Anoka County residents are invited by Sheriff James Stuart to visit the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office next Tuesday, Sept. 12 from 4 to 7 p.m. for an open house.
Visitors are welcome to stroll through the whole facility to see the office space and technology that county law enforcement uses to solve crimes.
K-9 demonstrations are scheduled for 5 p.m. and 6:15 p.m., but otherwise this is a self-guided tour.
The Anoka County Sheriff’s Office, located at 13301 Hanson Blvd. NW, Andover, is also home to the Midwest Regional Forensic Laboratory.
The Sheriff’s Office includes a number of specialty units. Its criminal investigative division handles the most severe crimes in the county. There is a SWAT Team to help apprehend suspects. If a car plunges into a river or stream, there’s a dive team to help with rescue and recovery efforts. If police obtain computers and cell phones through a search warrant, the Sheriff’s Office has a digital forensics team to find messages that may have been deleted but can still be recovered.
When someone is arrested, there needs to be detention deputies at the Anoka County Jail. This is at the Anoka County Government Center in downtown Anoka but there are holding cells at the Sheriff’s Office.
In incidents when a suspect is trying to outrun or hide from law enforcement or if there is a search being conducted for narcotics, the Sheriff’s Office has K-9s to assist their human partners.
The police explorers program gives 14 to 18-year-olds who are interested in a law enforcement career a chance to work with licensed officers to receive training on traffic stops, search and arrest techniques, domestic crisis intervention, crime scene searches, accident investigations and much more.
Residents will get a chance to meet the people involved in these different fields and ask any questions that are on their minds. There will be a chance to sit in the front or back seat of a squad car, stand inside a jail cell, climb into a dive team boat, look into a crime lab and see a table of SWAT team weapons and riot gear.
The Sheriff’s Office has many community partners that will be part of the open house and bring their own people, vehicles and equipment to educated the public on what their role is, This includes the Andover Fire Department, Allina Health EMS and the Minnesota State Patrol.
Bikes4Kids will be accepting used bicycles during this open house. These donations will be given by this non-profit organization to someone who would not be able to afford a bike. Donations are tax deductible. Bikes that need some repairs can still be donated. They are refurbished by local bike shops before being distributed by Bikes4Kids.
Bicycles can be dropped off in the Sheriff’s Office parking lot from Sept. 4-22.