and the
Downtown Improvement District on a program called, SafeZone. The goal is to keep the downtown safe for
people, who work, live, shop and visit downtown. Sheriff’s Office deputies and
law enforcement officers from the other partner agencies will walk the downtown
beat in a proactive, high-profile effort to prevent crime and respond to public
The Hennepin County’s
Sheriff’s Office and the Department of Veteran’s Affairs are investigating an
incident in which a grave site was significantly disturbed at the Ft. Snelling
National Cemetery in Minneapolis.
On July 12, a maintenance worker
discovered that one grave site had been disturbed. A significant amount of ground and soil had
been removed. The decedent was a veteran of
the World War II-era. He had been buried
at the cemetery in the 1970’s.
“This is the final resting
place and a place of honor for the men and women who have served our country,”
said Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek, “For anyone to desecrate a grave site
here, it is not only a disturbing crime, it is extremely disrespectful to all
military veterans and their families.”
The person or persons
responsible for this crime could face felony-level charges. Anyone with information is urged to call the
Sheriff’s Office at 763-525-6216 or call 911.
The Sheriff’s Office worked
in connection with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) during
Operation Dry Water. The operation was designed
to both remove intoxicated boat operators and educate people about the hazards
of piloting a boat while drunk.
At the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office, deputies and special deputy volunteers took part in the stepped up enforcement effort on
Sheriff Stanek reminds boat operators to
designate a sober operator prior to your day of boating. This phase of the
Operation Dry Water campaign has concluded but efforts to educate boaters and
to stop impaired boating will continue everyday throughout the lakes and rivers of Hennepin
So far this year, the Sheriff's Office has made 40 Boating While Intoxicated arrests.
On July 12, the Hennepin County Sheriff
Foundation in partnership with the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Twin
Cities hosted the 5th Annual Hooked on Fishing Not on Drugs
Sheriff's deputies, special deputy volunteers, and professional bass anglers go fishing with kids on Lake Minnetonka for the day. The experience
reinforces personal development and positive life skills and connects kids with
This year, more than a dozen kids took part -- and they caught some really big fish. For some participants, this was their first time fishing.
The Hennepin County Sheriff Foundation is a non-profit organization that supports youth programming and supports Sheriff's Office volunteer units.