Department Overview

Structure

The Big Lake Police Department is comprised of 16 total staff including 13 full time sworn officers, two civilian records staff, and one part time community service officer.  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.  The Big Lake Police Department is comprised of 2 Service Areas:

Field Services 

Field Services is overseen by Sergeant Matt Hayen, with the assistance of Corporal Joe Kalla.  Our Field Services members provide all front line police services to our residents and visitors including; response to calls for service, traffic enforcement, community policing activities, department programs, the list is endless.  Our officers work 12 hour shifts, providing 24/7 coverage to the City of Big Lake.  Field Services is comprised of; Sergeant (1), Corporal (1), Police Officers (8), Community Service Officer (1).

Support Services 

Support Services is supervised by Chief of Police Joel Scharf assisted by Captain Sam Olson.  Support Services is comprised of members who support all functions of the Big Lake Police Department, the members include; Chief of Police (Emergency Manager), Captain, Investigator Rich Berg, Police Specialists Laurie Morris and Tina Peterson.  Our Investigator is responsible for all case follow up, major case investigation, predatory offender registration, property and evidence management, and much more. Our Police Specialists are responsible for all behind the scenes work including; transcription, records management, customer service, data dissemination, and much more.