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Officer Darry Jones featured on “Wear the Badge” Facebook page
Check out the article to learn more about Darry Jones, and why he decided to pursue a career in law enforcement.  

Columbia Heights Expands Effort to Spruce Up Storefronts
The Star Tribune covers the second year of the City’s Façade Improvement Grant program for businesses along Central Avenue. Participants receive money toward eligible project costs of improving the appearance of their business, while also improving security with surveillance systems and cameras under the grant.  According to Captain Matt Markham, “If people know the cameras are there, that helps prevent crime.  And if something does happen, it definitely helps us solve it.”  

Columbia Heights Welcomes New Officer
The Sun Focus covers the swearing in of new Police Officer Mitchell Weisser.

Minneapolis Man Known as the St. Paul Slapper Caught by Columbia Heights Police
The StarTribune covers a story about the St. Paul Slapper's arrest in Columbia Heights.

Columbia Heights Police Arrest Vandal
The Sun Focus covers a story about the arrest of a man who was caught on City security cameras vandalizing property along Central Ave. 

CHPD Featured in IACP Police Chief Magazine for Winning Leadership in Community Policing Award
Representatives from the Columbia Heights Police Department accepted the Leadership in Community Policing Award from the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) at its annual conference in Orlando last fall. The CHPD won in the "under 20,000" population category for its work in community policing strategies, and more specifically for its work involving the building of the City of Peace Neighborhood Center at Bruce Nawrocki Park

Truck or Treat Enjoyed by Hundreds in Columbia Heights
The Sun Focus covers Truck or Treat: Between 800 and 1,000 residents attended the City of Columbia Heights’ inaugural “Truck or Treat” event at Huset Park last week. Costumed children and their parents explored a variety of vehicles, including police cars, fire trucks, tow trucks, a dump truck, a garbage truck, a mail truck, a school bus, and even a Life Link air ambulance helicopter.

Home Health Nurse Charged With Theft of Prescription Medication
The Sun Focus covers a story about a sting operation in Columbia Heights that led to the arrest of a former home health care nurse.

Columbia Heights Police Department Earns International Community Policing Award
The Sun Focus shines a spotlight on the CHPD's IACP Award: Trust and relationship-building go a long way, especially when it comes to community policing. Without those two factors, the Columbia Heights Police Department couldn’t have accomplished as much as it has over the past few years, nor would the department have been recognized locally and even internationally as a progressive, community-minded agency.
City of Peace Neighborhood Center Officially Opened
The Sun Focus covers the grand opening of the City of Peace Neighborhood Center, a building in the Circle Terrace neighborhood for meetings and educational events that will help connect the City and the Police Department with the larger community.
Crash Simulation as Real as it Gets
The Sun Focus covers a Columbia Heights High School car crash simulation, an educational dramatization put on once every two years by the City's Police and Fire departments, the school district, local ambulance and funeral home services, and several student actors in some very real make-up.
Terry Nightingale: Designer, Builder of Columbia Heights Community Policing Efforts Retiring
The Sun Focus interviews Officer Terry Nightingale about his 33-year law enforcement career.
Officers Mentor Athletes
CHPD officers partner with the Columbia Heights High School Athletic Department and Big Brothers Big Sisters. The program gives officers and students to build positive relationships. Officers help with classwork and mentor students. This article appeared in the CHHS Newsletter, the Heights Herald.

Arrests made in Fridley Murder

For the Package Thief who has Everything: Doo-doo-in-a-box

The Star Tribune interviews local law enforcement about package thefts. Our own Sergeant Markham is featured on the second page. He talks about how the department, with the help of a homeowner's camera and social media, caught some package thieves.
Columbia Heights Chief Connects with the Community
Chief Austin talks about the department's partnerships and community policing efforts. 

Newly-appointed Chief Austin discusses future of Columbia Heights PD
Austin began serving as interim chief in July and has worked in the department for more than 20 years. Austin said he wants to continue the department's growing legacy of community policing.

Columbia Heights Police Department to help service Super Bowl
The Columbia Heights Police Department will supply Minneapolis with two officers from Jan. 26 to Feb. 5 for the Super Bowl and related events.

Columbia Heights Bids Farewell to Chief Scott Nadeau
The community bid farewell to former Columbia Heights Police Chief Scott Nadeau during a reception held at the Public Safety Building on July 27.

Lenny Austin Appointed to Columbia Heights Interim Police Chief

Capt. Lenny Austin began serving as Columbia Heights interim police chief on July 27.
Austin has been with the department for over 20 years and has served as Captain for the past nine years.

Bigs in Blue - Cops as a Force for Good
Chief Scott Nadeau and Sergeant Justin Pletcher write an article for Minnesota Police Chief magazine. They talk about how the Big Brothers Big Sisters program has changed the department's interactions with youth in the city. 

