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Scott County (Minn.) Sheriff’s Office

January 01, 2000  |  by Det. Brian Wondra

Scott County was the first agency in Minnesota to partner with the Victim Information and Notification Everyday (VINE) Company.  It is a free anonymous, computer-based telephone program that provides victims two important services-information and notification.  VINE will quickly tell the caller if the offender is still in custody.  Victims may call VINE anytime from any touch-tone phone to check on an offender's custody status.  Callers may then choose to register for an automated notification call when an offender is released, transferred, escapes, dies, is arrested, or has a pending court date or advanced release.  The service automatically calls when any of those events occur.

Challenges and Strengths

With the county's phenomenal growth, burglaries and other property crimes are plentiful and violent crime against persons is increasing.  The sheriff's office is keeping pace with that growth.  In 10 of the last 11 years, the Scott County Sheriff's Office ahs led all metro area counties in cases cleared.  Statistics like that only happen if you have a professional staff dedicated to solving crime and striving for community safety.

Det. Brian Wondra is an 18-year veteran of the Scott Co. Sheriff's Office and is currently a crime scene specialist.  He has received two commendations, an award for heroism, and was the recipient of the Law Enforcement Purple Heart for being critically injured in the line of duty.

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Scott County Sheriff's Office At a Glance

County population................77,924

Square miles...............................375

Avg. rainfall..................26.36 inches

Avg. snowfall..................52.5 inches

Avg. summer temps.....81.1 degrees

Avg. winter temps.......24.8 degrees

Sworn officers...............................41

Female officers...............................2

Jail corrections officers................51

Female correction officers...........15

Other civilian employees.............31

Lateral procedure........................No

Salary Range

Sworn................$30,180 to $61,158

Corrections.......$27,958 to $39,220

Civilian..............$19,793 to $36,334

Benefits

Health, dental, life insurance, holidays, vacation, sick, longevity pay, night differential, uniform allowance, sworn and civilian retirement plans.

Recruitment Information

Information can be obtained by calling 612-496-8103

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