We’re Hiring!

Would you or someone you know like to work as a police officer for the Eden Prairie Police Department?

Well, now’s your chance! The EPPD is the process of recruiting police officers for future openings. Applications are due Monday, March 27 by 10 a.m.

For more information on the hiring process, please see the position details.

And check out the video below to find out why the EPPD is a great place to work.

Keep Your Home Safe While You’re Away

If you plan to escape Eden Prairie this spring to go on vacation, make sure you take a few minutes to secure your home in order to minimize the risk of burglary while you’re gone.

In 2016 there were 80 residential burglaries in Eden Prairie. Don’t become part of this year’s statistics! Before you leave, follow these tips to safeguard your house while you’re away:

  • Don’t mention your absence on social media.
  • Double-check to make sure all doors and windows are locked, including the door between your home and garage.
  • Use motion-sensing lights near entrances to your home or make sure standard outdoor lights near entrances are left on.
  • Set timers on lights, radios and TVs to create the illusion someone is in the home.
  • Place a hold on mail and newspaper delivery.
  • Arrange for someone to shovel your driveway and sidewalk if necessary.
  • Don’t keep valuables in your bedroom as this is where burglars go first. Instead keep valuables in an unlikely place.
  • Trim shrubbery near entrances or windows as they can provide a hiding place for a burglar to quickly smash a window or door.
  • Notify neighbors that you will be away from your home and encourage them to call 911 if they see anything suspicious.

Finally, consider scheduling a Home Security Survey with the Police Department. The survey is free and provides a detailed assessment of your home’s current security and tips to prevent a future burglary. Eden Prairie residents can call 952-949-6200 and ask for the crime prevention coordinator to schedule an appointment.

Welcome Officer Ibrahim!

This afternoon EPPD Chief Jim DeMann swore in the department’s newest officer, Mohamoud Ibrahim. Officer Ibrahim has served as a Community Service Officer in Eden Prairie since May of 2015.

Officer Ibrahim was born in Somalia, lived in Egypt for seven years and moved to Minnesota when he was nine years old. He received an A.S. degree in law enforcement from Inver Hills Community College and serves in the Army Reserve as a 92A Automated Logistics Supply Specialist.

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

The Business of Scamming

Scam artists continue to come up with new ways to scam honest people and businesses, making it difficult for law enforcement agencies and consumers to stay on top of all the ways to prevent becoming a victim.

Last week an Eden Prairie business learned that somebody had used their company name to create a domain similar to theirs, and then attempted to scam another business out of thousands of dollars in product by creating a fake account. The product ordered was to be shipped to an address in Oklahoma. Luckily the vendor suspected it was fraud and did not bill the Eden Prairie company. Instead they alerted them to the fraud attempt.

This is the third time this particular Eden Prairie business has been targeted. The first time occurred last fall when scammers attempted to purchase goods using the company’s account 13 times. Because the vendor thought the orders looked suspicious, none of them went through.

The second time the company was targeted occurred in early January 2017 and investigators do not believe it is related to the first case. This time the company electronically paid a bill for more than $13,000 to a legitimate vendor in Illinois for products they had ordered and received. The vendor continually stated they had not received the payment. Further investigation revealed that the scammers had directed the Eden Prairie company to send the payment to an account based in Nigeria using sophisticated technology.

All of these cases are difficult to pursue since they appear to originate outside of the United States. The EPPD strongly encourages all businesses to thoroughly vet the vendors they work with. Businesses should pay careful attention if a vendor’s email or payment information changes. This is most likely the work of a sophisticated crime ring that uses false emails, IP addresses, domains, telephone numbers, pre-paid debit cards and addresses to swindle businesses out of products and money.

Reserve Officers, Girl Scouts and Veterans

Last Thursday the Eden Prairie Senior Center hosted a Presidents Day event in conjunction with Beyond the Yellow Ribbon, a non-profit organization that creates awareness for the purpose of connecting service members and their families with community support, training, services and resources.

Eden Prairie Police Department Reserve Officers attended the event and conducted a U.S. flag lowering and raising, and demonstrated the 13 folds of the flag. As Reserve Officers demonstrated the folds, Girl Scouts from Troops 17155, 14271, 12841 and 14286 read descriptions of the folds and their history.

We’d like to thank the Girl Scouts, the Senior Center and Beyond the Yellow Ribbon for inviting us!