Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
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Administration
1. How do I compliment, or express a concern about a Wright County Sheriff's office employee?
2. How can I get a copy of a police or accident report?
3. Where do I get information on obtaining a Permit to Carry a Pistol?
4. How do I get a permit to purchase a handgun?
5. How do I pick up recovered stolen property?
6. What does a Victim/Witness Coordinator do?
7. How do I contact your Victim/Witness Coordinator?
Bailiff
1. What's the difference between a Jury Trial and a Court Trial?
2. Why can't I have my hearing taken care of in one day?
3. Do I qualify for a public defender?
Civil Process
1. What does the Sheriff's office charge to serve a civil process?
2. Does the Sheriff serve all civil process papers?
3. What is the process for getting a tenant evicted from my rental property?
Communications
1. When do I call 9-1-1?
2. When do I call (763) 682-1162?
3. What happens if I call 9-1-1 from my cell phone?
Community Service
1. What is Community Policing?
2. What is Neighborhood Watch?
3. Tell me more about D.A.R.E.
Corrections
1. How do I deposit money on an inmate's account?
2. How do I leave a message for an inmate?
3. What are the jail visiting hours?
4. What is the "Huber Law"?
5. What is the average daily population in the Wright County Jail?
6. What is "Pay-for-Stay"?
7. Who's in Jail?
8. I need my fingerprints for a non-criminal matter. How do I get that done?
Criminal Investigation
1. What are the most common crimes in Wright County?
2. Who do I call if I have information on a crime?
3. What types of surfaces are best for developing latent prints?
General
1. Who do I call if I have a question or concern about the law enforcement contract or a deputy working in my city?
2. What is "Sentence to Service"?
3. Does Wright County prosecute worthless checks?
4. Does the Sheriff's office collect money for the worthless checks?
5. What do I do if I receive a worthless check and want to have it prosecuted?
6. What type of worthless checks are not considered criminal and cannot be prosecuted?
Narcotics
1. Is the problem of illegal drugs in Wright County better or worse than other places?
2. What is the most common illegal drug found in Wright County?
3. Who would I contact if I had information about some suspected drug activity?
Patrol
1. What services does the Sheriff's office provide for in the law enforcement contract?
2. How is contracting different than having our own police department?
3. How can I contact a deputy who handled my complaint?
Warrants-Transports
1. How many warrants are issued in Wright County each year?
2. Why does the court issue a warrant?
3. How many juvenile runaways are reported each year in Wright County?
 
 

Administration
 
1. How do I compliment, or express a concern about a Wright County Sheriff's office employee?
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    2. How can I get a copy of a police or accident report?
    To obtain a copy of a police or accident report, stop by in person at the Sheriff's Office located at 3800 Braddock Ave NE at the Law Enforcement Center in Buffalo, make a request by mail, or by phone at (763) 682-7622 . The report can also be requested by your insurance company but we must have a signed authorization by you. A fee of $.25 per page for each report must be received before the report can be issued.
     
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    3. Where do I get information on obtaining a Permit to Carry a Pistol?
    View the Permit to Carry page for more information.
     
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    4. How do I get a permit to purchase a handgun?
    The law regarding obtaining a permit to purchase a handgun has not changed. To obtain a permit to purchase a handgun you may apply in person at the Sheriff's Office Monday through Wednesday and Friday between 8:00 am and 4:30 pm Thursday 8:00 am and 6:00 pm. You must be 21 years of age, a resident of Wright County and have a Minnesota drivers license/MN State ID Card confirming your Wright County address. We cannot accept applications sent by fax. A photocopy of your drivers license/ID is required. The permit will be processed within seven to ten working days from the time you make application. The criminal history of each applicant is checked. A record of conviction for certain crimes will be cause for denial of a permit.
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    5. How do I pick up recovered stolen property?
    To pick up property stolen from you and recovered, you must call (763) 682-7680 to make an appointment. Evidence and property release hours are 9:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. No property or evidence will be released without proper authorization and prior appointment.
     
