I wanted to express my sincere appreciation to the Wayzata Crime Prevention Coalition (WCPC) for their work in another successful Night to Unite in Wayzata and Long Lake. More than 125 people attended the annual Night to Unite luncheon at the Wayzata Country Club. Many law enforcement leaders were in attendance, including area police chiefs Ed Belland (Medina), Mark Raquet (Minnetonka), Correy Farniok (Orono), and Ray McCoy (West Hennepin). Also in attendance was Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek, Assistant Commissioner of Public Safety Mark Dunaski, and Minnesota's Commissioner of Public Safety, Mona Dohman.

The day culminated with police, fire, elected officials, city staff, and McGruff visiting 24 neighborhoods and parks in Wayzata and Long Lake. The annual visits are a great way for neighbors to get to know one another and to ask questions of city staff and elected officials. The events of the day were all coordinated by the WCPC. Thank you to the WCPC and all who participated in the 2011 Night to Unite. It is such a privilege to work in such engaged communities.

Michael J. Risvold
Chief of Police
Wayzata Police Department