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Police Department

The City's Police department provides for public safety protection 24 hours a day, seven days a week to the City of Oak Park Heights.

Contact Information 

Emergency: 911 - this is to report ANY in progress incident, crime, or medical services request.

Non-Emergency requests for an officer - 651-439-9381

Officers are dispatched using the county wide PSAP "public safety answering point" funded by the state and county taxes you pay as a resident.  This is staffed by the WC Sheriff on our and all county residents behalf as a shared resource. If you would like to see an officer to report an incident or would like a phone call from an officer please call our non-emergency administration phone at 651-439-4723 or directly to a dispatcher 651-439-9381.  We do not control the process or speed with which our officers are dispatched to calls.  If you feel there was a long delay please contact our office directly and we will look into the circumstances. 

Police Administration Office: (651) 439-4723

Fax: (651) 439-3639

 

The Oak Park Heights Police Dept.  has joined agencies across Washington County to share a new crime mapping tool to our communities. This crime mapping tool is a public-facing visual representation of police activity in (city) and other cities in Washington County. Crime mapping is a useful tool for officers and residents, as it helps to identify patterns and crime trends within a selected geographical area.

When using this crime mapping tool, we encourage users to assure they have the agency they are looking for selected using the filter under the blue and gold badge in the upper righthand corner.

For more information on Crime Mapping or to check out Washington County's new public-access platform, visit www.crimemapping.com.

 

Anonymous Tips: Tips of criminal activity or information you may have concerning a past crime may be submitted using the link on the left side of the main page.  The police rely on citizen involvement to help us keep the community we all enjoy safe.

General Information: for the police department or questions can be submitted by email: 

police@cityofoakparkheights.com

 

RECORDS: Requests for records can be made in person at the police department during business hours M-F 0830-1200 and 1300-1600 hrs. excluding holidays. Some records requests may be completed at the time of request or you will be contacted when your request has been completed and you may come pick it up.  Generally there is no fee for a simple report request however there are fees associated with requests for photographs and other media, large requests requiring staff time to research and complete, or repeat requests for the same reports.

You may also request records using the link at the bottom of this page.  Completed forms sent to us with a self addressed stamped envelope will be returned as soon as it is completed.  Requests will not be completed without a self addressed stamped envelope able to contain the documents with correct postage for the report or media being requested. Some reports are available to be emailed such as accident reports. Please email police@cityofoakparkheights.com to get a copy. We will respond to the email that was used for your request

 

Thank you for supporting the department and helping us in keeping your community safe;

Steve Hansen – Police Chief

shansen@cityofoakparkheights.com

 

 

Police Officer Job Post and Application Link

 The City of Oak Park Heights seeks a full time Police Officer to enforce State and Federal laws and City ordinances. CURRENT STUDENTS, NEW GRADS, LATERALS encouraged to apply.

We offer hiring incentives which include $5,000 sign on bonus or up to $10,000 tuition debt reimbursement.

Lateral transfers for well qualified applicants will be considered for wage and vacation starting points.  

Oak Park Heights has a 5,000-resident population with a large business district which swells our daytime population to 8-10,000. We have a very supportive city council with strong community support.  Currently Oak Park Heights P.D. is a 13-person department consisting of patrol officers, sergeants, investigator, school resource officer for the Stillwater Area High School / investigator, police chief, and records / reception. 2 Officers are assigned on call to a multiagency County wide SWAT Team and Mobile Field Force Team.   Officers work an 11-hour shift with every other weekend (Fri/Sat/Sun) off.  The department provides a technically current and professional work environment with a supportive wellness program.   

The city offers competitive salary & benefits in a professional, participative environment.  Applicants must be MN POST licensed or eligible to be licensed by July 1st 2024. Applicants must possess a valid driver’s license and pass an in-depth background check, physical, and psychological examination prior to appointment.     

Union wage range per LELS contract which includes max 10% incentive pay for education/health wellness is $75,235 to $107,479 annually or $36.17 to $51.67/hour for 2024. Current contract for 2025 has been settled at 3.5% increase.      

This posting is open until filled. Quick online application available through our city web site www.cityofoakparkheights.com  or access the application through the survey link below. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/OPHPOLICE

Oak Park Heights Pet License

Get your FREE pet license! City ordinance 601.06 requires a dog/cat license for any animal 6 months or older. Proof of rabies vaccination must be presented at the time of application. Fill out the attached application and return with proper paperwork. If you have any questions, call the Oak Park Heights Police Dept. at 651-439-4723. Click on the hyperlink "Oak Park Heights Pet License" above.

Body Camera Policy

The Oak Park Heights Police Department uses body worn cameras.  Our officers generally have these cameras while on duty.  The cameras are not active unless specifically started by the officers.  These cameras provide us with a resource to document incidents, collect evidence, and respond to or review incidents if needed.  A copy of the department policy explaining the intent and use of the cameras is attached to this web site also. State statute 13.82 directs the release of data captured by body cameras.  At this time data is considered private and not releasable for reasons other than evidence or to the person on the video.  There are other restrictions on release and those can be found in MSS 13.82.  Click the headline of this post to be brought to the current department policy.  A copy of the MN IPAD interpretation of rules is also posted to help add some simplification to the rules.  IPAD is the MN agency that interprets the data laws.

