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

Be aware that Hwy. 212 and Hwy. 5 are very slick. We have responded to several crashes on both highways this morning. We are working with MNDOT to get more salt and sand on those roads, but it may be wise to avoid 212 and 5 for a while.

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Slow down! Officers are responding to several crashes this morning. Please move over for emergency vehicles and tow trucks.

On Tuesday, Jan. 9, the Eden Prairie Police Department arrested Thomas Joseph Incantalupo under probable cause related to a criminal sexual conduct investigation. This investigation was referred to the Hennepin County Attorney’s office for a charging decision Thursday, Jan. 11. Hennepin County Attorney News Release: https://www.hennepinattorney.org/news/news/2018/january/incantalupo-thomas-cplt The Eden Prairie Community Center is the home of the Eden Prairie Figure Skating Club; however, Incantalupo is not an employee of the City of Eden Prairie, and the Club is not a City-run organization. Eden Prairie Figure Skating Club Statement: http://edenprairiefsc.org/epfsc-update-january-11-2018/ This case remains an open investigation; however, at this time the Eden Prairie Police Department does not know of any additional victims. If additional victims are identified, the Eden Prairie Police Department will aggressively investigate those cases in the same manner this investigation is being handled. No further information is available at this time. Media requests referred to: Chuck Laszewski Hennepin County Attorney’s Office Media Coordinator 612-348-5580 Chuck.laszewski@Hennepin.us

Take it easy! We have responded to several crashes today. City, county and state plows are out, but the evening commute could be dicey. Remember to move over for emergency vehicles and tow trucks.

Ice on Flying Cloud Dr. Please be aware, Eden Prairie Police and Public Works are assisting Hennepin County with localized flooding on westbound Flying Cloud Dr. between Eden Prairie Rd. and Dell Rd. Due to subzero temperatures and ice accumulation in the ditch, ground water from the bluff is seeping onto the road surface and freezing, causing a hazard on the roadway. At this time, Flying Cloud Drive is open to through traffic but drivers can anticipate slow moving traffic in the area until the issue is resolved.

Meet the Newest Retail Crime Officers This week Eden Prairie Center will have two new officers patrolling its floors and the surrounding retail areas. Officers Linda Graetz and Phil Johnson join Officer Tony Behl, who has been working in the Retail Crime Unit since 2016. Officer Graetz began working for the EPPD in June 2003. During her tenure with Eden Prairie, she has worked as a patrol officer, field training officer, DART (Domestic Abuse Response Team) member, child car seat technician and member of the Crime Tech Unit. Officer Johnson began working for the EPPD in 2014 after serving as an EPPD community service officer for three years. Officer Johnson also serves as a member of the SWAT team and is a Training Unit instructor. If you see Officers Graetz or Johnson at the mall, please stop by and say hi!

Jenna is amazing....

Happy 45th Birthday to the EPPD! On this date 45 years ago, then-Mayor Paul Redpath christened the first Eden Prairie squad car in front of his home. He poured champagne over the squad’s front bumper and Officer Bruce Wojack called into service. That event marked the beginning of the Eden Prairie Police Department. Prior to 1973 the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office provided police service to Eden Prairie. The department started with six officers: Bill Blake, Les Bridger, Jack Hacking, Curt Oberlander, Keith Wall and Bruce Wojack. In the beginning, the police department had an annual budget of only $124,000 and each of the six officers worked an average of 40 hours unpaid overtime every month to keep the city safe. The department offices consisted of two small rooms above the Central Fire Station and no holding facilities. Today the police department employs 68 sworn officers and 30 civilian staff in addition to 50 volunteer Police Reserves, Explorers and Chaplains. The police department’s current annual budget is $14 million. The police department resides at the City Center office complex, 8080 Mitchell Road and features a 9-1-1 dispatch center, four holding cells, an evidence storage area, training/classroom area, workout room and office space. We’d like to wish everyone who has served the EPPD during the past 45 years a very happy birthday. Here’s to the next 45 years of providing service and protection to the community!

