Emergency: All St. Louis County offices are now open to the public.


Information on COVID-19, vaccines and testing




Scholarships Available for Law Enforcement Students

The Minnesota Sheriff's Association (MSA) is offering 15 scholarships worth $2,000 each to law enforcement students.

These scholarships are due to the coordinated efforts of the 87 Sheriffs of the State of Minnesota, and St. Louis County Sheriff Ross Litman is encouraging students in this area to apply.

The amounts were increased this year to $2,000 from the $600 available during prior academic years. Scholarships are available to students currently enrolled in one of the following types of law enforcement program:


  1. Mandated POST "Skills" course.
  2. In their second year of a two year law enforcement degree program.
  3. In their third or fourth year of a four year college criminal justice program.
To apply, students may download an application using the following link: 


The deadline to submit an application is NOVEMBER 19, 2021.


For additional information on MSA scholarship policies, the MSA itself, or the application process, please consult with the MSA directly via this link.







Beginning Tuesday, June 1st, 2021, the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office will resume accepting applications for Permits to Carry in person at your local sheriff's office. Permit to Carry applications will only be accepted in person. Any mailed Permits to Carry received with a postmark after May 31st, 2021, will be returned to the applicant.
If submitting a Permit to Purchase/Permit to Acquire application via mail, email or fax, please remember to include a clear copy of your driver's license. Permits to Purchase may also be submitted in person beginning June 1st, 2021, as an additional option.

Important information related to COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

The St. Louis County Sheriff's Office continues to serve the public during these uncertain times. As always, in an emergency or to file a report, call 911.
Visiting hours at the jail are suspended until further notice.

Sheriff Ross Litman oversees a staff of 260 individuals who work in the various agencies or divisions. The Sheriff's Office staff continually strive for new technologies and equipment that place the best tools available in the hands of quality people


 The St. Louis County Sheriff's Office consists of eight agencies or divisions: Sheriff, Boat and Water Safety, Homeland Security/Emergency Management, Rescue Squad, Law Enforcement Services, Emergency Communications, Radio Maintenance and Jail.

The Sheriff's Agency has five subdivisions: Administration, Patrol, Investigations, Civil/Warrants, and Court Security.

The mission of the St. Louis County Sheriff's Office is to work in partnership with the community, other County departments, and other governmental units to provide enhanced, high quality, and cost effective public safety services through innovation, leadership, cooperation and the strength of our dedicated people.



In emergency or to file a report, call 911.

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Sheriff Ross Litman was elected in November 2002 and sworn in as Sheriff on January 6, 2003.