Laser Jammer

Last month an EPPD officer was checking speeds using a LIDAR (laser) near Dell Road and Magenta Bay, when he noticed a car that he visually estimated to be going approximately 45 mph in a 35-mph zone. However, when he pointed the laser at the car’s front license plate, the laser didn’t register a reading. The officer tried pointing the laser at another nearby car and it registered the car’s speed without a problem.

The officer pointed the laser at the speeding car’s rear license plate and again did not receive a reading. That’s when the officer determined that the speeding car must have a “laser jammer,” an illegal device affixed to a car that interferes with speed-measuring devices.

The officer drove up behind the car and noticed a strange plastic piece hanging above the rear license plate. The officer pulled over the driver who confirmed that it was indeed a laser jammer. The driver was then issued a citation for using the device.

The EPPD takes speed enforcement seriously for good reason. On average, each year speed contributes to 81 deaths and 211 serious injuries in Minnesota. Speed is a factor in 21 percent of all fatal crashes. People who speed put other drivers in danger. As long as there are speeders in Eden Prairie, our officers will be out diligently looking for them.

Night to Unite 2018

Every year citizens across the country and in Eden Prairie celebrate Night to Unite on the first Tuesday of August. This year, the event falls on Aug. 7, creating an opportunity to come together, meet your neighbors, get to know them better and grow the sense of community we have here in Eden Prairie.

If you would like to have a representative from the Eden Prairie Police or Fire Departments visit your gathering, fill out the registration form at edenprairie.org/NightToUnite by July 23.

As is tradition in Eden Prairie, the City encourages residents to donate food to PROP, our local food shelf. The neighborhood that donates the most food (by weight) will win an ice cream social with members of the Police and Fire Departments, including a bounce house donated by Kinderberry Hill.

For questions about Night to Unite contact Jenna Spaulding at 952-949-6200.

Submitted by Jenna Spaulding, Police Department Administrative Assistant

Stop the Trafficking

Stop the Trafficing RunHave you ever wondered if there’s something you could do to help combat human trafficking? Well, next week you’ll have an opportunity to make a difference by participating in the Stop the Traffick(ing) Run for Justice in Eden Prairie.

The 5K walk/run is Saturday, June 9 at 8:30 a.m. at Purgatory Creek Park (13001 Technology Drive). You can register in advance or on race day.

A team comprised of representatives from the EPPD, local churches, businesses and the City’s Human Rights and Diversity Commission are working together to plan this event in cooperation with local anti-trafficking organizations. The goal is to join together as a community, raise awareness and engage in the fight to stop human trafficking. All proceeds from the race will be designated toward organizations working to help sexually exploited youth and women in our surrounding communities.

Human trafficking is a form of slavery where people profit from the control and exploitation of others. It is a growing problem across the U.S., Minnesota and here in Eden Prairie. Investigators from Eden Prairie collaborate with law enforcement personnel from Bloomington, Richfield, Minnetonka, Plymouth and Maple Grove as part of the “494 Corridor Group” to investigate crimes related to human trafficking along Interstate 494. In 2017 that group conducted seven stings in the six member communities which resulted in 38 arrests and the recovery of 17 victims.

We hope you’ll join us on June 9 to help raise awareness about these horrific crimes.

Senior Awareness Month

May is Senior Awareness Month, a time to celebrate and acknowledge the contributions and accomplishments of older adults, to recognize organizations that serve older adults and to enhance community involvement across generations. The City of Eden Prairie has celebrated Senior Awareness Month since 1993.

The City’s Senior Center held a number of events throughout May dedicated to senior awareness and several of them involved the Police Department. In early May, Officer Scott Mittelstadt and his K-9 partner Riggs visited the Senior Center to talk about the K-9 program in Eden Prairie, the type of work Riggs does and the training needed to keep him sharp.

On May 23 seniors enjoyed a catered dinner at the Senior Center which was served by police officers and firefighters.

Thank you for saving my “bog”

Last week we received a special delivery from Jack the Beagle’s family.

In early May, Jack wandered from home and was picked up by an EPPD officer. He was later returned to his grateful family who brought us cookies and a sweet homemade card from a young member of Jack’s family.

This card brought a smile to our faces so we thought we’d share it here.

Thank you to Jack’s family for your kind words and sweet treats! We’re glad Jack is home safe and sound.