Winsted Police Dept.
Winsted Police Chief Justin Heldt addressed the city council during a meeting.

Winsted Police Department

The Winsted Police Department’s current members include Police Chief Justin Heldt and three full-time police officers (James Lammers, Tyler Bruns, and Dylan, Reiner).

The Department is located at Winsted’s City Hall at 201 First Street North.

In addition to office space at city hall, the department has an interview room where people can report crimes or be questioned about crimes. The room has equipment available to document the interview on tape – both audio and visual. The police department is also equipped with a secure evidence/prep room, and a two-stall garage. This police garage has been designed so that it can securely store vehicles for evidence processing. Currently, the police department has three squad cars for patrol use.

This is Heldt’s ninth year as part of the Winsted Police Department. He became police chief in 2014. Officer Lammers is in his eighth year of employment with the city, and Officer Bruns is in his second year of employment with the city. In addition to these full-time officers, the city has one reserve officer (Al Melquist), and a roster of seven part-time officers who help provide the city with police services when needed.

Some of the programs that the Winsted Police Department is involved with include Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE), National Night Out, child fingerprinting, a bike safety program at Holy Trinity and Winsted elementary schools, talks to students on any other safety issues the school might request, talks with the Boy Scouts and Girls Scouts to enable them to earn their merit badges, and other community safety talks throughout the year.

In addition to his job as police chief, Heldt is also Winsted’s emergency management director. As the director, he works with the Winsted City Council to have a plan in place for disaster response and for conducting at least one emergency drill a year.

Chief Deputy Tim Langenfeld and Sheriff Scott Rehmann of the McLeod County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff Scott Rehmann of Winsted is the 26th sheriff of McLeod County.

As the sheriff, he is the chief law enforcement officer of McLeod County and is responsible for both common and statutory law to keep and preserve the peace of the county. In addition, the sheriff is an officer of the McLeod County District Court and has charge and custody of the county jail.

McLeod County employs 25 full-time and 10 part-time deputies, who patrol an area of 503 square miles.

The county is comprised of 14 townships and nine cities, with a total population of 36,651. The county seat is Glencoe.

Major highways that run through the county include US Highway 212, and State Highways 7, 15, and 22.

Communications Division

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.