Safety and Justice

Safety and Justice consists of five departments:  County Attorney’s Office, Sheriff’s Office, Emergency Communications, Medical Examiner and Emergency Management & Homeland Security. The Service Team and its departments focuses on initiatives and projects that work toward enhancing the wellbeing of residents through effective public safety and justice services to keep all residents and visitors safe. The team also provides support functions for the Second Judicial District Court and contracts for some legal services for our residents.

Service Team staff turnover rate between white, Black, Hispanic, Asian and American Indian employees

A diverse, inclusive workforce is essential to earning the trust in the communities we serve. We do this through:
  • Proactive outreach and recruitment with community partners that focuses on creating a workforce that looks like the communities we serve.
  • Ongoing peer mentorship programs.
  • Increasing staff development with a focus on wellness and cultural sensitivity.
  • Pathways for career development and advancement.

Emergency Communications calls diverted to Ramsey County Crisis

Transforming the current public safety system requires diverting 911 and non-emergency calls received by the Emergency Communications Center (ECC), when appropriate, from the traditional response. In collaboration with justice partners and impacted communities we developed an appropriate responses initiative that enhances and transforms the ECC dispatch processes, public wellness systems (Social Services and Public Health) and community institutions to provide a wider range of options in responding to people in need. 
The Safety and Justice Service Team identified key initiatives that will support the transformation of the current public safety system. Community members advise county leadership on resources needed to co-design alternatives to traditional criminal justice, while working alongside system stakeholders to provide alternative responses for residents who are in need.

Increase proximity and knowledge: new hires from underrepresented ZIP codes who are racially and ethnically diverse

An intentional focus on building relationships with traditionally underserved communities helps build trust with Safety and Justice departments. As we shift the focus of public safety to community wellness, the Service Team needs to build trusting relationships with influential leaders of communities that are reluctant to engage with us voluntarily. Some of our departments have few connections to these communities and broad, generalized public strategies will not be successful in achieving the desired outcome. 

Examples of strategies to increase partnerships and identify trusted messengers:
  • Resident Academy.
  • Recruitment events and job fairs.
  • Participation in community events.
  • Reform and transformation initiatives that involve meaningful community engagement.