 

State of the Police Department

Organization

The Police Department provides overall public safety response in the city.  The police department is the first response to all public safety incidents within the city to include; medicals, fire, criminal complaints, citizen assists, traffic accidents, ordinance violations, and emergency management.   The department conducts many other preventative details and provides assistance to citizens in the community including: crime prevention, citizen education & community outreach, traffic enforcement & deterrence, animal control, and civil assists.

The department has a staff of 12 persons consisting of 11 sworn licensed officers and 1 clerical non-sworn position.  We provide 24 hour protection with patrol and investigation for all criminal activity within the city.  We have a Chief of Police, Sergeant Investigator, Investigator / School Resource Officer, 7 Officers assigned to patrol, and records receptionist.

We provide an investigator school resource officer at the Stillwater Area High School.  This position is a full time assignment for the officer during the school year with the cost being reimbursed to the city.   This investigator assists with general patrol and investigations during the busy summer months.

 

Core Services

We respond to over 6,000 calls for service per year.  Each day we handle many administrative and other details or assistance to citizens that are not recorded as calls for service.  We do routine patrol of our residential neighborhoods, checks of business areas, walk through our multifamily housing buildings, and checking our parks when not responding to calls for service from the community.   Our calls for service continue to increase every year.   Some incidents we handled during 2019 include:

  • 260+ traffic accident investigations.
  • 900+ medical responses.  Police officers are the first response and provide initial patient evaluation and treatment as needed.  Officers are trained and equipped to provide CPR or use of electronic defibrillator, oxygen therapy, and basic life support until Lakeview Hospital Paramedics arrive to provide advanced treatment and transport.  
  • 12 Death investigations of suicide or persons suffering unattended deaths.
  • We respond to and investigate all part 1 and part 2 crimes.  These incidents include sexual assaults, stolen vehicles, burglaries, narcotics violations, incidents involving weapons, physical assaults, fraud, forgery, theft and others. We had 900+ part 1 & 2 crimes combined.
  • 200+ alarms and incidents in which officers provided crime prevention notices to homeowners or found businesses with unsecured locations after hours.
  • 13 vehicle thefts or recovered stolen vehicles
  • Traffic enforcement resulted in 68 DWI arrests, 1,200+ citations and warnings for various traffic violations. Citation vs. warning is about 50%.  Complaints about traffic are our #1 received complaint from citizens.
  • 4 illegal firearms arrests
  • 71 Drug related arrests
  • 10 missing persons - all found.
  • 34+ persons in crisis threatening suicide
  • 22 Charged Domestic Assualt incidents with many more incidents not resulting in charges.

 

Secondary Services

We provide other services to the community in addition to essential public safety response.

  • We do numerous community outreach events during the year in which we provide education and materials to citizen groups, schools, and civic events.
  • Alcohol and Tobacco compliance checks of all businesses selling these products are completed several times a year.
  • Registered Predatory Offender compliance for those living or working in the city.  They are checked for compliance and registrations updated.  In 2019 we had 25 offenders of level 1 & 2 status living or working in the city.
  • 1 officer is assigned along with their normal patrol duties to the multiagency county wide SWAT team. This officer trains 1 day per month and responds as part of the team county wide.  This provides the city with SWAT services without charge.
  • 1 officer is assigned along with their normal patrol duties to the county wide civil defense response team.  This team provides crowd control and other services in the event of protests or other civil unrest. This officer trains 1 time per quarter with the team.
  • Civil assists to persons for child custody exchanges, property retrieval, welfare checks of persons and property.
  • The Chief of Police is the Certified Emergency Manager for Oak Park Heights and oversees training compliance, mitigation coordination, and response coordination.  In the event of a disaster or other significant emergency the Police Chief provides for overall management and coordination of city operations and the assisting services including fire, paramedics, public works, and civilian agencies such as Red Cross.
  • Animal control and licensing.
  • Investigation and issuance of firearms permits to purchase.
  • State mandated data reporting.
  • Processing 1,000 or more public data requests annually.
  • Support to other agencies; neighboring law enforcement agencies, probations, social services, and the courts.

 

Future

The department will continue to provide professional and responsive services to the community balancing the challenges of judicious budgetary constraints and the need to provide the continued high level services the community has grown to expect.  Provide professional equipment and training for officer safety and efficiency, continued community outreach education programs, all in a diverse growing and changing community.

Police Commendation or Complaint Form

The City of Oak Park Heights Police Department's mission is to serve and protect the public.  If you see outstanding behavior and would like to commend an officer, or if you see any officer acting in any way that appears unprofessional, please click this link to download a form that can be completed and submitted to the Chief of Police for his review and possible further action.  

Lost and Found

Click here for a list of items with unidentified owners recovered by the Oak Park Heights Police Department.  To inquire about any of the items, please contact the Police Department at 439-4723.