It is the duty of the Winona County Sheriff to keep and preserve the peace of Winona County. In furtherance of this goal, the Winona County Sheriff's Office provides law enforcement coverage throughout Winona County's 625 square miles. In addition to providing law enforcement coverage, the Sheriff's Office:

  • Operates and oversees the County Jail
  • Maintains communication and dispatch services between the public and law enforcement, fire, and ambulance personnel
  • Patrols the waterways within Winona County, including the Mississippi River
  • Coordinates with Winona County Emergency Management Service
  • Coordinates numerous public safety and community programs
  • Oversees a dedicated staff of 76 employees and 56 volunteers
  • Performs Search and Rescue operations

Permits to Carry / Permits to Purchase

Effective March 1, 2021, the Winona County Sheriff's Office will not be accepting applications for permits to carry or permits to purchase via the U.S. Mail. All applications for permits to carry and permits to purchase will have to be done in person at the LEC lobby.

No longer accepting checks for permit to carry, cash only.

For questions, please call 507-457-6368.