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February 6, 2018
Anne Polta / Tribune

The Willmar City Council has decided to moves its meetings to the Kandiyohi County Health and Human Services building on the north edge of Willmar, where the Kandiyohi County Board also meets, as shown here Tuesday. When the county building was constructed in 1995, the board room was originally planned to be shared between the two bodies, but the city moved back downtown in 1996.
Safety concerns prompt change in venue for Willmar City Council
February 6, 2018 - 11:11pm
January 31, 2018
Shelby Lindrud / Tribune

Kandiyohi County Sheriff Dan Hartog, left, and Willmar Police Chief Jim Felt presented information last week on the new body camera policies being established for their respective agencies.
Local body camera policies closely follow state model
January 31, 2018 - 6:34am
December 20, 2017
Erica Dischino / Tribune

Officer Sam Schaefbauer and Major walk back into the Willmar Police Department after playing outside Monday. play button
K-9 Officer Major arrives in Willmar
December 20, 2017 - 8:10pm
December 11, 2017
Shelby Lindrud / Tribune

Willmar Police Chief Jim Felt reviews a brochure from WatchGuard, the company from which the Police Department will be purchasing 24 body cameras. Felt hopes to have the new cameras up and running in spring 2018.
Willmar police to have body cameras early next year after policy established
December 11, 2017 - 6:55am
November 27, 2017
Erica Dischino / Tribune

Axel, the Willmar Police Department’s K9, peers out of Officer Chris Flatten’s police car Nov. 17 at the Willmar Police Department.
Willmar PD to welcome new K9 officer
November 27, 2017 - 5:38am
October 31, 2017
Erica Dischino / Tribune

Willmar Police Officer Tony La Patka, left, uses a computer monitor Monday to choose various interactive scenarios while Officer Ross Livingood tests his aim on the new use-of-force simulator at the Law Enforcement Center in Willmar. The simulator has over 800 scenarios for training in decision-making in the use of force.play button
New Willmar PD simulator trains officers in use of force
October 31, 2017 - 5:07am
August 25, 2017
Tribune file photo 

Willmar police responded to a report of suicidal man July 23 in Willmar and the call ended with two officers shooting the male who had a gun. A month later, both the officers involved are back on duty and the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is wrapping up the investigation.
Willmar officers involved in shooting back on duty; BCA investigation continues into police response to suicidal man with gun
August 25, 2017 - 10:09am
August 17, 2017
Tribune file photo

Jennifer Mendoza raises her hand to ask Willmar Police Chief Jim Felt, left, and Francisco Ortiz a question  during a "Policing in Diverse Communities” seminar held in Willmar in February. The Willmar Human Rights Commission is working with local law enforcement to try and ease fears some in the community have about Immigration and Custom Enforcement, or ICE, and how far local law enforcement partners with the federal agency.
Easing fears about ICE a focus of Willmar Human Rights Commission
August 17, 2017 - 7:15pm
July 30, 2017
File Photo / TribuneThe Willmar Police Department have had no problems with their Ford Police Interceptor Utility vehicles in regards to carbon monoxide leaks. The department has been using the Ford model since 2015.
No carbon monoxide problems reported by Willmar PD, Federal probe expanded on Interceptors
July 30, 2017 - 8:37pm
March 29, 2017
Briana Sanchez / Tribune

Willmar Police Department Chief Jim Felt holds a Taser stun gun with a training cartridge. A use-of-force simulator the department has requested the city purchase would include mockups of several weapons an officer might use on duty, including a stun gun, pepper spray and baton.
Willmar PD seeks use-of-force simulator
March 29, 2017 - 6:54am
March 12, 2017
Briana Sanchez / Tribune

A plan presented March 6 to City Council members proposes that the entrance to the employee work area in the Willmar City Offices building, shown here, have a new security door installed. The new layout would require people to be buzzed in by someone inside, and a new service counter would provide a central location assisting visitors. The entrance from the street would remain open during business hours as normal.
Council hears proposal for improved security at Willmar City Offices
March 12, 2017 - 9:47pm
March 9, 2017
Suspect at large after Wednesday night police chase in Willmar
March 9, 2017 - 2:44pm
March 1, 2017
Police: Cosmos man abducted estranged wife
March 1, 2017 - 5:19pm
February 10, 2017
Briana Sanchez / Tribune

Francisco Ortiz, president of the Latino Peace Officers Association, Minnesota Chapter, takes questions from attendees during a "Policing in Diverse Communities” seminar Thursday at the Kandiyohi Health and Human Services building in Willmar. The seminar addressed racial tension and legal rights.
Diverse policing: Trust at center of calming fears in Willmar
February 10, 2017 - 6:36am
January 27, 2017
Bullet fired through window of Willmar home
January 27, 2017 - 4:43pm