The Civil Division serves civil process, the handling and serving of legal and court documents. Civil documents are served on behalf of individuals, private attorneys, the Court, and county departments and agencies.
Division executes processes involving the seizure of monies through bank levies, wage garnishment, and levies of personal and real property. The Civil Division also administers all Sheriff's sales of personal and real property, including mortgage foreclosure sales.
The Investigations Division provide primary investigative services to the rural areas of Dakota County, including all townships. Assist all other police agencies in Dakota County with "major crime" investigations when requested.
The division investigates crimes against people, which are committed by direct physical harm or force being applied to another person. These include homicides, assaults, domestic assaults, sexual assaults, robbery, child abuse, child sexual abuse, kidnapping, harrassment and stalking.
They also investigate crimes against property such as theft, burglary, damage to property, vehicle theft, arson, shoplifting and fraud.
The Patrol Division provides primary law enforcement services to 355 square miles of rural Dakota County. This patrol area includes about 20,000 residents living in 13 incorporated townships and six small cities.
They provide traffic enforcement and conduct initial investigation for complaints and crimes such as burglaries, domestics, alarms and suspicious activities. They respond to and assist with motor vehicle accidents and medical emergencies.
Dakota County deputies maintain order and safety in the courtrooms in Hastings, Apple Valley and West St. Paul. Each of these locations has point of entry screening that each visitor must pass through before entering the courtroom areas.
Dakota County Correctional Deputies manage and supervise the Dakota County Jail’s 263-bed direct supervision jail facility. Upon arrival inmates are searched, booked, fingerprinted, photographed, showered, and are issued jail uniforms, bedding and hygiene products. Housing units are staffed 24 hours a day by correctional deputies who coordinate all of the activities in a particular unit.
The Transport Division is responsible for the transportation of inmates to ensure they make their court appearances and medical appointments. The division maintains public safety while conducting each transport in a secure and professional manner. On a yearly basis, deputies travel about 13,500 miles to pick up inmates from detention facilities across the State of Minnesota and the United States. About 1,400 individuals are transported per month.