Mendota Heights Police Department

  • Agency: Mendota Heights Police Department
  • Address: 1101 Victoria Curve, Mendota Heights, 55118 MN
  • Chief: Mike Aschenbrener (Chief of Police)

Mendota Heights Police Department is located at 1101 Victoria Curve, Mendota Heights, 55118 MN. The Chief of Police of the department is Mike Aschenbrener. The Mendota Heights Police Department phone number is (651) 452.1366.

Mendota Heights Police Department News

Are you my owner? I was found wandering near Henry Sibley High School. If your my owner please call 651-452-1366! OWNER FOUND!

Thank you to our lunch time playmates who uncovered a safety hazard at Marie Park. The ground is LAVA! You have been warned.

Do you ever feel like we (the police) are just yapping at you on facebook? Sometimes it feels as if we are just saying the same old things in the same old way. Like we are always nagging, “slow down, use your signals, don’t text and drive, stop letting your passengers put their bare feet up on the dashboard because it is super icky”. In an effort to diversify our communications, we will be posting safety reminders that are written by members of our community - your friends and neighbors who feel passionate about an issue and who are willing to put their concerns in writing. Our first “mic check” post comes from Brian, who is concerned about the safety of cyclists and pedestrians. Here is his post: “Spring has sprung and with it all of the pedestrians and cyclists come out of hibernation, so I thought I’d write a few tips for safely sharing the road with all its various users. 1. Mendota Heights has several miles of dedicated bike/pedestrians paths that run along main roads like Lexington Ave or Marie Ave. These are great amenities, but can sometimes provide a false sense of security for both cyclists and motorists. When you approach an intersection with a street that has one of these paths next to it, be sure to check both left and right for oncoming cyclists, and stop behind the path itself. These paths lend themselves to cyclists being t-boned by motorists who either pull too far forward, or only look in one direction before proceeding. 2. Because of the aforementioned risk to cyclists at these intersections, many cyclists choose ride in the street instead of the paths sometimes (e.g. I personally do not like traveling southbound on the path along Lexington Ave for this reason). Cyclists are not required to use the side paths, and are afforded the same rights to the road as motorists. So if you see a cyclist using the road when there’s a path next to them, understand that they’re not doing it to be annoying. Afford them the 3 feet of required space when you can safely pass them. 3. When a cyclist is crossing the street on a striped crosswalk, by state law they have the same rights as a pedestrian on the crosswalk. So be sure to allow them the right-of-way before proceeding. And of course it goes without saying, don’t be a distracted driver. We all want to get home in one piece! Happy Spring!” If you have a post or topic that you would like us to post, message us!

Hello Facebook Fam, Traffic issues and pedestrian/bike safety are always at the top of the list when we ask our Citizens what their police related concerns are. One intersection that is particularly worrisome is Dodd Road and South Plaza Drive. The issue is when there is a vehicle in both southbound lanes and a pedestrian is crossing from east to west. Often times the vehicle in the number 1 lane will see the pedestrian and stop and vehicle in lane 2 will not, resulting in way too many close calls. We have installed crosswalk signs that will flash when a pedestrian presses the buttons (located on both sides of the cross walk). In addition to the signs, there are a couple of things we can do to make the intersection safer. As drivers, we can follow the posted speed limit, observe proper following distance, and signal our turn from southbound Dodd to South Plaza Drive (I mean, we should be signaling all our turns, but since cops are often the biggest violators in the fail to signal world, we are not trying to throw stones). As pedestrians, we can use the buttons at the cross walk, check both southbound lanes before entering them, and, if riding a bike, actually walk them across the street. Now, get out there and safely enjoy this beautiful day! Chief.

As many of you know, National Law Enforcement Memorial Day is Tuesday, May 15th. Police Officers from all across Minnesota will stand guard at the Minnesota Law Enforcement Memorial, located on the grounds of the State Capitol, starting at 7:00 PM on at Monday, May 14th through 7:00 PM on May 15th. Mendota Heights Officers will guard the memorial on Monday, May 14th at 7:00 PM as a wreath is laid for Officer Scott Patrick. The event is open to the public. https://www.mnlema.org/

Our community is awesome.

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Follow-up from the Community Meeting As many of you know, the Mendota Heights Police Department held a community notification meeting regarding the release of Kirk Fugelseth. Mark Bliven from the Department of Corrections and Alison Feigh from the Jacob Wetterling Resource Center were on hand to provide some clarity on how we got here and what we can do to protect our community. It was so encouraging to see the number of citizens who took an active role and joined us in person and on-line. We would like to apologize that we did not have the appropriate size facility or any amenities one would normally expect at community meeting, we simply did not have the time and we did not want to delay notification any longer than necessary. Our community members showed up concerned, engaged, and informed and participated in thoughtful and productive dialogue. We had elected officials from the local, county, and state level present in person and via the web. We had law enforcement from Mendota Heights as well as the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension present to show support and unity. We had advocate services like 360 Communities on hand to offer their expertise and guidance. We have uploaded the presentation, a link to watch the meeting live, and some resources at: https://tinyurl.com/y9e6a8b9 As always, please feel free to contact the Chief at kellym@mendota-heights.com with any comments, concerns, questions, or suggestions.

