Sheriff's Office

Ernie Beitel, Beltrami County Sheriff

Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office is responsible for patrolling over 3,000 square miles and protecting over 43,000 county residents. By some estimates, the summertime population more than doubles with tourists who are attracted to the area’s resorts and outdoor recreation opportunities. The Sheriff's Office is responsible for the safety of everyone using our forests and waterways.

The Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office is dedicated to the principles of protection and service. We will work in partnership with the community by offering professional administration and enforcement of all federal, state and local laws, as well as being responsible for the provision of other services to the public through all divisions of the Sheriff’s Office. We will strive to provide professional service through field patrol deputies, criminal investigators, civil process officers, 911 communications officers, bailiffs, corrections officers, records technicians, sentence to serve staff, boat and water and snowmobile patrol officers, emergency management as well as administrative staff.

2020-2025 Five-Year Strategic Plan

Body Camera Policy

Sheriff's Office Policy Manual

The duties of the sheriff are defined by State Statute 387.03

Available at the Law Enforcement Center Records Office:

  • Firearm and Explosive Permits
    - BY APPOINTMENT ONLY 218-333-4187
  • Requests for Supplemental Patrol
  • Sheriff's Case Reports
  • Motor Vehicle Accident Reports
  • Criminal Background Inquiries
  • Public Finger Printing Services at the Judicial Center

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Law Enforcement Center
613 Minnesota Ave NW
Bemidji, MN 56601

Phone: 218-333-9111
Monday-Friday 7 am - 7 pm
Saturday-Sunday 9 am - 7 pm


crime report

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Dedicated to:
Protect the lives, rights, privileges and property of the citizens of Beltrami County