Bemidji Police Department

  • Agency: Bemidji Police Department
  • Address: 613 Minnesota Ave NW, Bemidji, 56601 MN
  • Chief: Gerald Johnson (Chief of Police)

Bemidji Police Department is located at 613 Minnesota Ave NW, Bemidji, 56601 MN. The Chief of Police of the department is Gerald Johnson. The Bemidji Police Department phone number is 218-333-9111.

Bemidji Police Department News

A white and brindle male kitten was found in the 2600 block of Minnesota Ave NW on Monday morning. If this is your kitten please contact the Bemidji Police Department. Case 18023291.

Thank you!!

Cat found near 2900 block of Park Ave (18023077). If this is your cat, call the Bemidji Police Department 218-333-9111.

Cat found on Conifer Ave (18022997). If this is your cat, call the Bemidji Police Department, 218-333-9111.

Roads are SLIPPERY this morning. Please slow down and allow yourself extra time! If you have a teen driver, advise them to proceed with caution this morning! Remember to turn your headlights on and allow enough room between vehicles to stop. Have a great day!

UPDATE: RELEASED TO OWNER A male husky dog was found in the 100 block of Anne Street NW this afternoon. If this is your dog please contact the Bemidji Police Department. Case 18022939.

Today, Officers Justin Erickson, Sgt. Jaeger Bellows and Kaitlyn Vesel with the Bemidji Police Department and Deputy Lee Anderson of the Beltrami County Sheriff's Office (not pictured) were presented a LIFE SAVING AWARD from Bemidji Police Department Captain David LaZella. These officers were involved in an incident on August 27, 2018 where a distraught person had climbed over the guard rail on a bridge over the highway. The officers were able to utilize crisis intervention techniques and eventually move in and grab the person, securing her and bringing her to safety. (L to R: Captain LaZella, Officer Erickson, Sgt. Bellows, and Officer Vesel)

Cat found on Washington Ave (18022850). If this is your cat, call the Bemidji Police Department, 218-333-9111.

-Twin six-year-old brothers and their nine-year-old sister were killed Tuesday by a pickup truck while they boarding a school bus in Rochester: -A Pennsylvania boy was killed a bus stop by a hit-and-run driver: -5 children have been killed in 3 days waiting for school buses: Have you seen the news lately? These tragic bus accidents all happened within the last week. Stop arm violations are happening EVERYWHERE, even here in Bemidji. This video, which was taken on 11/2/18 at 3:03 PM in ISD #31 here in Bemidji, shows not one, not two, not three, but FOUR VEHICLES traveling through the stop arm of a school bus. Thank goodness for the alert driver who kept the children on the bus and safe. As a community we need to come together and pay attention. These are our children! - FLASHING YELLOW LIGHTS INDICATE THE BUS IS PREPARING TO STOP TO LOAD OR UNLOAD CHILDREN. MOTORISTS SHOULD SLOW DOWN AND PREPARE TO STOP THEIR VEHICLES. - FLASHING RED LIGHTS AND EXTENDED STOP ARMS INDICATE THE BUS HAS STOPPED AND CHILDREN ARE GETTING ON OR OFF. MOTORISTS MUST STOP THEIR CARS AND WAIT UNTIL THE RED LIGHTS STOP FLASHING, THE EXTENDED STOP ARM IS WITHDRAWN, AND THE BUS BEGINS MOVING BEFORE THEY CAN START DRIVING AGAIN. Tips for Motorists: -Be alert and slow down when driving in neighborhoods with school zones. -Watch for children walking, playing or assembling near bus stops. Children arriving late for the bus may dart into the street without looking for traffic. -Obey the school bus laws in your State, as well as the flashing light signal systems used on school buses. Tips for Caregivers and Students: -Arrive at the bus stop at least 5 minutes before the bus is scheduled to arrive. Stand at least three giant steps (6 feet) away from the curb. The bus stop is not a place to run or play. -When the school bus arrives, wait until the bus comes to a complete stop, the door opens, and the driver says it’s okay before approaching the bus door. Use the handrails to avoid falling. -Never walk behind a school bus. Walk on a sidewalk or along the side of the street. Cross the street in front of the bus with at least five giant steps (10 feet) between the front of the bus and you. Make eye contact with the bus driver before crossing to make sure the driver can see you. -If you drop something near the school bus, like a ball or book, tell the bus driver right away. Do not try to pick up the item, because the driver might not be able to see you.

