Willmar Police Department

  • Agency: Willmar Police Department
  • Address: 2201 23rd Street NE, Suite 102, Willmar, 56201 MN
  • Chief: David J Wyffels (Chief of Police)

Willmar Police Department is located at 2201 23rd Street NE, Suite 102, Willmar, 56201 MN. The Chief of Police of the department is David J Wyffels. The Willmar Police Department phone number is (320) 214-6700.

Willmar Police Department News

Ever wonder what the Polar Plunge for Special Olympics is all about? Here's a great overhead view from 2016! Get a first hand look by being one of the plungers! Check out www.plungemn.org for details. The plunge is January 27th in Spicer!

PUBLIC NOTICE Dog and Cat Licenses will be due and payable on January 2, 2018, in accordance with City Ordinance Section 4-26 through 4-45. Licenses may be obtained at any of the following places: City Office Building, 333 SW Sixth Street, Willmar, Minnesota Willmar Pet Hospital, 705 Industrial Drive SW, Willmar, Minnesota South 71 Vet Clinic, 4119 Abbott Drive, Willmar, Minnesota Hawk Creek Animal Shelter, 250 28th Street SW, Willmar, Minnesota Country Lake Veterinary Clinic, 8577 County Road 1 NW, Pennock, Minnesota Green Lake Pet Hospital, 284 Lake Avenue North, Spicer, Minnesota The City Ordinance states that "before any license may be issued for male or female dogs or cats, satisfactory evidence must be produced by the owner or keeper of the dog(s) or cat(s) to show that the said dog(s) or cat(s) for whom a license is sought has been vaccinated for rabies within three (3) years immediately preceding issuance of the license”. The City Ordinance also provides that after January 15, 2018, a penalty of 50% of the regular license fee will be in effect on all unlicensed dogs or cats. There is a potential penalty for not having a pet license. LICENSE FEES: $4.00 Neutered male dog or cat Spayed female dog or cat $7.00 Unneutered male dog or cat Unspayed female dog or cat

How Willmar Public Works helps keep our city streets safe and drive-able in winter...

There is no curb pickup of Christmas trees this year (formerly done by a local service club). The City of Willmar, however, will dispose of trees dropped off at the Public Works building free of charge. Please deposit the trees, with decorations removed, on the back side of the salt storage building at the location shown and Public Works will handle them from there. Thank you!

Today we remember retired Atwater Police Chief Reed Schmidt who passed away on December 27th. Chief Schmidt served many communities in MN including Perham, Madison, Goodview and Hennepin County Medical Center. Schmidt became Atwater Chief in 1996, retired as Chief in 2012 but continued working part-time until 2015. Reed was well known, well liked and a mentor to many. He will be missed. Thank you for your service. Blessed are the Peacemakers.

Congratulations to Officer Alex Heck and Officer Nicole Hoppe who were recognized today for finishing Willmar PD's four month field training program and were pinned with their regulation badges. Officer Heck is a recent graduate of Alexandria Technical & Community College and Officer Hoppe is a recent graduate of the Ridgewater College law enforcement program. Welcome Officer Heck and Officer Hoppe!!

Roads in southwest Minnesota partially covered with snow WILLMAR, Minn. – Minnesota Department of Transportation staff are out clearing roads in southwest Minnesota. Currently, roads are partially covered throughout District 8 (southwest and west central Minnesota). The public can view winter road conditions from plow cameras available through the 511mn.org website. Please note that not all plows have cameras. Road conditions on major highways can also be viewed through the Road Weather Information System (RWIS), which is also part of 511. These are fixed cameras at 91 locations across the state that show live rotating photos. While the RWIS cameras show a small area of the road, the plow cameras show real-time road conditions as snowplows plow their routes. MnDOT reminds motorists that the average snow plow route in District 8 (southwest and west central MN) is sixty miles, round-trip. Some routes are considerably longer. In difficult conditions it can take up to four hours for a snow plow operator to plow a route. In good conditions it can take two and a half hours to plow a route. In general, plows are out from 3 am to 10 pm, longer if conditions require it. Plow operators have much to monitor and control while on duty, and their ability to see behind them is limited. Their vision can be hampered by the snow clouds they create while plowing. Motorists need to reduce distractions. A plows’ sole purpose is to make the roads as clear and passable as quickly as possible. Motorists should remember to: • Check road conditions at www.511mn.org or call 511; it takes time to get roads back to good driving conditions. • Be patient and remember snowplows are working to improve road conditions for your trip. • Stay back at least 10 car lengths behind the plow, far from the snow cloud. • Stay alert for snowplows that turn or exit frequently and often with little warning. Plows may also travel over centerlines or partially into traffic to further improve road conditions. • Slow down to a safe speed for current conditions. Snowplows typically move at slower speeds. For additional tips on safe winter driving, go to www.mndot.gov/workzone/winter.html. For real-time traffic and travel information in Minnesota, visit www.511mn.org or get the free smartphone app at Google Play or the App Store. Mandi Lighthizer-Schmidt Public Affairs Coordinator, District 8 2505 Transportation Road Willmar, MN 56201 (work) 320-214-6426 (cell) 320-212-6132

Merry Christmas from K9 Axel and all of us here at the Willmar Police Department!

