Eden Prairie Police Department

  • Agency: Eden Prairie Police Department
  • Address: 8080 Mitchell Road, Eden Prairie, 55344 MN
  • Chief: (Chief of Police)

Eden Prairie Police Department is located at 8080 Mitchell Road, Eden Prairie, 55344 MN. The Eden Prairie Police Department phone number is 952-949-6200.

Eden Prairie Police Department News

Movember in the EPPD If you stop by the EPPD this month or come across an Eden Prairie officer around town, you may notice that some of our male officers appear to have forgotten to shave. In fact, they are not shaving their facial hair for a reason – Movember. Globally, November has been designated as the month to raise awareness for men’s health. The month has been coined “Movember” for the various mustaches that many men grow to show support for the research and awareness of men’s health issues. In 2016, Movember events in the United States raised $16.3 million which goes towards raising awareness around various men’s health issues, specifically testicular cancer, prostate cancer and mental health. To learn more about this campaign visit the Movember website (https://us.movember.com/).

STATEMENT: RUMORS OF POTENTIAL VIOLENCE AT CENTRAL MIDDLE SCHOOL On the morning of Friday, Nov. 3, 2017, staff at Central Middle School (8025 School Road) notified a Police Department school liaison officer of concerning rumors circulating among parents and students. The rumors are about potential violence planned for Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017. The Eden Prairie Police Department is working closely with the school district to determine a verified source of the rumors; at this time, Police have found no credible evidence to support them. Eden Prairie Police maintain an ongoing presence at Eden Prairie schools throughout the year, and will have an increased presence at Central Middle School Thursday because of these rumors; however, there is no specific and verifiable threat to the safety of students and faculty.

The Donut Boy Last week EPPD Lt. Dave Becker and Officer Leslie Perez had a chance to meet 10-year-old Tyler Carach, aka The Donut Boy. Tyler is a big fan of law enforcement and would like to be a K-9 officer when he grows up. In 2016 Tyler started a program called “I DONUT need a reason to thank a cop,” with a mission to thank every police officer in the United States by giving them a donut. Tyler is from Florida, and so far he has visited 18 states and given out 28,000 donuts. At each of his visits Tyler also serves coffee and gives out thank-you cards. Tyler’s 10th birthday was Nov. 5 and to celebrate Tyler organized a “Birthday with the Blue” road trip which involved visiting 10 states in 10 days. Last Friday it was Minnesota’s turn. Tyler was at Mall of America from 9 a.m. to noon handing out donuts to officers, including Lt. Becker and Officer Perez. We would like to thank Tyler for all of his support and, of course, for the donuts! If you’d like to learn more about Tyler and his mission, visit his Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/IDONUTneedareasontothankacop.

Our thoughts and deepest condolences are with the victims, their families, the first responders and all of those affected by the terrible act of violence in Sutherland Springs, Texas. In honor, respect and remembrance, flags at City of Eden Prairie buildings will be flown at half-staff until sunset on Thursday, Nov. 9.

K9 Equipment Dedication Last Friday, a group of community members came together to dedicate new K-9 equipment for the EPPD. The project started earlier this year when the family of the late Dr. John Wright, the EPPD’s first veterinarian, donated $15,000 to the Eden Prairie Crime Prevention Fund to be used for non-budgeted items needed for the K-9 unit. After the department’s two K-9 officers identified the greatest need to be new agility training equipment, the department worked with the City’s Senior Center to find wood shop volunteers to build it. After a generous donation of wood from Home Depot and 247 hours of volunteer labor, the equipment is finished. At the dedication ceremony last Friday, the K-9 team of Officer Scott Mittelstadt and Riggs were joined by members of Dr. Wright’s family, and some of the volunteer woodworkers and painters. Officer Mittelstadt and Riggs demonstrated how the equipment will be used when the full agility course is set up outside next spring. The EPPD would like to thank all of the Senior Center volunteers and the family of Dr. Wright for the generous donation of their time and money to make this project possible.

Welcome Officers Barrie and Williamson This afternoon EPPD Chief Jim DeMann swore in the department’s two newest officers, Spencer Barrie and Scott Williamson. Both officers are quite familiar with our organization as they have served as Eden Prairie Community Service Officers since mid-2016. In addition, both officers grew up in Eden Prairie. Officer Barrie received an associate’s degree in law enforcement from Minneapolis Community and Technical College and served as an operational supervisor for Valleyfair security before working for Eden Prairie. Officer Williamson graduated from Eden Prairie High School and Minnesota State University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in law enforcement and a minor in alcohol and drug education. Prior to coming to Eden Prairie, Officer Williamson worked in loss prevention for Kohl’s in Eden Prairie Center. Both officers will spend the next 3-4 months in the department’s Field Training program before patrolling by themselves. We are excited to have both of them serving as officers for the EPPD!

