The Police Department is located in the lower level of the Fridley Municipal Center at 6431 University Avenue NE in Fridley, Minnesota. Redesigned in 1989, the facility has offices, holding cells, a firing range, heated garages for squads and equipment, locker rooms and an emergency operations center.
The department provides around the clock police service with 40 sworn peace officers and 15 full- or part-time civilian staff. A Public Safety Director and two Captains, each in charge of a Division, administer the department. The Field Operations division consists of the uniformed patrol officers and non-sworn community service officers. The Technical Services division includes Information Services, Special Projects and Investigation.
The Fridley Police Department regularly takes reports from citizens who receive calls from telephone scammers who attempt to separate the victims from their money. In most cases the complainant is suspicious and aware that they are being targeted for a scam and simply hang up the phone or throw away the mailing. They then call the Fridley Police to make a report. There are occasions however when the scam is so believable that some people fall into the trap and send money. It does not take long for them to discover that the money they send the scammer is long gone.
There are a wide variety of scams and frauds out there, some well publicized and others not so much. Remember that if something seems too good to be true, it likely is. Legitimate businesses and government agencies do not send out checks asking that you cash it, keep some for yourself, and then send the rest back. A prince from a country in Africa is not likely going to be seeking the help of a Fridley citizen in order to free up large amounts of funds tied up in his government. A European lottery game is not going to send you instructions on how to claim your winnings when you have never entered such a contest. In other words, try and use your best judgment and protect your finances.
Detective Cardinal has been documenting these reports and gathering information in order to help you protect you and your finances. Many of these scammers are overseas and this makes it very difficult to do much about bringing the scammers to justice. The best solution to the scammer problem is education. If more information is available to the public, citizens can be armed with knowledge to recognize a possible scam as its occurring.
Below is a link to the Minnesota Attorney General's Office fraud page. This link provides good information on different types of scams and how to recognize them to protect your finances.
If you have any questions about scams contact Detective Jason Cardinal at 763-572-3642
The city of Fridley Police Department has a detective assigned full time to work on pawn related issues. The pawn detective assignment is funded in part by funds generated by the licensed pawn shops in the city. Each time a transaction is completed at the pawn shop a small fee is collected to help offset the costs of the position. The detective is responsible for enforcing state statutes and city ordinances as they relate to pawn shops located in the city of Fridley. Duties include monitoring all transactions to make sure they are properly documented and the required information is provided. The detective also performs inspections at the stores to verify serial numbers are accurately documented and to make sure the stores are operating within the law. During down time the detective may also monitor the traffic coming and going from the two pawn shops in the city for intelligence gathering purposes.
One of the tools used by the pawn detective is the Automated Property System, sometimes called the Automated Pawn System or A.P.S. This system is owned and operated by the Minneapolis Police Department and the city of Fridley pays a fee to access it. Transaction data including demographic and property descriptions are entered into pawn software for each transaction occurring at pawn shops in Minnesota and most of Wisconsin. This data is then uploaded to the A.P.S. server in Minneapolis every night after the stores close. Officers from around the state can then pay a fee to have access to that information.
For example, a detective in Anoka is assigned a burglary case in which several electronic items are stolen. The detective can log onto A.P.S. and search serial numbers and or descriptions to see if any matching property has been pawned. If a match is located, the detective can place the item on a police hold and later confiscate it from the pawn shop and return it to the victim. The investigator will have a good lead because the individual who pawned the item had to have provided a state issued identification in order to process the transaction. In addition, if the person who pawned the stolen item cannot be proven to have stolen it, they will in most cases be charged by our pawn detective with the Fridley ordinance violation of pawning the property of another if the transaction occurred in Fridley.
The Fridley pawn detective monitors all property confiscations from outside law enforcement agencies. After reports are obtained from the agency that confiscated the stolen property, our detective then cites the person who pawned the stolen property for that offense occurring in Fridley. In 2013, for example, 118 people were cited by our pawn detective for city code violation 31.15.1: Pawning the property of another. That code states, in part:
1. No person may pawn, pledge, sell, leave, or deposit any article of property not their own;
nor shall any person offer or attempt to pawn, pledge, sell, leave, or deposit the property of
another, whether with permission or without, nor shall any person pawn, pledge, sell, leave or
deposit any article of property in which another has a security interest; with any licensee. (Ref1240)
2. No minor may pawn, pledge, sell, leave, or deposit any article of property with any
3. No person may pawn, pledge, sell, leave, or deposit any article of property with any
licensee without first having presented an acceptable form of identification.
4. All licensees shall by adequate signage and separate written notice inform persons
seeking to pawn, pledge, sell, leave, or deposit articles of property with the licensee of the
For the purpose of this section “adequate signage” shall be deemed to mean at least one sign, of not less than four (4) square feet in surface area, comprised of lettering of not less than three quarters (3/4) of an inch in height, posted in a conspicuous place on the licensed premises and stating substantially the following:
TO PAWN OR SELL PROPERTY:
YOU MUST BE AT LEAST 18 YEARS OF AGE.
YOU MUST BE THE TRUE OWNER OF THE PROPERTY.
