Freeborn County Sheriff's Office

Freeborn County Sheriff's Office Serving the citizens of Freeborn County

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Edit: Swimming is now permitted at the beach.Due to Blue Green Algae at the beach, the beach is closed for swimming unti...
06/25/2021
Blue-green algae confirmed on Fountain Lake - Albert Lea Tribune

Edit: Swimming is now permitted at the beach.

Due to Blue Green Algae at the beach, the beach is closed for swimming until further notice.

Blue-green algae has been confirmed on Fountain Lake near Katherine Island, according to the Shell Rock River Watershed District. The district is asking the public to avoid recreating in waters that have a blue-green algae bloom, as certain varieties of the algae can produce toxins that are linked t...

Good Morning-Because of the dry conditions and high winds, Freeborn County is in a burning ban effective immediately and...
06/18/2021
Freeborn County under burning ban - Albert Lea Tribune

Good Morning-

Because of the dry conditions and high winds, Freeborn County is in a burning ban effective immediately and ending at 7 pm today, 18 June 2021.

Thank you,

Sheriff Freitag

Freeborn County Sheriff Kurt Freitag announced Friday morning that because of dry conditions and high winds, the county is in a burning ban effective immediately and ending at 7 p.m. today.

They have been where you fear to be. They have seen what you fear to see. They have done what you fear to do.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀Th...
05/10/2021

They have been where you fear to be. They have seen what you fear to see. They have done what you fear to do.
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They are the ones you call upon on your time of need. They are the ones you cry to during your times of grief. They are the ones you expect to have all the answers. They are the ones you call to be your protector.
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They are the ones you expect to uphold the law when you have been vicimized. They are the ones you cast your anger upon.
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They are the ones that signed up for the noblest of jobs. They signed up to protect the children. They signed up to protect those that cant protect themselves. They are the ones who will show up when called upon. They are the ones who will always run towards the danger.
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They are human.
They are our friends.
They are our family.
They are our husbands, wives, parents, children, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles & cousins.
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They are our men & women in blue.

In honor of National Police Week, I would like to thank & recognize the unappreciated men & women who do the unimaginable, see the unthinkable, & protect the ungrateful. They put themselves in danger every single day to serve the community & keep others safe. Here’s to the Brave Men & Women who have paid the ultimate sacrifice during the line of duty — & Thank you to those continuing to serve & protect. 💙🖤🚔

#NationalPoliceWeek #ThinBlueLine

They have been where you fear to be. They have seen what you fear to see. They have done what you fear to do.
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
They are the ones you call upon on your time of need. They are the ones you cry to during your times of grief. They are the ones you expect to have all the answers. They are the ones you call to be your protector.
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
They are the ones you expect to uphold the law when you have been vicimized. They are the ones you cast your anger upon.
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
They are the ones that signed up for the noblest of jobs. They signed up to protect the children. They signed up to protect those that cant protect themselves. They are the ones who will show up when called upon. They are the ones who will always run towards the danger.
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
They are human.
They are our friends.
They are our family.
They are our husbands, wives, parents, children, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles & cousins.
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
They are our men & women in blue.

In honor of National Police Week, I would like to thank & recognize the unappreciated men & women who do the unimaginable, see the unthinkable, & protect the ungrateful. They put themselves in danger every single day to serve the community & keep others safe. Here’s to the Brave Men & Women who have paid the ultimate sacrifice during the line of duty — & Thank you to those continuing to serve & protect. 💙🖤🚔

#NationalPoliceWeek #ThinBlueLine

05/05/2021

May 3-9 is National Correctional Officer Week, and we honor our detention deputies who perform a tough job every day in our detention center. We appreciate their dedication and service to our community.

Sheriff Freitag

04/29/2021

HyVee showed a huge amount of generosity for all of the employees in the law enforcement center by bringing lunch to us yesterday. They fed all sheriff’s office patrol, dispatch, civilian employees, detention center, court security and all of the Albert Lea PD staff. The food was great and very much appreciated. From all of us at the LEC, thank you HyVee, for your support to law enforcement; not just for lunch, but for all the things you’ve done for us over the years!

Sheriff Freitag

The Minnesota Sheriffs’ Association is holding its annual Cash Raffle and this year, we have a total of $19,000 in prize...
04/27/2021

The Minnesota Sheriffs’ Association is holding its annual Cash Raffle and this year, we have a total of $19,000 in prizes, ranging from $5,000.00 to $250.00. Our MSA trains over 6000 people in many different areas and this raffle helps us with those training expenses.

We will be selling raffle tickets now through Wednesday, 26 May. If you’d like to purchase a ticket ($20 each), please contact me through email: [email protected] or by phone: 507-377-5203.

Thank you for supporting our MSA!

Jess- Sheriff Secretary

Two horses were discovered on the roadway (90th St and 205th Ave) on the south county line, Waseca/Freeborn. If you have...
04/26/2021

Two horses were discovered on the roadway (90th St and 205th Ave) on the south county line, Waseca/Freeborn. If you have information on the owners of these horses please contact Dispatch.

