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Welcome to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office

It is the mission of the Polk County Sheriff’s Office to provide a safe and secure environment for our citizens while promoting mutual respect between the Sheriff’s Office and the public we serve.

James Tadman was elected Sheriff of Polk County in November 2018 and was sworn in as the 24th Sheriff of Polk County on January 2, 2019. Sheriff Tadman has served the citizens of Polk County as a member of the Polk County Sheriff’s Office since 1988. The Sheriff is an elected official serving a 4 year term, and is the chief law enforcement officer in the County. The duties of the sheriff are defined by Minnesota state statute 387.03.


The Sheriff’s Office is responsible for patrolling over 2,000 square miles, including 58 townships and 13 cities. Located in northwest Minnesota, Polk County is geographically the 5th largest county, with a population of approximately 31,000.


Polk County Sheriff’s Office staff consists of 32 full-time Deputies, 10.5 Dispatchers, 5 Records/Clerical staff, and 1 Part-time Evidence Officer. The Polk County Sheriff is also responsible for Emergency Management, which is directed by a Part-time Emergency Manager housed within the Sheriff’s Office.

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