Police Department

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The Mission of the Elk River Police Department is to provide exceptional and ethical police service.

The Elk River Police Department is comprised of 34 sworn officers, 10 non-sworn support staff and approximately 12 volunteer Police Reserves. We are a full service Police Department providing 24-hour police service to 24,368 residents within the 44 square miles of the City of Elk River. We respond to over 25,000 calls for service annually. The police department is led by Chief of Police Ron Nierenhausen and organized into two divisions; Patrol Division and Administrative Division, each commanded by a Captain.

ERPD Launches Body Camera ProgramBody Camera 1

On Friday, May 21, 2021, the Elk River Police Department launched its body-worn camera program. While body camera use is growing among law enforcement agencies, it is still relatively new within the field. Chief Nierenhausen is excited to implement this program in Elk River, noting, “The technology allows for the collection of valuable information and evidence, documentation of interactions between officers and members of the community, and increased transparency with the public.”

Chief Nierenhausen first expressed interest in implementing body-worn cameras to ERPD in July 2020, which was then included in the 2021 budget proposal, and unanimously approved by Elk River City Council.

Pictured: Sergeant Dave Windels, Patrol Sergeant with the Elk River Police Department

Contact Us

If you have a non-emergency question for someone at the Elk River Police Department, please email us. If you have an immediate concern, including, noise complaints, filing a police report or witnessing a crime, call 9-1-1.

Requests for Police Patches

Due to expense and security concerns, we are unable to honor requests for uniform patches or other department insignia by memorabilia collectors. We will be unable to return unsolicited patches sent to us.