Recruiting for Reserves

Do you like helping others? Are you looking for a meaningful way to give back to your community? Would you like to be part of a vibrant organization focused on enhancing the quality of life in Eden Prairie? If so, we have the volunteer opportunity for you — the EPPD Reserve Unit.

We are actively recruiting volunteer Reserve officers to assist our sworn officers by performing community service tasks and non-criminal police functions. Reserve officers also assist in natural disasters and other emergencies that require additional personnel.

Some of these duties include working at EPHS home football games, walking the beat at Eden Prairie Center, helping officers during the booking process, directing traffic at emergencies or events, serving as part of the Reserve Unit Color Guard and helping with car lockouts.

Reserve officers must be at least 18 years old and should ideally live in Eden Prairie, although it is not mandatory. Reserve officers are required to attend specialized training and become CPR/First Aid-certified. Additional responsibilities include working one weekend evening per month, attending monthly training meetings and responding to emergency calls when available.

If you’d like to apply, click here for application materials and more information. You can learn more by watching the EPPD Reserve Unit video below.

If you have any questions regarding the Reserve Unit please contact Volunteer Coordinator Mark Krueger at 952-949-6201.

We’d love to have you join our team!

Don’t Leave Your Car Running!

Although it is tempting on these cold days to warm up your car by leaving it running while you are inside, doing so leaves you at risk for car theft. To date in 2018, three cars in Eden Prairie have been stolen while running with the keys inside.

The first incident occurred outside an Eden Prairie business when an employee left his car running, went inside for a few minutes and returned to find the car missing. The car was eventually found at a car dealer in Crystal where the thief used it as collateral to test drive another car. The test-drive car was not returned and reported stolen by the dealer. After it was processed for evidence, the victim was able to retrieve his car. Three days later the test-drive car was involved in a pursuit in Champlin, and the driver was arrested for theft of a motor vehicle and narcotics. Theft charges are pending for the car stolen in Eden Prairie.

The second case happened in the Eden Prairie Center parking lot when a driver started his car and went into a friend’s car nearby to stay warm. They watched as a man entered the idling vehicle and drove off. The victim and his friend called 911 and followed the vehicle, letting Dispatch know their route. The suspect crashed the vehicle into a snowbank and fled on foot. The victim showed arriving officers where the suspect was running and officers arrested him. The man was charged with felony theft of a motor vehicle, 4th degree DWI, careless driving and giving a false name to police.

The most recent theft occurred in early February at an apartment complex parking lot. A resident started his car and briefly went inside. When he returned, the car was missing and suspicious footprints were found in the snow next to the driver’s door. To date the car has not been recovered.

We’re Hiring Community Service Officers!

Would you like a job where you can make a difference and gain hands-on law enforcement experience at the same time? Are you looking for a professional organization with high standards that values its employees? If so, we may have a job for you!

The Eden Prairie Police Department is currently hiring for the part-time position of Community Service Officer (CSO).

Among other duties, CSOs respond to animal control calls, assist officers with booking procedures, provide customer service at the department’s front desk and assist the Patrol Division with parking and traffic enforcement, and motorist assistance.

Many of our CSOs are eventually hired as officers in Eden Prairie. In fact, eight of the 11 newest EPPD officers were once Eden Prairie CSOs!

Applications are due March 5 and may be accessed here on the City’s employment site.

To learn more about what it’s like to work for the EPPD, check out our video:

How We Spent Super Bowl Week

Part of our crew at Winter Park following a security detail

Last week was a busy one throughout the metro area for the people involved in planning and executing of all the Super Bowl events, including EPPD officers and Reserve Officers.

You may have seen members of our department managing traffic and providing security in and around Winter Park, or providing security at Flying Cloud Airport. We also had officers assisting the Bloomington Police Department with security at Mall of America, and two investigators tracking down and arresting human trafficking perpetrators as part of a metrowide effort.

If you were lucky, you might have caught a glimpse of EPPD Officer Chris Millard on TV during the game. He was providing security near the tunnel to one of the locker rooms and rumor has it he was in the background of one camera shot. (The EPPD was only asked to provide one officer for the actual game and Officer Millard was selected based on seniority).

In order to accommodate all of these requests for security, we did not grant vacation requests or schedule training during the week. By switching most of our Patrol Division staff to 12-hour shifts, we were able to assign officers to Winter Park and Flying Cloud Airport, while also maintaining the level of service in Eden Prairie our community expects.

We would like to thank our residents and visitors for their patience while traveling in the Winter Park and Flying Cloud Airport areas last week. Your flexibility and understanding helped to make our jobs easier.

Congratulations Sgt. Vosbeek

Sgt. Vosbeek with Chief DeMann

Today is Sgt. Pete Vosbeek’s last day at the EPPD. Sgt. Vosbeek began working for Eden Prairie in January 1988. In addition to working as a patrol officer, Sgt. Vosbeek was one of the first members of the High Risk Entry Team which evolved into the current SWAT team. Sgt. Vosbeek also served as a Firearms Instructor, Police Explorer Advisor, Use of Force Instructor and Reserve Officer Coordinator. He was promoted to sergeant in 2005 and in that capacity worked as a patrol sergeant, support sergeant and training sergeant.

At his retirement celebration last week, Chief Jim DeMann presented Sgt. Vosbeek with the department’s Career Achievement Award which read, in part:

Sgt. Vosbeek was known in the department as an expert on all things vehicle-related. He handled the purchasing of all department vehicles from 2006 to today, working closely with vendors and the Eden Prairie Fleet Services Division to make sure our staff received the safest, most high-functioning vehicles. In 2006, Sgt. Vosbeek recommended that the department switch from the standard Ford Crown Victoria squad cars to the more fuel-efficient and better- performing Dodge Chargers. The switch was made and we received positive feedback from both officers and community members.

Sgt. Vosbeek knows so much about vehicles that in 1993 the department received a letter from a motorist who had been pulled over by then-Officer Vosbeek for having improperly working taillights. Officer Vosbeek gave them a warning and then figured out why their taillights weren’t working and suggested a solution, something their mechanic had not been able to do.

Sgt. Vosbeek managed the department’s TZD (Towards Zero Deaths) program for many years, coordinating with the state and other agencies to combine resources for the enforcement of car seats, seatbelts, distracted driving and driving while impaired. As a result of his efforts, additional resources were brought to Eden Prairie to combat moving violations.

Congratulations Sgt. Vosbeek! We wish you all the best in retirement.