The Community Policing Program was implemented by Chief Roger Pohlman 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 are encouraged to walk their neighborhood and get to know the people. Officers are more likely to hear citizens’ concerns if they have more direct contact with the people.
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 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, the safer everyone will fee.
- Lower the Overall Crime Rate - The objective is that the first three goals help the community reach the fourth.
Assigned Areas & Officers
- West (WOO5): Sergeant Mark Mandelkow; Officers: Josh Colvard: Dan McMahon; Joe Garrison;
- Downtown (DT05): Sergeant Travis Bray; Officer: Cory Huberty
- Lower Burnside (LB05): Sergeant Joe Juliar; Officers: Chad Steffen; Erich Bettich
- Southeast (SE05): Sergeant Nick Sather; Officers: Cory Rasmussen, Anthony Rozema
- East (EE05): Sergeant Nick Sather; Officer: Tony Gadicke
- South (SO05): Sergeant Mark Mandelkow; Officer: Justin Hesse
- Upper Burnside (UB05): Sergeant Joe Juliar; Officers: Ross Vanderkooi; Andy Dahl
- High School (HS05): Sergeant Travis Bray; School Resource Officers Ryan Sullivan; Brian Metling
- Cannon Bottoms (CB05) and Minnesota Correctional Facility (CF05): Detectives: Tom Rikli; Katie Gernentz and Keegan Quinn
- Prairie Island (PI05): Training Officer Scott Kochendorfer
- Cannon Bottoms (CB05)
- Downtown (DT05)
- East (EE05)
- High School (HS05)
- Lower Burnside (LB05)
- Prairie Island (PI05)
- Southeast (SE05)
- South (SO05)
- Upper Burnside (UB05)
- West (W005)