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

The annual Alexandria Bicycle Safety Rodeo is being held Saturday, April 21, 2018 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM at The Alexandra Technical and Community College’s Law Enforcement Center, 1967 Jefferson St. There is no charge for this event and lunch will also be provided free of charge. There will be bicycle inspections, a safety course and bicycles will be given away to 4 lucky children! There will also be drawings for other prizes. The purpose of the Bicycle Safety Rodeo is to teach children various bicycle safety skills and techniques.

Thanks to Lea for brightening our day and bringing us treats!!

Olivia from Girl Scout Troop 270 wanted to share some cookies with our police officers today. Sgt. Schroeder was looking to buy some more, but Olivia was all out. Thank you for brightening our day and putting a smile on our faces. Have a great day everyone and remember to continue being kind to one another.

Officer Jim Gripne was asked to be the “celebrity reader” at Woodland Elementary School today. He had the opportunity to read books to different classrooms as February is “I Love to Read Month”. The students and Officer Gripne enjoyed multiple books, including discussing all the pictures. They also had a chance to visit after the books were read. Thank you, Officer Gripne, we know how much you enjoy this and being there for the students.

Students learning about forensics and investigations had a great time at the high school. I was told Teacher Kelly Hilbrand and Officer Jim Gripne were impressed with their work. It is fun to see the smiles on everyone's faces. Have a great weekend and please be kind to one another.

_________________ NEWS RELEASE _________________ Date: 1-5-2018 Location: Alexandria, MN 56308 Incident: Dwelling Fire Details: On 01/05/18 at app 0456 hours, The Alexandria Fire Department, Alexandria Police Department and North Memorial Ambulance were called to a mobile home on fire with smoke and flames visible. Upon arrival the mobile home was fully engulfed and responding units were told that there were possibly two people inside the residence. Alexandria Fire Department was able to knock down the flames enough to enter the residence and located two people in the back bedroom. Both parties were brought out of the residence and life saving measures were started. Both parties were later pronounced deceased. Midwest Medical Examiner’s office will be conducting autopsies. The Alexandria Police Department and State Fire Marshalls Office will be conducting a complete investigation of the fire. Cause of the fire is undetermined. We are currently not releasing the names of involved parties until all family can be notified.

It’s hard not to love this time of year in such a great community. Today an anonymous donor gave a hefty sum of money to both the Alexandria Police Department and the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office with a simple request to spread some holiday cheer. Our Officers responded by purchasing gift cards to a local business and handing them out to eight lucky people that they picked at random inside the store. Thank you to the anonymous donor. We hope this was a fitting use of your generous gift. Have a great week everyone!

A big thank you and happy holidays to one of our local businesses. Hazel Hill Cabinetry dropped off a very generous meat and cheese tray for our department this afternoon. We recognize that not all communities have such a positive relationship with their law enforcement agencies and feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to serve such wonderful citizens in our area. Thank you to Jeremy and Bethany Olson and all of the Hazel Hill team.

We had a great turnout last night at Shop With A Cop. This is totally about the children, but it is so heartwarming to watch the interaction and caring among all involved. Thank you everyone and remember, let’s continue spreading kindness to one another. It works. Have a great weekend

Good morning, Alexandria! We hope your day is great and please don't forget to be kind to one another. What a sunrise.

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 • Send a private message on Facebook Messenger • Send an email to 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.