Buckle Up! Extra Enforcement Coming

seatbelt bannerHave you ever heard someone say, “I’m glad I didn’t wear my seat belt” after being involved in a crash? Probably not. But there are countless people who have survived car crashes who say they are grateful for having worn a seat belt and credit seat belts with saving their lives. Some of those people have chosen to share their stories in an effort to encourage others to wear seat belts.

The importance of seat belts is resonating with Minnesotans. According to the Minnesota Office of Traffic Safety, 94% of front seat occupants are buckling up, and yet 40% of all motorists killed in crashes were not wearing seat belts, resulting in an average of 105 deaths annually.

Wearing a seat belt will keep you from crashing into the windshield, being ejected from a vehicle and slamming into and injuring other passengers. In addition, seat belts keep motorists sitting in a vehicle’s designed protective space which gives them room to live in the event of a crash.

Minnesota state law requires that all drivers and passengers be buckled or seated in the correct child restraint. Eden Prairie officers will be part of a statewide seat belt enforcement effort May 25–June 5 where we will dedicate extra resources to enforcing the seat belt and child safety seat laws.

Be safe, buckle up!

Congrats CSO Hynek

Hynek & Soppeland saluteThis spring EPPD Community Service Officer (CSO) Evan Hynek not only graduated from the University of Minnesota with a bachelor’s degree in Sociology of Law, Criminology and Deviance, he was also commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Army.

CSO Hynek, who grew up in Eden Prairie and has served as a CSO for the past two years, enrolled in the ROTC program at the University of Minnesota and upon graduation, received his commission. He will serve in the Army National Guard for a minimum of the next six years.

Hynek & SoppelandAt the commissioning ceremony, each graduate has the opportunity to receive his or her first salute as an officer from a non-commissioned officer of their choosing. CSO Hynek asked his supervisor at the EPPD, Sgt. Lonnie Soppeland, to give his first salute. Sgt. Soppeland served in the Army National Guard for 20 years before retiring in 2011.

CSO Hynek will continue to work for the EPPD while he attends Skills training which will enable him to become a police officer.

 

Welcome Officer Lindeman

Rob & BrettThis afternoon EPPD Chief Rob Reynolds swore in the department’s newest officer, Brett Lindeman. Officer Lindeman has served as Community Service Officer in Eden Prairie for the past year.

Officer Lindeman grew up in St. Paul and received a bachelor’s degree in Law Enforcement from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Prior to coming to Eden Prairie, Officer Lindeman worked as an Assistant Manager for Menards.

He will spend the next 3-4 months in the department’s Field Training program before patrolling by himself.

Free Car Seat Clinic This Saturday

car seat inspectionHave you ever wondered if you installed your child’s car seat correctly? If so, you’re not alone. The Minnesota Office of Traffic Safety estimates that in Minnesota, three out of four child seats are used incorrectly.

If you’d like help with your child’s car seat, come to the EPPD’s Spring Car Seat Clinic this Saturday, May 21 at Eden Prairie Fire Station #1 (14800 Scenic Heights Road) from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Our certified technicians will check your car seats for proper installation.

There are no appointments needed for this free clinic — car seat checks will be conducted on a first-come, first-served basis. Please be sure to bring your car seat, manual and child to the clinic.

 

Law Enforcement Memorial Day 2016

LEMA - stepsThis week is National Police Week and Sunday, May 15 was Law Enforcement Memorial Day.

It is a day that law enforcement officers across the country gather at their respective memorials to pay tribute to officers who have given the ultimate sacrifice. It is also a time to show families who have lost a loved one that we will never forget their sacrifices.

Minnesota law enforcement officers, including those from Eden Prairie, paid tribute to the 275 Minnesota peace officers who have lost their lives while on duty since 1874.

LEMA - monumentEden Prairie officers participated in the tradition of standing guard at the Minnesota Law Enforcement Memorial on the State Capitol grounds. The officers stood for 20 minutes, then after the guard duty change, the officers left their posts, rang the memorial bell and stated the name of a Minnesota officer who was killed in the line of duty. This ritual continued every 20 minutes with officers from departments across the state during the 24-hour vigil.

LEMA - bellIn honor of those who died as heroes in the line of duty, flags at all City facilities were lowered to half-staff on Sunday and EPPD officers wore mourning bands over their badges from sunrise until sunset.