On January 18, 2017, The City of Forest Lake began the process to receive a formal proposal from the Washington County Sheriff’s Department for contract law enforcement services. The purpose of this request is to explore the feasibility of Washington County providing law enforcement services to the City of Forest Lake and to evaluate the budgetary impact it may have.
As this process moves forward, this webpage will be used to warehouse project documents as well as provide updated timelines. Project documents can be found by clicking on the documents link below.
- January 19, 2017 Letter to Sheriff's Office formally requesting proposal for law enforcement services released.
- TBD Review Draft Proposal from Washington County Sheriff
- TBD Consideration at Forest Lake City Council Meeting
In the News
Forest Lake Times
- Forest Lake seeks proposal for sheriff's office contract (Jan 19, 2017)
- Residents pack chamber for police discussion (January 25, 2017)
- Open letter regarding contract law enforcement -Councilmember Bain (Feb. 1, 2017)
- An important conversation about public safety - Mayor Winnick (Feb 3, 2017)
- Council explores contract law enforcement guidelines (Feb 8, 2017)
- City Split on PR firm for police issue (Mar 15, 2017)
Forest Lake Lowdown
- Forest Lake considers disbanding police, using sheriff's office instead (Jan 19, 2017)
- Forest Lake residents push back, support keeping police (Feb 6, 2017)
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How do I address the Council?
A:The Forest Lake City Council holds regular meetings on the second and fourth Monday of the month, with workshops taking place on the third Monday. Regular meeting are where council action are taken and workshops are more informal work sessions where no council action is taken.
For those wishing to address the council, before every regular council meeting and workshop an open forum is available for residents to speak to the council on any topic. To participate in the open forum, residents are asked to sign up on the open forum signup sheet, which is available at the meeting. We ask that residents please limit their comments to 3 minutes.