Often referred to as the backbone of the police department, the patrol division is the uniformed men and women of the Owatonna Police Department that are responsible for patrolling the streets in marked police vehicles and responding to calls for service.
Officers assigned to bike patrol are trained in:
- proper tactics
- bike handling limits
- techniques related to patrol response on a bike.
The primary focus of the bike patrol is to emphasize patrol efforts in our downtown area, parks, trails, and targeted crime areas. Although it is an E-bike, officers will still pedal without any assist or use the full assist if they need to respond to an incident that requires physical exertion by the officer upon arrival. The bikes have a 50 mile range on a full charge and can travel up to 30 mph.
Community Service Officers (CSOs) are uniformed, unarmed, civilian members of the Owatonna Police Department that engage in a variety of law enforcement/community-related services including:
- animal control/complaints
- parking enforcement
- traffic control
- private property accidents
- motorist assists
- ordinance enforcement
CSOs usually handle non-criminal, lower priority calls which do not require a licensed police officer with arrest powers, essentially freeing our licensed officers to concentrate on those incidents requiring their specific skill sets. CSOs are considered a blessing for both the department and community they serve—they are often the department members seen leading a parade, funeral procession, or giving a squad and facility tour. The CSO program is a very successful, cost effective program that allows the Owatonna Police Department to continue providing several quality of life service services to the citizens of our community.
K9 Vegas joined the ranks at the Owatonna Police Department in July 2019 at just 13 months old after making the journey from Slovakia. He is a German Shepherd and is assigned to his handler, Officer Casey Martin. The team attended a 10 week academy in Buffalo, MN at Performance Kennels. Vegas is a dual certified K9 in patrol work and drug detection.
Law Enforcement Skills Development
Explorers receive training in the following areas:
Who We Are
The Owatonna Police Reserve Unit is a volunteer unit made up of men and women who generously donate their time to help make their community a safer place. The reserve unit puts regular citizens out into the community, in uniform, to supplement the Owatonna Police Department.
Reserve officers do not carry firearms and do not have the authority to make arrests, but they serve a critical role that enhances the work of Owatonna’s sworn officers. Police reserve officers work directly with sworn police officers to enhance safety in our community.
The police reserve unit is subject to call outs to assist with providing security following natural disasters or other emergencies that require additional personnel. The reserve unit also assists with community functions such as parades, community events, and Nite to Unite.
The Owatonna Police Department welcomes applicants who are interested in or currently pursuing careers in law enforcement as well as applicants with established careers who have an interest in law enforcement and a desire to serve their community.
• United States citizen
• 18 years of age
• High school graduate or GED
• Resident of Steele County
• Valid MN driver’s license
• Satisfactory driving record
• No criminal convictions
• Good physical health
• Available for emergency call-outs
• Successfully pass a thorough background check and interview process