Today is Police Chief Jim DeMann’s last day with the Department. Chief DeMann was hired as an intern in the Police Department in 1983 and became an officer in January 1987. He was promoted to chief in July 2016. During his tenure, Chief DeMann held numerous roles including patrol officer, K-9 officer, field training officer, patrol sergeant, Emergency Response Unit (ERU) assistant team leader, field training unit supervisor, investigations lieutenant, patrol lieutenant, ERU commander, captain, deputy chief and chief.
Chief DeMann was a K-9 officer with his partner Champ from 1989 to 1997. In addition to apprehending suspects and searching for contraband, Chief DeMann and Champ competed in several regional and national K-9 competitions, earning a ninth-in-the-nation finish in 1990 and first place in a 1992 regional competition.
Chief DeMann was one of the founding members of the EPPD’s SWAT team in 1989, which was originally called the High Risk Tactical Team. He received the Award of Valor in 2002 along with then-Fire Chief Spencer Conrad for saving an elderly woman from an apartment fire.
In 2004, Chief DeMann and then-Sergeant Bill Wyffels created a program called Computer Intelligence System (CIS) that was designed to monitor crime trends using real-time information to improve the overall performance of the department. Although it has gone through several iterations since then, CIS is still used daily by officers.
During his tenure as Chief, he thoughtfully guided the EPPD through a period of change when the department saw multiple retirements. Chief DeMann is a man of high integrity who cares deeply for the members of his department and his community. His many contributions to the department will be felt for years to come.
On behalf of the entire community, we thank Chief DeMann for his dedication to the Eden Prairie Police Department and the residents of Eden Prairie. We are grateful for his leadership and wish him all the best in the next chapter of his life.