The Community Policing Program was implemented in September of 2014. The program assigns officers to specific neighborhoods in Red Wing, which has been divided into areas. Officers will still police the entire city, but each officer is also assigned to a specific beat and encouraged to walk their neighborhood and get to know the residents. Officers are more likely to hear citizens’ concerns if they have more direct contact with them.
The four goals of the Community Policing Program are:
- Build Community Relations: Officers have a sworn duty to help all citizens. Weak community-police relations breed suspicion, fear, and distrust. The program is intended to build partnerships and trust within the community we serve.
- Receive Community Input: The thought is simple: When officers get out of their cars and walk the streets, residents will find it easier to approach them. Positive interaction will create a higher level of comfort and encourage citizens to share concerns. Neighbors’ comments can help officers identify patterns of suspicious activity and ideally address them before crime happens.
- Reduce the Fear of Crime: The more visible the police presence, the more familiar people are with “their” officers, and the safer everyone will feel.
- Lower the Overall Crime Rate: The objective is that the first three goals help the community reach the fourth.
Assigned Areas & Officers
- West (WO05): Sergeant Mark Mandelkow; Officers: Joe Garrison
- Downtown (DT05): Sergeant Josh Hanson; Officers: Brett Peine, Kyley Lindholm
- Lower Burnside (LB05): Sergeant Erich Bettich; Officers: Jake Ptacek
- Southeast (SE05): Sergeant Josh Colvard; Officers: Cory Rasmussen, Nik Friedges
- East (EE05): Sergeant Josh Colvard; Officers: Megan Bultje
- South (SO05): Sergeant Mark Mandelkow; Officers: Alex Short, Dominik Olsen
- Upper Burnside (UB05): Sergeant Erich Bettich; Officers: Ross Vanderkooi; Andy Dahl
- High School (HS05): Sergeant Josh Hanson; School Resource Officer Dan McMahon; School Resource Officer Jesse Umphress
- Cannon Bottoms (CB05) and Minnesota Correctional Facility (CF05): Sergeant Cory Huberty; Investigators: Tom Rikli and Keegan Quinn
- Prairie Island (PI05): Training Officer Tony Rozema