Polk County Sheriff's Department: Sheriff Johnson

Sheriff Peter Johnson welcomes you to the Polk County Sheriff's Department Web Page.

Sheriff Johnson was elected to office in November of 2010 and was sworn into office his first term in office on January 3rd, 2011. His term will end January 5th, 2015.

Sheriff Johnson started his career as a Reserve Deputy with the Burnett County Sheriff's office in 1990. In 1993 he was hired by the Tomah Police Department, where he worked as a Patrol Officer, a Youth Services Officer, and a Patrol Sergeant. In 1999 he came to Polk County where he has worked as a Patrol Deputy and an Investigator prior to being elected Sheriff.

The Polk County Sheriff's Department serves a population of 44,205 people (2010 census) and covers approximately 956 square miles(917 sq. miles of land & 39 sq. miles of water). 

The Sheriff's Department is the primary dispatch center for 11 village and City police departments.  There are also 16 fire departments, and seven full-time ambulance services that are serviced by our dispatch center.  Service providers such as State Conservation Wardens, Wisconsin State Patrol, National Park Service, St. Croix Chippewa Tribal Police, and the Interstate Park Rangers also utilize the dispatch center for assistance in performing their duties.

Photo of Sheriff Johnson by Dean Rossing

The Sheriff's Department is staffed with 73 full-time employees and several part-time staff needed to meet the service need of Polk County.  Each of the three main divisions, Field Services, Communications, and Corrections, are staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, regardless of holidays.

The Sheriff's Department has a boat, a snowmobile, and all terrain vehicles capable of responding to any area of the county's vast terrain.

Our jail is a 160 bed facility, built on the "pod" system, that houses pre and post sentenced inmates.  In addition, our jail holds inmates for other local counties as a revenue-generating asset to Polk County.  The Jail also houses it's own laundry service and a full kitchen facility to provide meals to the jail population three times daily.  The jail contracts for a full-time nursing staff to meet the medical needs of inmates.  There is also a large group of jail volunteers who provide religious programs, educational classes, alcohol and drug education, family living, parenting skills, and one-on-one counseling.

The men and women of the Polk County Sheriff's Department are proud to serve the citizens of Polk County.  The department motto, chosen by it's employees, is Integrity, Honor, and Courage.





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