Posted by Sheriff Jack Serier, October 17, 2018

What does the Sheriff do?

As Sheriff of Ramsey County, I have the opportunity to talk with a lot of people.  In fact, it is part of our mission to continually engage with the people we serve.

One question I am frequently asked is, “what does the Sheriff do anyway?”  Good question!  I want to share with you what our office is responsible for but more importantly, I’d like to talk about our core mission of service and connection with the community and the values that inspire us every day.  After all, you can talk about your job description and values but what you actually do to make a positive difference in your community is what really matters.

  • Oversees 450 employees

Our greatest asset and our strongest connection to the communities we serve are our employees.  At the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office, we hire for character first.  Everything we do is founded on the core values of respect, responsibility, honor and truth. It is my role as sheriff to make sure that every member of the Sheriff’s Office is living out these traits every day.  You will hear more from me in future emails about what it means to hire for character and how we operate every day within these core values.

  • Manages a $57 million-dollar budget

I believe in responsible management of the public funds with which I am entrusted.  In my time as sheriff, I came in under budget even while dealing with staffing shortages and high overtime costs at the jail.

  • Operates the Ramsey County jail

In the last year, we corrected historical structural problems with jail staffing, hiring 37 more people.  This relieved the existing staff giving them more time to spend with their families and alleviated overtime costs.  The Corrections Officers who work in the jail operate with calm professionalism, entrusted with the care and safety of those in their charge.

  • Provides policing services to 7 cities in Ramsey County

If you live in Arden Hills, Falcon Heights, Little Canada, North Oaks, Shoreview, Vadnais Heights or White Bear Township, the Sheriff’s Office is your police department.  Whether it is working proactively within and for these communities or responding in times of crisis, our deputies are committed to operating with integrity.

  • Collaborates with law enforcement partners in the county and across the region

  • Protects our Courts and waterways

  • Administers warrants and civil process


Posted by Sheriff Jack Serier, October 14, 2018

Respect, Responsibility, Honor, Truth

These are the core values that are the cornerstone of everything we do at the Sheriff’s Office. Today, I want to talk about what it actually means to run an organization grounded in these principles and how doing so has transformed the Sheriff’s Office and become a model for policing nationwide.

First, let’s talk about what the four core values mean to us at the Sheriff’s Office.

  • Respect:  For the people you serve, yourself, and the organization you represent.

  • Responsibility:  To your community, the law, for peace keeping and to your state and nation’s constitutions.

  • Honor:  To your oath of office, protecting those who cannot defend themselves, and giving your best in public service-no matter what the task.

  • Truth:  Our transparency with the public, in dealing with co-workers, improving process and in our engagement with our system of justice.



Posted by Sheriff Jack Serier, September 4, 2018

Expecting the Best from Ourselves in Law Enforcement

Community expectations must be high for law enforcement.  While we should hold our expectations high for industry, other parts of government, and schools; we should hold law enforcement in a special place in our society.  This special place should not be one where we are immune from the highest standards, but one where we are absolutely held to the highest standards by the public.  We hold a social contract with the community.

Law enforcement is the only group in American society who at a moment’s notice can deprive people of free movement and exert government power including the use of force.  We are the stewards of a sacred trust. We cannot let society down in this role.  When we do, we erode the public’s trust of law enforcement, and I believe, in other government intuitions as well.

Instead, people at all levels of law enforcement agencies must first hold ourselves to the highest standards. Positive peer pressure for positive outcomes.  We also must engage communities in addressing their real concerns about the criminal justice system and include them in creating solutions. 

The real secret to great policing in America is not a secret at all.  It is about focusing on what is important to communities and holding ourselves as law enforcement professionals to high standards to achieve them.


Posted by Sheriff Jack Serier, August 25, 2018

A Heart of Service

A heart of service is at the core of what we are all about at the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office.  Each day our staff assist people in their hour of need.  Because the need is there, we must be always thinking about how we help others first – how to demonstrate our heart of service.

Working in law enforcement for almost 30 years, I have seen a lot of people who are at their wits end with bad things that have happened.  Without really thinking about what you are witnessing, you can convert seeing someone’s personal struggles into a belief that the world is a very negative place.    

What we are really seeing is personal misfortune or victimization depending on the situation. Yes, there can be negativity at times, but there are also people present in these situations who need our help.  That’s why a heart of service is so very important at these moments.  

At the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office we look to hire, promote, and reward staff who find ways to serve the public each day.  If your heart is not committed to serving others, you will fall short of what others need and what the community expects of us.  A heart of service allows those in uniform to look past negativity and help to create a path to healing and wellness for a person, a family, or a whole community.  

Click here read about how the Ramsey County Sheriff's Office brings a Heart of Service to all we do.