101 4th Street SE
Rochester, Mn 55904 (Map)
Law Enforcement response
Mon-Fri 8:00 am to 4:30 pm
Dial 911 For Emergencies
Narcotics Tip Line
(This is a voicemail only line to leave tips or information)
Community Oriented Policing and Problem Solving
The Community Oriented Policing and Problem Solving (COPPS) Program was developed from the Problem Oriented Policing (POP) concept. This program began in Rochester in the Meadow Park Neighborhood with Officer Bruce Langworthy. This proved to be a successful style of policing for problem areas. In September 1994, Officer Mike Beery was assigned to the Kutzky Park Neighborhood. Due to the enormous success in this area, the program was expanded in May of 1997 with six additional areas. These areas included; North Broadway, Downtown, Eastside, Homestead Village, Meadow Park, and Eastridge. The POP Team expanded by two more areas, Northwest Rochester and Hawthorne in early 1998.
On September 1, 1998, the program underwent another major change. The POP Platoon changed to the COPPS (Community Oriented Policing and Problem Solving) Platoons. They added another Lieutenant, two (2) Sergeants and eight (8) officers. They opened up new areas to the program and increased their manpower in others.
On September 1, 2001 the program was implemented department wide to enable all officers to be more involved with neighborhoods and their community.
Community Policing focuses on the officer working with members of the community to find creative solutions to local problems.
This award winning program is conducted by the Rochester/Olmsted County Crime Prevention Unit. The program teaches landlords how to keep their properties crime free. If you would like to sign up to attend this class contact the Crime Prevention Unit at (507) 328-6890.
Most officers of the Rochester Police Department participate in the "Ride Along" program. This allows citizens the chance to spend a few hours with the officer to try to gain insight about the job he/she does. If you would like to participate in a ride along, contact the Rochester Police Department at (507) 328-6920.
To report "non-emergency" suspicious activity call (507) 328-6800
To report "non-emergency" suspected drug activity call (507) 328-6760.
Several COPPS officers have used bicycle patrol. The officers have found that this is a great way to patrol the neighborhood. It allows a fast response time, as well as being more accessible to the public.