Wright County began offering contract law enforcement services in 1970 in the city of Cokato. The cities of Waverly, Delano and Monticello followed shortly thereafter. Presently the Wright County Sheriff's Office provides contract law enforcement services to 13 of the 16 cities in Wright County. Only the Wright County cities of Annandale, Buffalo and Howard Lake have their own police departments.
Wright County cities that contract law enforcement coverage through the Sheriff’s Office pay an hourly fee ($86.75 for 2023) as set by the County Board. Several factors impact contracted hours of coverage that include, but are not limited to, population and calls for service. The hourly rate includes the salary and benefits for the assigned deputy, the fully equipped squad car and all related law enforcement equipment and supplies, prosecution costs, investigative services, and secretarial services.