Farmington Police Department

  • Agency: Farmington Police Department
  • Address: 19500 Municipal Drive, Farmington, 55024 MN
  • Chief: (Chief of Police)

Farmington Police Department is located at 19500 Municipal Drive, Farmington, 55024 MN. The Farmington Police Department phone number is 651.280.6700.

Farmington Police Department News

It is always a difficult day when, as a law enforcement leader, you have to stand before the people you serve and accept responsibility for something your cops have done. Sadly, I feel compelled to stand before you, the people of Farmington, and ask your forgiveness. Today is the day that I have to admit that some of our night shift coppers are starting to look a little creepy. You see every year around this time comes the “Movember” campaign. It’s an annual event that is held to raise awareness of men’s health issues. As a part of the event, participants are encouraged to grow mustaches and clearly, some of our cops are participating (I hope). Now, you can certainly count me as one of the many that are happy to see the ‘cops and mustaches’ thing fall slowly by the wayside, but each year we’re reminded of how things used to be. So I apologize if you have contact with one of our cops and it creeps you out a little. Rest assured, it creeps me out a little as well, but it is for a good cause. And underneath all that creepiness are still the same talented, professional cops you’ve come to expect from us, so be not afraid. PS: Hey night shift, while I was typing this out the 1980’s called and said your mustache game was weak. Bonus internet points awarded to anyone who can name the former Farmington PD staff sporting these classic looks! Sgt Gary Rutherford

We have begun preparations for this year's Toys for Town, which happens to be the 30th Anniversary! Collection barrels are starting to appear at dozens of area stores, restaurants, and offices. To sign up call 651-280-6TOY or for questions call 651-280-6709 or visit http://www.ci.farmington.mn.us/government/departments/police/public_events_and_outreach

10:45 a.m. Update: The train has cleared the County Road 50 (Elm St.) crossing. Thank you! Country Road 50 (Elm Street) at the Second Street rail crossing is currently blocked by a train experiencing a mechanical issue. We do not have a timeline for when it will be moved. Please take an alternate route. The crossings at 220th Street (Ash Street) and Spruce Street are open. We will update when we know more.

We are proud to announce we have implemented The Vitals App! Thank you to KARE 11 for putting together this great article.

We'd like to send out one last reminder that the City of Farmington has on-street parking restrictions during the winter months. From November 1 thru April 15, there is no on-street parking permitted from 2:30 am until 5:30 am. There is also no on-street parking permitted AT ANY TIME after a snowfall of 2 inches or more UNTIL the street is plowed from curb to curb. For the last few weeks, we have placed hundreds of brightly-colored courtesy reminders on vehicles parked on the streets overnight. Our hope is that everyone is aware of the ordinance, so please help pass the word! The courtesy reminders become citations on November 1st.

It’s not Friday the 13th, but coincidentally it is 13 days until November 1st. That is the day winter parking restrictions start. From November 1 thru April 15, there is no on-street parking permitted from 2:30 am until 5:30 am. There is also no on-street parking permitted AT ANY TIME after a snowfall of 2 inches or more UNTIL the street is plowed from curb to curb. The city plows over 83 miles of roads and 95 cul de sacs using seven plows, one grader and one loader, so having no cars on the street helps city staff clear the road as efficiently as possible. Our officers will continue to issue courtesy warnings from now until the end of the month, but we will begin issuing citations on November 1st.

Farmington Liquors is raising money for the new K-9 Officer Odin by hosting meet and greets this weekend and next weekend! For a donation, families can meet Odin and get their pictures taken with him and Officer Tipton. Visit bit.ly/2yc9akh for more details.

