Sheriff presents volunteer awards

ISSUE DATE 10.31.12


Hennepin County Sheriff's Office
350 S 5th St, Room 6
Minneapolis, MN 55415


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Sheriff awards volunteers

On Oct. 26, the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office held its annual Volunteer Appreciation Banquet in Brooklyn Park. Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek thanked all the volunteers for their dedication and many hours of service.

In 2011, Sheriff’s Office volunteers known as Special Deputies have worked more than 20,000 hours.

“Special Deputies are an essential part of public safety in Hennepin County,” said Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek, “I am extremely proud of their achievements and their commitment to serve.”

The Sheriff’s Office volunteers receive rigorous training and they are “sworn-in” by the Sheriff.  These civilians earn the title, “Special Deputy.”  There are more than 100 Special Deputies at the Sheriff’s Office who respond to emergencies, patrol roadways and waterways, work at community events in public safety roles, and provide safety instruction to residents.

Several recent emergency incidents were described during the award event. On August 5, 2012, a four-year-old boy was severely injured after falling from an apartment window in Spring Park. Five Special Deputies who assisted in the response were honored for their quick and professional actions.

In addition, four Special Deputies received a special honor, the Sheriff’s Award of Merit for their achievements as volunteers.

The Sheriff’s Office honored 15 Special Deputies who retired from the program – including a volunteer who has completed 58 years of service! Sheriff Stanek conducted a swearing-in ceremony for nine, new Special Deputies who recently completed training.

Norway Denmark visitors

International delegation visits Sheriff's Office

A delegation from Norway, Denmark, and the U.S. State Department met with Sheriff Stanek and toured Sheriff's Office facilities earlier this month.  The delegation wanted to learn about the innovative community outreach program at the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office.  They also discussed community-oriented policing and countering violent extremism.


U.S. Coast Guard Training

Training on Lake Minnetonka

For several days in October, the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office and multiple local law enforcement agencies received training from the U.S. Coast Guard.

The instruction focused on security coordination and the response required of agencies operating cooperatively. After completing the course, participants demonstrate the abilities necessary to properly use defensive and protective boat tactics.