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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 Administrative Division coordinates training for newly hired deputies.  Deputy sheriff candidates participate in a 6-week field training academy which focuses on such areas as firearms qualification, use of force, emergency vehicle operations, report writing, accident investigation, defensive tactics, first aid, and specialized investigative techniques.  The academy includes a mix of classroom and hands-on practical exercises.

Following the academy, which is held at various locations within St. Louis County, deputies begin an aggressive 13 week (approximate) field-training program.  The new deputies are paired with a field training officer and begin working in a squad car.  There the new deputies apply the skills and concepts learned in the field training academy to actual real-world scenarios and must demonstrate an acceptable level of competency before being allowed to work independently.

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