Princeton Police Department

  • Agency: Princeton Police Department
  • Address: 305 21st Ave. S, Princeton, 55371 MN
  • Chief: Brian Payne (Chief of Police)
Phone: 763-389-4879
Fax: 763-389-9274

Princeton Police Department is located at 305 21st Ave. S, Princeton, 55371 MN. The Chief of Police of the department is Brian Payne. The Princeton Police Department phone number is 763-389-4879.

Princeton Police Department News

UPDATE: The owner of the little red wagon has been located and it will be returned shortly!! Thank you all for spreading the word to help get it returned (the owner was notified by someone who saw it on here). Princeton is still a small community, where finding the owner of a little red wagon still means something to us.

The Princeton Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in locating a resident of our city, Tanis Larson, 46. Tanis was last seen at her residence on the north end of town, on Saturday, April 28, around 2:00 p.m. Tanis left on foot and did not take any of her belongings with her and her family has not heard from her since. Tanis is described as 5’07”, 240 pounds, with green eyes and brown hair. She was last seen wearing a dark colored t-shirt and black sweat pants. She may not have been wearing shoes. Tanis has a disability that may affect her balance and causes her to walk with a limp. Tanis is not a fugitive and we are not looking for her for any crimes. Tanis is a missing person and we are concerned for her wellbeing. Some area residents did receive a phone call from the Mille Lacs County Sheriff's Office on Saturday night around 11:30 p.m. The call was a Code Red automated community notification call, asking for any assistance with locating Tanis. If you have seen Tanis or know of her whereabouts. please contact Mille Lacs County Dispatch at 1-888-860-8250, the Princeton Police Department or dial 911. Thank you for any help!!

It’s time to spring clean your medicine cabinet!!! Law enforcement agencies across the state will be hosting the DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day tomorrow April 28, 2018. The Princeton Police Department will once again be participating. Our lobby will be open from 10 am to 2 pm. Bring in unused or expired over the counter medications, prescription medications, even pet medications. This keeps unused/unwanted medication out of the wrong hands and bringing them to law enforcement ensures safe, environmentally friendly disposal. For more information go to

The City of Princeton will be testing their Severe Weather Warning system (sirens) today, April 24th, at 1:15 p.m.

Found Property: A men's ring was turned into the Princeton Police Department last week. The ring was found in the area by 4th St and 4th Ave S. There are 3 letters (possibly initials) on the outside of the ring. As to not give away the total description of the ring and to try to get the ring back to the rightful owner, the first letter is a "C". There are other characteristics about the ring that the owner would be able to identify. Any help finding the owner of this would be greatly appreciated. Information can be asked / given to Thank you for helping to keep the City of Princeton a safe community for all.

The Princeton Police Department is starting to see an uptick in “IRS” scams with our community members as tax season approaches. What typically will happen is a person will get a call from "The IRS" saying to the person/victim that they owe a certain amount of money to “ The IRS”. The caller/"IRS" will then tell the person that if they do not pay “The IRS" money by a certain time, a police officer will come to their house and arrest them. The caller will often tell the person they owe $1,000's to the IRS, but will settle for $100's if you pay today. The caller will give the name of a fictitious police officer and badge number along with a fictitious case number. If the person is willing to pay the "IRS" the caller will stay on the phone with them and have them go to local businesses that sell gift cards. Once they are purchased, they have them read off the account numbers on the gift card, making the card unuseable and the numbers untraceable. The victim is now out $100’s to $1,000’s. The “IRS” and their phone numbers that show up on a caller I.D. are often unknown and the callers are located in various countries around the world. We have seen victims of all ages, but a majority of victims have been older citizens. If a person does owe the IRS money, they will contact you using mail services and they WILL NOT have you pay in gift cards. WE also do not assist the IRS in collections of owed taxes. Please help keep our community safe by talking to your family members and friends about this scam. If they do receive a phone call that they feel is a scam, they can simply hang up or they can ask to have the information sent to them in the mail. The caller should already have the address, so no addresses should be given out. Thank you for helping to keep the City of Princeton a safe community for all of its citizens!

The Princeton Police Department would like to thank all of the community members who helped to identify the person of interest from the stolen vehicle at North Casey's in Princeton on Tuesday afternoon. An adult male was arrested in St. Cloud early Wednesday morning while in possession of the stolen vehicle. He was then transported to the Benton County Jail where he is being held on pending charges. Once again, we are grateful for our community members of Princeton being an active participant in keeping our town safe for all of its citizens. Thank you!

