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The Washington County Sheriff’s Office Investigative Division primarily investigates felony level crimes in all areas that utilize the Sheriff’s Office as their law enforcement agency, while also providing assistance to partnering agencies throughout Washington County.
The Washington County Sheriff’s Office strives to provide high-quality law enforcement services to the public we serve. While each crime that is reported is evaluated thoroughly for evidence and solvability factors, not every crime reported is assigned to a detective. Detectives working in the Investigations Division are assigned cases through a variety of means; including calls from patrol, direct calls to scenes, referrals from other law enforcement agencies or community services, and through assignment by the Detective Sergeant or Division Commander.
The General Investigative Unit primarily investigates felony level crimes in all areas that utilize the Sheriff’s Office as their law enforcement agency. This unit is also available to assist all local law enforcement agencies throughout Washington County. Some types of crimes that are investigated are homicides, assaults, burglaries and thefts.
The most common forms we encounter and investigate in Washington County are sex trafficking and labor trafficking.
What is Sex Trafficking and Labor Trafficking?
What are some of the ways traffickers control their victims?
How do you identify a trafficking victim?
- Can the person come and go as they please, or do they seem to look for permission?
- Does the person work excessively long and/or unusual hours?
- Are their unusual physical security measures present around a premises? Are their bars on the windows, security cameras, constant surveillance, fencing?
- Does the person avoid eye contact and/or seems unwilling or unable to speak for themselves?
- Does the individual control his/her own identification documents?
What should I do if I suspect a potential human trafficking situation?
To report welfare fraud occurring in Washington County
To report Medicaid provider fraud, please contact Minnesota Department of Human Services: