Congratulations to our Explorers!

Last weekend the Edina/Eden Prairie Explorer Post attended the 43rd annual Explorer Conference in Rochester, Minnesota. The Explorers competed against 500 Explorers from 48 departments in a variety of team and individual events. Since September, the Explorers have spent more than 140 hours training for the conference.

The Post took home several team and individual awards including:

  • 2nd place in Crime Prevention
  • 2nd place in Traffic Crash Reconstruction
  • 2nd place in Street Decisions
  • 3rd place in First Aid
  • 3rd place in Defensive Tactics
  • 3rd place in Human Trafficking
  • Explorer Luisa Chacon, 2nd place in Slow Fire Shoot

The Explorers will now begin training for the National Law Enforcement Conference in July.

Solicitor Season is Here

Along with the snow melting and sounds of robins chirping is another sure sign of spring – solicitors attempting to sell their wares and services door to door in Eden Prairie neighborhoods. Solicitors and peddlers who wish to work in Eden Prairie are required to obtain a license from the Police Department prior to operating. The EPPD’s Licensing Clerk reviews each application and conducts a background check on both the company and individual salespeople.

If the background check is found to be satisfactory, the solicitors and peddlers are allowed to work in the City during the dates stated on their applications. Solicitors and peddlers are not allowed to work in City parks. Peddling and soliciting is only allowed from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Approved solicitors and peddlers are required to wear an identification card from the Police Department which must be displayed between their neck and waist. Issuance of an identification card is in no way an endorsement of any product or service sold by a solicitor.

Exceptions are made for Eden Prairie school fundraisers and local non-profits serving Eden Prairie youth such as the Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts and churches. Additionally, non-profit organizations that are only asking for donations and not selling anything are not required to obtain a permit.

If you wish to exclude solicitors and peddlers from your property, post a sign near the entrance of your home with the words “Peddlers and Solicitors Prohibited.” The sign should be at least 3 and ¾ inches wide and 3 and ¾ inches long. The City also provides these cards free to residents at the Police Department receptionist desk in City Center.

Under MN Statute 325G.08, all peddlers and solicitors are required to provide buyers with a Notice of Cancellation for sales of $25 or greater. The Notice of Cancellation gives buyers three days to cancel their purchase without penalty. This statute is commonly known as the “Three-Day Cooling Off Law.”

If you see someone in your neighborhood selling door to door and you have any questions or concerns about them, or if you are approached by a solicitor without an identification card, please contact the EPPD’s 24-hour non-emergency number, 952-949-6200.

Our Professional Administrative Assistant

EPPD Administrative Assistant Jenna SpauldingToday is Administrative Professionals Day and here at the EPPD, we are fortunate to have one of the best. Jenna Spaulding has worked as the department’s Administrative Assistant since 2007. Prior to that she worked at the EPPD as a Records Technician for six years.

Last November Jenna was awarded the Civilian Employee of the Year from the Labor Management Team. Here is an excerpt from the award:

Jenna is incredibly hard-working – arriving early in the morning and often staying until late afternoon or early evening if she is needed to cover a meeting or event. Her door is always open and although her work is constantly interrupted, she drops whatever she’s doing and offers her help.

Jenna helps plan everything from the smallest lunch meeting to citywide events. She has a keen ability to plan ahead which helps keep many others around her on track.

Jenna is a great ambassador for the department and works closely with other city divisions including Facilities, IT and Finance, to make sure that things are running smoothly in the PD. Much of Jenna’s work is done behind the scenes and is unbeknownst to many EPPD staff.

She helps to on-board new employees, serves as backup to the front desk, maintains the department’s administrative records, orders food, tracks uniform and civilian clothing purchases, plans retirement parties and manages the department’s budget. Most importantly to many in the department, Jenna also oversees payroll. Jenna’s astute attention to detail and diligent follow-up have saved many people in the department from not receiving a paycheck on payday.

Jenna is creative, resourceful and brings significant energy to her position. She takes great pride in her work and it shows in everything she does.

Today, on Administrative Professionals Day, we’d like to, again, recognize and thank Jenna for being the glue that holds our department together.

