Willmar Police DepartmentLocated in the Law Enforcement Center, the Willmar Police Department collaborates extensively with the Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office, Kandiyohi County Jail, Minnesota State Patrol and Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, all located in the same facility. The Law Enforcement Center is open 24-hours a day and a complaint or question can be handled at any time. Clerical and Administrative staff hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The Willmar Police Department, in partnership with our community, is committed to providing professional law enforcement services while protecting the life, property and personal liberties of all individuals. We operate both efficiently and effectively when providing these services.
The Willmar Police Department takes an active role in a variety of programs with residents and businesses to encourage a supportive relatonship with the community and work towards low crime in Willmar.
Coffee with the Cops
Coffee with the Cops is an opportunity to reach out to the community with no agenda. Each month on a random date the WPD and a local business sponsors a time to gather with the public for coffee and conversation. Come join us!
Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) is taught in all Willmar Elementary Schools. D.A.R.E. is a partnership between Willmar Police Department, Willmar Public Schools and the parents of our children. The program's 14-week curriculum empowers children to lead safe and healthy lives by learning how to make wise decisions. Since 1992 D.A.R.E. has been taught in Willmar schools by Willmar Police Officers. Fore more information about D.A.R.E. program, please call (320) 235-2244.
National Night Out
National Night Out is held the first Tuesday in August throughout the United States and Canada. The event is designed to heighten crime prevention awareness and provide an opportunity to promote and celebrate police-community partnerships in crime prevention efforts.
Many neighborhoods throughout Willmar will be hosting a variety of special events to spend time with their neighbors. If you are organizing a neighborhood gathering and would like more information about how the Willmar Police Department can assist at your event, please contact Officer James Venenga at (320) 214-6700, ext. 3218.
For more information on National Night Out, visit the National Association of Town Watch website.
Polar Bear Plunge
On the last Saturday in January of each year, local law enforcement participates in the “Polar Bear Plunge”. Willmar/Spicer have been hosting the “plunge” since 2005, which supports Special Olympics Minnesota athletes!
This event is a fundraising program where law enforcement personnel from across the state raise funds and awareness for Special Olympics Minnesota. Participants raising a minimum of $75 can take a dip into one of Minnesota’s clearest frozen lakes.
Aside from the crazy costumes and camaraderie one might find at this event, it is also a great opportunity for anyone who might find themselves on frozen water to experience the effects of going through ice, while still remaining in a safe and controlled environment.
To sign up or learn more about this fun-filled event, visit the Plunge MN website.
Help us honor and support Minnesota’s Special Olympic athletes by donating to your favorite plunge team or plunger. We’ll see you there!
Ride Along Program
The Willmar Police Department encourages citizen ride alongs. In order to be considered for an opportunity to ride with a police officer, a Waiver of Liability form must be completed, a background check passed, and an officer agrees to take the citizen as a rider. This is a great opportunity for officers and citizens to interact and for the citizens to see police officers perform their duties.
For questions about the ride along program, please contact Officer Marco Vazquez, (320) 214-6700 ext. 3231.
Download the Willmar Police Department Waiver of Liability form and return it to the Police Department.