Yesterday, EPPD Detective Andy Rohde retired after serving the department for 28 years. Det. Rohde started working for Eden Prairie in 1989 as a patrol officer. In 2002 he began working as a detective, a role he held until his retirement, and also served on the Emergency Response Unit for 10 years. In 2016, Det. Rohde was awarded the Officer of the Year Award by his peers.
At yesterday’s retirement event, Chief Jim DeMann presented Det. Rohde with the Career Achievement Award which is given to police personnel who have demonstrated over the course of one’s career a consistent and superior performance of assigned duties.
Det. Rohde’s award read in part:
Det. Rohde developed an expertise in several areas including arson investigations, contractor fraud investigations, human trafficking interviews and serving as a liaison to the Islamic community in Eden Prairie. Det. Rohde’s advice on these topics was sought after by both new and senior members of the department.
Det. Rohde was always willing to drop what he was doing to help another staff member. In particular, Det. Rohde trained numerous new officers on effective interview and investigative techniques. Because Det. Rohde was so easy to work with and so generous with his time, he served as a mentor to many new officers.
One of Det. Rohde’s more difficult cases came in 2014 when two men broke into the Lifetime Fitness club and robbed and beat a man, leaving him with severe head trauma. A short time later the same suspects beat a second man in his home, also causing severe head trauma. After the suspects were arrested at the scene, Det. Rohde interviewed them and was able to obtain a confession. The case went to trial and the primary assailant was sentenced to 160 months in prison.
The prosecutor who worked on the case sent a note to the department after the sentencing praising Det. Rohde for his great work, responsiveness and dedicated involvement throughout the case.
Det. Rohde also worked on several other high profile cases. He was the lead investigator on a theft by swindle case involving a daycare in Eden Prairie that was overbilling the State of Minnesota $13,000 per month and he worked on a contractor fraud case that took two years to investigate 14 victims who lost more than $1 million.
Congratulations on your retirement Det. Rohde! We wish you well on the next chapter of your life.