A Community Transformed by Mentoring
Chief Scott Nadeau was the Minnesota Big Brother of the Year. Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Twin Cities congratulates the Chief in the BIG News. 

Columbia Heights Police Chief accepts position as Maplewood Public Safety Director
After nine years of strong leadership, Columbia Heights Police Chief Scott Nadeau will be taking on a new role as Maplewood Public Safety Director. The police department has transformed under his leadership with numerous community-oriented initiatives.

Kids, Community, and Cops Come Together
This online article from American Snippets talks about different Police Departments and their efforts to do community outreach. The articles discusses the CHPD and two other departments.

CHPD Chief Named Minnesota Big Brother of the Year
Chief of Police in Columbia Heights Scott Nadeau has been selected as a Minnesota Big Brother of the Year by the organization. For 11 years, Nadeau has been an additional, caring adult in the lives of three Little Brothers. 

CHPD Provides Bike Donations to Local Students
A dozen lucky Columbia Heights students were all smiles when they realized they had a bicycle for the upcoming summer months.
The Columbia Heights Police Department, in partnership with Wells Fargo and Fridley-Columbia Heights Rotary Club, donated 12 bikes to students in need.

Columbia Heights Police Department hosts ‘Eat and Greet’ community picnic
The Columbia Heights Police Department held their first ‘Eat and Greet’ community picnic of the year on May 11 at McKenna Park in Columbia Heights. The Sun Focus has an article featuring the picnic.

CHPD and MAC Host Immigration Forum
Check out this Sun Focus article on the recent Immigration Forum hosted by the CHPD and its MAC (Multi-Cultural Advisory Committee). Our thanks to the Sun Focus for covering this important community conversation.  For more information and to see the notes from the Immigration Forum, check out the information on the Police Department pages of the city website.

MN Police Chiefs Headed to Somalia On Officer Exchange Program
KSTP-TV reporter Beth McDonough interviewed Chief Scott Nadeau for a story on his upcoming trip to Somalia as part of an officer exchange program with that country. Read the article for more information on that program, and the CHPD’s efforts to increase cultural understanding in the community.

Building Bridges: Community Policing for the 21st Century

The Winter 2016 issue of the National Civic Review magazine (a publication of the National Civic League) contains an article called “Building Bridges:  Community Policing for the 21st Century” which includes information on the efforts of Chief Scott Nadeau and the Columbia Heights Police Department.  The writer looked at Community Policing across the nation, and in particular in cities like Columbia Heights and San Antonio, Texas, both of which are recent All-America City winners. 

Tenth Judicial District Hosts 'Equal Justice' Community Meeting
This SunFocus article covers the 10th Judicial District’s Community Dialogue and Listening Session that was held on January 31.  Members from the CHPD, as well as its Multi-Cultural Advisory Committee, attended this session which was held to gather feedback and suggestions for improvement about the criminal justice and court systems in this district.

Minneapolis Man Charged with Firearm Violations, Flee Attempt
A SunFocus News story on a Minneapolis man who  has been charged with a number of violations to include firearm violations and attempting to flee an officer after an incident in Columbia Heights where Chief Nadeau observed the driver driving recklessly and nearly hitting multiple vehicles.  The Chief initiated a traffic stop, but the vehicle fled.  Officer Piehn assisted and followed the vehicle until the driver bailed and tossed a loaded handgun.  After a foot pursuit, the driver was apprehended.

Columbia Heights Police Chief Recognized for Mental Health Efforts

This SunFocus article covers the award given to Chief Nadeau and Sheriff Stuart by the Mental Wellness Campaign for Anoka County for their work in elevating mental health issues in law enforcement.

Columbia Heights Shop with a Cop Helps Families in Need
The annual Columbia Heights Police Department Shop with a Cop program set a record in both
donations and number of families helped this year. A total of 17 families got the chance to buy
gifts. This year’s donations totaled more than $7,000.

Sister Cities International Continues Special Bond
The officer exchange between Lomianki and Columbia Heights is just one part of the relationship. Members of the Sister Cities International Committee travel to Poland as well. The Sun Focus describes the bond between the two cities.

Bridging the Divide to Enhance Public Safety
Officer Mohammed Farah of the Columbia Heights Police Department and President of the Somali American Police Association helped the Willmar Police Department facilitate a community dialogue. The West Central Tribune of Willmar has an article about the conversation that took place.

Anti-bullying lessons in Columbia Heights
Many officers and staff from the Police Department participate in reading books with an anti-bullying focus at the school district. The Sun Focus interviewed School Resource Officer Pregler about options for children that are being bullied.

Honest citizen returns $7,000 of lost money
The Sun Focus authors an article on a Columbia Heights man that returned a lost bank bag to a local business owner. The bank bag contained $7,000 in cash and $17,000 in cashiers checks.

