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Wayzata is a premier suburb located 11 miles west of downtown Minneapolis. With a population of 4,500 people, Wayzata is a tight-knit community which is known for its vibrant downtown and picturesque setting on Lake Minnetonka. A popular destination for visitors, Wayzata’s downtown is home to a number of specialty shops, boutiques, professional services, and restaurants.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

WAYZATA CRIME PREVENTION COALITION: Letter from Wayzata Police Chief Mike Risvold

Dear Wayzata Residents and Business Community,

The Wayzata Crime Prevention Coalition (WCPC) is a voluntary organization that assists the Wayzata Police Department in many crime prevention initiatives. The coalition is made up of more than a dozen volunteers who work tirelessly to help the Wayzata Police and Fire Departments make the city of Wayzata a safer place tolive, work, and visit. The board consists of Wayzata residents, business people, and Wayzata City Staff.

The WCPC is involved in many activities each year. They organize our 20 annual National Night Out neighborhood visits. They also assist in many public education and crime prevention seminars such as senior driving courses (to reduce insurance rates for seniors), internet safety, computer safety, identity theft, block captain training for Neighborhood Watch, retail crime prevention, babysitter training, and more. They also fundraise for special projects. The WCPC was responsible for purchasing the department’s first Automatic Electronic Defibrillators (AEDs) aswell as the Tasers the officers carry. This year, with the help of the Masons, more than 300 children were processed with Child ID kits. Parents were able to take home a disk with their child’s photo as well as a Child ID kit.

The work of the WCPC does makes a difference. When it comes to organizations such as this, I can tell you as Wayzata’s Police Chief, I am the envy of our neighbors. We are lucky to have such a dedicated, goal oriented, and progressive organization working along side us. They truly serve as an additional officer on the force with the work they do. On behalf of the Wayzata Police Department and the entire City of Wayzata, I say thank you.

Be safe,

Michael J. Risvold
Chief of Police

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