WINTER PARKING RESTRICTIONS ARE COMING The City of Farmington has long had on-street parking restrictions during the winter months. From Nov. 1 thru April 15, there is no on-street parking permitted from 2:30 a.m. until 5:30 a.m. There is also no on-street parking permitted AT ANY TIME after a snowfall of 2 inches or more UNTIL the street is plowed from curb to curb. That’s a little over three weeks away from today. The time to figure out your winter parking plan is now. Over the next three weeks, our patrol officers will be monitoring on-street parking and placing Courtesy Reminders on any vehicles parked on the street. These are not warnings or citations. If you receive one but you are already aware of the upcoming restrictions and have a plan in place to be in compliance by Nov. 1, please share the reminder with family, friends or neighbors. The Public Works Department relies on clear streets for the quick and efficient removal of snow and ice. Every vehicle parked on the street slows them down and increases the likelihood that someone will eventually have to return and plow that area again. The City of Farmington doesn’t employ full-time plow operators. Every one of them has other full-time duties that still have to be completed, and if they have to make second and third passes all over the city it means their other duties aren’t getting done. Beginning Nov. 1, our officers will be issuing citations for winter parking violations. One of our most frequent complaints regarding parking tickets is, “But I didn’t know.” Please help spread the word. Tell your family, friends, and neighbors. Make sure any overnight guests are aware. Share this message on your neighborhood Facebook page, Nextdoor, Twitter, etc. Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation!

A national test of the Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) and Emergency Alert System (EAS) will occur this Wednesday, October 3rd at 1:18 PM CDT. During this time, WEA compatible cell phones that are switched on, within range of an active cell tower, and whose wireless provider participates in WEA should be capable of receiving the test message. Users cannot opt out of receiving the WEA test. Also important to note: there is a risk of severe weather across parts of the area near the test time. Since this is a national test, we cannot postpone it.

We are happy to announce that starting today, we will again be able to provide civilian fingerprinting services. We have had some issues with our fingerprint machine and have finally been able to get it back up and running. Fingerprinting will be available Monday through Friday, 8am-430pm, based on officer availability. We are unable to take reservations and unfortunately, if there are no officers available to take your prints, you may need to come back. There is no charge for this service for city of Farmington residents, and the charge is $20 for non-residents (cash or check only, we do not accept credit cards). If you have any questions, please contact the Farmington Police Department at 651-280-6700.

Good evening Farmington, we need your assistance. This poor cat wandered into a resident's fenced back yard and was attacked by their dogs. After separating it from the dogs, the female resident was bitten by the cat. You can't see it in the photo, but it does have a purple collar with no tags. We have the cat, but need to locate the owners and verify current vaccinations. This occurred on Erickson Path near English Avenue. If you recognize the cat, please contact us. Thanks in advance for any assistance you can provide.

If you travel near Farmington High School next week, you may see an increased police presence in the afternoon. There is nothing to be concerned about. The school is considering changing the way students and the public enter and leave the high school parking lot. This is an experiment for the week of October 1st and will occur in the afternoon when school lets out. If all goes as expected, the change will become permanent. Here is a video that was provided to the students. If you have any questions, contact Farmington High School.

There are many scary scams out there targeting seniors. If you are a senior or have a relative that is a senior, join us at the Rambling River Center, 325 Oak St., for a “Safe Seniors” presentation, Tuesday, Sept. 18 from 1:30-2:30 p.m. This is a free event but please call the Rambling River Center at 651-280-6970 to save your spot!

Supporting Farmington Liquors means supporting the Farmington Police Department too! Check out the video to learn about how liquor store profits fund our K-9 program and security systems.

There are so many scams out there targeting seniors, it is scary. If you are a senior or have a relative that is a senior, please join us as we partner with the Rambling River Center to give a “Safe Seniors” presentation. It will be held at the Rambling River Center (325 Oak St) on Tuesday, September 18th, from 1:30pm to 2:30pm. There is no charge for this event, but please contact the Rambling River Center at 651-280-6970 to make a reservation.

