Alexandria Police Department

  • Agency: Alexandria Police Department
  • Address: 501 3rd Avenue West, Alexandria, 56308 MN
  • Chief: Richard Wyffels (Chief of Police)
Phone: 320-763-6631
Fax: 320-763-3193

Alexandria Police Department is located at 501 3rd Avenue West, Alexandria, 56308 MN. The Chief of Police of the department is Richard Wyffels. The Alexandria Police Department phone number is 320-763-6631.

Alexandria Police Department News

We are pretty certain Halloween is Officer Cook’s favorite day. Every year he takes it upon himself to buy tons of candy, handing it out to the trick or treaters all over the city. Officer Cook, are you even scheduled to work tonight? 😉 Thank you.

Happy birthday to Alex!

Today we witnessed an incredible example of kindness. Earl Melchert, the man who made the call everyone was waiting for on 09-05-17, was presented with the reward money that had been offered by the Sarah Block family and an anonymous source. What no one expected was the kindness and generosity that came straight from Earl’s heart today. He believes that young lady that came running towards him that September day is the real hero and without hesitation, Earl handed the reward over to her, followed by a big hug. Thank you Earl, it is people like you that make this world a better place. Have a great day everyone and please remember to be kind to one another. Chief Rick Wyffels

We were graced with a visit to the Alexandria Police Department by two men that are the example of service to this country and to community. US Army Colonel Bernie Cullen (Ret.) served 34 years active duty and an additional eight years as a civilian. Bernie called and asked if we could accommodate a tour for his father in law, Robert Beers of Oklahoma. As we found out visiting with Mr. Beers, he served during World War II from 1942-1945 for the Army Air Corps Service (AACS), later named the US Air Force. He was stationed in Africa and not long after served for the Oklahoma State Patrol from 1953-1986. Robert retired from the patrol at the rank of Lieutenant with 33 years of service. The combined service of these two wonderful, humble men is nearly 80 years. Mr. Beers words of wisdom when asked, “Love your wife and everything else will work out”. Bernie and Robert, thank you for your service to our country and for your time with us here today. You brightened the day at our office!!!!!

Thank you for your commitment, Officer Ross. IPMBA Certification is not easy and you have worked hard for several years on this assignment during the summer months.

16 years ago today, our country was changed forever. We will never forget all the lives and families affected by this horrific event on that particular day, as well as in the years to come. The first responders, people in those buildings, on the planes, families waiting in horror and the aftermath that followed. To all the men and women of our military answering the call that were and still are affected, as well as the families of every one of them. There have been so many sacrifices, it is something this country will and should always remember. Please appreciate everyday we are given and remember to love one another.

Our deepest sympathy's go out to the family, friend's and partner's of Wayzata Police Officer Bill Matthews. Please keep the family of Officer Matthews in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Please hug your loved ones and friends as often as you can.

* * * * Updated News Release * * * * THREE MEN ARRESTED IN THE ABDUCTION AND ASSAULT OF ALEXANDRIA TEEN Three men are under arrest and will be charged this week in the abduction of Alexandria teenager Jasmine Block. Block disappeared from her home on August 8 and since then has been the focus of an intense search by law enforcement and members of the community. At approximately 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 6, Block was found running through a field in Grant County near Thompson Lake toward a local resident. She identified herself as Jasmine Block and asked the man to call 911. Block told responding officers that she had been abducted. Three men are being held in the Douglas County Jail on probable cause kidnapping, false imprisonment, and assault. • Thomas Barker, 32, of Carlos, Minn. • Steven Powers, 20, of Mankato • Joshua Holby, 31, of Carlos Specific charges will be determined by the Douglas County Attorney. According to the preliminary investigation, Thomas Barker approached Block outside of her home around 11 PM on August 8 on the pretense that he needed help with a situation. Mr. Barker was known to Block and so she offered to assist and entered Barker’s vehicle. Barker drove Block to his Carlos residence. Once inside he restrained her with zip ties, repeatedly assaulted her and threatened her with weapons. Mr. Holby lives with Mr. Barker took part in the assaults, as did Mr. Powers, who arrived at the home about 2 weeks following the abduction. These assaults continued over the several weeks she was being held. Late last week, the men took Block from the house to various locations including a cornfield and a foreclosed property in Grant County. On Tuesday afternoon, the three men left Block alone while they traveled to a nearby town for lunch. This was the first time in 29 days she was left alone. Block ran for help, knocking on doors at several homes and eventually swimming across part of Thompson Lake to locate a residence where someone could help her. This remains an ongoing investigation and many details about what happened are still to be learned. Investigators are attempting to identify the specific cornfields through which the suspects drove with Block. They are also hoping to locate Block’s shoes and pants, which were lost as she swam for help. Investigators are asking farmers in Pope, Grant and Douglas counties to check their corn fields for damage associated with vehicles driving through them, and for anglers at Thompson Lake to report any clothing located floating or on the shoreline.

