Yesterday was Lt. Jim Morrow’s last day at the EPPD after serving here for 28 years. During his career, Lt. Morrow worked as a K-9 officer, Drug Task Force investigator, patrol sergeant, investigations sergeant, support lieutenant, patrol lieutenant and SWAT team member, leader and commander. At his farewell event, Lt. Morrow received the EPPD’s Career Achievement Award from Chief Jim DeMann. The award read in part:
“During his many years in leadership roles in the organization, Lt. Morrow was known for his dedication to the department and the community. He has a great ability to see the big picture and distill it down into manageable, understandable tasks.
One of the areas where he made the greatest impact was through his involvement with the SWAT/ERU team. For 26 years, Lt. Morrow helped develop Eden Prairie’s SWAT team into one of Minnesota’s top teams through his leadership and advocacy for the team. Lt. Morrow also felt strongly about SWAT teams from different agencies training together in order to better respond together. To that end, Lt. Morrow was active in the Southwest Metro Consortium and helped create the Southwest Metro SWAT Basic School.
In 2013 Lt. Morrow began working on a project which will become a legacy for him: the Regional Response Plan. Lt. Morrow worked with police and fire personnel from Eden Prairie, Minnetonka, Edina, Hopkins and St. Louis Park along with Hennepin County EMS to create a new approach to managing public safety personnel during a mass casualty incident, with the simultaneous goal of neutralizing any threats and quickly providing trauma care and transport for victims.
This approach allows victims to get treatment quicker, increasing their likelihood of survival. The approach is documented in a 17-page Regional Response Plan. Since the plan was implemented in 2014, over 1,700 public safety personnel have received the regional response training.”
Lt. Morrow’s leadership, enthusiasm and commitment to serving the Police Department and the community will be greatly missed. We wish him well on the next chapter of his life.