Coast Guard Congrats

EPPD Lt. Bill Wyffels, Edina Sgt. Kevin Rofidal and EPPD Lt. Dave Becker

Earlier this week, Eden Prairie Lieutenants Bill Wyffels and Dave Becker went to a promotion ceremony for their friend and police colleague Kevin Rofidal who is an Eden Prairie resident and serves as a police sergeant in Edina. They were there to support Sgt. Rofidal as he was promoted to the rank of Chief Petty Officer in the Coast Guard Reserves.

Sgt. Rofidal has been an Edina police officer for twenty years and has served as a Coast Guard Reserve for 17 years. As an Eden Prairie resident, he was a driving force behind the Veteran’s Memorial in Purgatory Creek Park which was erected in 2008.

On behalf of his police colleagues in Eden Prairie, we’d like to congratulate Sgt. Rofidal on his Coast Guard promotion.

Facilities & Floats

Today several EPPD officers visited the City of Eden Prairie’s Facilities Division for a root beer float party as a way to show our appreciation for all that they do for our department. The ten employees in Facilities manage more than 900,000 square feet of property in 36 separate locations, including City Center where the Police Department is housed.

They work to ensure that staff and visitors have a professional, safe environment in which to conduct our work. They oversee office furnishings, custodial services and all heating, cooling and plumbing systems. Outside the building, they make sure our parking lots are well-lit and well maintained for our vehicles. As our operational needs evolve, they are always quick to make adjustments to our facilities in order to help us operate efficiently and safely.

We appreciate all that they do behind the scenes to make our work day more pleasant. Thank you Facilities!

Welcome Officers Starke and DeVilbiss

Officer Tino Starke, Captain Greg Weber, Officer Jayden DeVilbiss

This afternoon EPPD Captain Greg Weber swore in the department’s two newest officers, Tino Starke and Jayden DeVilbiss.

Officer Starke was born and raised in Germany and spent 7.5 years working for the Polizeiinspektion Ansbach Police Department. He then moved to the United States and received an associate’s degree in criminal justice from Mid-State Technical College in Wisconsin and served as a police officer for five years in Stevens Point, Wisconsin.

Officer DeVilbiss is originally from Ossian, Iowa. He graduated from Luther College in Iowa where he earned a bachelor’s degree in physics and was a member of the Luther College wrestling team. He received his skills certification from Fond du Lac Tribal Community College. Prior to coming to Eden Prairie Officer DeVilbiss worked at a juvenile residential treatment facility in Duluth.

Both officers will spend the next 3-4 months in the department’s field training program before working on patrol by themselves.

We are excited to have both of them join the EPPD!

Puppies and Police

Last week the Police Department received an unusual and fun request from Helping Paws, a non-profit organization that breeds, trains and places assistance dogs with people who have physical disabilities, and veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Helping Paws reached out to the EPPD because they wanted two of the puppies who are currently being trained to become service dogs to those who suffer from PTSD to meet people in uniform.

Several of our officers were more than happy to take a few minutes out of their busy days to hang out with these adorable pups and assist Helping Paws with their meaningful work.

Walk to End Distracted Driving this Saturday

This Saturday August 5th, you can help bring an end to distracted driving by simply walking around Purgatory Creek Park with hundreds of other concerned citizens at the 10th Raksha 5k Walk/Run for Distraction-free Driving.

The event benefits the Shreya R. Dixit Memorial Foundation which was started in memory of Shreya R. Dixit, an Eden Prairie resident who was killed in a distracted driving crash while on her way home from college in 2007. The Foundation’s mission is “to raise awareness of distracted driving, educate our community on safe and distraction-free driving and encourage drivers to be mindful of the safety of other drivers and passengers on the road.”

Prior to the event, the Foundation’s Distraction-free Driving Club and Eden Prairie High School’s DECA Team will put up a multitude of yellow #9 balloons at major intersections and neighborhoods in Eden Prairie in remembrance of victims of distracted driving. The number nine represents the average daily fatality count in the United States from distracted driving.

The walk is this Saturday at Purgatory Creek Park, located at 13001 Technology Drive and will feature Richard Anderson, former Delta CEO and current Amtrak CEO as the event’s guest speaker. Participants can register online for the 5k run/walk.