Car Seat Clinic May 20

Have you ever wondered if you installed your child’s car seat correctly? If so, you’re not alone.

The Minnesota Office of Traffic Safety estimates that three out of four child seats are used incorrectly statewide.

If you’d like help with your child’s car seat, come to the EPPD’s Spring Car Seat Clinic Saturday, May 20 at Eden Prairie Fire Station #1 (14800 Scenic Heights Road) from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Our certified technicians will check your car seats for proper installation.

There are no appointments needed for this free clinic. Participants will be served on a first-come, first-served basis. Please be sure to bring your car seat, manual and child to the clinic.

Thank You Reserves!

Last Saturday members of the Eden Prairie Reserve Unit and their families cleaned up a section of Hwy. 5 between Eden Prairie Road and Mitchell Road, just as they have done every year since 1990, which is the year they adopted this stretch of highway. They collected 26 bags of trash and several miscellaneous large pieces of trash.

The EPPD is fortunate to work with this group of committed volunteers who 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.

In 2016, the Reserve Unit put in 4,102 volunteer hours, which is the equivalent of two full-time employees. We are grateful to the Reserves for all of the work they do to keep our community safe (and clean)!

Donations to Combat Human Trafficking

As part of his work to combat human trafficking, EPPD Detective Carter Staaf gives presentations at community organizations, churches and other groups interested in learning more about this devastating problem and how they can help eradicate it.

One of the community groups Det. Staaf visited recently was Eden Prairie Women of Today, a local chapter of the United States Women of Today, whose mission is to help citizens improve their lives and the lives of the people in the communities around them through service, personal growth and friendship. After hearing his presentation, the Eden Prairie Women of Today donated $1,000 to the Eden Prairie Crime Prevention Fund for the purpose of combatting human trafficking in Eden Prairie.

The Crime Prevention Fund has received other donations from private individuals who have heard Det. Staaf’s presentation on human trafficking. Det. Staaf will request that the Crime Prevention Fund use the donated money to purchase comfort kits that can be distributed to victims when officers meet them. The kits will include items that can help victims with basic necessities such as food, clothing, gas and personal hygiene products.

Fighting human trafficking is a priority for the Eden Prairie Police Department. We use a combination of community education, officer training and human trafficking details to find and root out trafficking in our city. We are grateful for the help from community partners like Eden Prairie Women of Today and the other generous donors who are working with us to fight this battle.

Welcome Officer Koras

Chief DeMann and Officer Koras

This afternoon EPPD Chief Jim DeMann swore in the department’s newest officer, Jordan Koras. Officer Koras grew up in Eden Prairie and graduated from Eden Prairie High School. After graduating from the University of North Dakota with a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice Studies, Officer Koras worked as a deputy for the Nelson County Sheriff’s Department in North Dakota for three years while also serving as a volunteer member of the Northeast Regional Water Operations Team.

Following that, Officer Koras served as an officer in the Hudson, Wisconsin Police Department for two years. In his time with Hudson, he continued as a member of the dive team and served as a field training officer before joining the EPPD.

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

Take Back Day Results

Sgt. Brent DuPont and a DEA staff member with some of the 26 boxes of unused medications collected at the event

Last Saturday the EPPD worked with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to host a National Prescription Drug Take Back Day event at the Eden Prairie Senior Center.

The public was invited to drop off their unused or expired prescription medications for free and the EPPD safely disposed of it. At the event, 26 boxes of medications weighing a total of 315 pounds were collected.

If you missed the event and have prescription drugs that you’d like to dispose of in a safe manner, the EPPD’s Medication Disposal Program provides free disposal bags that have the capacity for up to 90 pills, 12 ounces of liquid medication or 12 transdermal patches. The bags contain activated carbon which neutralizes the medication and prevents it from contaminating ground and drinking water.

Medication disposal bags are available for pickup Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Police Department in the lower level of the Eden Prairie City Center, located at 8080 Mitchell Road.

If you have prescription medications at home, be sure to secure them from curious children and pets. You may want to consider purchasing a medicine cabinet with a locking mechanism.

Please note the EPPD does not accept medication drop-offs, but Hennepin County has several drop box locations to safely dispose of large or small quantities of medication.