THE PROPERTY MUST BE FREE OF ALL CLAIMS AND LIENS.
YOU MUST PRESENT VALID PHOTO IDENTIFICATION.
VIOLATION OF ANY OF THESE REQUIREMENTS IS A CRIME.
For the purpose of this section “separate written notice” shall be deemed to mean either the
receipt, as required in Section 31.12.5, or a printed form, incorporating a statement to the effect that the person pawning, pledging, selling, leaving, or depositing the article is at least eighteen (18) years of age; is the true owner of the article; and that the article is free of all claims and liens; which is acknowledged by way of signature of the person pawning, pledging, selling, leaving, or depositing the article.
5. No person seeking to pawn, pledge, sell, leave, or deposit any article of property with any
licensee shall give a false or fictitious name; nor give a false date of birth; nor give a false or out of date address of residence or telephone number; no present a false driver’s license or identification card; to any licensee.
Click here to view the entire pawn ordinance.
In addition to pawn related violations, 145 additional citations were issued by the pawn detective in 2013. A large number of those were issued in and around the two pawn shops for driver's license, motor vehicle registration, and insurance violations. Our detective believes that a known presence around the Fridley stores will help deter people who intend to offload stolen merchandise from frequenting our jurisdiction.
In addition to the above duties, our pawn detective works property related cases such as thefts and burglaries. Using the Automated Pawn System has helped solve several of these cases and led to successful prosecutions of thieves and burglars.
If you have any questions about the pawn detective position or pawn related issues you can contact Detective Jason Cardinal at 763-572-3642.
Every June, children entering the 3rd or 4th grade in the upcoming school year, have the opportunity to participate in Fridley’s annual Safety Camp. Safety Camp, which was first held in June, 1995, is a two day event sponsored by the Fridley Police, Fire, and Recreation Departments. The main goal of Safety Camp is to help reduce the number of accidents and injuries among our young children. The camp also gives the kids the skills necessary to cope with emergency situations. The children are taught safety in the following areas; water, fire, drugs, personal safety, first aid, electricity, gun awareness, railroads, seat belts, campgrounds, burns, and more. The instructors are from State and City Departments and also Regional Organizations.
The children are divided into six teams of 25 each with a maximum number of participants of 150. Each team has counselors consisting of police officers, fire fighters, paramedics, recreation staff, and senior volunteers, all dedicated to educating our future leaders. The camp is run from 8:00 – 4:30 pm, usually the second Tuesday and Wednesday in June, at Commons Park – rain or shine. At the end of the second day, the campers are picked up by their parents and then the camper and their family is invited to come back to the Fridley High School for the Award’s Ceremony. The ceremony starts at 6:00 pm with an ice cream social and an Emergency Vehicle Display where the campers and their families have the opportunity to be “up close and personal” to a police car, fire truck, and an ambulance. At 6:30 pm, the campers march into the auditorium, following their counselors who are, at that time, dressed in their work uniform, whether it is a uniform from the police department, fire department, or an Allina paramedic. During the two day camp, the counselors are dressed in shorts and their Safety Camp t-shirt, so the children don’t have any idea what their counselors do for a living. When the campers arrive for the Award’s Ceremony and look for their counselors, they are totally surprised and shocked to discover who their counselor really was! The look of surprise and awe on their face is priceless! Each camper has the opportunity to be on stage and receive their certificate of participation and be recognized as a successful student of that year’s camp.
The camp is dependent on private and corporate donations so registration fees can be kept at a minimum. The registration fee for Safety Camp is $30.00, which includes lunch both days, snacks, leadership, bike helmet, Safety Camp t-shirt, tote bag and miscellaneous supplies. Scholarships are available and can be obtained through the Recreation Department, who handles all registrations.
All sponsors are recognized throughout Safety Camp, specifically in the registration materials, flyers, Award Ceremony Program, and any other advertisement used.
K-9 Kona is a 95 pound 6 year old German Sheppard, is certified in patrol and narcotics work through yearly certifications by the United States Police Canine Association and is assigned to Officer Matt Noren. Officer Noren is one of two, first ever K-9 handlers with the City of Fridley Police Department; which was formed in 2009. K-9 Kona was introduced to his handler, Officer Noren, after his lengthy flight to the United States from his birthplace of the Czech Republic. Officer Noren and K-9 Kona began their formal police K-9 training in March 2010 and completed over 700 hours of training after an intense 3 month training program. The training included obedience, suspect search, article search, narcotics detection and criminal apprehension. K-9 Kona likes going for walks, playing ball, chewing on his kong and training days. K-9 Kona lives with Officer Noren and his family who car for him around the clock. K-9 Kona has become a family pet at home as; as well as, a working K-9 but he knows when it's time to go to work and when he is home. While Officer Noren is getting ready for work K-9 Kona is usually running circles in his living room as he gets excited for the upcoming patrol shift.
