Deputy Sheriff Jayme Williams

Deputy Sheriff Jayme Williams

Itasca County Sheriff's Office, Minnesota

End of Watch Monday, December 27, 2021

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Jayme Williams

Deputy Sheriff Jayme Williams died from complications as a result of contracting COVID-19 in the line of duty.

Deputy Williams had served with the Itasca County Sheriff's Office for eight years and had previously served five years with the Leech Lake Tribal Police. He is survived by his wife and three children.

The Effects of COVID on Law Enforcement

Beginning in early 2020, thousands of law enforcement officers and other first responders throughout the country began to contract COVID-19 during the worldwide pandemic. Due to the nature of their job, law enforcement officers were required to work and interact with the community even as the majority of the country was self-quarantined. As a result, hundreds of officers died from COVID-related illnesses and other complications.

Corrections agencies, in particular, suffered tremendous losses due to the constant and close proximity between the corrections officers and large inmate populations. Since March 2020, ODMP has verified that over 900 law enforcement officers have died as the result of a confirmed or presumed exposure while on duty and continues to work with hundreds of other agencies that have suffered a COVID-related death.

Visit ODMP's COVID-19 memorial listing every officer who has died as a result of a confirmed or presumed exposure.


  • Age 41
  • Tour 13 years
  • Badge 722

Incident Details

  • Cause COVID19
  • Incident Date Saturday, December 11, 2021

COVID-19, communicable disease

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Being fairly new to the Sheriff's office, I was naturally a little shy/nervous walking into a whole new work environment/career. Deputy Williams went out of his way to make me feel welcomed and took time to visit with me and learn a little more about myself and my family. While he was in the hospital, I reached out to him to share my concerns and to let him know he was in my thoughts and prayers. I was happy to receive a response back. That sadly was my last communication with him. Funny how a few kind words and taking time to say "hello" can make a difference. I will always remember him for the kind gesture.
My sincere condolences to his entire family, friends and fellow co-workers.

Welshinger/Records Deputy

December 28, 2022

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