The Court Security Division provides law enforcement services to Minnesota's First Judicial District Court. Dakota County Deputies are responsible for maintaining order and safety in the courtrooms in Hastings, Apple Valley, and West St. Paul.
Appropriate security measures are followed to ensure the safety of every person in the courthouse and so that defendants receive their constitutional right of due process. Deputies provide escorts to in-custody defendants, conduct patrols, enforce court orders, and make arrests of those with active warrants. Each year thousands of people are screened for weapons before entering the courthouse. As a result, deputies uncover many items that are not allowed on the premises. The following picture shows a sample of the confiscated items.