About the Division
The Regional Special Services Division is responsible for law enforcement and public safety services that involve multiple agencies, joint investigations, and regional partners that have a county-wide impact. This division is also responsible for contract negotiations, labor and union relations, and the Employee Assistance Program. Regional Special Services Division is led by the Chief Deputy. The Chief Deputy reports to the Sheriff and serves as the second in command of the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office.
The Watch Commander ensures the continued operations of the Sheriff’s Office beyond regular office hours by monitoring operations, advising staff on matters of policy and procedure, performing inspections, reviewing activities/reports and arrests, and notifying personnel of issues and incidents. Watch Commanders work during the evening and early morning hours, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year.
The Apprehension Unit serves and executes arrest warrants issued by Ramsey County District Court (Second Judicial District) and other jurisdictions. This unit also has deputies assigned to the United States Marshals Service East Metro Fugitive Taskforce and the Minnesota Department of Corrections Fugitive Taskforce.
Special Investigations Unit (SIU)
The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) investigates crimes that occur on county property and at county facilities, such as the Courthouse, Government Centers, parks, and waterways. SIU also investigates complex criminal cases including those that cross jurisdictional boundaries.
In addition, SIU tracks and monitors career criminals; assembles and shares criminal intelligence; works proactive investigations in cooperation with metro area law enforcement agencies; and dedicates deputies to multi agency taskforces combating terrorism and internet crimes against children. SIU also provides investigative assistance and technical expertise to other divisions in the Sheriff’s Office and for agencies throughout the state.
Ramsey Tactical Information Center (RTIC)
The Ramsey Tactical Information Center (RTIC), a joint-effort with the Saint Paul Police Department, is designed to provide live, on-demand information to law enforcement agencies in Ramsey County as a supplement to the Emergency Communications Center (ECC). RTIC monitors calls for service and disseminates additional information to law enforcement officers in the field.
Violent Crime Enforcement Team (VCET)
The Violent Crime Enforcement Team (VCET) is an East Metro multi-agency law enforcement taskforce comprised of officers from Saint Paul, Roseville, Maplewood, White Bear Lake, and New Brighton Police Departments and deputies from the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office. VCET, working with the United States Drug Enforcement Administration and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, targets enforcement efforts on narcotics distributors, violent offenders, gang members, and career criminals to stop the flow of narcotics and weapons to our region.
VCET also works in partnership with the Ramsey County Attorney’s Office and the Minnesota National Guard’s counter-drug taskforce. VCET also provides assistance to other agencies and offers public education on drug, gang and violent offender awareness to our community.
Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT Team)
The Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team is a regional response team composed of highly trained deputies and officers from the Sheriff’s Office, Maplewood Police Department, Mounds View Police Department, and the White Bear Lake Police Department. When called upon, the SWAT provides tactical assistance during critical incidents. This team’s mission is to bring a peaceful resolution to high-risk situations while maintaining the highest regard for human life and property.
Circumstances where SWAT may be deployed include: hostage situations, barricaded suspect situations, active shooter/sniper events, dignitary protection details, high risk warrant service, civil disturbances, and tactical training for Sheriff’s Office and other agencies.
Employee Assistance Program
The Regional Special Services Division administers the Employee Assistance Program (EAP). EAP promotes the emotional wellbeing of all employees and their families by providing a variety of services. Confidential services include individual counseling, family counseling, stress management, trauma counseling, critical incident debriefing, work place issue counseling, crisis response, and professional concerns. The EAP Peer Support Program offers informal confidential assistance via specifically trained colleagues.
The Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office Employee Assistance Program was established by Sheriff Matt Bostrom.
Contract Negotiations and Labor and Union Relations
The Sheriff’s Office works closely with the Labor Relations Division of Human Resources to negotiate and administer the collective bargaining agreements between the county and the union representatives and members. The Sheriff’s Office also works closely with union representatives on labor relations, including bargaining, unit determination, policy development, and grievance resolution.
Ramsey County Sheriff's Office
Regional Special Services Division
425 Grove Street
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55101
By appointment only
The Regional Special Services Division delivers specialized law enforcement capabilities to the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office and supports other agencies throughout the region with those capabilities.