About the Sheriff

Personal History


Sheriff Todd Dahl is a native of Minnesota who was born in Crosby and raised in Brainerd. Sheriff Dahl graduated from Brainerd High School in 1983, and went on to 4 years of college at Bemidji State University with a Bachelors of Science degree in criminal justice. In 2005, he graduated from the intensive 2-month FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia. Sheriff Dahl also attended the National Sheriff's Institute in 2008.

Law Enforcement Experience


Sheriff Dahl began his law enforcement career as a part-time water patrol deputy and was hired full-time in 1987. He has served in many roles including supervising our Boat and Water Division and was also responsible for the Dive / Rescue Team as well. He was a long time patrol sergeant and an active member of the Tactical Team, serving for many years as team leader.

Sheriff Dahl has 30 years of law enforcement experience and has attended numerous instructor and leadership development schools. He has been an instructor for Central Lakes College and Hibbing Technical College and has worked as a trainer for the Minnesota Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Board. As a veteran trainer, the sheriff has a passion for passing on what he has learned to his fellow officers to help them excel and keep them safe on the street.

Current Memberships


Sheriff Dahl is a member of the Minnesota Sheriffs' Association and National Sheriffs' Association as well as Brainerd Sports Boosters, Brainerd Area Sertoma Club, and the Special Olympics / Polar Plunge Area Board of Directors. He is a former president and former member of the Crime Victims Impact Panel.