Michigan, North Dakota contracts it's police protection through the Nelson County Sheriff's Department. This arrangement has been in place since July 1984.
The first Nelson County Sheriff was appointed June 9, 1883. Sheriff Josiah Pierce received $4,000 a year for enforcing the law in Nelson County.
Since that date twenty-three men have been elected to the Sheriff's position, including the Interim Sheriff Keith Olson. Those that have served are as follows:
Sheriff's are now required to have eleven weeks of basic training at the Law Enforcement Training Center in Bismarck and yearly in-service training, plus re-certification to carry sidearms.
In earlier years the jail was provided behind the old courthouse for county prisoners. The new courthouse has no jail facilities. County prisoners are now boarded at the Lake Region Law Enforcement Center in Devils Lake, ND.
At the present time the Nelson County Sheriff's Department has five full-time employees.