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    6. What does a Victim/Witness Coordinator do?
    This position provides assistance to victims of incidents in which there have not been or never will be criminal charges. These include serious or fatal accidents, suicides, and crimes against a person prior to finding and charging a suspect.
     
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    7. How do I contact your Victim/Witness Coordinator?
    You can reach her by calling 763-684-4537 or via email at stacy.doyle@co.wright.mn.us.

    View the Victim Assistance Program Page for more information.
     
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    Bailiff
     
    1. What's the difference between a Jury Trial and a Court Trial?
    In a Jury trial the decision of guilt or innocence is decided by either six or twelve citizens that were chosen out of a pool of people. They would listen to the evidence and make the decision. In a court trial there is no jury present. The Judge would listen to the evidence and make the decision.
     
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    2. Why can't I have my hearing taken care of in one day?
    Many times you can however it depends on the seriousness of the charge made against you. If you have an attorney you should discuss the issue with them or contact the Court Administrators Office for more information.
     
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    3. Do I qualify for a public defender?
    The Judge makes the determination as to whether or not you qualify. You will be required to complete a form and the Judge may also ask you some questions regarding your eligibility for a public defender. You will know if you qualify or not before your case proceeds.
     
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    Civil Process
     
    1. What does the Sheriff's office charge to serve a civil process?
    The charge to serve most civil process is $30.00 plus $.40 a mile round trip computed from Buffalo. If there are two separate parties to be served the cost is $30.00 per person or business served. There are different fees for other process but the $30.00 fee plus mileage covers about 80% of all actions. Fee Schedule
     
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    2. Does the Sheriff serve all civil process papers?
    The Sheriff must serve all process delivered to him for service, however, about 95% of all civil process may be served by anyone who is at least 18 years of age and not an interested party in the action.
     
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    3. What is the process for getting a tenant evicted from my rental property?
    To evict a tenant for violation of the terms of a lease the landlord must go to the Wright County Court Administrator to get an Eviction Summons and Eviction Complaint in Unlawful Detainer issued. The Sheriff, or private process server, will serve the Eviction Summons and Unlawful Detainer upon all tenants listed at the property. A court date is set approximately 14 days later allowing the tenant and the landlord to give their statements to the court. The court will issue a decision whether or not the tenant should be evicted. If the court decides in favor of the landlord and the person still does not move out, the landlord must have the court issue a Writ of Restitution and the Sheriff must serve this on the tenant. Twenty four hours after the Writ of Restitution has been served the Sheriff and the landlord can remove the tenant. If needed the landlord must safely keep the tenants property.
     
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    Communications
     
    1. When do I call 9-1-1?
    You should call 9-1-1 for police, fire and medical emergencies, to report crimes in progress or that have just occurred.
     
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    2. When do I call (763) 682-1162?
    You should call (763)682-1162 for non-emergencies (to report a crime that is not in progress, or to speak with a deputy about a law enforcement issue). For general questions you can call (763) 682-7622
     
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    3. What happens if I call 9-1-1 from my cell phone?
    Calls made from your cellular telephone are now routed directly to the Wright County Sheriff’s Communications Center. At this time, 911 calls from cell phones only provide phone number information, and do not provide caller information such as name and address that is normally provided when a 911 call is made from a land-line telephone.
     
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    Community Service
     
    1. What is Community Policing?
    Community Policing is a philosophy of policing that brings officers and citizens together to prevent crime and to solve neighborhood problems. Community Policing addresses the root causes of crime and looks for a workable solution.
     
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    2. What is Neighborhood Watch?
    Neighborhood Watch is a community-based program that has been proven to reduce crime. Residents participating in Neighborhood Watch are given information on crime prevention and ways to improve their home and personal security. They watch for and report suspicious or unusual activity they see occurring in their neighborhood. This enables law enforcement to be much more effective in working with citizens to reduce crime and resolve neighborhood problems.
     
