The department Criminal Investigations department focuses on major crime investigations. The department also has a Gang Officer with the Central Minnesota Violent Offender Task Force who is paid for by the cities of St. Joseph, Sartell, Sauk Rapids and Waite Park. His work is primarily focused on gang activity in the metro area as well as protracted narcotics detection and intervention assignments. 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.
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 8 member Patrol Division is the backbone of the department, which is supervised by 2 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 Safe and Sober Program which targets seatbelt and drunk driving issues. We also feature a state certified Drug Recognition Expert for detecting drivers impaired by controlled substances.
School Resource Officers
The Sartell Police Department has two School Resource Officers assigned to School District 748. Officer Dan Whitson 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 Education and Training Program (G.R.E.A.T.), Police Activities League (PAL) and Family Group Conferencing.
In 2012, the Sartell D.A.R.E. program completed its 21st 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 Teen Police Activities League (Teen PAL), bike rodeo as well as fill patrol shifts.