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Patrol Division


 St. Louis County Deputy Sheriffs    Deputy Sheriff Brandon Silgjord in squad car

The St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office provides patrol service to the citizens of St. Louis County. The patrol division is the largest division of the department. 

  • Call Response: Deputies respond to all calls for service within the county and perform a broad range of activities which include investigating crimes such as disturbances, domestic violence incidents, suspicious persons and vehicles; answering calls for assistance; responding to accidents; administering first aid to the injured; transporting prisoners and individuals with mental disorders. Deputies also serve civil papers and arrest warrants.
  • Work Schedule: Patrol deputies work four days/twelve-hour shifts on a four days on, four days off rotation.
  • Special Activities: In addition to their regular duty assignments, deputies also have opportunities to explore interests and develop new skills. These activities include such department-wide functions as: background investigations of potential deputy sheriff candidates; field training officers for newly hired deputies; Boat and Water Safety; snowmobile patrol; DWI saturation patrol; illegal drug investigation; arson investigation; and membership on the Emergency Response Team (ERT).
  • Crime Mapping: The Sheriff offers a crime mapping service that is available to the public through BAIR Analytics' tool, RAIDS Online. RAIDS Online, connects law enforcement with the community to reduce crime and improve public safety. Crime mapping helps the public get a better idea of the crime activity in their area so they can make more informed decisions about how to stay safe. You can filter by type of crime, date range, location, etc.


Area Duty Stations Contract Cities ERT Team Field Training

The St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office maintains an office in Ely, MN.  This office houses three deputies who provide law enforcement services for the Ely community.  Their patrol area encompasses approximately 200 square miles of rural and lake properties.  Deputies in this duty station are often called upon to work overtime.

Outlying duty stations in Cook, Orr, and Kabetogama - The St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office also has outlying duty stations in Cook, Orr, and Kabetogama.  They cover approximately 1800 square miles, composed primarily of wilderness area, with the major population areas being Cook, Orr, Crane Lake, the Lake Kabetogama area, the Lake Vermilion (West End) area, and a variety of other small residential areas scattered throughout the region.  The patrol area includes Voyageurs National Park and a portion of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.  Patrol is done by motor vehicle, snowmobile, and boat in this area.  Three full time positions and a seasonal summer position for the Kabetogama area provide law enforcement services for this area.

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