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2017 Toys for Tots Drive

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Washington D.C. - Police Week

Marshal James L. Gardner

On October 27th, 1916, Osseo Town Marshal James L. Gardner was shot and killed while responding to a domestic
disturbance between a woman and her broth-er in-law. On November 1st, 1916, Marshal Gardner succumbed to his wounds at the Swedish Hospital in Minneapolis and was buried at the Oak Leaf Cemetery in East Bethel, Minnesota.

After researching and learning more about the incident that claimed Marshal Gardner’s life, the Osseo Police Department petitioned the National Law Enforcement Memorial in Washington D.C. to have Marshal Gardner’s name placed on the memorial wall. The memorial wall has the names of the men and women who have died in the line of duty, engraved into the stone wall. In February of 2017, the Osseo Police Department learned that Marshal Gardner’s name would be put on the wall.

Traditionally, the family of officers who are killed in the line of duty are invited to attend the candlelight vigil and other activities being held during Police Week in Washington D.C. However, there are no known direct relatives to Marshal Gardner. The Osseo Police Department traveled Washington D.C. to honor him and stand in as his family.

The airfare, hotel and travel expenses were paid for by donations from the Os-seo American Legion, Osseo Lions, Osseo Fire Relief Association, Duffy’s bar and the Osseo Meat Market. The four full time officers and administrative assis-tant left on May 12th to Washington D.C. and returned on Monday, May 15th with a renewed sense of belonging to a profession that truly does admirable work.

This department was able to pay respect to a Marshall that gave his life in de-fense of this city. We are grateful to have the opportunity to experience some-thing that we all hope will never happen again. We would like to thank the City of Osseo, Osseo City Council and all the donators that helped us in our quest. We have attached a couple of pictures taken during our time in Washington DC.


 

Medicine Disposal Drop Box

The Osseo Police Department recently obtained a medication drop box in colaboration with the Hennepin County Sheriffs Office and Partnership for Change.

The purpose of this program is for the proper disposal of unused or old medications. The storing of these unused medicaitons inside the home pose safety and health risks, esspecially among children and teens. The proper disposal of unused medicines is important as it prevents abuse, which has become a major problem among tee...nagers.

Another reason is to protect our environment. Medicines that are not disposed of properly, such as flushing down the toilet or placing in the garbage, can contaminate drinking water, get into our rivers and lakes, and even harm local wildlife.

If you have any old or unsued medications, please bring them in and place them into this green box. Once inside, the Osseo Police Department and Hennepin County Sheriffs Office will dispose of the medications at a safe/designated disposal site.

The following types of medications are accepted:
- Prescription medications, including controlled substances
- Over-the-Counter medicines
- Vitamins and Supplements
- Pet medicines

The following are not accepted:
- No needles, sharps or syringes
- No medicines from businesses

If you have any questions about this program, please contact the Osseo Police Department at (763) 424-5444. You can also visit www.hennepin.us/medicine or call (612) 348-3777. You can also check out the flyer HERE.


 

Free Child Safety Seats

The Osseo Police Department was awarded a grant to obtain child safety seats through the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, Office of Traffic Safety. The child seats are intended for low-income families who either have older/dilapidated child safety seats, the incorrect child safety seat due to their child outgrowing their current one, or for those who do not have a child safety seat for their child.

We were awarded a total of eight seats of four types: Two Conv...ertibles, two Combinations, two High Back Boosters and two Low Back Boosters. By acquiring these child safety seats, we can ensure that families have the proper safety seat for their child while in a motor vehicle.

Families that qualify will have to participate in an short presentaion at the Osseo Police Department where they will receive information about their seat(s), child safety seat laws and other valuable information.

If you know of any families that could benefit from this program, please contact Officer Anthony Mortinson at (763) 424-5444 or by e-mail at tmortinson@ci.osseo.mn.us.

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