Seniors & the EPPD

Officer Elizabeth Stroner with a Senior Citizens Academy graduate

Officer Elizabeth Stroner with a Senior Citizens Academy graduate

Did you know that the EPPD has an officer who works full-time as a liaison to senior citizens in our community? Officer Elizabeth Stroner has worked as an EPPD officer since 2003 and has served as the department’s senior liaison officer since 2004.

Officer Stroner provides outreach to senior residents in a number of ways including monthly coffees with five different senior living residences, bi-monthly Coffee with the Cops programs at the Eden Prairie Senior Center, organizing members of the EPPD to provide Meals on Wheels to housebound seniors every five weeks and organizing events throughout the year including judging cookie and bar baking contests.

The Senior Citizens Academy gets a visit from the EPPD SWAT team

The Senior Citizens Academy gets a visit from the EPPD SWAT team

One of the highlights of the senior programming year is the Senior Citizens Academy which takes place in the summer and just wrapped up today. The Academy is a six-week overview of the EPPD with each class highlighting a different aspect of the department including traffic enforcement, DWI, investigations, use of force, SWAT and K9.

Today the 18 students in the Academy took part in a graduation ceremony. The Senior Citizens Academy will be offered again next summer.

For more information on senior services and programming please contact Officer Stroner at 952-949-6200.

 

Round Lake Road Winners…Again!

Ice Cream Social 2016Last night residents in the Round Lake Road neighborhood enjoyed a night of ice cream along with police officers and firefighters. Eden Prairie Kinderberry Hill Child Development Center also donated a bounce house for the party.

They earned the celebration by contributing the most food during Eden Prairie Night to Unite earlier this month. Their neighborhood donated 672 pounds of food to PROP (People Reaching Out to People). This is the fifth time the Round Lake Round neighborhood has won in the past eight years.

Overall this year, Eden Prairie Night to Unite parties donated 7,938 pounds of food, along with $1,100 in cash donations. Thanks to everyone who so generously contributed to helping our community!

Lock Your Cars!

cars in drivewaysYou’ve heard the reminders before, but they bear repeating … if you leave your car in your driveway or park it in the street, remove any valuables, roll up the windows, close the sunroof and lock it.

 

In the past few weeks the EPPD has received several reports of tampering with cars. In some cases cars were left unlocked. In other cases, cars were locked and the windows were smashed to gain access. Nearly all of the cases occurred in the overnight hours. Losses ranged from laptops to loose change.

Tampering with cars tends to be a crime of opportunity. Thieves look for the easiest, quickest way to steal valuables, and unfortunately an unlocked car in a residential neighborhood in the middle of the night makes an easy target. In particular, thieves look for items that are easy to grab such as purses and laptop computers in front seats, or wallets and keys in center consoles.

 

The EPPD would also like to remind residents to call 911 to report any suspicious activity. We rely on the public to serve as additional sets of eyes and ears. Many criminals have been caught due to the quick thinking of residents who have called 911 to report something suspicious.

Meet the EPPD’s Newest Lieutenant

Lt Dave BeckerWith the retirement of Chief Rob Reynolds at the end of June, and the subsequent promotions of Jim DeMann to Chief and Greg Weber to Captain, the EPPD had its first lieutenant opening in six years. After an extensive interview process, Dave Becker was selected to fill the opening.

 

Lt. Becker has worked for the EPPD since 1989 and was promoted to sergeant in 2004. He received his bachelor’s degree in law enforcement from Minnesota State University, Mankato. During his tenure he has served as a patrol officer, SWAT team member and leader, patrol sergeant, Crisis Intervention Team leader, Field Training Unit Supervisor and Training Sergeant. Most recently Lt. Becker has served as sergeant of the Criminal Investigations Unit.

 

Lt. Becker will oversee the Patrol Division which consists of seven patrol units, along with the secondary K-9, Field Training and Reserve Units.

 

Congratulations Lt. Becker!

Thank You From the Chief

thank you cards - groupDuring the past few weeks our staff has been inundated with well wishes from our residents. We have received donuts, cookies, fruit bouquets, positive messages on Facebook and numerous cards. Our officers have been approached by residents in coffee shops, the mall, City parks and other places thanking them for serving our community during a time when law enforcement has been in the news across the country.

In turn, on behalf of the 100 sworn and civilian staff members who work for the Eden Prairie Police Department, I would like to thank our residents for their unwavering support of the work we do. EPPD officers, like so many officers around the country, chose a career in law enforcement in order to help others. That help can take many forms and often involves interacting with people on what may be the worst days of their lives. We strive to provide the best possible service in what are often extremely difficult circumstances.

lemonade stand v2We could not be successful as a department if we did not have the continued partnership of our residents. You have continually shown us your support through your thoughtful gifts and messages and in other ways as well – when you let us join you for a game of pick-up basketball in a City park while we’re on patrol, when you invite us to your block party or Scout meeting, when you encourage your shy child to say hi to us at the mall or when you invite us to stop by your lemonade stand.

For all of these words and gestures, both big and small, we offer our heartfelt thank you and appreciation. It is an honor to serve in Eden Prairie.

Sincerely,

James DeMann
Police Chief