The mission of the Rice County Sheriff's Office is to proactively protect the residents of Rice County through empathetic service that preserves public trust.
In Minnesota, the sheriff is elected 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.
Get alerted about emergencies and other important community news: sign up for our Emergency Alert Program. It provides critical information quickly in situations, including severe weather, unexpected road closures, missing persons and evacuations of buildings or neighborhoods. Time-sensitive messages delivered to wherever you specify. Individuals needing assistance can call Rice and Steele 911 at 507-334-4391.