I'm Joseph Banks and I'm running for Hennepin County Sheriff.



With more than 20 years of service, I've worked in many law enforcement roles, and built my career from the ground up.

I started my law enforcement career in south suburban Robbins, Illinois as Police Explorer and then Explorer Post Commander. After joining the United States Marine Reserves, I returned home where I started my first law enforcement job as a Police Dispatcher and became a part-time Police Officer.

I moved to Minnesota in 1993, where I worked armed Security while studying for my law enforcement degree. While attending Central Lakes College in Brainerd, Minnesota, I served in the Minnesota Army National Guard. I graduated from Central Lakes College with a degree in Criminal Justice.

In 2005, I started working for the Lower Sioux Police Department until I accepted a position as Chief of Police with the Upper Sioux Police Department. I then served as the Chief of Police for Morton, Minnesota. I then returned to the Lower Sioux Police Department where I was the Chief Investigator and the acting Chief of Police.





1. Department transparency, accountability, find alternatives and be actively involved in use of force investigations involving law enforcement agencies in Hennepin County.


2. We as a County agency must maximize our resources within the county limits. Hennepin County should not divert resources and interfere with Standing Rock and the Indigenous peoples land rights. The County Sheriff can better coordinate with local law enforcement agencies when tragedies, like the murder of Jamar Clark, occur.


3. Expand Community-Based programming and build relationships between law enforcement and community members.


4. Find better ways to serve, inform, and uplift undocumented immigrants in Hennepin County. 


5. Work to develop policies within the Sheriff's Department to improve and serve as a model for diversity and promotion of POCI, LGBTQIA, and religiously diverse staff, internally and throughout other law enforcement agencies in the county.



Working toward a better tomorrow for ALL.


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