Department Information

Mission Statement

The mission of the South St. Paul Police Department is to ensure public safety and provide assistance to the community through prompt response, thorough investigation, pro-active policing, and community involvement. We hold ourselves to the values of integrity, professionalism, and courtesy.

Using 911

Dial 911 for any situation which requires the response of police, fire, or emergency medical personnel. This includes non-emergency situations such as reporting a crime, a traffic situation, or suspicious activity.

Improper Use of 911

911 should not be used for information-only purposes, such as:

  • Asking for information regarding the status of a report or investigation
  • Obtaining information about impounded animals
  • Obtaining information about impounded vehicles
  • Obtaining information regarding a person under arrest
  • Requesting a copy of a police report.

Non-Emergency Police Dispatch for all of Dakota County can be reached at 651-322-2323 or 952-322-2323. Call 651-413-8300 for information-only inquiries or for the South St. Paul Police Administration Department.

Emergency Alert Notification

Get alerted about emergencies and other important community news by signing up for our Emergency Alert Program. This emergency notification system enables the Dakota Communications Center to provide you with critical information quickly in a variety of situations, such as floods, gas leaks, missing persons, critical police activity, and evacuation of buildings or neighborhoods.

You will receive time-sensitive messages wherever you specify, such as your home, cell, or business phone, email, text messages, hearing impaired receiving devices, and more. You pick where, you pick how.

Individuals with disabilities who need assistance can register by calling Dakota 911 at (651) 322-8644.

Snowbird Notification

The City of South St. Paul is responsible for the plowing of all publicly owned and maintained streets and alleys. The city typically plows for snowfalls of two inches or more. Once city crews have completed plowing the initial curb-to-curb routes, the police department is notified to begin tagging cars (snowbirds) which were not moved during the initial (first pass) snowplowing operation.

Tagged (cited) cars that are not moved will be towed beginning at 9 a.m. the next morning so city crews can complete curb-to-curb plowing of the city streets. Sign up for Snowbird Notification to receive a notification to your email account or a text message to your cellular phone.

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