The McLeod County Sheriff’s Communications Division acts as the public safety answering point, more commonly known to the public as the 911 Emergency System Answering Point, for six municipalities in McLeod County. The Sheriff provides the public safety radio network for Glencoe, Brownton, Lester Prairie, Silver Lake, Stewart, and Winsted police departments as well as fire departments and ambulances in the county.
The Communications/Dispatch center is the nerve center for law enforcement in the county. From any one of three workstations, dispatchers can direct the efforts of law enforcement and monitor activity anywhere within the 503 square miles of McLeod County. There are eight to ten dispatchers who work rotating, 8- or 12-hour shifts, 24-hours a day, seven days a week.
In addition to radio and telephone communications, the 911 Center is connected with the State of Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, Criminal Justice Information Network, and the National Crime Information Center network. These networks provide criminal justice information to and from all sheriffs' departments, police departments, federal and state agencies in the United States, U.S. territories and Canada.
The Dispatch Center operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.