40 Under 40
The Police Chief magazine runs a story on the IACP's (International Association of Chiefs of Police) 40 Under 40 Award. This award is given to law enforcement professionals who "demonstrate leadership and exemplify commitment." Sergeant Pletcher was one of the year's award winners.

'Eat & Greet' gathers community and officers together
The Columbia Heights Police Department hosted their annual event to connect with Circle Terrace neighborhood. The Sun Focus has a great summary of the event and plans for the upcoming City of Peace Park. 

Columbia Heights Gets All-America A+
Minnesota Cities, a publication of the League of Minnesota Cities recognizes Columbia Heights' award from the National Civic League. 

Sister City Lomianki sends visitors to Heights
The Northeaster Newspaper has an article about the visitors from Poland. The visit was arranged by the Sister City organization. The article details how the visitors spent their time in and around the City of Columbia Heights.

The Importance of Department Wide Youth Outreach
Chief Nadeau writes a featured guest blog spot for the IACP (International Association of Chiefs of Police). The article focuses on the Youth Outreach Programs of the Department.

National Civic League Newsletter
The National Civic League published an article in their July 2016 newsletter titled "Yes, Virginia, There are Good examples of Police-Community Relations." This article talks about examples of great community policing from the winners of the 2016 All-America City competition recently held in Denver, Colorado. Columbia Heights PD is held up as one example where the police department works with the school district to engage kids in positive relationships with police.

Heights pride is strong at Columbia Heights Council meeting
At a recent City Council meeting attendees that were part of the All-America City Award delegation got to share their experience. The article includes lots of great quotes from the delegation.

Columbia Heights Striving for a better tomorrow
The Star Tribune Editorial Board authored an article discussing the efforts Columbia Heights and its residents have put into winning awards this year. 

Columbia Heights Named 'All-American City'
WCCO-TV shows off the different parts of the city that worked together to earn the All-American City Award. The video has interviews with people from the delegation that received the award.

Columbia Heights wins All-American City Award
The Sun Focus highlights some the community projects that went into the winning nomination from our city.

Columbia Heights beats out Woodbury for All-America City Title
The Star Tribune goes over Columbia Heights' and Woodbury's nominations for the All-America City Award.

Minnesota Columbia Heights PD gets Proactive with Community Policing
This article highlights some of the different efforts the department has undertaken with community policing.

New Dynamic Earns PD DOJ Award
Article in The Municipal magazine examining the improved relationship between CHPD and the Columbia Heights School District. The article notes the improvement in youth after positive law enforcement interactions.

Columbia Heights annual Shop with a Cop benefits more families than ever before
The annual program to help families has went from 4 families in 2010 to 14 in 2015. 

One Street in Minnesota Separates Radically Different Policing Strategies
CHPD efforts in community building are detailed.

Reaching Out To the Community
Article in POLICE magazine detailing some agencies are working to reverse the public's poor perception of police.

City of Columbia Heights launches peace project
Mayor Gary Peterson and Chief Scott Nadeau partner on a multi-purpose building with the intent of adding resources to the community.

Columbia Heights Police Department honored for community policing successes
2015 International Association of Chiefs of Police Community Policing Award Finalist recognition

U.S. Department of Justice awards Columbia Heights superintendent, police chief with national award
2015 US DOJ COPS Office L. Anthony Sutin Civic Imagination Award recognition

U.S. recognizes Columbia Heights police-school partnership
2015 US DOJ COPS Office L. Anthony Sutin Civic Imagination Award recognition

Columbia Heights Police Department gets proactive
Chief Scott Nadeau and Sergeant Maggie Titus spoke at the Compassion Action Network meeting about community policing.

Columbia Heights Police Department donates bikes to kids
Another partnership between the Columbia Heights Police Department and School District 13 provides bikes to students in need.

The Simple Strategies That Could Fundamentally Change How Communities View Their Police
The president, police experts, activists and even some police officers have called for major changes to the American law enforcement system. Community policing might just be the change police departments need. 

Local peacemakers honored with awards in Columbia Heights
City of Peace Award presented to Columbia Heights Police Department for encouraging peace in the community

Police chiefs on community policing: neighborhood partnerships key
Interview with Chief Nadeau of the Columbia Heights Police Department and Chief Reynolds of the Hopkins Police Department on MPR

Columbia Heights Police Officers get out into the community
Collaboration between the police department and the community have led to reduced crime

Columbia Heights Police Department sees reduction in juvenile, adult crimes
By building partnerships, the Columbia Heights Police Department is reaching out to youth and seeing a notable reduction in crime

Columbia Heights Police change approaches with changing cultures
Columbia Heights has long been a melting pot. As the city becomes even more diverse, the police are hoping to break down cultural and language barriers.