The Princeton Police Department would like to thank all of the community members who helped to identify the person of interest from the incident earlier at Casey's North in Princeton. This is still an active and open investigation and the vehicle has yet to be recovered. It is believed that the vehicle and person of interest are no longer in the Princeton area, but we are currently looking into all leads as they come in. Once again, thank you Princeton community members for helping to keep our town safe for all of its citizens.

The Princeton Police Department would like for our community members to join us in keeping the Douglas County, Colorado Sheriff's Office in our thoughts and prayers as they have lost a deputy today, responding to a domestic assault call. During the attack, Douglas County Deputy Zackari Parrish was shot and killed. Former Princeton Police Officer and current Castle Rock, Colorado police officer, Tom O'Donnell, was injured along with three other law enforcement officials. We appreciate your support in this time of grieving for the families of the victims and the Law Enforcement Community.

The Princeton Police Department would like to thank those who participated in the second drug take back day on Saturday, October 28th. Within the four hours on take back day, we took in approximately 22 lbs of household pharmaceutical waste, beating last years by 12 lbs! In 2017, we have collected and destroyed approximately 540 lbs of household pharmaceutical waste! The pharmaceutical waste box is available during regular business hours in the Princeton Police Department lobby (Monday – Thursday 7:00 am – 5:00 pm and Friday 7:00 am – 3:30 pm). We will take over the counter, prescription, and pet medications. We will not take sharps/needles (with the exception of UNUSED epi-pens), or inhalers (we have the unused items incinerated and these explode in the incinerator). Prior to bringing your medications to the drop box, it would be helpful if you would take the pills out of the bottles and place them in a ziploc baggie. This helps us save space and weight when storing these before destruction. Liquids and powders can stay in their original container. Please do not place garbage, thermometers, empty prescription containers, lotions (other than prescription), shampoos, etc. in the drop box. If you have questions about what can and cannot be disposed of, please contact Officer Josephes. Thank you for helping to keep the City of Princeton a safe community for all!

Saturday October 28th, 2017 will mark the Princeton Police Department’s 2nd Drug Take Back Day. The event will run from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the Princeton Police Department, 305 21st Ave S. This event provides a responsible means of disposing of prescription and over the counter medications while enhancing the public’s awareness about the risks of prescription drug abuse and the importance of properly disposing of medications that are no longer needed. During last years event, the Princeton Police Department took in approximately 10 pounds of medication in just four hours! Let’s see if we can increase this and get more unused/expired/unwanted medication out of our homes. We accept over the counter and prescribed medications with the exception of inhalers (because we incinerate the medications and these will explode) and needles (we will take UNUSED epi-pens). Share with everyone!! See you this Saturday!!

The Princeton Police Department is asking for assistance from the community in identifying an adult male in the following pictures. We have some questions for him about his actions earlier this morning in Princeton involving vehicles. He appears to be tall and slender wearing white shoes with a design on the front, both sides. His jeans have that design on both sides of the back pockets. He is also wearing a hat and has a grey hoody with a white design on the front. He was seen leaving south on 15th Ave S on a BMX style bike with the seat raised higher than normal. If you do have any information on the identity of this person, please contact the Princeton Police Department at - Thank you for helping to keep Princeton a safe community for all!

Over the past few weeks, the Princeton Police Department and other surrounding department's, have seen a drastic increase in counterfeit $50 at businesses. Please take the time to inspect money that you may receive and report any counterfeit bills that may be passed. Below are 3 of them that have been passed recently. They all have different serial numbers. Any information on the subjects that are involved may be passed along at - Thank you for helping to keep Princeton a safe community for all!

We would like to inform the community, that Rocky the snake, has been reunited with his owner and he is safe and sound. Thank you to all who assisted with bringing him home.

The Princeton Police Department would like to send a HUGE THANK YOU to the Princeton Intermediate School for the invitation to their school this week, for an observance of National Police Week. National Police Week was recognized from May 15-19, but due to scheduling conflicts, we weren't able to make it until this week. The officers in attendance answered a variety of questions along with sharing some stories about their day’s way back when they were in school. Each officer on the department also received a bag of goodies with each item in the bag having a special police message attached to it. We really did enjoy the time and effort that went into each one of these special bags! Thanks again to the Princeton Intermediate School for their special recognition of the Princeton Police Department!!

On Saturday, April 29, 2017 from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm, the Princeton Police Department will be open for the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse and medications. We will accept epipens as long as the needles are NOT exposed. We will NOT accept any other needles or hazardous materials. Thank you!

The Princeton Police Department is asking for your assistance in identifying the subject in this picture. He was seen at a local business yesterday, Sunday December 4, 2016 in Princeton during the afternoon hours. Right now, he is a person of interest and we have a couple of questions to ask him. He was seen driving the vehicle that is in the picture below. He first traveled east on Hwy 95 then turned around and traveled west on Hwy 95. If you do have any information, please contact the Princeton Police Department tipline - The tipline can also be used for any information that you feel will help keep our community safe. Thank you!