As 2017 comes to a close, I’d like to take a moment to thank the Eden Prairie community for their support this past year. We can’t do our jobs effectively without the assistance and backing of our residents. We were fortunate to be able to work with a number of community organizations throughout the year. We worked with PROP (People Reaching Out to other People) to collect more than 8,600 pounds of donated food and $1,100 in monetary donations from generous residents as part of our Night to Unite celebration. Members of the Eden Prairie Senior Center woodworkers group built and painted brand new training equipment for our K9 program using money from the Eden Prairie Crime Prevention Fund which was donated by the family of Dr. John Wright. The Eden Prairie Crime Prevention Fund and several area businesses came together with our officers to help provide an opportunity for 11 kids to purchase presents for their family members through our Shop with a Cop program. And finally, there are the little things that community members do every day to help keep our city safe. From calling in a suspicious vehicle to identifying a theft suspect via Facebook, our residents are true partners in protecting and serving Eden Prairie. For all of these things, and many others, I’d like to thank our residents for a great 2017. It is our honor and privilege to protect and serve the citizens of Eden Prairie and we look forward to continuing to work together in the coming year. Chief Jim DeMann

We’re seeing a significant number of motor vehicle accidents today! Just a few reminders from our officers on the street: Clean off your vehicle's windows if heading out. Go slow. Give yourself extra time. Have your headlights on. Give yourself and others space. Stay off the phone if possible. If involved in a crash: Stay in your vehicle as much as possible. Call 911. Expect it will (likely) take time for police to get there.

When your 6 year old gets a police car for Christmas....

An update from Minnetonka PD....

The Minnetonka Police Department is seeking the public’s help in a kidnapping incident that occurred Thursday, Dec. 21. Jahon Douglas was witnessed kidnapping ex-girlfriend Nicole Smith at gunpoint just before 4 p.m. near 10301 Bren Road in Minnetonka. Douglas is dangerous and likely armed. Douglas fled the scene in a gray/silver Pontiac Grand Prix. The car has a rear spoiler and one burned out headlight. No further information, including the license plate number, is available. The firearm used during the kidnapping has not been recovered. Douglas is considered dangerous and should not be approached. Anyone with information on Douglas’ or Smith’s whereabouts is asked to notify the Minnetonka Police Department by calling 952-939-8500. This is an ongoing investigation, and no further details are available at this time. http://bit.ly/2BW5FCi

Driving in the Cold and Snow With cold and snow on the way later this week, the EPPD would like to remind motorists of a few tips to help keep everyone on the roads safe. •Consider equipping your vehicle with winter tires. Not only do they have a tread design that is optimal for snow, the rubber compound is designed to perform better in cold temperatures on all road surfaces. •Make sure your mobile phone is fully charged and you have a phone charger that plugs into your car. •Keep the following items in your car: ice and snow scraper, shovel, blanket, extra hats, mittens and boots, flashlight, food/candy bars, road flares, and sand or kitty litter for traction. •Keep your gas tank at least half-full. •Increase your following distance and make turns slowly and gradually. •If the rear of your car starts to slide, turn into the direction of the skid and steer the car in the direction you want to go. Expect a second skid as the car straightens out and be prepared to counter this sliding action. •Be patient when encountering snowplows on the road. Stay 5- 10 car lengths behind them, far from the snow cloud. •Stay in your vehicle if you get stuck and call 911. Walking in a storm is very dangerous. Your vehicle provides good shelter.

Toys for Tots Delivery Yesterday EPPD officers and reserve officers filled squad cars with toys and games for #ToysforTots. The officers drove to the KARE 11 studios in Golden Valley, along with law enforcement agencies from throughout the Twin Cities, where they delivered the gifts to the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves for distribution to kids who would not otherwise receive gifts this holiday season. This year the City collected toys from residents and staff at the City Center, Community Center and Senior Center. The EPPD also held a special collection event at Eden Prairie Center mall last Saturday where they received donated toys from shoppers. The EPPD would like to thank everyone who donated to Toys for Tots this year.