Update on the Community Notification Meeting Tomorrow As many of you are aware, the Mendota Heights Police Department is hosting a community notification meeting on Thursday, April 26th at 7:00 PM at City Hall. Representatives from the Department of Corrections will be facilitating the discussion and answering your questions. Earlier today, Chief McCarthy met with Fugelseth and got more information regarding his release. If you cannot attend the meeting, Town Square TV will be airing it live. We will be respectful of people’s privacy and will focus on filming presenters and the presentation. Audience members will be able to ask questions in person and/or in written format. More information on the broadcast can be found at https://www.townsquare.tv/

UPDATED Predatory Offender Information ***Town Square Television is planning on having this Community Notification LIVE on Cable Television, Comcast Xfinity Channel 21 & CenturyLink Prism Channel 8421. The notification meeting will also be Web Streamed LIVE and available for archive viewing at www.townsquare.tv*** On April 18, 2018, the Mendota Heights Police Department was informed that Kirk Fugelseth, a level 2 predatory offender, intends on moving to Mendota Heights. In accordance with Minnesota Statutes 244.052 and 253D.32, the Mendota Heights Police Department is releasing information regarding Kirk Alan Fugelseth, a registrant subject to public notification. Mr. Fugelseth will be moving to Mendota Heights on or after 04/23/2018. This individual has served the sentence imposed on him by the court, and is transitioning into/within the community. A Community Notification Meeting has been scheduled for 7:00 PM on Thursday, April 26, 2018 at the Mendota Heights City Council Chambers, 1101 Victoria Curve, in Mendota Heights. Representatives from the Department of Corrections and the Mendota Heights Police Department will be available to provide you with useful information on public safety. We are working with Town Square Television to broadcast/record the meeting for those who cannot attend. More details to follow. We have attached a fact sheet provided by the Department of Corrections. If you have any questions, please contact Chief Kelly McCarthy at 651-452-1366 or by email at kellym@mendota-heights.com

A warm gesture of caring for a total stranger on an otherwise cold day. Today, MHPD Officers were dispatched to a report of a homeless male sleeping behind a business in Mendota Heights. Officers arrived and spoke to the man who informed them that he is homeless and trying to make his way to Iowa. He stated that he had fallen asleep behind the business overnight to find himself literally freezing in the morning. Instead of turning the man away, the business allowed the man to sit in the business office to warm up. An employee who overheard the man’s story took it upon herself to find the bus information for his destination and, without hesitation, gave him the cash from her own pocket to pay for the ticket. The man was overcome with gratitude. He left with a tear in his eye as officers gave him a ride to the bus station in St. Paul where he boarded his bus for the rest of his journey. As always, it is our honor and privilege to serve one of the greatest communities around.

The City of Eagan is hosting a meeting regarding the new Vikings facility. Join us on Monday, April 16th at 4:00 PM at Trinity School and be part of the conversation.

Coffee with a cop! This Wednesday (4/4/2018) at 09:00 at TK's Coffee in Lilydale.

A Samsung Galaxy S8 was found in Valley Park on Marie. If it is yours, please send a message so we can get it back to you!

I don’t know about you all, but this is a level of civil participation that I did not have as a student at Henry Sibley. Very proud of our community right now! -Chief

“Pay your past due bill or we’ll turn off your electricity in 30 minutes!” Don’t fall for it! Hang up and patiently wait for your next invoice. Don’t let fear make you a victim. Use caller ID to screen calls, avoid answering phone numbers or returning calls to numbers you don’t recognize, and always verify any issues or questions with the business or person in question.

There is a $500 REWARD being offered for information that leads to the arrest of the individual(s) responsible for the recent thefts from vehicles in Mendota. If you see something, say something! PLEASE CALL 651-452-1366 or email pdrecords@mendota-heights.com.

Proud to be part of STEAM day at Visitation. Thank you to Inv. Gorgos for helping make science fun. http://kstp.com/news/steam-day-provides-inspiration-to-dozens-of-girls/4820738/?cat=1

Here is the new K-9 unit at the MHPD. Introducing Rex the wonder puppy! Rex will be trained to chase down treats and sniff out cuddles.

Coffee anyone? Chief is going to be at TK's tomorrow morning (Wednesday) at 9:00 AM. All are welcome. You may even get a free cup of coffee out of the deal!

Possible Fraud Alert: if you get a pop up window on your computer asking you to call 1-661-263-5022, beware! Remember to never give out sensitive information over the phone. A Mendota Heights resident was recently a target of this scam but did not fall for it!

No reports in Mendota Heights, but keep an eye out! http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2018/02/22/inver-grove-heights-possible-child-luring/

Garold M. “Jerry” Murphy Community Service Award 2017 The City of Mendota Heights is accepting nominations for the 2nd Annual Garold M. “Jerry” Murphy Community Service Award. Jerry started his volunteer service to the community on an August evening in 1967 when he assisted at a neighbor’s house fire. From that day on Jerry made himself available to the police department on a moment’s notice to assist with transports, perimeters, car unlocks and community presentations. He especially loved the opportunity to work with kids of all ages whether it was reading to second graders or counseling teens on homecoming week. He had a gift for making those in his presence feel comfortable and included, even if he disagreed with you. Jerry was always kind and looked to bring out the best in everyone and every situation. Jerry was a recipient of the Presidents Life Time Achievement Award for documenting over 5,000 hours to volunteer service; we estimate conservatively that he volunteered in excess of 40,000 hours to just police service-related projects. He generously gave his time to community, church and family and always did so with a smile, a kind word and a story. Ted Kronschnabel was our first recipient of the award in 2016. He accepted this award at the 2017 Volunteer Week City Council Meeting. Please take the time to think about those in your life who selflessly volunteer their time to make our community a better place to live. We are looking for nominations to recognize the wonderful ambassadors of the City of Mendota Heights and the 2nd Annual Community Service Award winner who will uphold Jerry’s legacy. Please consider nominating someone who: • Volunteers • Has a can-do spirit • Is a good role model • Exudes compassion • Has a positive attitude • Is well respected Nomination forms can be found on the City of Mendota Heights website or at City Hall the deadline for applications is Friday, March March 16. The recipient will be recognized at the April 17, 2018 council meeting.