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Frequently Asked Questions

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General Questions:
Where is the Isanti County Sheriff's Department located?
What is required to hold an event on a lake in Isanti County during the winter months?
My electricity is out. Who do I call?
Where can I get more info about my ATV, dirt bike, boating laws, etc.?
I'm leaving town for a few days. How do I schedule a security check?
How do I find out about road conditions?
What should I do if I recieve a harassing or threatening phone call?
When should I call 911?
 
Records:
Can I get a copy of a police report or accident report?
How do I know if the reports are confidential or if they will be released to me?
Is there a fee to obtain police reports or other records?
How long will it take to get my records?
 
Dogs:
Is there a law or ordinance regulating dogs in the county?
My neighbor's dog barks all the time. What can I do?
There is a dog running loose. Will the Sheriff's Office pick it up?
 
Child Custody/Visitation:
The ex has not returned the child from a court ordered visitation on time. What can I do?
I have custody of my child by court order and the other party takes the child and refuses to return the child. What can I do?
 
The Jail & Contacting Inmates:
Where is the jail located?
Can I visit someone who is an inmate at the jail?
Can I talk to an inmate at the jail by telephone?
 
Neighborhood Watch Program:
I would like to start a Neighborhood Watch. How do I get started?
 
Becoming a Deputy Sheriff:
How do I become a police officer or deputy sheriff?
 
Ride-A-Long Program:
I would like to ride along with a deputy. What are the requirements?
 
Permit to Carry:
When can I renew my Permit to Carry?
What is the process for renewing my permit?
 
ID Theft and Financial Crimes:
What can I do if I am the victim of identity theft or financial fraud?
 
Employment Background Release Waiver:
Where can I download a Release Waiver for an employment background investigation?
 


Answers:


Q: Where is the Isanti County Sheriff's Department located?
A: We are located at 509 18th Ave SW, Cambridge, MN 55008-9302, USA. Click here to view a map of our location. . Return to top
Q: What is required to hold an event on a lake in Isanti County during the winter months?
A: In the interest of public safety, the Isanti County Sheriff’s Office has adopted the following rules to hold an event on a lake in Isanti County.
  • You must request a permit from the sheriff’s office to hold an event.
  • You must have insurance for the event, naming all parties involved with the event, as well as naming the Isanti County Sheriff’s Office as the insured.
  • If you are holding a snowmobile race and the speeds are above 50 mph, you will need to get an exemption from the DNR.
  • We will not allow any event to occur unless there is a minimum of 12 inches of ice, even if a permit has already been issued.
  • You must have someone to clean up any garbage or debris left behind.

Permits are free of charge and can be obtained by contacting Bill Guenther at (763) 691-2408 or at bill.guenther@sheriff.co.isanti.mn.us. Return to top
Q: My electricity is out. Who do I call?
A: Contact your electric company. They have dispatchers on duty. Return to top
Q: Where can I get more info about my ATV, dirt bike, boating laws, etc.?
A: Visit the DNR's website at www.dnr.state.mn.us Return to top
Q: I'm leaving town for a few days. How do I schedule a security check?
A: Download a Request for Security Check form and send it to us before you leave town. Click here to download the .pdf form. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view and print the form, get it here. Send your completed form to:

Isanti County Sheriff's Department
C/O Dispatch Center - Security Checks
509 18th Avenue SW
Cambridge, MN 55008