Congrats to firefighters Corey Gulbranson (Firefighter of the Year), Isaiah Kubesh (Rookie of the Year), Gawin Kooistra (Officer of the Year) and Heather Hubel-Coleman for receiving Leadership Award for Smoke Detector Campaign. We're honored to work with the incredible team at the Willmar Fire Department!

Willmar PD would like to introduce our newest officer - K9 Major! He arrived a few weeks early and is teamed up with Officer Sam Schaefbauer. Both will start narcotics detection training in January. The name Major was selected from over 1,200 entries from the Willmar and CCS Elementary School submissions. The winning name was submitted by three students - Jacob Sietsema (Ms. Knutson's class at Roosevelt) along with Jake Nelson and Ethan Green (Mrs. Borstad's class at CCS). Once K9 Major has completed initial training those students will get their picture taken with Major and we will arrange visits for their classrooms. K9 Major is 13 months old and is from Slovakia. He is a mix of German Shepherd and Belgian Malinois. Right now he's learning his name and how to sit. His favorite toy is a Kong chew toy. Major was purchased using drug forfeiture money and will assist K9 Axel fighting crime in the near future. Welcome Major!

I am always humbled at the thoughtfulness and generosity of others. Today, the Willmar Police Department was presented with various different kinds of popcorn. The Boy Scouts of America have a program called hometown heroes. They were kind enough to choose WPD as one of their recipients. A great big THANK YOU to The Trail Blazer District, Northern Star Council and Michael Gratz for thinking of our local department. We'll make sure to keep chasing the bad guys to burn off the extra calories!

A big thank you to Deb Bomstad who presented this beautiful blue line quilt to Detective Sergeant King today! Deb has been making quilts and surprising our officers with them. Thank you Deb! We greatly appreciate your thoughtfulness and support.

Want to prove that you're "Minnesota Tough"? (No lutefisk eating experience required). The Polar Plunge for Special Olympics is January 27th in Spicer! See the link for details.

The kindness and generosity of people in our community is amazing. Today a woman and her infant son surprised us with the many gifts shown. The woman doesn't own a car and used the CCT bus to get to the store where she shopped, and then took another bus ride to the law enforcement center to present this to us. All with her infant son. She said she wanted to thank our officers for helping her with some recent issues and for the work (and sometimes dangerous work) we all do. The woman wanted to remain anonymous, but a big thank you to baby Noah and Noah's mom who went far out of their way for us. We're fortunate to have such incredible people in our community.

A big thank you to the Bethel Church Notes of Praise kids choir that sang Christmas carols and delivered treats to our office this afternoon! It was a great surprise!

From 2011-2015, eight people died in alcohol-related crashes on Kandiyohi County roads. 1,032 people were arrested for DWI in that same timeframe. See the warning signs so you don't become a statistic. Please be careful this Holiday season. There will be more enforcement in our area to keep you safe. Please drink responsibly, you family needs you. https://youtu.be/8ti9KPb3iw4

Today marks the 76th Anniversary of the Pearl Harbor Attack. This was a dark and difficult time for our nation. Men and women perished that day, paying the ultimate sacrifice for the country they loved and served. However, out of the ashes rose resiliency and determination. This United States of America is founded on service and dedication displayed by those who sacrifice for the benefit of all. Please take time to remember not only those who served and died at Pearl Harbor, but all veterans past and present. May God bless the United States of America.

Text to 9-1-1 has now been implemented in MN, but it does have it's limitations. Please check out the link below. Texting should ONLY be used when individuals are unable to make a voice call. Thank you to the incredible KCSO dispatchers that handle communications for our agency and all of Kandiyohi / Big Stone counties.

A big thank you to Walmart for sponsoring the annual Shop with a Cop event again! Kids were selected by Willmar Schools to participate and paired up with officers. We had a great time and we were even visited by Mrs. Claus! A special thank you to the Willmar Police Officers & CSO's, Kandiyohi Sheriff's Deputies, Sheriff's Reserve and Corrections officers that helped shop, along with the "elves" behind the scenes that included many law enforcement family members and dispatch!

The Ambulance Toy Drive is still going strong. Open until 6pm! Here CSO's Christensen and Faulkner deliver toys from our own "Stuff the Squad" event at the law enforcement center. Thanks to Willmar Ambulance and KKLN (94.1) for this awesome event.

The Willmar Ambulance Toy Drive is happening now at the Kandi Mall! Hours run 11am to 6pm today. Please stop by with your toy or cash donation!

On Sunday evening you'll notice a big law enforcement presence at the Willmar Walmart. We're happy to announce that we'll once again be having the annual Shop with a Cop event sponsored by Walmart! Officers will help a child shop for gifts for their families and some elves will even help wrap them. Thank you to Willmar Walmart for sponsoring the event and the Willmar Schools for selecting families in need to partner with our officers. Thank you to Officer James Venenga for being the head elf on this project.

We look forward for the arrival of a K9 partner for Axel in the near future! Thank you to the community and elected officials in supporting our K9 program!