A message from Chief Sturgeon,
Well, we are certainly in unprecedented times. Even during these difficult days, it’s pleasing to see our community looking out for their elderly and vulnerable neighbors, friends, and family. Whether running to the store for essentials, providing a meal, or simply talking with them to make sure they are doing fine. This is what makes West St. Paul so great.
As first responders, it’s imperative we stay healthy to ensure we can continue to provide police services to our community. My department is taking precautions to make sure our employees remain safe and protected as much as possible.
While most of City Hall is shut down to the public until further notice, the vestibule remains open 24/7 where you can access forms and speak with staff over the phone from 8am to 4:30pm M-F. We continue to have support staff on hand to make sure our essential day-to-day activities continue. From processing requests for police reports to the issuance of permits to purchase firearms, these services will continue but without direct person-to-person interaction.
Additionally, if you contact a police officer, depending on the circumstance, you may receive a phone call instead of an officer stopping out. If we can receive all the information via phone, we will do that. We are just doing our part to help stop the spread of this virus.
We will continue to provide exceptional police services 24/7 during the spread of COVID-19. We remain committed to serving the public to ensure the safety of individuals in West St. Paul. We continue to prepare for the future during this world-wide pandemic and we will handle any and all situations as they arise. We are prepared. We all have a role to play, but I’m confident that together, we got this.
A few non-essential services that are on hold are civil fingerprinting and civilian ride-alongs. We have also suspended our organized community outreach activities through May 1st. Keep an eye out on our Facebook and Twitter accounts for updates to the community.
We remain committed to a high level of service and will continue be there when you need us. For the most part, it is business as usual.
As the West St. Paul’s Police Chief, I am also the City’s Emergency Manager. I receive the most up-to-date information regarding COVID-19 every few hours. We are in constant contact with other agencies including Minnesota Department of Health, Dakota County Health Department, and many other federal, state, and local agencies.
Please keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter pages for important information, as this situation is constantly changing.
I can’t stress this enough, but just know that together, we will get through this.
West St. Paul Police Chief