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How do I become a Sheriff's Deputy?
Becoming a Sheriff's Deputy requires licensure by the State of Minnesota as a police officer. For more information, see the Minnesota Board of Peace Officer Standards & Training Web site at www.dps.state.mn.us/newpost/posthome.asp.
Candidates interested in working for Anoka County must complete extensive testing and a background investigation through the Sheriff's Office.
How often does the Sheriff's Office test?
The Sheriff's Office maintains an eligibility roster at all times. Testing is scheduled based on need. All testing notifications are posted on the Anoka County Human Resources Web page. See Current Jobs.
What about civilian and non-uniform positions?
All other Sheriff's Office positions are posted on the Anoka County Human Resources Web page. See Current Jobs.
How do I become a Reserve Officer with Anoka County?
Contact Sgt Wiley at 763-754-4529 or Sgt Knotz at 763-323-5023. Persons interested in the Explorer program can contact Sgt. Schuldt at 763-754-4530.
Who do I contact to obtain assistance/participation with a community/school/church event?
Contact the Community Affairs Coordinator at 763-767-4664.
How can I get Sheriff's Office assistance for a public safety type event that I am planning in my community?
Contact the Community Affairs Coordinator at 763-767-4664.
Who can I speak with about starting a local Crime Watch program?
Contact the Community Affairs Coordinator at 763-767-4664
How can I complain about traffic problems in my neighborhood?
Call 911 and ask to speak with an Anoka County Sheriff's Office Deputy about a traffic problem.
What are the curfew regulations in my City?
See city curfew hours on this Web site
How can I get a copy of a police or accident report?
To request a copy of a report, call 763-323-5134 or visit the Sheriff's Office at 13301 Hanson Blvd NW, Andover, MN 55304.
What is the status of my case?
Contact the Crime Victim Assistance Specialist at 763-323-5128
What should I do if I think there is drug activity at a neighbor's house?
You should call your local police agency. All investigations should start with the local police department.
Who do I contact about possible welfare fraud?
Contact the MN Welfare Fraud Hotline at 651-431-3968 or 1-800-627-9977.
How do I get to the Anoka County Jail?
From St Paul: Interstate I-35 E North. Merge onto US-10W via exit 113 on left. Merge onto I-35W North. Merge onto US-10 W via exit 30. Take the MN-288/7th Ave/CR-7 exit. Turn left on N 7th Ave. Turn right on E Main St. to 4th Ave. Turn left onto 4th Ave. go 1 block to Jackson St. The jail is on the left. There is parking ramp directly behind the jail.
From Minneapolis: See above at I-35 W northbound. OR I-94 to US Highway 169. Take Highway 169 north and across the Mississippi River to East Main St. Right on East Main St to 4th Ave. Left on 4th Ave for I block to Jackson St. The jail is on the left. There is a parking ramp directly behind the jail.
From the West: US Highway 10 to 7th Ave/MN 288/CR7 exit. Turn right to E Main St. Right on Main St to 4th Ave. Turn left on 4th Ave, go 1 block to Jackson St. The jail is on the left. There is a parking ramp directly behind the jail.
From the North: Interstate 35 south to I-35 W. I-35 W to US Highway 10 W- exit 30. Highway 10 W to 7th Ave/MN 288/CR7 exit. Turn left on 7th Ave to E Main St. Turn right on E Main St to 4th Ave. Turn left on 4th Ave, go 1 block to Jackson St. The jail is on the left. There is a parking ramp directly behind the jail.
What are the jail’s visiting hours and requirements?
Visitation for adults:
Saturday, Sunday and Holidays: 8:00 - 11:00 AM and 12:15 to 2:15 PM.
Wednesday: 7:00 - 9:00 PM.
Visitation for families (for children under the age of 18):
Sunday 8:00 - 11:00 AM.
Adult visitors must be over the age of 18 and present a valid photo ID.
Family visits include members of the immediate family only.
An adult visitor must accompany children under the age of 18.
No more than three children per family visiting session.
One adult visitor per visiting session is permitted.
All visits are approximately 20 minutes in length.
Can I send mail to an inmate?
The mailing address for inmate mail is:
Inmate’s full name
Anoka County Jail
325 E Jackson St
Anoka, MN 55303
Incoming mail is opened and inspected.
Photographs or artwork containing nudity or that is sexually explicit, or that contains gang related material will not be accepted.
No packages are accepted.
Magazines, books, and newspapers must be mailed directly from a publisher or mail-order vendor.
Can I give money to an inmate?
The Anoka County Jail provides family members and friends of incarcerated individuals with an array of options for making deposits into the inmate’s account. These options include:
1. Toll Free Number (866-345-1884) – A friend or family member will have the ability to call into a toll free number and speak with a Customer Service Representative to deposit money into an inmate’s trust account using a credit or debit card.
