School’s Out!

School is out and kids will be spending more time out and about in Eden Prairie. Here are a few tips to help keep your kids safe as they explore the freedoms of summer.

Curfew
Curfew is established by Hennepin County and is enforced year-round:

Children under 12: Weekdays – home by 9 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays – home by 10 p.m.

Children Ages 12-14: Weekdays – home by 10 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays – home by 11 p.m.

Children Ages 15-17: Weekdays – home by 11 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays – home by midnight

Leaving Your Children Home Alone
There is no state law specifying at what age children can be left at home alone. However, Hennepin County Child Protection does have age-related guidelines for juvenile self-care. These guidelines are used by child welfare workers and police officers as an evaluation tool when they are called to a home where children are home alone. The guidelines are:

  • Children under age 8 should not be left alone
  • Ages 8-10 can be left for a couple of hours under certain circumstances
  • Ages 11-14 may baby-sit with the expectation that a parent will return later that same day
  • Ages 15 and older may baby-sit for more than 24 hours

When left alone, a child should know where the parents are and how to reach them. The child should also feel comfortable with the situation and know emergency resources. Before leaving a child home alone, the emotional maturity of the child should be evaluated by the parents. Ultimately it is the responsibility of parents to ensure that their child is cared for in their absence. Parents may be held accountable for the decision to leave child alone.

For more information on determining whether your child is ready to be left home alone, review ChildCare Aware of Minnesota’s checklist to aid in your decision-making.

Citizens Academy Applications Sought

2016 Citizens Academy Class

Have you ever wondered what it’s like behind the scenes at the EPPD? Well, here’s your chance to find out!

The EPPD is currently accepting applications for its Citizens Academy, a free six-week class that covers traffic enforcement, use of force, DWI enforcement, communications/911, the SWAT Unit and investigations.

Citizens Academy will run for six sessions on Tuesday evenings Sept. 12–Oct. 17 from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Dinner is provided. There is no cost for this event as it is funded by the Eden Prairie Crime Prevention Fund.

By submitting the application [PDF] you are entering a lottery to be chosen as a participant in the Eden Prairie Police Department Citizens Academy for 2017. There is no guarantee that you will be called to participate, as space is limited. The application deadline is Aug. 18, 2017. You will be notified via phone by Aug. 25 if you have been chosen to participate.

Before you apply, please note:

  • Participants must be at least 21.
  • Participants must live or work in Eden Prairie.
  • Participants are asked to make a commitment to attend each of the six sessions.
  • Participants must pass a simple background investigation.
  • Each evening includes a light meal followed by instruction time.

If you have any questions, please contact the EPPD at 952-949-6200.

Stop the Trafficking Run

Stop the Trafficing RunHave you ever wondered if there’s something you could do to help combat human trafficking? Well, this weekend you have an opportunity to make a difference by participating in the Stop the Trafficking Run at Purgatory Creek Park (13001 Technology Drive) in Eden Prairie. The 5K run/walk is Saturday, June 10 at 8:30 a.m. and you can register in advance or on race day. 

A team comprised of representatives from the EPPD, local churches, businesses and the City of Eden Prairie’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 the Trafficking.” All proceeds from the race will be designated toward organizations working to help sexually exploited youth in our surrounding communities.

One of the EPPD’s initiatives for 2016-17 is to combat human trafficking in Eden Prairie. 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. Last year there were nine arrests for human trafficking in Eden Prairie.

The EPPD is taking a several-pronged approach to combatting human trafficking including conducting prostitution stings, working with local hotels and educating officers, community organizations and the public on how they can help put an end to these horrific crimes.

We hope you’ll join us on June 10!

Night to Unite is Coming!

FOX 9 Chief Meteorologist Ian Leonard with Sgt. Tom Lowery, Reserve Officer Brett McMahon and Night to Unite kids in 2016

Each year on the first Tuesday of August, neighborhoods across the country dedicate one summer evening to celebrating and strengthening their commitment to a safer community.

This year’s Eden Prairie Night to Unite event will take place Tuesday, Aug. 1. Neighbors in Eden Prairie will join together to celebrate their neighborhoods, their city and anything else they wish to use as reasons for gathering. It is 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 representatives from the Eden Prairie Police or Fire departments visit your gathering, visit edenprairie.org/nighttounite and fill out the online registration form. Registrations are due Tuesday, July 25.

As is tradition in Eden Prairie, the City encourages residents to donate food to PROP, an Eden Prairie 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, as well as a bounce house donated to the party by Kinderberry Hill Child Development Center.

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

Submitted by Jenna Spaulding, Police Department Administrative Assistant

Det. Dean Corder Retires

Yesterday was Detective Dean Corder’s last day with the EPPD after a 30-year career in Eden Prairie. Det. Corder began working for the EPPD in 1987 and served as a detective from 1993 until his retirement. During his 26 years as an investigator, Det. Corder worked on, and solved, hundreds of cases including homicides, bank robberies, armed robberies, assaults, fraud and theft.

In many of the cases Det. Corder worked on, he took the lead when multiple jurisdictions were involved. He built relationships with investigators in other agencies and worked diligently to solve metro area crimes, even when Eden Prairie had fewer victims than other communities.

At his retirement celebration yesterday, Chief Jim DeMann presented Det. Corder with the Department’s Career Achievement Award which pays tribute to an employee for a great length of career accomplishments. The award read, in part:

“Det. Corder has a reputation both inside and outside of Eden Prairie as a calm and thorough investigator who is patient, persistent and creative. During his career, Det. Corder worked on several high-profile and complex cases.

In the summer of 2016, Det. Corder was the lead investigator on a homicide case that occurred in a residence in Eden Prairie. The suspect fled to the West Coast and after a thorough, six-week investigation, the suspect was arrested and charged with Second Degree Murder.

In early 2015, Det. Corder was the lead investigator into a string of home burglaries throughout the metro that occurred when homeowners were attending theatre performances. Through a diligent and in-depth investigation, Det. Corder and other investigators arrested the suspect who was linked to 42 burglaries in 19 communities, totaling $1 million in losses which included 22 firearms.

In 2012 Det. Corder investigated a conflict of interest case for another city involving a public official accused of financially exploiting a vulnerable adult. The case was both sensitive and time-consuming and required a great amount of detail work, patience and professionalism. Det. Corder demonstrated these qualities and more, which eventually led to a conviction for the suspect and praise from the Hennepin County Attorney for the way the case was investigated.

In 2013 Det. Corder helped investigate the disappearance of Eden Prairie resident Mandy Matula. While the investigation was a true team effort, the work by Det. Corder played a vital role throughout the six-month investigation. His resourcefulness, compassion and investigative knowledge helped to move the investigation forward, even when it became evident that the case was most likely a recovery, rather than a rescue.

Throughout his tenure in Eden Prairie, Det. Corder has exhibited the highest ideals of our profession – integrity, professionalism, fairness and exemplary service. We will greatly miss his contributions to our department and city.

We wish Det. Corder all the best in the next chapter of his life.