UPDATE: Details: On September 5th, 2017, Jasmine Block was located in rural Grant County. She is being treated for minor injuries at the Douglas County Hospital and has been reunited with her family. We will continue to do updates as the investigation unfolds. This is an active, ongoing investigation. The Alexandria Police Department, FBI, BCA, MN Department of Corrections, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Grant County Sheriff’s Office, Pope County Sheriff’s Office, and the Glenwood Police Department are actively working together to put the details of this situation together. We have arrested three people in connection to the disappearance of Jasmine Block. At this point in the investigation, the Alexandria Police Department believes releasing the identities of these people could jeopardize the ongoing efforts of the investigation. Jasmine has been reunited with her family. Please respect the privacy of the family during this time of reunification. The public is not at risk at this time. Pending the overnight investigation more information is planned to be released tomorrow, September 6th, 2017. Chief Richard Wyffels

****NEWS RELEASE***** UPDATE Details: On September 5th, 2017, Jasmine Block was located in rural Grant County. She is being treated for minor injuries at the Douglas County Hospital and has been reunited with her family. We will continue to do updates as the investigation unfolds. This case is still under full investigation.

**** UPDATED NEWS RELEASE**** Reward now is $7,000 for information leading to Jasmine Block’s safe return. It has been 25 days since 15-year-old Jasmine Block disappeared from her Alexandria home. A citizen who would like to remain anonymous today added $5,000 to the $2,000 already donated as a reward for Jasmine’s safe return. Investigators continue to ask the public to search their properties and surrounding areas for anything that is out of place or unusual. The investigative team is working hard and pursuing every lead to determine what happened and why Jasmine disappeared. Jasmine’s family, friends and community desperately want her safe return. The Alexandria Police Department is asking the public to come forward with any information. There are a variety of ways to do so – including options for those who wish to remain anonymous. • Call the Alexandria Police Department at 320-763-6631 • Reply to a post on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Alexandria-Police-Department-Alexandria-MN-1559888894240570/ • Send a private message on Facebook Messenger • Send an email to reward@alexandriapolice.com No information is too insignificant. It may be the piece we need to find Jasmine.

Chance dropped off an invite at the police department. He was hoping some officers could make it to his 5th birthday party today. Have a great birthday, Chance. Oh and mom, the officers hope his birthday present doesn't make too much noise 😉. Be kind to one another everyone and have a great day.

----UPDATE ON MISSING PERSON---- Our search for Jasmine Block continues, it is the mission of the Alexandria Police Department to bring Jasmine home safety. We have interviewed and spoken with dozens of family, friends and people that may have seen her in the days and hours prior to her disappearance. The information we have collected has resulted in a timeline leading up the early morning hours of 08-09-17 when she was reported as missing. We have many gaps in our timeline asking that if you had spent any time with Jasmine or seen her in the in 2 days prior to her disappearance that you contact us so we can account for Jasmine’s whereabouts. We are asking for the communities help in try to locate or identify a small group of people that she was with early in afternoon on bike/data trail on Monday August 7 around 1 PM in the area of the Burger King /Super America at 3rd Ave and Nokomis Street area. We have interviewed several friends or people that saw her with 2 other teenagers and a male in his 30’s that was reported to be balding or very closely shaven hair. They were all reported to be riding bikes and is believed that these people may have been from out of town. We are asking for help to identify who these people may have been that she was with for informational purposes and time line references.

****UPDATE ON MISSING PERSON**** The Alexandria Police Department continues to investigate and follow up on every lead regarding Jasmine Block. We appreciate the public’s assistance with each new lead received. We would strongly encourage anyone who may know of Jasmine’s whereabouts to contact our agency at 320-763-6631. Throughout this investigation, many interviews have been conducted and our efforts continue. We are now working with several partner agencies to include, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, Minnesota Department of Corrections, Minnesota State Patrol, and the Federal Bureau of Investigations. As of 3 p.m., an organized ground search was conducted with the assistance of the Alexandria Fire Department and Douglas County Sheriff’s Posse. There have been no case facts in establishing the areas being searched or that lead us to believe Jasmine is currently located in any of these areas. It is simply to conduct a thorough search near an adjacent wooded area by the residence. Our efforts will continue and any new information gathered throughout the investigation will be shared via updated releases. We want to remind the public that we are investigating a missing person case and our goal is to bring Jasmine home safely to her family.