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    3. Tell me more about D.A.R.E.
    D.A.R.E. stands for Drug Abuse Resistance Education. It is a 9 week (one hour per week) program for both fifth and sixth grade students taught by specially trained law enforcement officers. D.A.R.E. was created in Los Angeles, California in 1983, and revised in 2003. D.A.R.E.teaches pre-teens the skills necessary to resist drugs and violence. D.A.R.E. lessons focus on providing accurate information about drugs and alcohol, reaching students decision-making, and showing them how to resist peer pressure, alternatives to drug use and way to improve self-esteem.
     
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    Corrections
     
    1. How do I deposit money on an inmate's account?
    Two ways:
    1. You can deposit money on an inmate's account through the www.inmatecanteen.com web site. This deposit requires a credit card
    2. Also you can deposit cash only into a Kiosk in the jail lobby. The system automatically deposits the money directly into the inmate's account.
     
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    2. How do I leave a message for an inmate?
    You can call and leave a brief message on Inmate Voicemail, 763-684-0145.
     
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    3. What are the jail visiting hours?
    Jail visiting hours are as follows:
    Monday-Friday 9:00-11:30am & 1:00-2:30pm
    Tuesday 6:00-8:00pm
    Wednesday 6:00-8:00pm
    Saturday 9:00-11:30am
     
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    4. What is the "Huber Law"?
    "Huber Law" or work release allows a person sentenced to jail to work at their regular place of employment during their normal working hours but they must return to the jail during their non-working hours. This opportunity is available at the discretion of the court and the inmate must pay the County $20 per day for this privilege.
     
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    5. What is the average daily population in the Wright County Jail?
    During Calendar year 2010 the Average Daily Population (ADP) of the Wright County Jail was 124 persons, with an average length of stay of approximately 11 days. There were 3,718 adult bookings and 102 juvenile bookings in 2010.
     
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    6. What is "Pay-for-Stay"?
    There is legislation which allows counties to charge a daily fee to convicted inmates. This daily fee, or per diem, is intended to offset some of the costs of incarceration. In February 2003, Wright County began charging $20 a day for inmate stays. In addition to the per diem rate, Wright County also bills the inmate for a booking fee of $25 and for reimbursement of any medical costs incurred while in custody. Unpaid invoices are submitted to a billing company for processing. Uncollected accounts are referred from there to a collection agency.
     
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    7. Who's in Jail?
    The Wright County Sheriff's Office provides information on adults in custody for public viewing via an internet connection. Jail Media Report is a listing all adults recently booked into the Wright County Jail. The Jail Census is a complete listing of adults currently in custody. These reports are updated and published daily Monday through Friday with the exception of holidays.
    You can access "Who's in Jail?" by clicking Jail Roster .
     
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    8. I need my fingerprints for a non-criminal matter. How do I get that done?
    We do non-criminal/civilian fingerprints for adoptions, gun permits, teachers, and many other reasons. We do these at our Court Holding Office in the court house building at 10 2nd St. NW in Buffalo. The Court Holding Office is open from 8am to 4:30pm Monday through Friday. This office is closed on holidays. There is a $5 fee for county residents and a $15 fee for out of county residents and businesses. For more information call (763) 684-2384.
     
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    Criminal Investigation
     
    1. What are the most common crimes in Wright County?
    The most common crimes in Wright County are property crimes (burglary, theft, criminal damage to property, issuance of worthless checks, etc.), making up the vast majority of all reported crimes in the County.
     
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    2. Who do I call if I have information on a crime?
    If the crime is in progress or it is an emergency call 9-1-1. For any information that is not an emergency call (763) 682-1162 and your call will be directed to the proper person.
     
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    3. What types of surfaces are best for developing latent prints?
    Latent prints can be developed from a variety of surfaces using the proper technique but some of the easier surfaces to work with are clean, non-porous surfaces such as metal or glass.
     
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    4. Who do I call if I have a question or concern about the law enforcement contract or a deputy working in my city?
    For questions about law enforcement services or a particular deputy you should call Chief Deputy Dave Miller at (763) 682-7618.
     