If you have unused or expired medication that you would like to dispose of, please stop by the Eden Prairie Senior Center (8950 Eden Prairie Rd.) today between 10a - 2p.

It is still snowing! We have had very few crashes today, but please take your time getting home this afternoon. ❄️🌨

Statement from Police Chief James DeMann: Friday, Oct. 20, at approximately 7:40 a.m., the Eden Prairie Police Department received a report of an offensive sign posted on a pedestrian bridge over Highway 212. It is illegal to hang signs or banners on overpasses in Minnesota, but when officers arrived the sign was no longer there. Monday, Oct. 23, at approximately 4:30 p.m., the Eden Prairie Police Department learned two photos of the sign were circulating on social media. The message written on the sign targeted individuals within our community, residents of our city and country. As Chief of Police, I want the community to know that we are here to protect and serve all individuals — regardless of race, religion, creed or political beliefs — and acts of intimidation and harassment will not be tolerated in Eden Prairie.

Noncommercial Signs: Where (not) to Put Them Although odd-year elections tend to be quieter than those taking place in even years, there are still indications that campaigns are occurring throughout the City. School board elections, referendums and other elections tend to contribute to the increase in signage within the community. The City is often asked where noncommercial signs can be placed. Simply put, noncommercial signs can be placed on virtually any private property where permission has been obtained. To ensure safety and visibility for motorists, and to prevent roadway maintenance activities from being impeded, noncommercial signs are prohibited in the following locations: •Government property (City parks, trails and walkways, county roads, state highways) •Street rights of way, these areas are typically the first 12- to 15-feet back from the roadway for City streets, and quite a bit more for county roads and state highways. •On other signposts such as street or directional signs •Trees •Utility poles/boxes •Bridges and overpasses •School property Banners are prohibited in Eden Prairie by City ordinance. Visit edenprairie.org/CityCode to learn more. If you see a sign you believe may be in violation, please contact the city’s zoning administrator at 952-949-6200.

Tip A Cop Results The totals are in from last Saturday’s Tip-a-Cop for Special Olympics Minnesota event at Red Robin restaurant in Bloomington. Officers Carter Staaf and Jason Hunt worked at the restaurant along with law enforcement officers from other agencies and Special Olympics athletes. During the seven-hour event, the officers and athletes raised $1,934 at the Bloomington location. Tip-a-Cop was also held at four other Red Robin restaurants in Minnesota. The total for the five locations in one day was $9,661 which goes to support Special Olympics programs in Minnesota.

Gift Bags from Grace Recently a group of volunteers from Grace Church purchased and assembled 25 gift bags for the EPPD to give to victims of human trafficking in Eden Prairie. The gift bags include gift cards, bath and body items, gum, snacks and hand-knit hats. EPPD staff will hand them out to prostituted victims to let them know that they are valued and that the community is committed to their safety. One of the EPPD’s current initiatives is to combat human trafficking in Eden Prairie. Human trafficking is a form of slavery where people profit from the control and exploitation of others. It is a growing problem across the US, Minnesota and here in Eden Prairie. Last year there were five prostituted victims recovered in Eden Prairie; to date in 2017 we’ve recovered 12 prostituted victims. We use a combination of community education, officer training and human trafficking details to find and root out trafficking in our city. We are grateful for the help from community partners like Grace Church and other generous donors who are working with us to fight this battle.

This performance is hosted by Eden Prairie's Human Rights and Diversity Commission.

Yesterday, at approximately 3 p.m. Eden Prairie Police located a vehicle, reported stolen by University of Minnesota Police, in the area of Eden Prairie Road and Highway 5. Officers performed a high-risk stop on the occupied vehicle, and arrested five juvenile occupants.

Halloween On the Mall – Oct. 31 Once again this year, City of Eden Prairie police officers and firefighters will be at Eden Prairie Center on Halloween night to greet trick-or-treaters as part of the “Halloween on the Mall” event, a free and safe way to trick or treat. From 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM, kids can trick or treat at participating mall merchants, enjoy free entertainment in Center Court and meet police officers and firefighters, including Police Chief Jim DeMann. Kids are welcome to come in costume but please no masks on teens and adults. Eden Prairie Center is located at 8251 Flying Cloud Drive. We hope to see you there!

“Tip a Cop” for Special Olympics This Saturday EPPD officers will join other law enforcement officers from around the state and Special Olympics athletes for a Special Olympics Minnesota fundraiser called “Tip a Cop.” The event is Saturday, Oct. 21, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 to 9 p.m. at the Red Robin in Bloomington (2300 W 80th ½ Street). Last year during the eight hours officers and athletes were at the restaurant, they raised $2,139. Tip a Cop also took place at four other Red Robin restaurants in Minnesota in 2016. The total amount raised for the five locations in one day was more than $15,000. Law enforcement agencies have a close relationship with the Special Olympics. The EPPD helps out with a number of annual Special Olympics fundraising events, including the Polar Plunge and Law Enforcement Torch Run. Law enforcement officers are considered to be the guardians of the “Flame of Hope” which is lit during the Opening Ceremonies of the Special Olympics games each summer. Come on out and help support this important cause!

