About the New Brighton Police Department
The Police Department consists a dedicated staff who are dedicated to protect, serve, and educate citizens and guests in partnership with the community. The Police Department services include patrol, investigations, crime prevention, school liaison officers, and animal control. Services are provided by licensed Police Officers, Civilian Support Staff, Police Reserve Officers, Public Safety Officers, Volunteers In Public Safety, and Police Explorers.
The New Brighton Department of Public Safety is rich with history and tradition. Many long time residents remember the Police Department of the 1940’s and many of the former officers. This section provides information on the history of the department from the modest beginnings to the current cadre of highly trained, equipped , and skilled officers, as well as information on crime statistics.
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The City of New Brighton incorporated as the Village of New Brighton on November 18, 1890 with a population of 196 residents. The first mention of a Police Department occurred in the minutes of the first special meeting of the Council on June 15, 1891, in which “special police” were appointed for an anticipated loud and jubilant Fourth of July celebration.
Some of the first mentions of enforcement actions by the New Brighton Town Marshall, the predecessor to the Police Department indicate that on, December 8, 1894, Peace Officer Frank Harmon requested the Justice of the Peace charge Andrew Mattison with “loafing around the back yard of a resident.” Mattison was arrested and stated he was looking for a Swede house and was fined the $50.00 he had in his pocket at the time. Among other crimes dealt with by the early New Brighton Town Marshall was the selling of apples in violation of the peddling permit ordinance for which the guilty party, Able Perelman, was sentenced to 20 days in jail and was taken by Marshall Clarence Thompson to the county jail to serve out his sentence. Much of the early crimes dealt with by the Town Marshalls dealt with property damage and assaults as a result of drinking alcohol.
On April 2, 1982, Frank Harmon was named he Village Marshall, Fire Warden, and Street Commissioner with a salary of $75.00. On November 6, 1893, citizens became upset at the thievery which was occurring during the evening hours and agreed to pay $5.00 for night policing. One week later at a special session of the Council, the petition for a night policeman was approved with the hours being set from 4:00pm until 6:00am with a pay rate of $55.00 and T. H. Williams was hired for the duty.
The office of Chief of Police was established in 1946. Lawrence (Dude) Bona was the first person to fill this post and stayed for four years. Following Dude Bona, Mike Kush was appointed temporary Town Marshall and was subsequently followed by Donald Schaefer who in early 1952 purchased the first Police Car.
The following is a list of past Chiefs of Police:
- Andrew (Tiny) Elsenpeter was appointed Chief of Police, a role he held for twelve years until March of 1964.
- Paul Holmes as appointed Chief of Police and held that role from March of 1964 until March of 1982.
- Sergeant Dennis Raymond served as interim Chief of Police from March of 1982 until August of 1982.
- John Kelly was appointed Chief of Police from August 1982 until 1999.
- Bob Jacobson was appointed Chief of Police in 1999 and upon the formation of the Department of Public Safety in 2000 he was appointed Director of Public Safety.
