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In the event of an emergency, or any active event that requires a Police, Fire, or Medical assistance response, call 9-1-1 immediately regardless of the incident location. Please be aware that 9-1-1 calls from a cell phone may be initially answered by the State Patrol particularly if you are standing/driving close to an interstate. To inquire about police reports or other administrative functions occurring in the cities of Cottage Grove, Forest Lake, Oakdale, Oak Park Heights, Stillwater, or Woodbury, please contact that agency directly. View contact numbers for these agencies

Services Provided
The Washington County Sheriff's Office provides police services to all of the cities and townships in the county that do not have their own police department. We also provide police coverage under contract to the cities of Mahtomedi, Dellwood, Willernie, Birchwood, Hugo, Grant, Lake Elmo, Scandia, Afton, St Mary's Point, Lakeland, Lakeland Shores, Landfall, and St Croix Beach.

The cities that maintain their own police services are Cottage Grove, Bayport, Forest Lake, Newport, Oakdale, Oak Park Heights, St. Paul Park, Stillwater and Woodbury. These agencies should be contacted directly to inquire about case reports or for general city police information. View contact numbers for these agencies.

News and Alerts

Citizen Academy

Sheriff William Hutton is again pleased to host another Citizen’s Academy. This year’s class will run from February 5th through March 26th. Get an inside look to what transpires inside the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, meet some of the dedicated Deputies and experience first-hand the daily routine interaction that Deputies have with the public. The class will be held on Thursday nights from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. If you have any questions, please feel free to email Deputy Mark Rindfleisch at . Visit our Citizen Academy page for more information.

Fall Recognition Ceremony

Press releases


Bears Sightings
Within the last month there have been several bear sightings in Washington County. Bears have been sighted in Afton, Woodbury and Scandia.

Bears are attracted to homes and cabins by garbage and bird feeders. Pet food, charcoal grills, fruit trees and gardens may also attract bears. Once a bear finds food around your home it will likely return. 

Never feed bears--They will associate people with food and may become a problem. 

To minimize bear problems on your property: 

  • Reduce garbage odors. Rinse food cans and wrappers before disposal. 
  • Compost vegetable scraps. 
  • Keep meat scraps in your freezer until garbage pickup day. 
  • Wash garbage cans regularly and use lime to cut odors. 
  • Keep garbage cans in a bear-proof container or in a garage until the morning of pickup. 
  • Remove bird feeders in the spring. If you persist in feeding birds during the summer, remove seed, suet, and hummingbird feeders at night. 
  • Keep pet food inside. 
  • Keep barbecue grills and picnic tables clean.

 DNR website on Bears

Key Holder Update

To Washington County Business Owners:

As a member of the Washington County business community, your business name, address and phone number, along with a current list of key holders, is maintained by local law enforcement and other emergency personnel.

We periodically update the key holder roster to make sure we have up-to-date information, including alarm system information, in case of an emergency. Please update your status by following the link to our crime prevention page. Please fill out the form with the required information and return it to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office as soon as possible. 


Sheriff Bill Hutton
William M. Hutton
County Sheriff

15015 62nd St. N.
Stillwater, MN 55082

Phone Numbers:
Business Hours
Ph: 651-430-7600
After Hours and Weekends:

Emergency: 9-1-1

Business Hours
Monday - Friday
7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.