Recognizing Outstanding Work

Yesterday the City of Eden Prairie held its Spring Employee Recognition Event where employee award recipients, new employees and employees celebrating milestone employment anniversaries were recognized. Eight EPPD employees were recognized for their years of service, including Sgt. Brent DuPont and Lt. Bill Wyffels, who have each served the City for 30 years.

In addition, three EPPD employees received “EPy” Awards for their work in the past year. Investigative Aide Pauline Sager and Officer Chad Streiff were each awarded the City Manager’s Quality Award, which is given to employees who have performed at a high level of productivity and quality that regularly exceed normal expectations. Detective Travis Serafin received the Mayor Jean L. Harris Award for Community Service.

Investigative Aide Sager received the award for her work creating two uniform financial fraud information packets, one for victims and a corresponding set of guidelines for law enforcement. The packet for victims provides specific steps on how to report a financial crime, close compromised accounts and manage credit reports. The packet for law enforcement includes specific checklists for officers taking the calls and investigators who are assigned to the cases. These guidelines were adopted by the Hennepin County Chiefs of Police Association and the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office, and have resulted in the streamlining of the process for both law enforcement and victims.

Officer Streiff received the City Manager’s Quality Award for his commitment to getting impaired drivers off the road. In the three years he has worked for the EPPD, Officer Streiff has arrested 207 people for DWI. Officer Streiff was not appointed to be a DWI high performer – it is a role he chose for himself and works hard at. He chooses a shift schedule that allows him to have the greatest opportunity to arrest drunk drivers. His passion, experience and keen observation skills help him detect a high number of potentially impaired drivers.

Detective Serafin received his award for the community service he provides to his home community of Waconia. There, Detective Serafin has been involved in the Waconia youth athletic community for five years. In particular, he has volunteered extensively with the girls hockey program, helping to promote and build it. In addition to coaching, he has served as an assistant coach for Waconia’s Rookie Hockey Camp for girls and boys for five years. Detective Serafin has also coached girls softball for four years and soccer for two years.

We would like to congratulate Investigative Aide Sager, Officer Streiff, Detective Serafin and the other EPPD staff who were recognized for their accomplishments.

Awarding Good Deeds

Lt. Matt Sackett, Mayor Nancy Tyra-Lukens, Dr. Rosa Seim, Shane Caughey, Chief Jim DeMann, Jodi Lannom, Khloe Lannom, Lucia Duggan, Emma Mayer

Last night Chief Jim DeMann awarded six civilians with Police Department awards for their roles in helping the victims of a serious car crash Jan. 22, 2018. Dr. Rosa Seim and Shane Caughey received the EPPD’s Commendation Award, and Jodi Lannom, Khloe Lannom, Lucia Duggan and Emma Mayer received Letters of Recognition.

Here is an excerpt from the award letter:

On the morning of January 22, 2018, an SUV traveling eastbound on Hwy. 5 in heavy snow and limited visibility was struck by a westbound car that had crossed the median. The eastbound vehicle held a mother and her three children ages eight, five and three. There was only one person in the westbound vehicle.

Before emergency personnel arrived on the scene, several vehicles stopped to help the victims. Retired emergency medicine Dr. Rosa Seim made contact with all of the people involved in the crash in order to triage them and then directed other citizens in administering emergency care to the victims. She also provided critical information to the responding emergency personnel on the status of the victims.

Shane Caughey, a firefighter with the Maple Lake Fire Department, stopped to help and was directed by Dr. Seim to stabilize the neck and airway of the unconscious driver of the westbound vehicle. Doing so allowed the driver to start breathing again. Mr. Caughey stayed on the scene assisting with the injured driver for an hour.

Jodi Lannom was driving with her daughter Khloe and friends Lucia Duggan and Emma Mayer when they came upon the accident. Ms. Lannom offered to take the uninjured 8-year-old from the eastbound vehicle into her own car to keep him safe and warm. She and the three girls stayed at the scene for nearly an hour, distracting the boy by talking and playing games with him inside the car.

The mother in the eastbound vehicle sustained multiple injuries including two broken hands. The 5-year-old had significant facial lacerations requiring stitches and the 3-year-old suffered a concussion. All three were transported by ambulance to the hospital.

This was a horrific crash that had a dramatic impact on many people. Thanks to the Good Samaritans who stopped to help, the victims were cared for immediately.