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Contact Information

101 4th Street SE
Rochester, Mn 55904 (Map)

Phone: 507-328-6800
Fax: 507-328-6975

Law Enforcement response
provided 24/7 

Lobby hours:
Mon-Fri 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

Dial 911 For Emergencies
Department Contacts

Narcotics Tip Line
(This is a voicemail only line to leave tips or information)

Crime Stoppers

This is an artistic compilation of the Rochester Police Badge, City buildings and skyline, and a police squad car

Meet the Police Chief

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 Headshot J. Franklin 12-13-18

Chief Jim Franklin was sworn in as Rochester’s Chief of Police on July 26, 2018.  He is the 19th Chief Executive in the City’s 164-year history leading the agency’s 206 employees including both sworn and civilian staff.  Chief Franklin is a graduate of Metropolitan State University, St Paul, Minnesota, where he earned his Masters of Public Administration.  He is also a graduate of the Police Executive Research Forum-Senior Management Institute for Police, Northwestern University’s School of Police Staff and Command, and the Naval Postgraduate School’s Executive Leaders Program.

Chief Franklin is a dedicated law enforcement executive committed to community/problem-oriented policing and Intelligence-Led Policing activities. His focus is on building relationships within the community in order to effectively identify root causes of crime and fostering partnerships to work collaboratively to solve community problems. This proactive problem-solving approach cultivates building stronger communities, increases community trust and involvement, and reduces the prevalence of and fear of crime within our community.

The Rochester Police Department is a progressive and professional organization, currently employing 141 sworn officers and more than 65 civilian staff.  The Rochester Police Department prides itself as being a service-oriented police department, serving a diverse community of approximately 115,733 residents.  Rochester is Minnesota's third-largest city and the largest city located outside the Minneapolis-St. Paul Metropolitan Area. 

If you would like to ask a question or correspond with him you may email Chief Franklin.