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    5. What is "Sentence to Service"?
    This is a program which places inmates in a work crew supervised by an employee of the Minnesota Department of Corrections. The crew performs work on public or non-profit projects, primarily within Wright County. The projects include such mundane tasks as roadside weed and brush control, to the more skilled and rewarding jobs like the construction of a log cabin in a state park. Participants in this program receive time off their sentences, or perform this service in lieu of payment of a fine.
     
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    6. Does Wright County prosecute worthless checks?
    Yes, Wright County does prosecute worthless checks passed in Wright County if they meet certain criteria.
     
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    7. Does the Sheriff's office collect money for the worthless checks?
    No, the Sheriff's Office is not a collection agency. However, the check writer when prosecuted may be found guilty of a misdemeanor which may result in a fine and restitution for the check as ordered by the court.
     
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    8. What do I do if I receive a worthless check and want to have it prosecuted?
    To obtain the forms and instructions, you may contact the Sheriff's Office Monday through Wednesday and Friday between 8:00 am and 4:30 pm Thursday 8:00 am and 6:00 pm either in person or by calling (763) 682-7630.
     
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    9. What type of worthless checks are not considered criminal and cannot be prosecuted?
    Post-dated checks, second/third party checks etc., checks accepted to hold, checks given as payment on an account, stop payment checks, checks in which partial payment has been received, and rent checks are the types of checks that are not considered criminal and therefore cannot be prosecuted.
     
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    Narcotics
     
    1. Is the problem of illegal drugs in Wright County better or worse than other places?
    Wright County experiences many of the same problems as occur in other counties of the state. The continued growth of the County has also brought with it an increased number of drug-related crimes. While the percentage of persons involved with illegal drugs has not changed dramatically, the numbers have risen in step with our increasing population.
     
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    2. What is the most common illegal drug found in Wright County?
    Marijuana is the most common illegal drug in the County with methamphetamine (street names are "speed" or "crank") a close second. Marijuana has shown a dramatic increase in use during the last two to three years with juvenile users being the most affected group.
     
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    3. Who would I contact if I had information about some suspected drug activity?
    You can contact the Special Investigations Unit during normal business hours at telephone number (763) 684-2368. After normal business hours you can call the Wright County Sheriff's Office at (763) 682-1162 and ask for the SIU.
     
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    Patrol
     
    1. What services does the Sheriff's office provide for in the law enforcement contract?
    Under the law enforcement contract, the Sheriff provides a deputy, fully equipped squad car and all related law enforcement equipment and supplies, prosecution costs, investigative services, and secretarial services. The amount of time contracted for in Wright County ranges from 8 hours per week to 44 hours a day.
     
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    2. How is contracting different than having our own police department?
    With contracting you do not have a local police chief although deputies often work long-term within the respective contract communities. The Sheriff's Administration provides the supervisory capacity that normally is the responsibility of the police chief. We feel this can offer an advantage by allowing for a uniformity of policies, procedures, training and equipping of personnel. This reduces overhead and makes contracting more cost effective. The resources of a larger department also offers more flexibility with personnel issues. Contract cities are encouraged to form local police commissions to work with the Sheriff's office on local law enforcement issues.
     
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    3. How can I contact a deputy who handled my complaint?
    To contact the deputy who handled your complaint, call one of the non-emergency telephone numbers for the Sheriff's Office. Monday through Wednesday and Friday between 8:00 am and 4:30 pm Thursday 8:00 am and 6:00 pm call (763) 682-7622. On weekends or holidays and weekdays after 4:30 pm until 8:00 am call (763) 682-1162. The message will be given to the deputy and they will get back to you.
     
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    Warrants-Transports
     
    1. How many warrants are issued in Wright County each year?
    Each year approximately 2,400 warrants are issued in Wright County.
     
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    2. Why does the court issue a warrant?
    Most commonly, a warrant is issued when a person fails to show for a court appearance when summoned.
     
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    3. How many juvenile runaways are reported each year in Wright County?
    Approximately 300 to 350 juvenile runaways are reported to the Wright County Sheriff's Office each year.
     
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