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Frequently Asked Questions - Sheriff's Office

Questions about Fees (alarm permit, handgun carry permit, civil process, records, boat & water)

Questions about Administration (address, fees)

Questions about Communications/Dispatch(protection orders, background checks, weather info)

Questions about Records (handgun permits, alarm permits, application fees, registered predatory offenders, stolen property, request a copy of an incident report)

Questions about Investigations

Questions about Boating and Water Safety (raft permits, fishing tournaments, boating, snowmobile events)

Questions about the Jail


Administration Questions

Q What address do I use to send mail to the Sheriff's Office?
A PO Box 1119, Walker MN 56484.

Q Is an Order for Protection or Harassment Order issued out of the Sheriff's Office?
A No. All Orders for Protection and Harassment Orders are issued by the Court Administrator's Office. You can contact them at 218-547-7200 for more information.

Q What are the Sheriff Office's civil process fees?
A
click here

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Communications/Dispatch Questions

Q How can I contact the deputy who handled my complaint?
A To contact a deputy, you can call our toll-free number 1-800-450-2677 or local number 218-547-1424. You will be able to leave a message with the dispatcher or be transferred to the officer's voicemail.

Q Who do I call if I have information on a crime?
A Call 1-800-450-COPS (2677). This is our Tip Line, which allows you to remain anonymous when reporting a crime.

Q How can I obtain my E-911 address?
A If you are inquiring as to what your current E911 address is, you can call the Cass County Sheriff's Office at 218-547-1424 or 1-800-450-2677 and we will provide you with that information.

Q How do I obtain a background check on an employee or myself?
A Obtain a copy of another person's Public record. (This link goes to the State of Minnesota Department of Public Records.)

Q Can I call the Sheriff's Office for weather information?
A No, the Sheriff's Office does not have local weather information. Calling the Sheriff's Office during bad weather ties up the phone lines and dispatchers during peak times during which emergencies occur. Your call may be preventing someone else from receiving emergency assistance as quickly as possible. Listen to your local radio stations, call one of the following numbers, or click on the following weather links.

Intellicast.com

Minnesota 1-800-542-0220
Minnesota 1-800-657-3694 (Detroit Lakes State Patrol)
North Dakota 1-800-472-2686
South Dakota 1-605-367-5707
Iowa 1-515-288-1047
Montana 1-406-444-6339
Nebraska 1-402-471-4533
Wyoming 1-307-635-9966
Wisconsin 1-800-762-3947
Brainerd 1-800-828-2570

Q How do I get information on road conditions during bad weather?
A Do not call the Sheriff's Office as we do not have road condition reports. You may call these numbers for Road/Weather/Travel information

Minnesota 1-800-542-0220
Minnesota 1-800-657-3694 Detroit Lakes State Patrol
North Dakota 1-800-472-2686
South Dakota 1-605-367-5707
Iowa 1-515-288-1047
Montana 1-406-444-6339
Nebraska 1-402-471-4533
Wyoming 1-307-635-9966
Wisconsin 1-800-762-3947
Brainerd 1-800-828-2570

Or link to road information at Intellicast.com.

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Records Questions

Q How do I get a permit to purchase or carry a handgun?
A A permit can be picked up at the Sheriff's Office or by downloading one here (click to download carry permit application) or a permit to purchase  Carry permits are good for five years and cost $100. A permit to carry certification course is required for the carry permit. For locations of training courses, please contact the sheriff's office.
Specific answers about the Carry Permit can be found here.
Purchase permits cost nothing, require no photo and the certification course is not required.

A permit will be processed within a week from the time you make the application. A criminal history is run on each application. A conviction for certain crimes can be cause for denial of a permit. In order to receive a permit to carry, you must not be prohibited from possessing a firearm.

Q How do I get a copy of an incident or accident report?
A To obtain a copy of a police or accident report, you may either stop by in person, send in a written request, or fax a request. Your insurance company can request the report if they have a signed authorization from you. Call 218-547-7304 to determine if there is a cost for your request.

Q How do I get an alarm permit?
A Call the Cass County Sheriff's Office at 218-547-7442 and request that an alarm permit be mailed to you or download an application here (click to download). Permits are good for one year (Jan1 - Dec 31). Renewal applications are mailed out in the first week of November for the following year. There is a $20.00 alarm user fee per year.

Q Does Cass County prosecute worthless checks?
A This is done through the Cass County Attorney's Office. Their number is 218-547-7255.

Q I've heard that a predatory offender (sex offender) moved into my neighborhood, how can I find out more information?
A All public information available on predatory offenders can be found at the Department of Corrections website at http://www.doc.state.mn.us/level3/Search.asp or click here to search

Q How do I pick up recovered stolen property or evidence that can be returned to me?
A To pick up property, you can contact Charlene at 218-547-7303 to make an appointment. You will need appropriate documentation stating the property can be released to you.

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Boat and Water Safety Questions

Q How do I obtain a permit for a fishing tournament, boating event, or snowmobile race?
A
Contact Sergeant Erick Hoglund at 218-547-7329.  Permit fees can be found here. Raft permit applications can be downloaded here (click to download a raft permit)

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Investigations Questions

Q How can I contact the Deputy/Investigator working on my case?
A To contact an investigator or deputy, you can call our toll-free number 1-800-450-2677 or local number 218-547-1424. You will be able to leave a message with the dispatcher or be transferred to the deputy's or investigator's voicemail.

Q How can I find out when a Deputy/Investigator is on duty?
A Call dispatch at 1-800-450-2677 or local number 218-547-1424. They will be able to tell you when the Investigator or Deputy you are looking for is working.

Q How can I obtain information on my case?
A To find out the status of an investigation, you need to contact the Investigator or Deputy in one of the above ways. To obtain a copy of your report, you need to contact Records at 218-547-7304.

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Jail Questions

Q Can I call an inmate in the Cass County Jail?
A No. No incoming phone calls or messages will be taken unless it's an emergency.

Q What are the jail visiting hours?
A Male Hours: Wednesday evenings, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Thursday afternoons, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Sunday afternoons, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Female Hours: Wednesday afternoons, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Thursday evenings, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Sunday afternoons, 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Visitors will have a minimum of 15 minutes of visiting time. If time permits, visits can be longer.

Q What address do I use to send mail to an inmate at the Jail?
A Cass Co Jail, Inmate Name, PO Box 1119, Walker MN 56484

Q What is the "Huber Law"?
A Courts and the Sheriff's Office authorizes people to work their regular employment while incarcerated in Jail. The cost is $105.00 per week, payable in advance. They may work a maximum of 50 hours of work. They may work a maximum of 6 days in a row.

Q What items can be dropped off at the Jail for an inmate?
A Money can be left at the Jail Central Control for persons in custody. Items that cannot be left for inmates include books, notes, letters, newspapers, magazines, and any other personal property without permission of Jail Administration.

Q What is the Sentence to Service program?
A Any governmental or non-profit organization may use the Sentence to Service program. It is a program in which inmates volunteer to go out and do community projects and the only payment they receive is a reduction in sentence or reduction in their fines. For more information, call the Jail Program Coordinator at 218-547-7352 or the Jail line at 218-547-2441 or send an email to Mary Tennis.

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