Volunteer Units

Explorer Post #3641
The Wright County Explorer Post #3641 was established in 1979, sponsored by the Wright County Sheriff and the Learning for Life / Exploring division of the Boy Scouts of America. The Explorer program is for high school aged (15-20 years old) young men and women who are interested in law enforcement in general or as a prospective career.

Training
Explorers receive basic training in police concepts and skills, compete in scenario based competitions at state conferences and assist the Sheriff's Office in various ways including traffic control at parades and civic events, County Fair parking and service, and train to serve the communities in emergency situations.

Ride-Along Program
After completing training in patrol and investigation procedures, radio use, first aid, personal safety, firearms safety and criminal / traffic law, the Explorer may participate in the Ride-Along program. Most of the training is provided during regular meeting times or special training days.  Business meetings also feature guest speakers or field trips on occasion. Over the years membership has varied from about 16 to 25 male and female students from the Wright County area. Applicants must submit to a background process and have no significant criminal history.     

Explorer meetings are held in the Wright County Law Enforcement Center, on Mondays at 6 - 8:30 p.m.

For more information or to apply, contact Sgt Dave Nystuen at Wright County Sheriff's Office 763-682-7622. Or visit Minnesota Explorer for info on the Minnesota Law Enforcement Explorer Association.

Wright County Sheriff's Office Mounted Patrol
The Mounted Patrol is a volunteer civilian group serving Wright County. Their objective is to assist the Sheriff's Office to help maintain peace, law, and order in Wright County.

Duties of the Mounted Patrol include: search and rescue, evidence searches, missing person searches, assistance at natural disasters (tornadoes, floods, chemical spill evacuations etc.), major crash scenes, and security patrol at public events.

Members
Presently, there are 16 members of the Mounted Patrol. New members are not currently being solicited. Members are expected to commit about 10 hours per month to the program. They pay dues and have invested their personal finances to purchase and maintain the horses and equipment required to perform their duties. All members are required to complete training in first aid & CPR, crime scene protection, defensive tactics, squad car procedures, search & rescue, horsemanship, horse first aid, communications and report writing. Prospective members of the Mounted Patrol must pass a background check by the Sheriff's Office, be an accomplished rider and knowledgeable about the proper care of horses, and must own a horse, trailer and appropriate vehicle.

For more information visit our Mounted Patrol webpage or contact Sgt. Annette Habisch at 763-682-7605

Wright County Sheriff's Reserve
The Wright County Sheriff's Reserve is a volunteer organization for Wright County residents, 21 years and older. Reserve Officers assist Sheriff's deputies at various community events (carnivals, parades and the County Fair), water patrol, snowmobile safety patrol, crime scene protection, and evidence searches. Currently the Reserve Unit is providing additional service to the citizens of Wright County by the presence of Reserve Patrols in county parks and throughout the county.

The Reserve Unit provides Snowmobile Safety Training classes for approximately 120 Wright County youth each year.

Training Program
Reservists must be trained in proper radio use, first aid (including CPR and AED), self-defense and firearms safety. Training is provided by the Sheriff's Office. Meetings are held in the Wright County Law Enforcement Center, Conference Room, #2021 at 7 p.m. on the last Tuesday of the Month. There are currently 35 members of the Sheriff's Reserve. Interested persons meeting the listed qualifications can apply at the Sheriff's Office. For more information leave a message for Sgt. Brian Johnson at 763-684-2366.

The Wright County Sheriff’s Reserves are taking application for the position of Volunteer Reserve Deputy until Feb 14 2014. Candidates must be a US citizen, at least 21 years of age, possess a Valid Minnesota Driver’s License and submit to a criminal background check. Fill out an application today.

Wright County Sheriff's Volunteer Water Patrol
The Wright County Sheriff's Volunteer Water Patrol consists of members of a lake community who have an interest in assisting their Lake Association and the Wright County Sheriff's Water Patrol Division to monitor the recreational traffic on area lakes and help ensure the safety and enjoyment for everyone using the lakes.

Lake Patrol
The Volunteer Water Patrol members are the "eyes and ears" on area lakes to provide information to the Sheriff's Office on any illegal or dangerous activity that takes place. They provide visible patrol, helping to eliminate potential problems that might otherwise have occurred. The volunteers also provide the Sheriff's deputies with access to the lake during emergencies and assist the deputy by providing the use of their boats to respond to the emergency call.

Members
There are currently about 70 active members on the Wright County Sheriff's Volunteer Water Patrol. New members are usually recruited by their local lake associations and may be appointed pending criminal history and license checks.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer member of the water patrol contact your local lake association. For more information contact Sgt Brian Johnson at 763-684-2366 .