*******UPDATE ON MISSING PERSON*********

****************MISSING PERSON***************** The Alexandria Police Department is looking for the public’s assistance in locating a missing 15 year old female. Jasmine Block described as white female with a tan complexion, 5-1, 110 pounds, with brown curly hair. Last seen wearing black and red pajama pants, unknown top. Jasmine was last seen at her residence about 1030 p.m. on 08/08/17. If you know of Jasmine’s whereabouts or see her please call the Alexandria Police Department at 320-763-6631 or 911.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2017 community night out. There are so many people to thank for giving their time to make this event a success. Our staff is proud to serve the city of Alexandria, but even more importantly, we are humbled by the support the citizens show us on a daily basis. Please continue to be kind to one another. Have a great day everyone.

Thank you to these ladies for the awesome treat basket and appreciation cards. We hope summer basketball is treating you well. This is but one of the reasons we do what we do. Our staff loves serving this community. Have a wonderful rest of your summer. Let's try to smile at someone today and say hello, it could change their entire day.

The officers loved the lemonade Kennedi. You inspire us all, you are our hero. Officer Nelson and Officer Kakach said it made their day. Thank you. #teamkkalltheway Have a great week and as always, let's simply be nice to one another.

What a great day for one of the Challenge Academy classes to visit the police department. These students wanted to know about investigations and all around police work. I think they really enjoyed the police cars and everything inside them. They all had great questions and the detectives enjoyed every minute of it. We are looking forward to tomorrow’s class as well. Thank you for making our day, it was fun. Have a great day everyone and as always, please be kind to one another.

Even though the weather was a bit cold, the Teen Distracted Driving Event at Casey’s Amusement Park had a great turn out. Thank you to the Crystal Hoepner and Misty Hvezda of the Safe Communities Coalition for organizing and setting up this event. Students learned about distracted driving in separate breakout sessions. These sessions included on-track driving, Impact of a Crash, Teen Driving Risks, Teen Driving Laws and Share the Road. The Alexandria Police Department wants to thank everyone who contributed and volunteered their time; The Safe Communities Coalition, Casey’s Amusement Park, Horizon Public Health, Dilley Zimney Insurance Company, Central Lakes Driving School, North Ambulance, the Alexandria Fire Department, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, and Freedom First Riders. A special thank you to all of the parents who came with their teens and helped promote safety while driving. Without your support, this would be difficult. The young new drivers as well as their parents benefit from this experience with increased knowledge and experience. If this project can save at least one life through safe driving and smart choices, it is well worth the effort. Thank you all, and remember, let’s be nice to one another each and every day. Have a great week.

What a pleasant surprise. Olivia, from Girl Scout Troop 270 stopped into the police station with her mother. The troop wanted to donate a few cookies to our staff. We love it and appreciate the gesture. Have an excellent weekend and remember, please be kind to one another.

Yesterday turned out to be a beautiful afternoon for the Polar Plunge. On behalf of all law enforcement, we want to thank everyone for their support of the Special Olympics. There are so many people to thank for their volunteer time in making this the success it was. The plunge coordinator, Sergeant Keith Melrose, is working with local media outlets on the final numbers, but it was another great year. Again, thank you to everyone who helped; the photographer of the event, the brave plungers, and everyone who supported those plungers by donating are greatly appreciated. Another special thank you to the local businesses donating their time and materials as well as the ATCC law enforcement students and others who cut the hole in the ice and set up the plunge area, Douglas County Dive Team making sure all jumpers were safe, and Arrowwood Resort for continuing to support this event every year. There are so many others to thank; the list just goes on and on. However, to all of you, and you know who you are, thank you very much. Without your generosity this would not be possible. Below is a glimpse at a few of the photos taken yesterday; they will all be available soon on the Special Olympics website, as well as on Jennifer Guenther Photography’s Facebook page. Please take a few minutes to enjoy the photos. Have a great week and remember, please be kind to one another.

Chief Wyffels and Officer Darcie Zirbes helped celebrate Voyager Elementary School’s DARE graduation today. Congratulations to all of the graduates! The DARE program continues to be one of the most rewarding activities in our community for both the instructors and the students. Have a great weekend everyone!

On behalf of all law enforcement, fire fighters, and emergency personnel, we want to thank “We Got Your Back” and the public for the continued support. Craig McMillian, Gordie Billmark and all the committee members who have volunteered their time and energy into recognizing what emergency personnel do for our communities. We are starting to see these billboards popping up in the area and simply wanted to say thank you. We appreciate it and realize how much support there is in our communities. The commitment and energy of this committee should not go unnoticed and we are thankful. Please have a great day and as always, be kind to one another; it makes a difference.