The Bemidji Police Department requests your cooperation in preventing the theft of your vehicle. With colder weather arriving to the area the Bemidji Police Department wishes to remind area residents that per City of Bemidji Code 24-132 (b) It shall be unlawful for any person to leave a motor vehicle unattended on private or public property, with the keys inside the vehicle, whether or not the vehicle is running. This ordinance has been enacted to help prevent the theft of automobiles. Specific exceptions can be found in the City Code tab at ci.bemidji.mn.us. Auto theft costs everyone and nearly two vehicles were stolen per week in Beltrami County in 2018.

Found on Gemmel Ave (18022813). To claim your cat, call the Bemidji Police Department, 218-333-9111.

Hey Bemidji! It's time to practice the ZIPPER MERGE and we have just the place for you to do it! Northbound Bemidji Ave at 5th Street, the right lane is closed for a small portion of the roadway. BUT, that doesn't mean you can't use that lane RIGHT UP UNTIL THE MERGE SIGN. Please utilize BOTH lanes right up until the merge and then ZIPPER MERGE. Those in the left lane, remember, the ZIPPER MERGE works because it takes every other car from both lanes. Practice good driving and allow the right lane in. Hopefully this will ease morning congestion that is backing up for blocks.

UPDATE: ADOPTED An adult female cat and her two kittens (one male and one female) were located running at large on the 400 block of Pershing Ave SE. If these are your cats please call #218-333-9111 to claim. Reference case #18022717.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has recently responded to numerous calls regarding sick gray foxes in the city of Bemidji and outlying areas. Although not yet confirmed, the cause is a suspected outbreak of distemper. Distemper is a virus that can be spread by raccoons, gray fox, coyotes and less commonly, red fox. The foxes recently encountered were lethargic and didn’t seem to be aware or afraid of people. The best course of action is to avoid feeding wild animals or approaching any wild animal. Domestic pets should be vaccinated. A sample was sent to the University of Minnesota diagnostic lab in St. Paul for testing. People are encouraged to call the Bemidji area wildlife office (218-308-2339) or the city of Bemidji police dispatch if they encounter a sick fox or raccoon. ## Kristi Coughlon Public Information Officer – Northwest Region | Operation Services Division Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

UPDATE: RELEASED TO OWNER This black lab dog was located in the 100 block of Gould Avenue NE. If this is your dog, or if you know the owner please contact the Bemidji Police Department. (REF #18022568) Thank you for your assistance.

UPDATE: RETURNED TO OWNER Cat found on Gemmel Ave. If this is your cat, call the Bemidji Police Department 218-333-9111. (18022524)

Don’t let a night of Halloween fun end in a nightmare for you or someone else. Drunk driving puts everyone at risk. Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving.

Seasonal Parking Restrictions go into effect on Nov. 1st. Please read parking signs carefully to avoid a ticket. Please see attached map for Seasonal Parking areas.

Missing Person Jeremy Jourdain Wednesday at 10PM on Ch. 5/KSTP

PRESS RELEASE October 30, 2018 Jeremy Jourdain went missing on Halloween night 2016. He was 17 years old at the time. He was last seen in the area of 6th Street SE and Wood Avenue SE in Bemidji. Jeremy was last seen wearing a blue and gray hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans and black and white Air Jordan shoes. Jeremy’s case is still an active investigation. Jeremy is still missing two years later. The Bemidji Police Department has investigated over 150 leads on this case. Despite searching by air, water, and land; he has not been located. We are working with several other agencies including the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, FBI, BIA, Leech Lake Tribal Police, Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office and the Cass County Sheriff’s Office. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children created missing posters and they have been sent out across the nation. Hunters and outdoor enthusiasts please be aware that Jeremy is still missing. We encourage everyone to check your properties. Take time to search for Jeremy while you are out enjoying another Minnesota fall. The Bemidji Police Department would like to bring closure from the Jourdain family and the community. We encourage anyone who has information on the location or disappearance of Jeremy Jourdain to come forward. You can remain anonymous. Please call the Bemidji Police Department at 218-333-9111. Tell the dispatcher you have information on Jeremy Jourdain and they will direct you to an Officer or Detective. Your information could be the key piece of information needed to resolve this case and bring Jeremy home.

UPDATE: ADOPTED Cat found on Gemmel Ave. If this is your cat, call the Bemidji Police Department, 218-333-9111 (18022148).