Sheriff 's Office

Sheriff

Citizen Alert Program


Get alerted about emergencies and other important community news by signing up for our Emergency Alert Program.
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This system enables us to provide you with critical information quickly in a variety of situations, such as severe weather, unexpected road closures, missing persons and evacuations of buildings or neighborhoods.

You will receive time-sensitive messages wherever you specify, such as to your home, mobile, or business phones, email address, text messages, and more. You pick where, you pick how. Individuals who need assistance can register by calling Rice and Steele 911 at 507-363-6464.

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Tip submissions may not be received until the following day. In case of emergency dial 911. For tip submissions requiring an immediate response, please contact Rice County Sheriff's Office.


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Department Overview


The Sheriff's Office has a long history dating back to early English system of government where the “shire reeve” or Sheriff was liaison between the people and the Monarch. The Sheriff settled disputes, dispensed advice, and generally kept the peace of the land before and after the Common Law era. The Office of Sheriff is one of the longest standing traditions of the English law system dating back to the seventh century A.D., and was imported to the colonies and subsequently adopted and democratized by the states.

Today in Minnesota and throughout the United States the tradition continues. The Sheriff is elected by popular vote of the citizens of the county every four years maintaining a direct connection between the populace and the Chief Law Officer of the county. The Sheriff’s Office provides law enforcement protection and service throughout the county, operates and maintains a detention facility (Jail), act as officers of the court provide courthouse security and prisoner conveyance, directs emergency management, conduct search and rescue operations, and oversees recreational education and enforcement.


Sheriff's Office Mission


"Protection with Integrity, Service with Empathy"