UPDATE ON THE BOBCAT VANDALISM CASE FROM LAST WEEK. Here is a photograph of the two suspects. Any assistance in identifying them would be greatly appreciated. #FLIPFLOPATBCA4DNA

Now for a more personal follow up to the bus crash yesterday. To start out, I'd like to thank all of the parents whose children were on the bus. I spoke with a small handful of parents that came directly to the scene as well as a few that gathered near the intersection but did not approach. I greatly appreciate the patience and understanding that you all showed. The same goes to the vast majority of you who expressed questions, comments, or concerns online. Your concerns were certainly understandable and we all appreciate you recognizing that we working hard to make sure your kids were ok and get them home to you as quickly as we could. Now on to the good part. I saw some things yesterday that were amazing. With a handful of officers and deputies already on scene, I decided to try to make myself useful by heading straight onto the bus. I assumed that there would be a bus full of crying, screaming, and scared kids. What did I see as I approached the front of the bus? The bus driver standing in the aisle, leading the kids in some kind of sing-along or something. Seriously, it looked like a dance party. Rather than freaking out and panicking, the driver went with the old tried and true distraction technique. She may not realize it, but her actions helped us tremendously and probably lessened the traumatic effect on those kids. So I step off the bus and I'm met by the Marscall Line supervisor. He's already at the scene and has another bus there ready to take the kids home when we're done. I just want to point out, that this is within minutes (probably single digit minutes) of the crash. So I'm talking to him and he points out the newest arrival, FES Principal Kim Bollesen. She's arrived and mentions that she has already sent out an email to parents advising them of the situation. That was about the time I made our Facebook Post. I wanted to, as quickly as possible, reassure folks that the kids were ok. I can only imagine the worry if you hear about a crash but don't know the severity. I do hope that helped calm some fears. Parents, if you are still reading, your kids are in great hands. I see cops, and firefighters, and EMS personnel go into crisis management mode all the time. It is a routine part of the job for us. It is not routine for us to see a bus driver, a bus company supervisor, or an elementary school principal respond to an unexpected crisis so effortlessly. As parents, you are truly fortunate to have such dedicated and caring professionals looking after your children every day. I stopped by the district office this morning and told them the same thing. Just thought I'd share that with you all. I hope your kids are all doing well. Sgt. Rutherford

Follow up from yesterday afternoon's school bus crash: I'm going to actually make two follow up posts. This one is to provide what information we can regarding the crash itself. Yesterday's crash between a passenger car and a Marschall Line school bus transporting children home from Farmington Elementary School occurred at the intersection of Highway 3 and 220th St. W. As it occurred on a state highway, primary jurisdiction for investigating the crash and any traffic or criminal violations belongs to the Minnesota State Patrol. As many of you that were there saw, Troopers did arrest the driver of the passenger car. Criminal charges resulting from this incident, if there are any, will be brought by the Dakota County Attorney's Office after they have the opportunity to review the case file. The dedicated men and women of the Minnesota State Patrol are consummate professionals. Over 22 years in law enforcement, I have come to expect nothing less from them. Rest assured, their investigation will be thorough. Since this is not our case, we will not be providing any further comment on the crash investigation itself. I do however, have a few observations from the scene that I will address in another post. Sgt. Gary Rutherford

Before the rumor mill gets too crazy....Our officers are on the scene of a school bus crash at Highway 3 and 220th St. The children on the bus are all ok and will be transferred to another bus shortly. They will be dropped off at their normal stops but will be just a little late.

Farmington Police are seeking the public’s help regarding a stolen bobcat that was used to cause damage at Farmington Elementary School early Monday morning. A video shows the suspects as two white males, probably age 16-20. The video is being enhanced at this time. Police recovered one of the suspect’s flip flops at the scene. It is in the suspects best interests to turn themselves in. Please contact the Farmington Police Department with information at 651-280-6700 or 651-280-6TIP. We’ve already ruled out Cinderella and LEEEEROOOY Jenkins as suspects. #Cinderella #Leroy Jenkins #DNA

Did you make it in our National Night Out video? Tag your friends and post your photos below!

We had a great time at National Night Out last night! Thank you all for the delicious food, good conversation and laughs.

Scammers have been calling residents and posing as Farmington city staff, and local businesses to trick victims into giving them money. Be cautious of the name and numbers that comes across caller I.D., and remember city staff will never contact residents over the phone to collect utility bill payments.