The investigations division consists of a division commander, a lieutenant, four Investigators, and the school resource officer. This division supports the patrol division by providing investigative assistance and by conducting case investigations.
The investigations division handles case investigations that the patrol division has taken as far as they can. They also handle the initial investigation of major crimes. Investigators assigned to this unit are selected from officers within the department who have demonstrated dedication and excellence in conducting criminal investigations.
This division is part of a team effort to ensure that our community is a safe and pleasant place to live. They are committed to the philosophy of quality, and professional policing. Having the community’s trust and confidence is paramount. We recognize the unique responsibility of policing and know that our effectiveness is enhanced through close community relationships.
Predatory Offender Program
On September 25, 2017, City Council passed an ordinance that restricts areas of residency in the City of Inver Grove Heights from Level III sexual predatory offenders. The ordinance makes it unlawful for any designated predatory offender to establish a permanent or temporary residence on a parcel where any portion of the parcel lies within one thousand feet (1,000') of any school, learning center, licensed childcare facility, religious facility, public park, or library. To illustrate, here is a map that contains these areas..
To help our residents better understand the predatory offender program, here is a list of helpful resources:
Minnesota Department of Corrections: Predatory Offenders
For safety tips, fact sheets for Level 3 Predatory Offenders and the Community Notification Act refer this website: https://mn.gov/doc/community-supervision/community-notification/.
Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension-Minnesota Predatory Offender Registration
The purpose of this site is to enhance public safety and education by identifying offenders who are non-compliant with registration requirements, and to obtain assistance from the public in locating them: https://por.state.mn.us/Home.aspx.
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Alcohol Compliance Checks
IGH PD uses alcohol compliance checks as a tool to verify businesses with a valid liquor license are acting responsibly by properly selling and furnishing alcoholic beverages to a person over 21 years of age.
Our alcohol compliance checks are an important part of our community effort of reducing underage access to alcohol. When we reduce the availability of alcohol, we also help to reduce the problems associated with underage drinking such as car crashes, vandalism, assault, and sexual assault, just to name a few.
We also view our alcohol compliance checks as a benefit to our community because they allow us to identify, educate, and hold accountable liquor license holders found to be in violation of Minnesota State statutes and/or City of Inver Grove Heights ordinances related to selling, bartering, or furnishing alcoholic beverages to a person under 21 years of age.
Annually, IGH PD will conduct a minimum of one, possibly two if there are numerous failures citywide alcohol compliance checks to ensure frequency, consistency, and a record of underage alcohol sale and service trends for our community.
Our short and long-term goals are:
- Reducing underage access to alcohol.
- Obtaining and maintaining 100% yearly compliance of no underage alcohol sales and/or service.
- Enhancing the knowledge and improving skills related to stopping underage alcohol sales and service for our local businesses.
During our alcohol compliance checks, underage young adults will be coming into your business to try to buy or be served alcoholic beverages. Plainclothes police officers will be working with them. Any employee who sells or furnishes alcohol to underage buyers will be referred to the prosecuting attorney for a criminal prosecution, and the business will be referred to the Inver Grove Heights City Council for administrative action. In addition, the results of our compliance checks become public data and may be obtained and publicized by the news media.
We urge you to train your employees in conducting thorough ID checks every time they sell or furnish alcohol to any individual who looks to be under the age of 21 years. As a reminder merely asking a person their age and/or date of birth is not a proper way to identify them as over the age of 21.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is the Alcohol Compliance Check Program?
- Checks are a tool to verify businesses with a valid liquor license are acting responsibly by properly selling and furnishing alcoholic beverages to a person over 21 years of age.
- By themselves, compliance checks will not eliminate underage access to alcohol. But when combined with a comprehensive community approach, they can help keep alcohol out of the hands of those who are underage.
2. Why are alcohol compliance checks important?
Our alcohol compliance checks are an important part of our community effort of reducing underage access to alcohol. We want to reduce underage drinking because we know that it contributes to car crashes, injuries, addiction, vandalism, unwanted sexual encounters, and death by alcohol poisoning.
3. What are the benefits of alcohol compliance checks?
We view our alcohol compliance checks as a benefit to our community because they allow us to identify, educate, and hold accountable liquor license holders found to be in violation of Minnesota State statutes and/or City of Inver Grove Heights ordinances related to selling, bartering, or furnishing alcoholic beverages to a person under 21 years of age.
4. How many alcohol compliance checks does IGH PD conduct?
- The department will conduct a minimum of two citywide alcohol compliance checks annually to ensure frequency, consistency, and a record of underage alcohol sale and service trends for our community.
- If a business applies for a liquor license extension, we may do an additional alcohol compliance check on the extension area.
- If a club or charitable, religious, or other nonprofit organization is granted a temporary on-sale liquor license,
Retrieving Property held by the Department's Evidence Unit
The evidence unit receives, documents, stores and maintains the integrity and security of all property and evidence collected. Property that is lost/found, stolen/recovered, or used in an investigation may be reclaimed from the evidence unit.
- All property releases must first be approved.
- Once property is available for release, it is only available for 90 days. After 90 days the property may be forfeited and destroyed.
Making an appointment:
The evidence unit is available by appointment only.
- Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
- Closed on weekends and city holidays.
When making an appointment, the case number (sometimes called incident number) is required, as that is how it is entered into the evidence room. The case number will always begin with the year the incident occurred (e.g. 21-123456).
- The evidence technician will verify with investigating officer that the property can be returned to the owner before an appointment can be made.
When property is approved for release, it can only be released to the identified owner. If the identified owner is not able to retrieve the property, they must work with the evidence technician to allow the property to be released to another person. The property owner will be required to provide notarized documentation allowing the property to be released to another person, and that person must have proper identification:
- Valid government issued photo identification
- Case number
- Any additional paperwork that was given to you (notification card, letter, etc.)
- Notarized documentation if property is not being released to identified owner
Contacting the evidence technician:
Lieutenant John Daniels:
- Office: 651-450-2466
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org