The officer and our department appreciate your kind words and recognition. Thank you.

We would like to remind the citizens of Princeton that the Princeton Police Department building has a prescription and over the counter medication drug take back program. Citizens of the Princeton area can utilize the drug take back program to dispose of unwanted, unused, or expired prescription AND over the counter medications. What is the purpose of the drug take back program? To keep drugs out of the wrong hands and out of the water supply. The program is easy to use. Simply gather unused, unwanted, or expired medications and bring them to the Princeton Police Department, located at 305 21st Avenue South in the City of Princeton. In the lobby of the police department, there is a secure bin. Drop your medication in the bin and you're done! Items that are NOT accepted are needles and inhalers. The Princeton Police Department hours are: Monday through Thursday 7:00am - 5:00pm, and Friday 7:00am - 3:30pm.

The Princeton Police Department would like to send our condolences to Sherburne County Sheriff's Deputy Sturm, who had to put down his K-9 partner, Ecco, earlier today after he had an intestinal flip. K-9's are not only a partner for the officers and departments they serve, they are also loved family members. End Of Watch 02/23/2016

The Princeton Police Department would like to remind everyone to be cautious when donating money to charities and non-profit organizations. There are many charities and non-profit organizations that do wonderful things in and around our community, state and country with your donations. Unfortunately there are also organizations that do not have the best intentions with your money. We’ve received reports of charities and non-profit organizations that are asking for donations. The charities and non-profit organizations may sound familiar, but people need to be diligent and ask more information about the organization. Asking about a website for the charity or non-profit is one of the many ways to start to verify if a charity or non-profit organization is truly what they say they are. Here are a few more way to verify a charity or non-profit is valid: *See if the charity or non-profit organization is registered with the Attorney General’s office. You can do this by going to the Attorney General’s website at and look under the charities tab. *You could also contact the Attorney General’s office at (651) 296-9412 or (800) 657-3787 and ask questions or request a copy of the charity’s annual report. *Review the charity’s 990. This is essentially the charity’s tax return. This can provide valuable information as to how they use the funds given to them. *Contact the Minnesota charities review council. This is a non-profit organization that rates and reviews charities and non-profit organizations. You can find their information at or at (651)224-7030 or (800)733-4483 *Check with the Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance at This organization also evaluates and issues reports about charities and non-profit organizations. Do your research to ensure that your money is going to a charity or non-profit organization that is reputable. Please pass this information on to friends and family members, especially those that are easily pressured and are frequently targeted such as the elderly. You can find this information and more at the Minnesota Attorney Generals website at

The Princeton Police Department is asking the public's assistance in finding the woman who was at the service counter in WalMart the past couple weeks looking for a lost ring. A ring has been located and we would like to reunite the owner with it. Please contact the Princeton Police Department, 763-389-4879, during regular business hours if you are able to assist. We are only looking for information on the woman who had lost it. Thank you!!

The Princeton Police Department would like to thank our local WalMart and Bernick's Pepsi of St. Cloud, for sponsoring our third annual Shop with a Cop! Twenty local kids were paired up with Law Enforcement from the Princeton Police Department, Mille Lacs County Sheriff's office and Sherburne County Sheriff's office to shop for holiday gifts. Each kid received $100.00 in the form of a gift card to Walmart. The kids could spend their money on family members and themselves. Most of the kids came with shopping lists that included items for parents, siblings, aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents, and even pets. Most of the kids were more interested in giving gifts to others than getting gifts themselves. It was so touching and amazing to see how selfless these kids were! The Law Enforcement Officer and kid spent the next hour or so walking around the store, looking for those gifts and sharing plans for Christmas. A lot of stories were shared between the officers and the kids! After the gifts were selected, they were then wrapped by Walmart and Princeton Police employees. Cookies and juice were provided while more stories of Christmas past and present were told. We once again want to thank WalMart and Bernick's Pepsi for their contribution to our 3rd annual Shop with a Cop program.

The Princeton Police Department would like to thank all of the help identifying our person of interest in our last post. Thank you for helping to keep Princeton a safe community.

Princeton Area Businessess - Please be on the look out for counterfeit $20 bills. All of the $20's that have been passed have the same serial number on them - see attached picture. Many of these bills have brown marks on them from being "approved" by a counterfeit proof pen. Do not rely on previous marks on them as an approval. Please follow your business protocol on dealing with counterfeit money. Any questions, please contact the Princeton Police Department.