2016 EPPD Statistics

Eden Prairie Police Department2016 was, once again, a busy year for the EPPD! Here’s a sampling of the activities that kept us busy last year:

  • 4 homicides
  • 40 death investigations (deaths which were not witnessed by another person and where the person was not in hospice or under a doctor’s care)
  • 14 prostitution arrests
  • 76 domestic assault calls
  • 255 DWIs
  • 16,202 traffic stops
  • 169 medical – psychiatric calls
  • 131 suicide attempt/threat calls
  • 3,363 911 hang-up calls
  • 27 vehicle thefts
  • 222 shoplifting cases
  • 1,550 intrusion alarms
  • 18 apiary (beekeeping) registrations
  • 316 disturbing the peace calls
  • 30 animal bite calls
  • 322 fingerprint services
  • 149 child safety seat inspections
  • 164 barking dog calls
  • 1,096 car lockouts
  • 124 school bus stop arm violations
  • 10 calls for people stuck in elevators

Click here to view the 2016 Annual Report [PDF] which contains more statistics and other information on what the EPPD was up to last year.

Sign up for Safety Camp!

Do you have a child entering 3rd grade next fall? If so, we’ve got a camp for you!

Each year the City of Eden Prairie’s Police, Fire and Parks and Recreation departments host a two-day Safety Camp at Riley Lake. Campers learn about all kinds of safety topics including water safety, personal safety, internet safety, bike safety, animal safety, fire safety and many others. At the end of the camp, kids and parents attend a celebratory graduation ceremony.

This year’s camp is June 27-28 and costs $60. Click here to register for Safety Camp. Sign up early as this popular camp tends to sell out and is only available to children entering 3rd grade in the fall.

We hope to see you there!

Explorer Post of the Year

Explorer Captain Katie Kline accepts the Explorer Post of the Year Award on behalf of the Edina/Eden Prairie Explorer Post

Last night the Edina/Eden Prairie Explorer Post was awarded Post of the Year by the Northern Star Council.

The Post received the award for the dedication, teamwork and service they bring to the Explorer Post, a volunteer organization for young people ages 14-21 who are interested in law enforcement. Explorers gain working knowledge of the field through hands-on experience, including training sessions and volunteering in the community.

In particular the Post’s nomination noted the Explorers’ commitment to volunteering at community events in Eden Prairie and Edina, including Schooner Days, Safety Camp, Polar Plunge, Fourth of July parades and fireworks displays, and the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.

Accepting the award on behalf of the Post was Explorer Captain Katie Kline who also works as a part-time Community Service Officer for the EPPD.

We appreciate all that the Explorers do for our community and congratulate them on being named Post of the Year!

Prolific Thieves Sentenced

Yesterday the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office announced that David Pollard, a prolific home burglar, has been sentenced to 11 years in prison for two home burglaries – one in August 2014 and one in January 2015. Pollard has been linked to 42 burglaries in six counties and 19 different communities, totaling $1-million in losses, including 22 firearms.

Pollard selected his victims by staking out theater parking lots, recording license plate numbers then using a public data internet service to determine the home addresses associated with the license plates and burglarizing the homes under the assumption that the homeowners would be at the theater for several hours.

Eden Prairie had one of the earliest victims and EPPD detectives offered to take the lead in investigating the cases. In April 2015, while conducting surveillance, EPPD detectives and investigators from other agencies observed Pollard as he broke into and burglarized a home in Minnetonka. After a brief chase and foot pursuit, he was apprehended with stolen items, including jewelry and a handgun. He has since received a federal sentence for being a felon in possession of a firearm.

In a second, unrelated case, a man who stole from numerous victims in health clubs across the Twin Cities has pled guilty on 10 counts of Financial Transaction Credit Card Fraud, two of which occurred in Eden Prairie. Ronnie Guy will spend 26 months in prison and has been ordered to pay $1,000 in restitution to each of his victims. Detectives were able to identify Guy by posting surveillance photos of him on several local police department Facebook pages, including the EPPD’s.

In both of these cases, multiple jurisdictions came together to share information and work closely in order to solve complex cases. We appreciate the efforts that investigators across the metro area made to put these two thieves behind bars.

Thank You Plungers!

photo by Lacy Villavicencio

Last Saturday 558 people, including several EPPD officers, plunged into the icy waters of Riley Lake as part of the Special Olympics Polar Plunge. Due to the recent thaw, the “plunge” was more like a swim, although the water and air temperature were still extremely chilly.

The plungers solicit donations and the money raised goes to Special Olympics Minnesota. More than $103,064 was raised, which brings the amount of money raised in Eden Prairie since 2011 to more than $1-million. With 21 plunges completed statewide this year and two more to go, 13,914 plungers have raised more than $3-million.

Law enforcement plays a significant role in helping to raise both money and awareness for the Special Olympics. Police departments, including Eden Prairie, participate in the Law Enforcement Torch Run and help out at the Special Olympics games throughout the year.

Thank you to everyone who plunged, pledged and volunteered at this year’s Eden Prairie Polar Plunge!