- Our Departments
Sheriff's Office Responsibilities
The purpose of the Brookings County Sheriff’s Office is to provide protection to the citizens of Brookings County. This involves the prevention, detection, apprehension, prosecution, and detention of those persons who violate criminal, civil, state, or local laws. We provide assistance in emergency situations, medical distress, vehicle accidents, and animal control.
- Sheriff's Office
- Detention Center
By contract, the Brookings County Sheriff’s Office provides law enforcement services to Aurora, Elkton, Volga, and White.
The office has 18 full-time and 1 part-time certified law enforcement personnel. This includes the Jail Administrator and Corrections Sergeant who are responsible for the Detention Center and 2 Deputies assigned to the Court House. The Sheriff’s Office also has 3 non-sworn civilian employees. The Detention Center is comprised of 17 full-time Correctional Officers, 16 part-time Correctional Officers, a full-time Nurse, and a part-time Nurse.
Other Duties of the Sheriff's Department
Law enforcement is only part of the work done by the Sheriff’s Office. The department also provides traffic and parking enforcement, welfare checks, emergency response, crime reporting, and investigative services. We maintain the criminal warrant file for the county, provide court security and transport prisoners both in and out of state as well as commitments to the Human Services Center in Yankton. We serve all court papers, including criminal, civil, protection orders, Executions of Judgment, and distress warrants.
The Detention Center, located at the Sheriff’s Office, has the capability of housing up to 84 adult inmates, both male and female. This includes work release and trustee inmates as well. The Detention Center is also responsible for the 24/7 Sobriety program, SCRAM Program, and GPS Monitoring Program.
Concealed Weapons Permits
The Detention Center offers civilian fingerprinting on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 12:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M. located at the Detention Center 24/7 Lobby.
There is a $10 fee to be fingerprinted. We accept cash (exact change), check, or money order. A picture form of identification such as a driver’s license, state-issued ID, or passport is required. The entity for which you are being fingerprinted may require specific fingerprint cards. If this is the case for you, please make sure to bring these, otherwise standard FD-258 fingerprint cards with the BCSO ORI will be provided to you.
For Enhanced Concealed Weapons Permits please review the handout you received from your Enhance Concealed Weapons course instructor and be sure to have the following with you: your certificate of course completion, your fingerprint cards, and a form of ID as described in the paragraph above.
For questions about fingerprints please call 605-696-8300.
The Sheriff is responsible for some forms of civil process. If you need civil process papers served to another party, you may drop them off to Sheriff’s Office Staff at the front lobby of the Sheriff’s Office. You may also mail them to us at 315 7th Ave ATTN: Civil Process, Brookings, SD 57006 or email them to us at email@example.com. Please include as much information as possible such as who you need to have served, any recent addresses or contact info for them, any other identifying info such as birthdates, your name, phone number, address, and email address. If you are a Rental Owner or Landlord and need to have an eviction notice served, please provide us with your eviction notice or utilize our standard Notice to Quit and Vacate found in the “Forms and Resources” tab. Civil Process Fees are due up front for private parties and mileage will be billed after service is completed. Business or Rental Owners and Law Firms are not required to pay the Civil Process Fees up front and will be billed these fees along with mileage after service is completed. Civil Fees are as follows below:
- Standard Civil Process Fees - $50 plus mileage
- A second person served at the same location and same time or substituted papers - $25 plus mileage (mileage is charged for each civil service)
- Subpoenas - $20 plus mileage
Mileage Fees and Schedule:
Miles are charged at $0.50 per mile and a standard round-trip calculation is used for the following cities and rural areas
- City and rural Brookings – 10 miles round trip, per trip
- City and rural Aurora – 12 miles round trip, per trip
- City and rural Arlington – 40 miles round trip, per trip
- City and rural Bruce – 28 miles round trip, per trip
- City and rural Elkton – 40 miles round trip, per trip
- City and rural Sinai – 34 miles round trip, per trip
- City and rural Volga – 14 miles round trip, per trip
- City and Rural White – 30 miles round trip, per trip