Two horses were discovered on the roadway (90th St and 205th Ave) on the south county line, Waseca/Freeborn. If you have information on the owners of these horses please contact Dispatch.

Heat is typically the leading cause of weather-related fatalities each year. Heat waves have the potential to cover a la...
04/16/2021

Heat is typically the leading cause of weather-related fatalities each year. Heat waves have the potential to cover a large area, exposing a high number of people to a hazardous combination of heat and humidity, which can be very taxing on the body. Learn how to stay safe during a heat wave at weather.gov/heat

Rich Hall-Emergency Manager

Heat is typically the leading cause of weather-related fatalities each year. Heat waves have the potential to cover a large area, exposing a high number of people to a hazardous combination of heat and humidity, which can be very taxing on the body. Learn how to stay safe during a heat wave at weather.gov/heat

Rich Hall-Emergency Manager

2021 Tornado DrillRich Hall-Emergency Manager
04/15/2021

2021 Tornado Drill

Rich Hall-Emergency Manager

2021 Tornado Drill

Rich Hall-Emergency Manager

Today we focus on Tornado safety. On average, 1200 tornadoes occur across the United States yearly, with approximately 2...
04/15/2021

Today we focus on Tornado safety. On average, 1200 tornadoes occur across the United States yearly, with approximately 23 in Wisconsin and 28 in Minnesota. They have occurred locally from March to November, with June and July having the highest frequency of tornadoes in our area.

Rich Hall-Emergency Manager

Today’s theme for Severe Weather Awareness Week is Floods.Rich Hall-Emergency Manager
04/14/2021

Today’s theme for Severe Weather Awareness Week is Floods.

Rich Hall-Emergency Manager

Today’s theme for Severe Weather Awareness Week is Floods.

Rich Hall-Emergency Manager

Today's Severe Weather Awareness Week theme is Severe Storms, Lightning, and Hail.Rich Hall-Emergency Manager
04/13/2021

Today's Severe Weather Awareness Week theme is Severe Storms, Lightning, and Hail.

Rich Hall-Emergency Manager

Today's Severe Weather Awareness Week theme is Severe Storms, Lightning, and Hail.

Rich Hall-Emergency Manager

Severe Weather Awareness WeekRich Hall-Emergency Manager
04/12/2021

Severe Weather Awareness Week

Rich Hall-Emergency Manager

Severe Weather Awareness Week

Rich Hall-Emergency Manager

04/08/2021

Job Opportunity

Patrol Deputy

The Patrol Deputy is responsible for patrolling County roads, city roads, State Highways, Interstates,
conducting snowmobile and boat patrol, enforcing state and local laws. This position responds to citizen
complaints and emergencies and investigation of illegal activity. Under direction of the Sheriff and
supervisors, this position performs general law enforcement work to protect life and property and enforce local
laws and ordinances throughout Freeborn County. Duties include: protecting and assisting the public by
responding to a variety of calls or citizen complaints; responding to emergencies such as crashes, fires,
domestic assaults, fights, burglaries, and alarms; assisting detectives by investigative groundwork for illegal
activity; performing a variety of court duties, and paperwork; resolving conflict and mitigating civil
disagreement. This position must maintain good relationships and assist other departments and other law
enforcement agencies, emergency services and social services.

Duties and Responsibilities
- Patrol Freeborn County to protect and respond to the public while preserving law and order
and prevent or discover crimes. Patrol all areas within Freeborn County, including U.S.
Highways, State Highways, County Roads and Township Roads. Patrol areas may also
include cities within the County that are with or without their own police department.
- Assist local police departments within Freeborn County, other state and local agencies,
whenever possible and practical, with situations including but not limited to crashes, domestic
assaults, fights, burglaries, thefts, special events or other instances that require assistance.
- Performs routine patrol that includes traffic enforcement in cities and county parks.
- Investigation of vehicle crashes, various crimes, and deaths including collection and
preservation of evidence and statements. Makes arrests as needed.
- Prepare reports documenting actions/incidents during the call for service in a timely manner
and serve civil and legal paperwork, including but not limited to Summons and Complaints,
Court Orders, Foreclosure Notices, Orders for Protection, Harassment Orders and
Subpoenas.
- Testifies in court and participates in preparation of court cases.
- Drafts and execute search documents, property, and evidence pertaining to a crime.
- Prioritizes calls for service on severity basis and responds to most severe first.
- Responds to critical incidents that require the SWAT Team.
- Investigate missing persons cases, including but not limited to children and vulnerable adults
as necessary and required by law.

- Conduct search and rescue in instances of lost persons, such as hunters, bikers, hikers,
cavers, swimmers, boaters and tubers. This may also include downed aircraft and stranded
snowmobilers.
- Provide security/transports of prisoners.