2. Website – A depositor can visit http://www.inmatedeposits.com or https://www.cybersuitehome.com and deposit funds into a friend or family member's account using a credit or debit card.
3. Lobby Kiosk – This kiosk is located in the lobby of the jail facility. The kiosk allows friends and family members the ability to deposit funds into an inmate’s account using cash, credit and debit cards 24 hours a day.
All three options listed above are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
What kind of health care and medication do inmates receive?
Health care for inmates is provided by medical staff at the jail. This includes the determination of need for treatment by health care providers in the community.
If an inmate is under the care of a private health care provider, jail medical staff will work with such providers to continue necessary treatment.
Inmates who receive prescription medication through a private health care provider may continue the medication if approved by jail medical staff. Approved prescription medication for an inmate may also be delivered in its original container to the jail.
Can inmates make or receive phone calls?
Inmates cannot receive incoming telephone calls. In case of emergencies inmates will be notified and be allowed to make an outgoing call.
All outgoing inmate telephone calls are “collect” and are charged to the person being called. The recipient of any inmate collect call from the jail will first hear a recorded message that details how such a call may be accepted or declined. The calling inmate is not connected to the call recipient until the call has been accepted. The charge for a 15-minute local collect call is $2.00. Long distance call charges are based on the location being called.
Inmates being released on their own recognizance are allowed to make no-charge telephone calls to arrange transportation.
Inmates being released or transferred to another facility are not allowed to make telephone calls prior to release or transfer.
Can phone calls from inmates be blocked?
If any person receiving calls from an inmate does not wish to receive such calls, that person may request that the telephone number be blocked by calling the jail at 763-422-6906. A blocked telephone will receive no calls from any jail inmate telephone.
How do I get information about inmates?
The following information about any current or former inmate of the Anoka County Jail may be obtained by calling the jail at 763-422-6906:
dates of incarceration,
next scheduled court date,
and bail amount. You can also search the list of current jail inmates.
Permit to Carry
Where and how do I apply for a Permit to Carry?
Go to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Web site for the most current information about permit to carry. You can download the application from that Web site (Adobe Acrobat format).
Anoka County citizens must apply in person at the Sheriff's Office at 13301 Hanson Blvd NW, Andover, MN. Download the Permit to Carry Requirements / Instructions sheet from this Web site (Adobe Acrobat format. Which city you live in determines where you should apply. Click here for a list of cities.
What are the training requirements and where do I get the appropriate training for a Permit to Carry?
For more information about training requirements and approved training organizations, go to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Web site for the most current information about permit to carry.
What is the cost for application?
The cost to apply for a permit to carry is $75 (valid for five years).
Where will I be able to legally carry a handgun?
The Minnesota Personal Protection Act provides for private businesses, homeowners and employers to restrict the presence of handguns under certain conditions. Citizens intending to carry a concealed weapon are responsible to understand the restrictions included in the legislation. See
Minnesota State Statute 624.714.
What if I already have a permit to carry?
Existing permits are valid until the date of expiration. At that time applicants will apply under the guidelines of the new bill and will be required to submit an approved application packet.
What if I want to purchase a handgun?
A Permit to Carry can also be used as a Permit to Purchase.
Safety for families and children
How can I get information about drug use for my family or youth group?
For assistance with information or community presentations please contact the Community Affairs Coordinator at 763-767-4664.
How can I get information on Internet safety for my children?
See Internet Safety in our Links page.
Sheriff's Office Policies and Procedures
How can I make a complaint about a Sheriff's Office employee?
Complaints about Sheriff's Office employees should be directed to a supervisor in the employee's assigned division. Once received, complaints will be handled appropriately. To see a list of Sheriff's Office divisions, go to Organization and Structure.
Can I get a copy of Sheriff's Office policies?
Sheriff's Office policies are public and a copy can be obtained on request. Contact the Administrative Division for assistance.
Vehicles - motor vehicles, motorcycles, snowmobiles, boats, and ATVs
What are the snowmobile regulations for my city?
Regulations vary by community. For a listing of cities and townships in Anoka County, with contact information for local governments, see the Anoka County Public Officials Guide.
Also, see Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Snowmobile Regulations.
How do I register my Boat, Snowmobile or ATV?
You can register your boat, snowmobile or ATV at any Anoka County License Center.
For questions about motor vehicle registration or Driver’s License information you may wish to try the State Department of Motor Vehicles at www.dps.state.mn.us/dvs/index.html. See also the Office of Traffic Safety at www.dps.state.mn.us/ots
For information on motorcycle safety see www.motorcyclesafety.state.mn.us