Today is Sgt. Pete Vosbeek’s last day at the EPPD. Sgt. Vosbeek began working for Eden Prairie in January 1988. In addition to working as a patrol officer, Sgt. Vosbeek was one of the first members of the High Risk Entry Team which evolved into the current SWAT team. Sgt. Vosbeek also served as a Firearms Instructor, Police Explorer Advisor, Use of Force Instructor and Reserve Officer Coordinator. He was promoted to sergeant in 2005 and in that capacity worked as a patrol sergeant, support sergeant and training sergeant.
At his retirement celebration last week, Chief Jim DeMann presented Sgt. Vosbeek with the department’s Career Achievement Award which read, in part:
Sgt. Vosbeek was known in the department as an expert on all things vehicle-related. He handled the purchasing of all department vehicles from 2006 to today, working closely with vendors and the Eden Prairie Fleet Services Division to make sure our staff received the safest, most high-functioning vehicles. In 2006, Sgt. Vosbeek recommended that the department switch from the standard Ford Crown Victoria squad cars to the more fuel-efficient and better- performing Dodge Chargers. The switch was made and we received positive feedback from both officers and community members.
Sgt. Vosbeek knows so much about vehicles that in 1993 the department received a letter from a motorist who had been pulled over by then-Officer Vosbeek for having improperly working taillights. Officer Vosbeek gave them a warning and then figured out why their taillights weren’t working and suggested a solution, something their mechanic had not been able to do.
Sgt. Vosbeek managed the department’s TZD (Towards Zero Deaths) program for many years, coordinating with the state and other agencies to combine resources for the enforcement of car seats, seatbelts, distracted driving and driving while impaired. As a result of his efforts, additional resources were brought to Eden Prairie to combat moving violations.
Congratulations Sgt. Vosbeek! We wish you all the best in retirement.