- Respond and assists in medical emergencies, fires, and natural disaster situations.
- Works with other departments/ agencies (Fire, other law enforcement agencies, social
services and court services).
- Trains, maintains, and recertifies in accordance with FAA regulations to operate a drone.
- Prepares and instructs course work, files, and maintains paperwork associated with Field
Training/Firearms/Use of Force/Taser trainings.

Additional Duties and Responsibilities
- Acquire and maintain current knowledge of federal, state, county, and local laws and
ordinances.
- Keep up to date with legislative updates, law changes and court decisions relevant to the
performance of duties.
- Attend training as required by the Sheriff and/or POST Board.
- Maintain proficiency in use and maintenance of all office owned and issued equipment.
- Acquire and maintain current knowledge of streets, highways, and geography of Freeborn
County.
- Maintain tactical and technical proficiency with job responsibilities.
While these are the primary focus of the position, we believe strongly in teamwork and employees will be
called upon to perform a variety of duties as part of their role with the County.

Position Requirements

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
- Working knowledge of laws, ordinances, rules and policies effective in Freeborn County.
- Knowledge of modern police practices and methods.
- Knowledge of First Aid methods and techniques.
- Skill in operation and maintenance of equipment and weapons used in activities.
- Effective communication skills, both oral and written.
- Ability to effectively use a computer and various software programs.
- Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule
form.
- Work complexity includes complex and significant variables, which requires analytical ability
and inductive thinking in adapting policies, procedures, and methods to fit unusual or
complex situations.
- Ability to handle a variety of typical assignments and problems under moderate supervision
within standard operating procedures.
- Ability to apply considerable analytical skills to select, evaluate, and interpret data from
several sources.
- Effective communication skills to provide regular contact with office, outside agencies and the
public.
Education and Experience
- Two-year Associates degree in Law Enforcement or equivalent as approved by the
Minnesota POST Board.

Licenses/Certifications
This position will require the acquisition and maintenance of the following additional certificates/licenses:
- MN Peace Officer License
- Emergency Vehicle Operation Course - - Firearms/Use of Force/Taser
- Class D Driver’s License or equivalent
- AED/First Aid and CPR

Equipment and Tools Responsibilities
- Frequently operates squad car, radar, recording equipment, computer, cameras, PBT, and
office equipment. Intermittently must operate drone, boat, snowmobile, ATV, hand held Lidar,
night vision, medical supplies and other County vehicles.
- Intermittently use fire extinguisher and AED.
- Continuously carries firearm, taser, baton and less lethal equipment.

Physical and Mental Requirements
Positions in this job typically require: sitting, walking, running, stooping, bending, feeling, manual
dexterity, grasping, talking, hearing, typing, and seeing. This position encounters unexpected and
prolonged workdays and stress and pressure from dealing with emotional issues, conflicts and physical
altercations. This position is generally light-duty and may require the exertion up to 60 pounds of force on
occasion and the ability to lift, carry, push, pull and move objects, including persons.
This position is exposed to threats, trauma, offensive language, and deadly assault. This position
occasionally performs under tight deadlines and attention to detail.
The physical demands described here are representative to those that must be met by an
employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable
accommodations can be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the
essential functions.

Working Conditions
Most work is performed in a field environment involving working inside and outside of vehicles, buildings,
roads, water bodies, and outdoors. Seasonal conditions can include excessive heat or cold. Potential for
exposure to dangerous situations and angry or violent individuals.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative to those an
employee encounters while performing essential functions of this job. Reasonable
accommodations can be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the
essential functions.

Competencies Common to All County Positions
- Develop, maintain a thorough working knowledge of, and comply with all office and
applicable County policies and procedures
- Demonstration by personal example the spirit of service, excellence, and integrity expected
from all staff.
- Develop respectful and cooperative working relationships with co-workers, including willing
assistance to newer staff so job responsibilities can be performed with confidence as quickly
as possible.
- Confer regularly with and keep immediate supervisor informed of all-important matters which
pertain to the applicable job functions and responsibilities.
- Represent Freeborn County in a professional manner to the public, outside contacts and
constituencies.

Equal Opportunity Employer

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)

04/03/2021

Good Morning,

Effective immediately, the burning restrictions have been lifted.

Sheriff Freitag

04/02/2021

Freeborn County is in a Red Flag Warning burning restriction effective immediately.
*Winds are gusting to 43 mph
*Relative humidity is 18 – 23 %, which is very low

This restriction does not include recreational fires of 3 ft x 3 ft in size, but they are discouraged.

At this time, there is no anticipated expiration of the burning the restriction.

Sheriff Freitag

Address

411 Broadway Av S, PO Bx 170
Albert Lea, MN
56007

Opening Hours

Monday 8am - 5pm
Tuesday 8am - 5pm
Wednesday 8am - 5pm
Thursday 8am - 5pm
Friday 8am - 5pm

Telephone

(507) 377-5200

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