(Information courtesy of the New Brighton Historical Society and A Centennial History of New Brighton Minnesota by Gene F. Skiba)
The efforts of the New Brighton Department of Public Safety have been recognized at the local, State, National, and International levels. The New Brighton Department of Public Safety has also been awarded the following awards:
2018-Humphrey Institute-Local Government Innovation Award-Ramsey County Fire Chiefs Closest Unit Dispatching Award
2018-2nd Place In The Nation-National Night Out
2017-Fire Department of the Year-International Fire Buyer, Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC)
2017-Minnesota Department of Public Safety Commissioners Award for Traffic Safety
2016-1st Place in Minnesota National Night Out
2015-1st Place in the Nation-National Night Out
2014-4th Place in the Nation-National Night Out-1st Place in Minnesota
2013-1st Place in the Nation-National Night Out
2012-2nd Place in the Nation-National Night Out
2011-International Association of Chiefs of Police-Community Policing Award
2011-Excellence In Service Award-Professional Law Enforcement Assistants Association-Office Supervisor Forbord
2011-2nd Place in the Nation-National Night Out
2010-Richard W. Schaller Award-Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association-Director Jacobson
2010- Northwest Youth and Family Services Outstanding Service To Youth Award-Ray Tandeski
2009- 1st Place in the Nation-National Night Out
2009- Minnesotans for Safe Driving Award-Officer Hamdorf
2009- Minnesota Safe & Sober Lifesaving Award-Officer Hamdorf
2009- Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association Meritorious Service Award- Officer Sypniewski and Officer Emerson
2009- City of New Brighton Medal of Honor-Officer Sypniewski and Officer Emerson
2009- Northwest Youth and Family Services Outstanding Service to Youth Award-Officer Emerson and Director Jacobson
2008- Shawn Silvera Memorial Run Public Safety Champions-Director Jacobson, Firefighter VanBeusekom, Officer Paetznick
2008- North Memorial Public Safety Service Award of Honor-Deputy Fire Chief Deschane, Sergeant Masterman, Officer Slack, Officer Olson, Officer Griffin
2006- Northwest Youth and Family Services Outstanding Service to Youth Award-Sgt. Bitzan Hieb
2005- Northwest Youth and Family Services Outstanding Service to Youth Award-Officer Paetznick
2005- Minnesota Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management Award of Excellence
2005- National League of Cities James C. Howland Award for municipal excellence related to crime prevention efforts
2004- International Association of Chiefs of Police Community Policing Award
2003- Northwest Youth and Family Services Outstanding Service to Youth Award-Deputy Director Dan Olson
2003- Minnesota Association of Women Police Leadership Award-Sgt. Bitzan Hieb
2003- Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association Meritorious Service Award- Detective Bornus, Detective Sortor, Officer DeDominces
2000- Northwest Youth and Family Services Outstanding Service to Youth Award-Officer McNeely
2000- Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association Award of Merit- Sgt. Bitzan Hieb, Sgt. Werneke, Officer McNeely
1996- Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association Distinguished Service Award- Officer Bova
The Patrol Division of the New Brighton Police Division is comprised Officers and Sergeants and is the most visible element of the Department. The Patrol Division annually responds to approximately 12,000 calls for service. These calls range from performing CPR to arresting a violent criminal. The Patrol Division is the only element of City government that is fully staffed 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Members of the patrol division are equipped with marked and unmarked patrol vehicles containing computers, preliminary breath test instruments, tactical response equipment, medical and first aid kits, oxygen kits, portable automatic external defibrillators, and a host of other equipment to assist them in providing the highest level of service available.
The New Brighton Department of Public Safety currently has three police officers that are assigned as School Resource Officers or SROs. They are typically assigned to this role for up to five years. Not only do they serve as police officers, but they are also mentors, informal counselors and teachers. During a typical day, an SRO can be doing anything from teaching a class on drug awareness, investigating a crime involving a student, or speaking with a child that is having problems at home.
The Criminal Investigative Section (CIS) of the New Brighton Police Division has primary responsibility for conducting follow-up investigations of serious Felony and other cases of interest. CIS is also the point of contact for initial referrals from professional agencies related to maltreatment of vulnerable adults and criminal sexual conduct cases. In addition to their investigatory duties, they are responsible for presenting Felony cases to the Ramsey County Attorney’s office for charging and serve as the point of contact for these cases as well as issuing permits to purchase firearms.
The Public Safety Department Records Division is responsible for the processing and maintenance of all police and fire records, reports, and files. In addition to maintaining the department records the personnel are responsible for vehicle releases, FBI crime reporting, data practices, answering walk-up questions, answering phone calls, maintaining all public safety licensing information, scheduling facility tours, processing budget information, purchasing, and training registration and documentation.
The Records Division is an integral component of providing the highest quality service to those we serve. The Public Safety Department makes every effort to provide information to the public and those affected by events which we respond to pursuant to Minnesota Data Practices laws. To obtain a police report or for assistance for any of the services the records division provides can be answered by calling 651-288-4100, Monday-Friday 8:00am-4:30pm.
Learn about ways you can engage with the New Brighton Police Division.
The Police Reserve Unit consists of volunteers from the community and various organizations with a desire to help improve the community.
