The department Criminal Investigations department focuses on major crime investigations. The investigators work closely with the Sartell Patrol Officers to complete the tedious, but necessary follow-up legwork that is critical for successful criminal prosecution. They also network extensively with officers and investigators from surrounding agencies.
The department, along with the cities of Sauk Rapids, St. Joseph and Waite Park, fund an officer to be on the Central Minnesota Violent Offender Task Force (VOTF). This group of investigators works primarily gang and drug investigations, but work closely with local investigators and officers when more serious offenses occur or their is a gang or drug relation to the crime.
If you have any information regarding drug and/or gang activity in your neighborhood or any information on unsolved crimes in Sartell, please call the Sartell Police Department at (320) 251-8186.
The 12 member Patrol Division is the backbone of the department, which is supervised by 3 sergeants. The Patrol Division is supplemented in the summer by our two School Resource Officers. It provides emergency response and delivers quality crime detection and prevention services. Traffic enforcement continues to grow with the expanding geographics of Sartell. Officers engage in "directed patrol", which places special emphasis on problem areas or concerns as they develop.
The patrol division is very active in the state-sponsored Toward Zero Deaths program which targets seatbelt and drunk driving issues.
School Resource Officers
The Sartell Police Department has two School Resource Officers assigned to School District 748. Officer Rob Lyon and Officer Adam VandeVrede share duties in the district's five school buildings. The Sartell/St. Stephen School District is not a dangerous crime-ridden environment requiring extreme security measures. On the contrary, we feel it is one of the finest and safest school districts in the state.
The School Resource Officers (SROs) are a proactive presence to prevent the degradation of these qualities. They administer the Drug Abuse Resistance Education Program (D.A.R.E.), the Gang Resistance And Drug Education program (G.R.A.D.E.), Police Activities League (PAL) and Family Group Conferencing.
In 2018, the Sartell D.A.R.E. program completed its 26th year. The D.A.R.E. America group revised the training curriculum which is now more age appropriate for 6th graders than the 5th graders to which D.A.R.E. had been taught in the past. During the summer, the two SROs handle the implementation of the Police Activities League (PAL) and bike rodeo as well as fill patrol shifts.