Having a good K-9 Unit takes a lot of hard work. Officer Noren trains with K-9 Kona daily and works very hard at staying proficient with their tasks. This became apparent when both department K-9s qualified for the United States Canine Association National K-9 trails held in Detroit Lakes, MN in the summer of 2011. There were only three rookie dogs that qualified for the national competition; which included both Fridley Police Dogs. Only the top K-9 units in the nation qualify for this event. Both dogs did extremely well at this competition and are now nationally certified police dogs. Both dogs received a 5th place trophy for their overall team score for the Region 12 team.
K9 Nitro is assigned to Patrol Officer Gregg Olson. Nitro is a 6 year old, 90 pound male German Shepard. Nitro was born in the Czech Republic and trained for Law Enforcement/Military work in his first year of life. When the City of Fridley purchased Nitro in 2009, he was assigned to now Sgt. Chris McClish. Sgt. McClish and Nitro went through an extensive 3 month training process to get Nitro certified with the United States Police Canine Association (USPCA).
In the fall of 2012, Ofc. Olson took over the handler duties with Nitro and the team went back to school for 2 additional months of training. This training included obedience, suspect search, article search, narcotics detection and criminal apprehension.
Nitro is a dual purpose K9, meaning he is trained in narcotics detection and patrol. Nitro is certified to detect the 4 major illegal street narcotics found on his regular patrol duties. Those narcotics include marijuana, methamphetamine, heroin, and cocaine.
Nitro has been deployed on 345 calls for service throughout the City of Fridley and the greater Metro area. Nitro has been involved in 5 bite apprehensions invloving suspects wanted for burglary, assault on a police officers, fleeing in a motor vehicle and various other serious crimes. Nitro has been involved in over 1100 hours of training to make him the most effecient and effective police K9 that he can be.
When not on duty, Nitro stays with Officer Olson at his home. At home, Nitro is a playfull, energetic dog that is always up for a game of fetch or laying on his bed and sleeping.
Welcome to the Fridley Police Department Citizens Online Police Reporting System.
PLEASE NOTE: IF YOU ARE REPORTING AN IN-PROGRESS INCIDENT, DO NOT USE THE ONLINE SYSTEM. CALL 9-1-1 INSTEAD. (IT MAY TAKE UP TO 72 HOURS BEFORE ONLINE REPORTS ARE REVIEWED.)
Using this online citizen police report system allows you to submit a report immediately and print a copy of the police report for free. If you can answer NO to the following questions, then online citizen police report filing is right for you:
If you answered NO to all of the above questions, you are ready to file your report online. Please make sure to turn off your pop-up blocking software before filing the report. If you answered YES to any of the questions please look at our Online Citizen Police Report Frequently Asked Questions section.
Upon completion of this report process you will:
Using the Fridley Police Department Police Online Citizen Reporting System you can report the following incidents:
Click on one of the above categories to access online reporting and begin your report.
The Police Reserve Unit consists of people from the City of Fridley and surrounding areas who desire to make their community a better place to live, work and play.
Besides being an active part of the community, becoming a reserve officer is an excellent way to obtain law enforcement experience. Volunteering as a reserve officer is also a great addition to any resume.
The Fridley Police Reserve Unit on average donates over 5,000 hours annually to the City of Fridley. In 2010 the Reserve Unit donated 5,678 hours, a monetary value of $105,037 to the City of Fridley.
A reserve officer's main role is to support the sworn patrol officers in the field. A reserve officer is a non-licensed position, with NO arrest powers. A reserve officer is issued a police uniform, and carries a full duty-belt (minus the firearm). A reserve officer drives a marked patrol car complete with police radio, red flashing lights, and computer. Reserve officers are allowed to ride-along with licensed, uniformed Fridley Police officers.
The Reserve Unit is part of the Field Operations Division and is under the direct command of the Patrol Captain and field Sergeants. Within the Reserve Unit is a Reserve Lieutenant and three Reserve Sergeants that each command a team of Reserve Officers.
A reserve officer's primary functions are to assist the sworn police officers. Some of a reserve's duties are as follows:
• Patrol Fridley in a marked police car including all public street, parks, highways and interstate
• Be another set of eyes to spot criminal activity and report it to the licensed officers
• Transport prisoners to jail, juvenile detention, or detox
• Perform house and business checks looking for open/unsecured doors
• Patrol identified problem areas
• Provided traffic control at accidents or city functions
• Provide security at city functions
• Assist disabled motorist in need of aid
Reserve officers are required to attend monthly meetings. Reserves also must be able to volunteer 8 additional hours a month to help with special functions, transport duty, or city patrol. Reserves must have a clean criminal and driving history, confirmed by a background check. Reserves must be at least 20-years-old and living in the Fridley area.
Reserve officers also must complete a 10-week (one night-a-week) training academy offered for all reserve officers in Anoka County.
No previous law enforcement experience is necessary, nor do reserves need to be a law enforcement student.
Sergeant Jeff Guest, Reserve Program Coordinator
Detective Andrew Todd, Reserve Unit Advisor
Officer Mark Mickelson, Reserve Unit Advisor
Officer Tom Roddy, Reserve Unit Advisor
A resident who wishes to file a police report for certain types of incidents can do so via the online reporting system. Residents can also use the system to request a Vacation House Check or report a Crime Tip.
View the monthly crime map for burglaries, damage to property and vehicle theft.