Congratulations on Your Retirement Chief Reynolds

Chief ReynoldsThursday June 30 is Police Chief Rob Reynolds’ last day in office. Today his colleagues, friends and family looked back on his 31-year career in Eden Prairie and sent him on his way with their best wishes and a few gifts.

Chief Reynolds was hired as an Eden Prairie officer in 1985. During his tenure he achieved every rank available in Eden Prairie: officer, corporal, sergeant, lieutenant, captain, deputy chief and chief. He also served as a school liaison officer and was a member of the Emergency Response Unit (now called SWAT team).

For the last nine years Chief Reynolds served as Police Chief. During his tenure he created a long-range planning process for the department called Vision for Success that takes employee feedback and law enforcement trends and develops initiatives for the department.

Chief Reynolds’ legacy also includes the three guiding principles he had for police department employees:

  1. Provide service beyond expectation.
  2. Take responsibility for moving yourself and the organization forward.
  3. Come to work each day with genuine enthusiasm for what you do.

 

Chief Reynolds lived these guidelines and expected his staff to do the same.

He loved to have fun on the job and his colleagues recognized that with a few appropriate gifts including a remote-controlled Toyota Prius (Chief Reynolds’ city-issued car was a Prius) and a longboard with the signatures of all police staff on it (Chief Reynolds would occasionally ride his longboard to the office instead of driving).

On behalf of the entire community, we thank Chief Reynolds for his dedication to the Eden Prairie Police Department and the residents of Eden Prairie. We are grateful for his strong leadership and wish him all the best in the next chapter of his life.

2016 Special Olympics Torch Run

Torch Run 2016Yesterday morning EPPD employees ran 3 miles through Eden Prairie carrying the Minnesota Special Olympics torch. The EPPD received the torch from the Minnetonka and Hopkins Police Departments and several miles later, handed it over to the Edina Police Department. Throughout the day the torch made its way to Apple Valley where the 2016 Special Olympics Summer Games is taking place today through Saturday.

The Torch Run serves as a fundraiser for the Special Olympics and the money raised goes towards the cost of sending athletes to the Special Olympics games. Police departments have a unique relationship with the Special Olympics. They are considered to be the guardians of the torch, which is also called the “Flame of Hope.” The EPPD is proud to be a part of this annual tradition and support the Special Olympic athletes.

Gift for Our K-9s

Alyssa with Officer Scott Mittelstadt and his K-9 partner Riggs

Alyssa with Officer Scott Mittelstadt and his K-9 partner Riggs

Last fall a 7-year-old Eden Prairie girl named Alyssa decided to show her appreciation for the EPPD by delivering a basket of handmade survival kits for our officers. Each kit contained a saying and a card associated with different kinds of candy. For example, Lifesavers “to remind you of the many times you’ve been one” and gum “to help everyone stick together.”

Along with the survival kits was a note stating “My name is Alyssa. I have autism. I don’t have a lot of friends. I want to be your friend. You are very brave. I made you gifts. Your buddy, Alyssa.”

EPPD staff were so moved by Alyssa’s gift and note that we collected donations from employees and surprised Alyssa with a gift card and craft supplies last November.

Yesterday, Alyssa visited the EPPD again, this time to present a donation to the Eden Prairie Crime Prevention Fund. She raised the money by baking and selling dog biscuits and requested that the funds be used to help the EPPD’s K-9 Unit.

Thank you Alyssa for your thoughtfulness and generosity!

Safety Camp 2016

During the Animal Safety program campers got to meet K9 Jace, pictured here with his partner Officer Jenny Ficcadenti and Officer TJ Henderson.

During the Animal Safety program campers got to meet K-9 Jace, pictured here with his partner Officer Jenny Ficcadenti and Officer TJ Henderson.

Yesterday and today nearly 150 soon-to-be 3rd-graders and their counselors took over Riley Lake Park for this year’s annual Safety Camp.

The counselors, who are members of the Police, Fire and Park and Recreation Departments, helped their campers rotate through various safety activities including firearms safety, personal safety, bullying prevention, internet safety, weather safety, animal safety, bike safety, fire safety, street maintenance vehicle safety and aquatics safety.

Practicing Bike Safety

Practicing Bike Safety

Tonight the campers and their parents will attend a graduation ceremony where they will watch a video of their camp adventures and take photos with their favorite counselors.

Thanks to everyone who helped make the 27th annual Safety Camp a huge success!

Seatbelt safety

Seatbelt safety

A great way to cool off after a hot and busy day!

A great way to cool off after a hot and busy day!

 

Now Accepting Applications for Adult and Senior Citizen Academy

2015 Senior Citizens Academy students with Officer Jenny Ficcadenti and K9 Jace.

2015 Senior Citizens Academy students with Officer Jenny Ficcadenti and K-9 Jace.

Have you ever wondered what it’s like behind the scenes at the EPPD? Well, here’s your chance to find out!

The EPPD is once again offering an Adult and Senior Citizen Police Academy this summer. 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 K-9s. The classes run on Wednesdays, July 20 – August 24 from 9 a.m. to noon.

Registration is open now. Applications [PDF] must be received by July 6, 2016.

For more information call the Eden Prairie Senior Center at 952-279-8050.