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COVID-19 (Corona Virus)

As the COVID-19 virus (Cororna Virus) has reached the United States and Minnesota, we want the public to know that city officials at the City of Osseo and the Osseo Emergency Management team (Police Chief Mikkelson and Fire Chief Phenow) are monitoring things closely and are staying on top of the situation as information becomes available. Please know that there is no need to be concerned as we have had no cases of the COVID-19 virus in the city. Should the need arise, the City of Osseo will take necesarry steps to protect its citizens and employees.
If you would like to know more about the COVID-19 virus as well as recommendations on what you can do to help battle the virus, we highly recommend you read up on this information from the Center for Disease Control (CDC). https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/summary.html
And as always, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at (763) 424-5444 or via e-mail at osseopd@ci.osseo.mn.us

Job/Volunteer Opportunity - Police Reserve Officers

The Osseo Police Department is currently accepting applications for Reserve Officers to assist with a variety of tasks such as traffic control, crowd control, assistance at accident scenes, fires, natural disasters, general patrol duties and assisting licensed Police Officers as needed.

New Reserve Officers attend the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office reserve school and will complete a mandatory in-house field training program so as to familiarize themselves with the equipment, geography and procedures of the Osseo Police Department. Other training includes defensive tactics, firearms, TASER, personal chemical spray and more.

The Reserve Officer program is a great way for citizens to give back to their community, find out how law enforcement works and create leadership and teamwork skills for day to day life.

To be eligible, applications must meet the following:

- 18 years of age or older

- Have a high school diploma or equivalent

- Valid Minnesota drivers license and with a good driving record

- Able to pass a background investigation

- You do not have to be a citizen of the City of Osseo to be eligible/apply for this position.

For a complete job description and application click HERE. These materials can also be picked up at the Osseo Police Department (415 Central Ave. Osseo, MN 55369) or by calling (763) 424-5444.

Completed applications are to be submitted to the Osseo Police Department. Applications sent via mail are to be addressed to:

Osseo Police Department
Attention: Reserve Coordinator
415 Central Ave.
Osseo, MN 55369

Applications can also be sent via e-mail to: tmortinson@ci.osseo.mn.us



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.

National Drug Take Back Day

On Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Osseo Police Department and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration will give the public its 17th opportunity in nine years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your pills for disposal to the Osseo Police Department at 415 Central Avenue, Osseo, MN 55369. (Sites cannot accept needles or sharps) The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Last fall Americans turned in nearly 460 tons (more than 900,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at more than 5,800 sites operated by the DEA and almost 4,800 of its state and local law enforcement partners. Overall, in its 16 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in almost 11 million pounds—nearly 5,500 tons—of pills.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health shows year after year that the majority of misused and abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including someone else’s medication being stolen from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.

For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the April 27 Take Back Day event, go to www.DEATakeBack.com.