Update: You guys are awesome! The individual was ID'd and investigation is on-going. Thank you! Do you know this guy? He passed counterfeit money in Eden Prairie on 11/1/17. If you can identify him, please contact us at 952-949-6200. Reference case # 17-038811. Please share this post.

Thank you to the staff at the law office of O'Meara, Leer, Wagner and Kohl for their generous gift to Toys for Tots! Today is the last day to drop off toys at Eden Prairie’s City Center, Community Center and Senior Center. Toys for Tots accepts new, unwrapped toys and games for kids at locations throughout the Twin Cities. They cannot accept clothing, food or liquid products. Law enforcement has unique relationship with Toys for Tots. Each year employees from agencies all over the Twin Cities collect toys and load them into squad cars for a procession to the KARE11 studios in Golden Valley where the toys are unloaded and eventually distributed to children who would otherwise not receive a holiday gift.

Help us Stuff the Squad Car with #ToysForTots at Eden Prairie Center in the Center Court today from 1 pm - 4 pm.

Help ID This Theft Suspect The male in the attached photos stole a wallet from Byerlys. If you can identify him, please contact us at 952-949-6200 and reference case #17-040403. Please share this post.

Shop with a Cop Last Saturday, 14 EPPD officers and community service officers volunteered their time for the department’s third annual Shop with a Cop event. The officers partnered up with 11 children for an afternoon of shopping followed by a pizza party at Davanni’s. It’s a great outreach program that showcases the warmth and joy of giving during the holiday season. Shop with a Cop is sponsored by the Eden Prairie Crime Prevention Fund. The Crime Prevention Fund would like to thank Target, JC Penney, Davanni’s and the Eden Prairie Community Foundation for their generous donations.

Some calls are udderly ridiculous. Yesterday, our Animal Control Officer helped moove 3 cows back to a farm after they got loose. The cows hoofed it over a mile, but we were able to herd them back safely. You will want to turn on the volume for this video.

Detective Rohde Retires Yesterday, EPPD Detective Andy Rohde retired after serving the department for 28 years. Det. Rohde started working for Eden Prairie in 1989 as a patrol officer. In 2002 he began working as a detective, a role he held until his retirement, and also served on the Emergency Response Unit for 10 years. In 2016, Det. Rohde was awarded the Officer of the Year Award by his peers. At yesterday’s retirement event, Chief Jim DeMann presented Det. Rohde with the Career Achievement Award which is given to police personnel who have demonstrated over the course of one’s career a consistent and superior performance of assigned duties. Det. Rohde’s award read in part: Det. Rohde developed an expertise in several areas including arson investigations, contractor fraud investigations, human trafficking interviews and serving as a liaison to the Islamic community in Eden Prairie. Det. Rohde’s advice on these topics was sought after by both new and senior members of the department. Det. Rohde was always willing to drop what he was doing to help another staff member. In particular, Det. Rohde trained numerous new officers on effective interview and investigative techniques. Because Det. Rohde was so easy to work with and so generous with his time, he served as a mentor to many new officers. One of Det. Rohde’s more difficult cases came in 2014 when two men broke into the Lifetime Fitness club and robbed and beat a man, leaving him with severe head trauma. A short time later the same suspects beat a second man in his home, also causing severe head trauma. After the suspects were arrested at the scene, Det. Rohde interviewed them and was able to obtain a confession. The case went to trial and the primary assailant was sentenced to 160 months in prison. The prosecutor who worked on the case sent a note to the department after the sentencing praising Det. Rohde for his great work, responsiveness and dedicated involvement throughout the case. Det. Rohde also worked on several other high profile cases. He was the lead investigator on a theft by swindle case involving a daycare in Eden Prairie that was overbilling the State of Minnesota $13,000 per month and he worked on a contractor fraud case that took two years to investigate 14 victims who lost more than $1 million. Congratulations on your retirement Det. Rohde! We wish you well on the next chapter of your life.