In honor of HealthEast Medical Transportation Emergency Medical Technician Marina Gayle DeSteno Challeen's life and service, all flags at City of Eden Prairie buildings will be flown at half-staff today from sunrise to sunset. Our thoughts and deepest condolences are with Marina's family, friends and community.

Thanks for Coming! Last Saturday’s Public Safety Open House was a great success and we’d like to thank everyone who took time out of their day to dust for fingerprints with our crime techs, try on SWAT equipment and climb in a squad car. We enjoyed having you visit and look forward to seeing you again next year!

Proper disposal of unused medication is important not only to prevent abuse, but to protect the environment. Take advantage of this safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs.

Open House Today! The 2017 City of Eden Prairie Public Safety Open House will be held today (Oct. 14) from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. This year’s open house includes displays and vehicles from Police, Fire, Parks, Utilities, Streets and the Water Treatment Plant. All departments will have vehicles and booths in and around Fire Station 1 (14800 Scenic Heights Road). Stop by the Police Department displays to dust for fingerprints with our Crime Scene Tech Unit, meet our SWAT team and try on their equipment, and climb around in a real squad car. The event is free and includes free hot dogs, root beer and cookies. Parking is available in the City Center parking lot (8080 Mitchell Road) and on the street along Scenic Heights Road. We hope to see you there!

Open House This Saturday The 2017 City of Eden Prairie Public Safety Open House will be held this Saturday, October 14 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. This year’s open house includes displays and vehicles from Police, Fire, Parks, Utilities, Streets and the Water Treatment Plant. All departments will have vehicles and booths in and around Fire Station 1 (14800 Scenic Heights Road). Stop by the Police Department displays to dust for fingerprints with our Crime Scene Tech Unit, meet our SWAT team and try on their equipment, and climb around in a real squad car. The event is free and includes free hot dogs, root beer and cookies. Parking is available in the City Center parking lot (8080 Mitchell Road) and on the street along Scenic Heights Road. We hope to see you there!

Poppy’s Journey Home This is the story of a Poppy, a four-month-old German Shepherd, who was stolen from his home in Aberdeen, South Dakota on Sept. 30 and recovered in Minneapolis on Oct.8. Poppy’s journey home was made possible by a number of people who helped along the way including Aberdeen police officers, an EPPD detective and his wife, and two Minneapolis residents. On Sept. 30, Aberdeen Police Officer Briston Bruce was in the hospital, accompanied by his wife, recovering from surgery to remove a brain tumor. While the family was away, burglars entered their home and stole electronic devices, along with their dog Poppy and her leash. Aberdeen Police Department detectives believed one of the suspects had an Eden Prairie connection and reached out to EPPD Det. Carter Staaf. After two days of thorough investigation, Det. Staaf learned that Poppy had been let loose in Minneapolis. Det. Staaf shared the story with his wife Julie Bane, who immediately began scouring missing/found pet websites. On one of the sites, Julie found what appeared to be a match. Two south Minneapolis neighbors had found Poppy wandering and took her in. They brought Poppy to a vet to look for an identification chip but were unable to locate one. With assistance from the Aberdeen Police Department and Officer Bruce, Det. Staaf was able to verify that the dog found in Minneapolis was indeed Poppy. Coincidentally, Aberdeen Police Sgt. Chris Gross happened to be in Minneapolis this past Sunday and a meeting was arranged at the Eden Prairie Police Department so Sgt. Gross could take Poppy home. Poppy is now safely in her family’s care. One of the suspects in the burglary was arrested Monday in Aberdeen and the investigation is ongoing. We are thankful that Poppy is back where she belongs and wish Officer Bruce all the best as he recovers. A GoFundMe page has been set up to help Officer Bruce and his family. http://edenprairieweblogs.org/policedepartment/posts/6838/

Please be aware, we're seeing a lot of drivers miss these new stop signs.

At approximately 11:10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 4, the Eden Prairie Police and Fire Departments responded to a plane crash near Eden Prairie Road and Hwy. 212. Shortly after takeoff from Flying Cloud Airport, the pilot of a small, single-engine aircraft reported a fire on board. The plane crashed near a wooded area in the Resurrection Life Church parking lot at 16394 Glory Lane, and the pilot did not survive. There were no passengers and no other injuries or property damage resulting from the crash. The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office, State Patrol and Metropolitan Airports Commission are assisting Eden Prairie Police with the initial crash investigation and the Hennepin County Medical Examiner will identify the victim. The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board will conduct a complete investigation. No further details are available at this time.