EPPD Awards

Last Thursday the EPPD held its Annual Awards & Recognition Program where we celebrated the past year’s award recipients and new hires.

In the past 12 months, six new officers joined the department. On their first day of work the new officers took the official oath of office in front of their coworkers. Last week, they took the ceremonial oath of office in front of their families and friends. The six new officers recognized were: Mohamoud Ibrahim, Jordan Koras, Tino Starke, Jayden DeVilbiss, Spencer Barrie and Scott Williamson. Three of these six previously served as Community Service Officers for Eden Prairie before being hired as police officers.

Chief DeMann, Chaplain Jim McCracken and Capt. Weber

We also celebrated three promotions. Sgt. Rob Johnston, Sgt. Ron Henke and Lt. Matt Sackett all had family members help them in the ceremonial pinning of their new badges.

Retiring prosecutor Jenny Spalding with Chief DeMann and Capt. Weber

Two people received Commendation Awards which are given to department personnel for excellent or unusual accomplishments. Chaplain Jim McCracken received a Commendation Award for his work serving as an Eden Prairie Police and Fire Department Chaplain for the past 25 years and retiring city prosecutor Jenny Spalding received a Commendation Award for the five years she spent representing the EPPD in court on hundreds of cases.

Chaplain Jim McCracken with Det. Carter Staaf, who received the Chaplain Tim Power Award.

One new award this year is the Chaplain Tim Power award, named in honor of Father Tim Power, who served as a Police and Fire Department Chaplain for 24 years before his death in September 2016. The Chaplain Unit solicited nominations for the award which recognizes an employee who provides consistent care for people in the department and community, displays empathy when communicating with the public and fellow employees, demonstrates teamwork, and exhibits actions that are engaging and encourages people to share themselves. The first recipient of the award is Detective Carter Staaf.

Officer of the Year Bryan Dean

Civilian Employee of the Year Jenna Spaulding

The last two awards of the program were given out by the department’s Labor Management Team: the Civilian Employee of the Year and the Officer of the Year. Administrative Assistant Jenna Spaulding received the Civilian Employee of the Year Award and Officer Bryan Dean received the Officer of the Year Award.

Congratulations to all!

Movember in the EPPD

If you stop by the EPPD this month or come across an Eden Prairie officer around town, you may notice that some of our male officers appear to have forgotten to shave. In fact, they are not shaving their facial hair for a reason – Movember.

Globally, November has been designated as the month to raise awareness for men’s health. The month has been coined “Movember” for the various mustaches that many men grow to show support for the research and awareness of men’s health issues.

In 2016, Movember events in the United States raised $16.3-million which goes toward raising awareness around various men’s health issues, specifically testicular cancer, prostate cancer and mental health.

To learn more about this campaign visit the Movember Foundation website.

The Donut Boy

Lt. Dave Becker, Tyler “The Donut Boy” Carach and Officer Leslie Perez

Last week EPPD Lt. Dave Becker and Officer Leslie Perez had a chance to meet 10-year-old Tyler Carach, aka The Donut Boy.

Tyler is a big fan of law enforcement and would like to be a K-9 officer when he grows up. In 2016 Tyler started a program called “I DONUT need a reason to thank a cop,” with a mission to thank every police officer in the United States by giving them a donut.

Tyler is from Florida, and so far he has visited 18 states and given out 28,000 donuts. At each of his visits Tyler also serves coffee and gives out thank-you cards.

Tyler’s 10th birthday was Nov. 5 and to celebrate Tyler organized a “Birthday with the Blue” road trip which involved visiting 10 states in 10 days. Last Friday it was Minnesota’s turn. Tyler was at Mall of America from 9 a.m. to noon handing out donuts to officers, including Lt. Becker and Officer Perez.

We would like to thank Tyler for all of his support and, of course, for the donuts!

If you’d like to learn more about Tyler and his mission, visit his Facebook page.

K-9 Equipment Dedication

Photo credit: Tim Engstrom, Eden Prairie News

Last Friday, a group of community members came together to dedicate new K-9 equipment for the EPPD. The project started earlier this year when the family of the late Dr. John Wright, the EPPD’s first veterinarian, donated $15,000 to the Eden Prairie Crime Prevention Fund to be used for non-budgeted items needed for the K-9 unit.

After the department’s two K-9 officers identified the greatest need to be new agility training equipment, the department worked with the City’s Senior Center to find wood shop volunteers to build it. After a generous donation of wood from Home Depot and 247 hours of volunteer labor, the equipment is finished.

At the dedication ceremony last Friday, the K-9 team of Officer Scott Mittelstadt and Riggs were joined by members of Dr. Wright’s family, and some of the volunteer woodworkers and painters. Officer Mittelstadt and Riggs demonstrated how the equipment will be used when the full agility course is set up outside next spring.

The EPPD would like to thank all of the Senior Center volunteers and the family of Dr. Wright for the generous donation of their time and money to make this project possible.

Welcome Officers Barrie and Williamson

Chief Jim DeMann, Officer Spencer Barrie, Officer Scott Williamson

This afternoon EPPD Chief Jim DeMann swore in the department’s two newest officers, Spencer Barrie and Scott Williamson. Both officers are quite familiar with our organization as they have served as Eden Prairie Community Service Officers since mid-2016. In addition, both officers grew up in Eden Prairie.

Officer Barrie earned an associate’s degree in law enforcement from Minneapolis Community and Technical College, and served as an operational supervisor for Valleyfair security before working for Eden Prairie.

Officer Williamson graduated from Eden Prairie High School and Minnesota State University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in law enforcement with a minor in alcohol and drug education. Prior to coming to Eden Prairie, Officer Williamson worked in loss prevention for Kohl’s in Eden Prairie Center.

Both officers will spend the next 3-4 months in the department’s Field Training Program before patrolling by themselves.

We are excited to have both of them serving as officers for the EPPD!