St. Paul Minn. (March 3, 2011) – “Since taking office in January as the Sheriff of Ramsey County we have been reviewing how the public safety needs of the county have been met in the past and working towards how they can be met in the future,” Matt Bostrom said. “This process is similar to what families, businesses and organizations do when faced with solving a problem – take an honest look at the challenge and the resources available. When you know what your resources are, you can then deploy them to meet the challenge.”
“As a public agency the Sheriff’s Office has three resource pools: people; equipment; and budget dollars. Our task is to use those resources in the best possible method to deliver the law enforcement and public safety services the taxpayers of the community want,” Bostrom said.
“The Sheriff’s Office is working to build as a professional law enforcement agency during this first year,” Matt Bostrom noted. “We began in January when the Patrol Unit gained three deputies who moved to that assignment from other assignments within the department as a whole. Work has begun to refocus on basic items such as a Policy and Procedure Manual; Performance Review Evaluation Process for all employees; Twelve Month Training Calendar; Supervisory Training; a clearly defined chain of command; a systematic review of Internal Affairs; and budget authority for managers including responsibility and training on the budget process.”
“The challenge is determining what does ‘delivering law enforcement and public safety services’ mean in a world where every taxpayer may have a different definition,” Sheriff Bostrom stated. “The first step we have taken is to determine our common ground upon which to build a solid foundation. Working with the command and supervisory staff, the Sheriff’s Office has adopted a new organizational chart that establishes the core functions as the primary focus of the department.”
The Organizational Chart adopted March first has four divisions:
• The Public Safety Services Division will provide patrol services for county parks, waterways and communities without police departments; support for law enforcement agencies in the cities of Ramsey County; and coordinates the community volunteer programs that over 700 citizens participate in today.
• The Detention Services Division will provide safe detention of the prisoners in our county jail as they await their appearance in court.
• The Court & Security Services Division will provide service to and protection of our county courts.
• The Administrative & Support Services Division will be the supply and bookkeeping ligaments that keep the whole department functioning.
• Additionally, the Chief Deputy will oversee the special projects and programs that involve personnel from multiple departments and touch on county wide services for other local police and public safety organizations.
“As we look to the future in these difficult economic times those of us in public service will need to keep our attention focused on providing the services the community needs with the most efficient and effective methods possible,” Sheriff Bostrom said. “Your Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office will strive to make that part of our mission and our staffing will focus first on adequately supporting our core missions.”
The Sheriff’s Office is committed to the core values of: providing safety through community policing; restoring trust through fiscal responsibility; collaborating with local law enforcement; encouraging diversity to reflect the community; improving service through technology; and connecting with youth to build for the future.