Each member of the Reserve Unit receives training in defensive tactics, aerosol subject restraints, impact weapons, radio use, patrol tactics, and traffic direction. They also receive uniforms and all required equipment provided free of charge by the department.
Reserve Officers who satisfactorily complete the required training are entrusted with a marked patrol vehicle to assist licensed Police Officers in conducting their duties.
For an application, CLICK HERE
Contact Officer Matt Farmer, 651-288-4159 for further information.
Police Explorers is a youth organization developed to give young adults aged 14-21 the chance to learn and experience the field of Law Enforcement. Explorer Post members are given training in all basic areas of police work to help them understand the duties of a Police Officer and to assist the Explorer in determining if the field of law enforcement is a career they would be interested in pursuing. The Explorer program is a part of the Boy Scouts of America Learning for Life division.
Officer Aaron Slack 651-288-4124
Volunteers in Public Safety (VIPS) is a program of the City of New Brighton that provides citizens the opportunity to become involved with the Department of Public Safety. VIPS members donate hundreds of hours assisting the Police and Fire Divisions in a variety of community oriented, prevention-based programs. VIPS members serve in a non- uniformed, non-enforcement role working with police officers, firefighters, and civilian public safety staff. VIPS members serve without compensation for their time. Their reward is the gratitude of the Department and the satisfaction that comes from serving one’s community. VIPS is a nationally recognized program of Citizen Corps, an initiative coordinated by the United States Department of Homeland Security and the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP). All over our nation, people just like you are serving their country by serving their communities.
For more information on VIPS or other Citizen Corps programs, contact:
Officer Brad Krebsbach
The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact our area. Volunteers are trained in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. CERT members also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in New Brighton.
The City of New Brighton Crime Free Multi-Housing program is a partnership with landlords working to keep criminal activity out of rental property. The program utilizes a specially trained full time police officer to work in partnership with apartment management and tenants to ensure all multi-housing communities in the City are safe and successful. The CFMH Officer also works in partnership with other City departments to provide multiple resources to meet the needs of apartment owners, managers, and tenants.
For more information on CFMH, contact:
Officer Brad Krebsbach
The Ramsey County Traffic Safety Initiative (RCTSI) is a collaborative effort between all police agencies within Ramsey County. The RCTSI consists of three program elements to address the enforcement phase of traffic safety.
The first and most visible program element of the RCTSI is the DWI Saturation Patrols. The DWI Saturation Patrols involve sending between one and three police officers from each agency within the County, for a total of 20-30 officers, to a directed geographic area to conduct high visibility enhanced traffic enforcement. The officers’ conduct enhanced DWI enforcement in the area to both detect and deter those who may choose to drink and drive.
The second component of the RCTSI is the on-duty enhanced enforcement events. Officers participating in the on-duty conducted enhanced traffic enforcement during their normal work shifts. These shifts are not grant funded but assist in the deterrence and detection of those driving while impaired.
The third component of the RCTSI are the enhance enforcement waves. These waves deploy officers for enhanced enforcement of specific traffic safety initiatives with the goal of reducing traffic related deaths and injuries. The waves focus on seatbelt enforcement, speed enforcement, and DWI enforcement. Officers spend 4-6 hours of grant funded overtime deployed to identify these violations and take enforcement actions.
For more information on the RCTSI contact Officer Matt Farmer.
Project Lifesaver refers to a system to rapidly locate vulnerable people that have a tendency to wander off and get lost. It is a tracking tool in the event a vulnerable person gets separated from his/her caregiver. The system includes: equipment; training; procedures; and forms. It is administered by a law enforcement/public safety agency.
Typical “clients” include those who suffer with Alzheimer’s, Autism, Down Syndrome, stroke, traumatic brain injury, or other short-term memory ailment. Once accepted into the program, the person has a wristwatch-sized transmitter attached to his/her wrist or ankle. It is worn 24/7 and transmits a radio pulse once a second. In the event the person become lost, the authorities are contacted and told that the missing person is a Project Lifesaver client. The agency responds, knowing the details about the client, and quickly locates them using the tracking radio receivers. The range on the transmitters is about one mile on the ground and about seven miles from the air.
Families interested in Project Lifesaver for a loved one should visit www.projectlifesaver.org.