West St. Paul Patrol division is made up of approximately 22 sworn officers which include 4 sergeants, 18 patrol officers and 4 part-time non-sworn Community Service Officers (CSO) under the command of Lt. Brian Sturgeon. The patrol division is the backbone of the police department. Our patrol division is made up of the most highly-trained, well-qualified and self-motivated men and woman in law enforcement. All of our officers go through a rigorous 6-8 months FTO training with continuous training throughout their careers. It is important to us that our officers are well trained to help protect and service our citizens.     

A work day for the patrol division is divided up into three shifts which overlap to allow coverage throughout the cities of West St. Paul and Sunfish Lake. Patrol Officers work a nine and a half hour- six days on four days off rotations allowing for 24/7 coverage with overlapping shifts during times in which calls for service are at their highest demand. Officers respond to all types of calls for service and will conduct the initial criminal investigation and documents the incident prior to sending the case to the investigative division for further follow up.    

The West St. Paul Police Department understands the importance of relating to the needs of our community therefore in 2005 the patrol division developed an area officer map to focus on the needs of our residents and community problems. These problems are just not criminal offenses but problems that affect the quality life of our residents such as neighborhood disputes and animal issues.

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Area 1
Officer Elam | Officer Forsberg | Sergeant Nagel

Area 2
Officer Altman | Officer Cook | Sergeant Curtis

Area 3
Officer Baumeister | Officer Mandel | Sergeant Nagel

Area 4
Officer Sewald | Officer Williams | Sergeant Muellner

Area 5
Officer McCarty | Officer Sass | Sergeant Curtis

Area 6
Officer Ellringer | Officer Forster | Sergeant Hindersheid

In addition to these six segments, West St. Paul Police also patrol specialty areas.

Sunfish Lake
Officer Murphy | Sergeant Muellner

Robert Street Businesses
Officer Melville | Sergeant Hinderscheid

On-Sale Liquor Establishments
Officer Marerro | Sergeant Nagel


  1. Canine Unit
  2. Traffic Officer
  3. Quality of Life / Parks Officer
  4. Arson Investigator
  5. DARE Officer
  6. MAAG Team

Currently the West St. Paul Police Department has two K9s on the department, Mike and Doc. The canine unit is a primary patrol unit and will provide assistance in tracking and apprehending suspects, conducting area searches for evidence, and has the ability to search for missing persons under some circumstances. Our canine unit will also help assist our neighboring agencies with their needs.

Several public demonstrations are conducted throughout the year to show the skills and abilities of the team.