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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, St Croix Beach, and Newport. 
The cities that maintain their own police services are Cottage Grove, Bayport, Forest Lake, 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
Scam Alert
The Washington County Sheriff’s Office received a call for service regarding a scam. It has been reported a male posing as a deputy from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office has started calling local residents. The posing deputy requests the citizen to call/talk to the IRS because they owe money. The scammer warns of a warrant arrest if the money is not paid. The fake deputy has is using a phone spoofing number that comes up as a Sheriff's Office Records phone number, but ask you to call back to an out of state phone number.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office, local police departments and the courts will NEVER call residents and demand that they pay outstanding fines or tickets by phone, especially with pre-paid credit cards. If anyone has been a victim of this scam and has not already reported it they should call their local police agency.

LO/JACK program is available to residents of Washington County
Washington County Sheriff’s Office is a participant in the national program called LO/JACK. The technology now protects and rescues individuals who wander from their caregiver. The task of searching for wandering or lost individuals with cognitive disorders including AUTISM, ALZHEIMER’S or other medical conditions is a growing and serious responsibility for the caregivers and the Sheriff’s Office. Without the help of an effective tracking system, searches can involve multiple agencies, hundreds of officers, countless hours and thousands of dollars. More important, because time is of the essence, every minute lost increases the risk of a tragic outcome. That is why the Washington County Sheriff’s Office now offers an effective solution for finding and rescuing those who wander from their caregiver. LoJack.jpg

If you would like more information about this program, please visit the Lo/Jack website tip:// or contact Deputy Jason Stafne at 651-430-7821 or Sgt. Kyle Schenck at 651-430-7864. If you have a client who has gone missing, please call 911.

Press releases

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.