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Q: How do I find out about road conditions?
A: Call 1-800-542-0220 for road conditions, or go to www.511mn.org to get the information online. 511 helps commuters and travelers access information regarding weather-related road conditions, construction, and congestion, via the web - 24/7. You can also view live traffic camera views and access other information that may be of interest. Return to top
Q: What should I do if I recieve a harassing or threatening phone call?
A: If the call is life threatening, dial 911, otherwise click here. Return to top
Q: When should I call 911?
A: If you have an emergency or see a crime happening. For general inquiries you can call 763-689-2141. Return to top
Q: Can I get a copy of a police report or accident report?
A: Many people would like to obtain copies of police reports from incidents in which they were involved, and our Records Department is happy to help you with these types of requests. While some reports may not be available if the case is still under investigation or the data is private under Minnesota's data privacy statutes, most police records can be released with a proper request. Return to top
Q: How do I know if the reports are confidential or if they will be released to me?
A: If you are not sure if the reports will be released to you due to confidentiality or other issues, you can contact Sally Christiansen in our Records department. She will be happy to answer your questions about the release of the police reports you are requesting. You can reach Sally at: sally.christiansen@sheriff.co.isanti.mn.us or 763-691-2407. Return to top
Q: How do I request copies of police reports or accident reports?
A: To obtain any Sheriff's Office records, you will need to fill out our "Request for Access to Law Enforcement Data" form. You can obtain this form in several ways: Return to top
Q: Is there a fee to obtain police reports or other records?
A: To offset the cost of transcribing, copying, and printing records that have been requested from our office, a nominal fee is charged for various records:
  • 911 transcript(s)$20.00
    Photographs (prints)$1.50/print
    Photo CD$5.00
    Audio CD$5.00
    Video DVD$5.00
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Q: How long will it take to get my records?
A: While we appreciate your interest in our records and want to get the records to you as soon as possible, these records often take time to clear for release and get them copied. Our records staff is also required to perform several other daily tasks that make our Sheriff's Office run smoothly, which may also occasionally delay release of these records.

Because of this, we appreciate your patience as we collect your records and get them prepared for release. We ask that you allow us up to ten (10) days, from the time you get the signed "Request for Access to Law Enforcement Data" submitted to us, to get your records out to you. Return to top
Q: Is there a law or ordinance regulating dogs in the county?
A: Yes there is. In 2003 the Isanti County Board of Commissioners adopted an ordinance that regulates dogs in Isanti County. The ordinance includes provisions on kennel licenses, rabies vaccinations, control of dogs, enforcement of the ordinance, and more. This ordinance was adopted by the Board in an effort to "provide for the protection of dogs and also the health, safety, and general welfare of the citizens of Isanti County. Click here to download a complete copy of the ordinance. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view and print the form, get it here. Return to top
Q: My neighbor's dog barks all the time. What can I do?
A: There is no law or ordinance against barking dogs. We recommend telling your neighbor about it. They may not be aware that it is barking and might help you out. Return to top
Q: There is a dog running loose. Will the Sheriff's Office pick it up?
A: No, we do not pick up dogs unless they are causing a nuisance such as defecating, digging or damaging your yard or property and/or appears to be aggressive toward you or others and the owner is not known. A deputy will be dispatched to your residence if you want the owners of the dog to be issued a citation. The deputy will only issue a citation or warning based upon your written statement of what happened. If the dog owner is not known animal control will be called to pick up the dog. Return to top
Q: The ex has not returned the child from a court ordered visitation on time. What can I do? Return to top
A: The Sheriff's Office does not enforce Family Court Orders for visitation. You must contact your attorney for assistance. Return to top
Q: I have custody of my child by court order and the other party takes the child and refuses to return the child. What can I do? Return to top
A: There are different forms of custody, such as Legal and Physical Custody. Visitation is not custody. While the Sheriff's Office does not enforce Family Court Orders for visitation, we understand that this can be a very difficult and emotional situation. An attorney may be able to help you, or you can contact the sheriff's office if you would like the matter documented for you to bring to your attorney at a later time. Return to top
Q: Where is the jail located?
A: The jail is part of the sheriff's office building, which is located at 509 18th Ave SW, Cambridge, MN 55008-9302, USA. Click here to view a map of our location. To get to the jail, enter the sheriff's office lobby area and go down the stairs on your right. You do not need to talk to the receptionist at the sheriff's office before you go down to the jail, as jail personnel will be able to help you once you get down the stairs. Return to top
Q: Can I visit someone who is an inmate at the jail?
A: The Isanti County Jail does allow visitors to come to the jail to see inmates during regular visiting hours. Visiting hours vary, depending on where the inmate is being housed in the jail. Here are the regular visiting hours for each of the jail housing units:
  • Huber/Sentence to Serve (STS)
    Monday1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    Tuesday7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    Saturday6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

    Medium Security
    Monday7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    Thursday8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    Saturday8:30 AM - 11:30 AM

    Maximum Security
    Sunday8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    Wednesday3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    Friday8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
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Q: Can I talk to an inmate at the jail by telephone?
A: Inmates are generally allowed regular use of the telephone, once they have completed the booking process. Under normal circumstances they can call out of the jail, although they will need to call collect or use a telephone calling card. You can also call a special number at the jail to leave a message for an inmate. Inmates will be able to check their messages on a regular basis. The number to call to leave a message for an inmate is 763-689-9004. Return to top
Q: I would like to start a Neighborhood Watch. How do I get started?
A: There are over 20 Neighborhood Watches throughout Isanti County. If you contact the Sheriff's Office we can provide you with a booklet to help you get going. There is also a link on this web site. Return to top
Q: How do I become a police officer or deputy sheriff?
A: The Minnesota Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Board requires all newly-licensed Minnesota police officers to either have a.) at least a two-year college degree, or b.) experience as a police officer in another state or the armed forces. All peace officer candidates must then pass a state licensing exam and attend a minimum of 48 hours of continuing education every three years. Candidates with certain criminal convictions are barred from becoming peace officers in Minnesota. For more information on becoming a Minnesota peace officer, click here to visit POST Board website. Return to top
Q: I would like to ride along with a deputy. What are the requirements?
A: If you are over 18 years old and have at least one year of law enforcement schooling completed, you can contact Chief Deputy Bill Guenther to request a ride a long with a deputy sheriff. You can reach Chief Deputy Guenther at bill.guenther@sheriff.co.isanti.mn.us or (763) 691-2408. Return to top
Q: When can I renew my Permit to Carry?
A: Not prior to 90 days of the expiration date of the current permit. The maximum renewal gun permit fee will be $75.00.

After the expiration date, but within 30 days after the expiration, you can renew your permit by paying an additional late fee of $10.00. During this time your past permit is not valid, and you will not be able to carry until your renewal permit has been approved and issued.

31 days after expiration, you will no longer be able to renew your permit, but will have to apply for a new gun permit. The maximum gun permit fee will then be $100.00. Return to top


Q: What is the process for renewing my permit?
A: Follow these steps to minimize problems processing your renewal:
  • Re-take an authorized firearms training class within one year of your renewal application.
  • Deliver the application packet, not prior to 90 days of the expiration date of the current permit, in person to the Sheriff’s Department in the county where you currently reside, or for out of state permit holders, to any Sheriff’s Department in the State of Minnesota.
  • The packet must contain a completed application, signed and dated, a copy of your certificate and bring in your original to be shown to us, a copy of your license, and fee for the permit.
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Q: What can I do if I am the victim of identity theft or financial fraud?
A: The Isanti County Sheriff's Office is actively involved in investigation of these types of crimes, and works in close collaboration with the Financial Crimes Task Force. The sheriff's office also has an investigator dedicated to working on these types of crimes.

In addition to these efforts, the sheriff's office has also developed some informational packets that citizens and businesses can use if you feel you may be a victim of these types of crimes. You can download these information packets by clicking on the links below, or you can stop at the sheriff's office during business hours to get paper copies of the same information.

Click here for Identity Theft and financial crimes packet, including contact information for credit bureaus.

Click here for an informational packet if someone has given you a bad check.

Click here if you are a merchant and want information on the Isanti County Sheriff's Office Bad Check Diversion Program through Financial Crimes Technology. This site has the downloadable information you need to process bad checks. Return to top


Q: Where can I download a Release Waiver for an employment background investigation?
A: Prior to employment, we will perform an employment background investigation. You will need to fill out a release waiver to begin this process. You can download the release waiver here. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view and print the form, get it here. Return to top


For further information please contact the Isanti County Sheriff's Office at:
General Questions
Tip Line
Fax
(763) 689-2141
(763) 691-2426
(763) 689-3691
Isanti County Sheriff's Office
509 18th Avenue SW
Cambridge, MN 55008

Always dial 911 in an emergency.


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