Welcome to Washington County Sheriff's Office

If you are having an emergency

If you are having an emergency 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.

  1. About us
  2. Service Areas
  3. Our structure
  4. Our history
  5. Mission & Values
  6. Employee Conduct

Pioneer Agency

Known as the "Pioneer Agency", the Washington County Sheriff’s Office is located in the Law Enforcement Center at 15015 62nd Street North, Stillwater, MN.

Phineas Lawrence was the first Sheriff appointed to the territory in 1840. We are proud of our pioneer history. Those who have served since have been honored to carry on the tradition of service to the citizens of Washington County.

Employees and Volunteers

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office has 267 full-time employees, 30 temporary/seasonal employees, and more than 150 volunteers. Our employees and volunteers are dedicated to providing services with a high degree of professionalism, compassion and integrity.

The Sheriff’s Office has an annual budget of $36 million, allowing us to provide a variety of public safety services to our citizens.