Thanks for Coming!

Learning about our crisis negotiations robot

Last Saturday’s Public Safety Open House was a great success and we’d like to thank everyone who took time out of their day to dust for fingerprints with our crime techs, try on SWAT equipment and climb in a squad car.

We enjoyed having you visit and look forward to seeing you again next year!

Dusting for fingerprints

Recruiting future officers!

Open House This Saturday

The 2017 City of Eden Prairie Public Safety Open House will be held this Saturday, October 14 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. This year’s open house includes displays and vehicles from Police, Fire, Parks, Utilities, Streets and the Water Treatment Plant. All departments will have vehicles and booths in and around Fire Station 1 (14800 Scenic Heights Road).

Stop by the Police Department displays to dust for fingerprints with our Crime Scene Tech Unit, meet our SWAT team and try on their equipment, and climb around in a real squad car.

The event is free and includes free hot dogs, root beer and cookies. Parking is available in the City Center parking lot (8080 Mitchell Road) and on the street along Scenic Heights Road.

We hope to see you there!

Poppy’s Journey Home

This is the story of a Poppy, a four-month-old German Shepherd, who was stolen from his home in Aberdeen, South Dakota on Sept. 30 and recovered in Minneapolis on Oct. 8. Poppy’s journey home was made possible by a number of people who helped along the way including Aberdeen police officers, an EPPD detective and his wife, and two Minneapolis residents.

On Sept. 30, Aberdeen Police Officer Briston Bruce was in the hospital, accompanied by his wife, recovering from surgery to remove a brain tumor. While the family was away, burglars entered their home and stole electronic devices, along with their dog Poppy and her leash.

Aberdeen Police Department detectives believed one of the suspects had an Eden Prairie connection and reached out to EPPD Det. Carter Staaf.

After two days of thorough investigation, Det. Staaf learned that Poppy had been let loose in Minneapolis. Det. Staaf shared the story with his wife Julie Bane, who immediately began scouring missing/found pet websites. On one of the sites, Julie found what appeared to be a match. Two south Minneapolis neighbors had found Poppy wandering and took her in. They brought Poppy to a vet to look for an identification chip but were unable to locate one.

With assistance from the Aberdeen Police Department and Officer Bruce, Det. Staaf was able to verify that the dog found in Minneapolis was indeed Poppy. Coincidentally, Aberdeen Police Sgt. Chris Gross happened to be in Minneapolis this past Sunday and a meeting was arranged at the Eden Prairie Police Department so Sgt. Gross could take Poppy home. Poppy is now safely in her family’s care.

One of the suspects in the burglary was arrested Monday in Aberdeen and the investigation is ongoing. We are thankful that Poppy is back where she belongs and wish Officer Bruce all the best as he recovers.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help Officer Bruce and his family.

Congratulations Bob!

Reserve Officer Bob Mjolsness (photo credit: Steve Lucas)

Last Sunday EPPD Reserve Officer Bob Mjolsness called out of service, exactly 40 years after his first day as a volunteer Reserve Officer. On hand to honor him for his last shift were several of his fellow Reserve Officers along with his daughter, who also served as a Reserve at one point during Bob’s service.

The Reserve program started in 1973 and Bob joined four years later. During his time with the EPPD, it is estimated that he volunteered more than 8,600 hours. Bob was one of the original members of the Reserve Unit Color Guard which has been responsible for raising and lowering the flags at 10 municipal buildings since 2005.

Bob also served as an instructor for the Hennepin County Reserves Traffic School and as a Field Training Officer for new Reserves. In that role, Bob not only taught rookie Reserves the nuts and bolts of the job, he also taught them about the history of the Reserve Unit, the department and the community, helping to instill pride in the new Reserve Officers.

He witnessed many changes in his 40 years, both within the community and in the department. He is the only Reserve Officer and one of only five people who have served under all six Eden Prairie Police chiefs.

Bob was exceptionally observant and had a keen eye for suspicious activity. His sustained dedication during the past 40 years has greatly benefitted the EPPD and the residents of Eden Prairie. We are grateful to Bob for his service and wish him all the best in the next chapter of his life.

Congratulations Lt. Sackett and Sgt. Henke!

Lt. Matt Sackett

With the retirement of Lt. Jim Morrow last week, the EPPD promoted two employees effective September 30.

Matt Sackett was promoted to lieutenant after serving as a sergeant in Eden Prairie for the past 11 years. He was hired in 2002 after serving as an officer for the City of Hopkins for five years. During his tenure with the EPPD, Lt. Sackett has worked as an officer, patrol sergeant, investigations sergeant and support sergeant. He has been instrumental in several major technology initiatives including upgrades to the department’s records software. In his new role Lt. Sackett will supervise the Support Division.

Sgt. Ron Henke

Ron Henke was promoted to sergeant after serving the department since July 2004. While at the EPPD, Sgt. Henke has worked as a patrol officer, Commercial Vehicle Inspector, SWAT team member and Field Training Officer. Sgt. Henke will spend 3-4 weeks in sergeant field training before working on his own.