Department Overview


The Big Lake Police Department is comprised of 15 total full time staff including 13 sworn officers, and two civilian members.  All of our sworn officers are expected to report to duty with the expectation they will serve providing front line police services.  The Big Lake Police Department is very active, averaging over 12,000 calls for service per year.  The members assigned to Field Services, are truly the backbone of our department and the faces many of our community members will see.

Administrative Services 

Chief of Police Joel Scharf, Captain Sam Olson, and Police Specialists Laurie Morris and Tina Peterson serve to support all functions of the Big Lake Police Department.

Field Services 

Supervised by Sergeant Matt Hayen, with the assistance of Corporal Joe Kalla, provide all front line police services to our residents and visitors.  Our officers work 12 hour shifts, providing 24/7 coverage to the City of Big Lake.

Investigative Services  

Investigator Rich Berg serves as the departments Investigator.  Investigator Berg is responsible for all case follow up, major case investigation, predatory offender registration, property and evidence management, and much more.

Support Services 

Corporal Joe Kalla and Officer Nic Prigge oversee our Reserve Officer Program.  The Big Lake Police Department Reserve Officer Program is comprised of 10 volunteer Reserve Police Officer who provide support services for; parking enforcement, patrol, security for community events, and much more.