The Bottineau County Sheriff’s Office operates with the Sheriff and 10 Deputies. Duties include making arrests, enforcing all state and local laws, transporting prisoners and mentally ill patients, serving legal papers, holding public sales of property under court orders, and attending district court. 

Sheriff’s Deputies have the authority to enforce laws in cities and towns as well as rural areas within Bottineau County. While many of the responsibilities are regulated by the state and federal government, the Sheriff's primary role is still to preserve peace and order in the county.

The Sheriff’s Office operates a new state-of-the-art 911 Dispatch Center covering Bottineau and Renville Counties. The dispatch center is staffed 24/7 serving as the primary link between the public and Law Enforcement, Fire, and EMS, with Next-Generation 9-1-1 services including Text-to-911. All 12 dispatchers are certified Emergency Medical Dispatchers to give life saving instructions during an emergency, as well as certified Correctional Officers.


The Sheriff’s Office also operates a new state-of-the-art 26 bed Correctional Center housing both sentenced and pre-sentenced inmates for Bottineau and neighboring counties.

Sheriff Steve Watson

Emergency Dial 9-1-1

 Ambulance - Fire - Sheriff

Non-Emergency Dispatch - (701)-228-2740

Correctional Center - (701) 228-3422

Dispatch Fax - (701) 228-2363

314 5th Street West, Suite 4

Bottineau, North Dakota 58318

Correctional Center Information

  • Inmate Commissary

    • The new correctional center does not allow for commissary or personal items to be brought into the facility.

    • The facility utilizes TurnKey Corrections and Inmate Canteen where inmates may purchase select personal items, commissary, phone cards, and conduct video visitation.

    • A kiosk is available in the Sheriff's Office Lobby to visit and add money to an inmates account. Adding money can also be done via the InmateCanteen Website, see web linked picture.

  • Public Fingerprinting

    • Monday and Thursdays​

      • 9:00am - 10:00am

      • 2:00pm - 3:00pm

  • Jail Visitation Hours

    • Monday through Saturday​

      • On-Site​ in Lobby

        • 1:00pm - 5:00pm

      • Online​

        • 9:00am - 11:30am​

        • 1:00pm - 5:30pm

        • 6:30pm - 10:00pm

  • Visitation is limited to 30 minutes a day per inmate, in 15 minute session blocks.​​​


This Correctional Center has a Zero-Tolerance for PREA offences within its facility and policies are in place.

If you or someone you know needs to report a PREA offence which has happened in this facility you may call the

Correctional Center at (701)228-3422 or you may contact the Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-4673.

More information on PREA can be found at

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