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Stevens County Law Enforcement Units
West Central SWAT
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West Central SWAT is comprised of five county sheriff’s offices and eight police departments including Stevens, Pope, Swift, Traverse, and Big Stone counties along with the Glenwood, Starbuck, Morris, University of MN Morris, Benson, Appleton, and Wheaton police departments.  The team is divided into four sections: entry, sniper, negotiator, and medical support.  The team also includes one physician/surgeon experienced who serves as medical adviser.  The team trains on a monthly basis and is fluent in chemical munitions, less lethal, entry tactics, negotiations, firearms, along with many other high risk tactics. 

Sheriff's Posse
Sheriff's Posse
The Stevens County Sheriff’s Posse was formulated in 2006 and is used to assist the sheriff’s office with specific tasks including aiding deputies during street dances or local festivals, search and rescue, crime scene management, and many other duties.  Members are trained in radio procedures, defensive tactics, and other patrol skills.  Posse members are community member s who possess an interest in serving their neighbors and perform their duties at virtually no cost to Stevens County.  All hours worked are on a volunteer basis or are compensated through payment by event organizers.  ------.  If you are interested in joining the posse, feel free to contact Deputy Greg Reese at or call the sheriff’s office at (320) 208-6500 with any questions.

K-9 Unit
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The Stevens County Sheriff’s Office K-9 unit was established in 2007.  The K-9 Unit brings specialized skills to the Sheriff’s Office which includes:

TRACKING – K-9’s use their heightened sense of smell, hearing, and physical agility to detect and locate fleeing criminals and/or missing children or adults.  The combination of scent the individual is leaving behind and other factors such as detecting disturbed ground the individual has stepped on, help K-9’s quickly locate suspects or those in distress.

CRIMINAL APPREHENSION – In some circumstances a violent person or fleeing felon may refuse to surrender to law enforcement.  K-9’s are trained to assist their handlers and supporting law enforcement officers by apprehending the suspect in an effort to stop any further fleeing.  The K-9 unit is also able to search businesses, residences, or other building to locate suspects who may be hiding to evade arrest.

ARTICLE SEARCHES - Because of their sense of smell, suspects who during flight, sometimes discard key items of evidentiary value.  Items retain human odor for some time and the K-9 is able to locate these items.

HANDLER PROTECTION – Because of the close bond between the handler and dog, the K-9 is able to help the handler when in trouble by apprehending the offender and rendering them submissive to law enforcement.

DRUG SEARCHES – K-9’s are able to detect the odor of illegal narcotics.  When used during a search of a building, vehicle, or open area the dog indicates on the odor, giving law enforcement probable cause to conduct a search.  K-9’s are an important part in the fight against illegal drugs in Stevens County. 

K-9 “Rico” was born in the spring of 2005 in Slovokia.  Rico and his handler, Deputy Graham Holtberg, attended a total of twelve weeks of training throughout the Twin Cities and were certified in Narcotics Detection a PDI (Patrol Dog level 1) in 2007 and 2008 with the United States Police Canine Association (USPCA) Region 12.  The K-9 unit is very active in Stevens County and assists many other outside police departments, Sheriff’s Offices, and other criminal investigative agencies.

For questions about the K-9 unit or requests for demonstrations, contact the Stevens County Sheriff’s Office at (320) 208-6500.