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Willmar Police Department

March 27, 2018
Erica Dischino / Tribune

Willmar Police Officer Tony La Patka watches for the active shooter during a drill at Lakeland Elementary school on Monday. Officers from the Willmar Police Department were able conduct active shooter scenarios at the elementary school while the students were out of the building for their spring break.
Willmar police train to prepare for school shootings
March 27, 2018 - 8:46am
March 26, 2018
Shelby Lindrud / Tribune file photo

Willmar Police Chief Jim Felt reviews a brochure from WatchGuard, the company the police department will be purchasing 24 body cameras from. Felt hopes to have the new cameras up and running in spring 2018.
Willmar PD body cameras expected next month
March 26, 2018 - 10:41am
March 12, 2018
Erica Dischino / Tribune

Officer Alex Anderson carries his lunch tray while first-grade student Kennsy De Jesus Barajas purchases her lunch Thursday in the Kennedy Elementary School cafeteria in Willmar.
An arresting good time: 'Lunch with a Cop' events happening at Willmar elementary schools
March 12, 2018 - 7:02am
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
January 19, 2018
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A Duluth police officer, shown in this 2014 file photo, presses a button on her body camera to begin recording. The Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Office and the Willmar Police Department will conduct a public hearing next week on a policy governing their use of body cameras.
Public hearing on body cameras set Tuesday for Willmar, Kandiyohi County
January 19, 2018 - 6:51am
January 16, 2018
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City orders steps for Willmar dog owner to reclaim pet, avoid animal being euthanized
January 16, 2018 - 6:20am
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
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
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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
July 24, 2017
Jake Schultz / Tribune

Two officers from the Willmar Police Department remain on standard leave as the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension investigates a shooting Sunday on the 400 block of 11th Street Northwest of Willmar. Dash cam video did not capture the events in the backyard of the home, and the city of Willmar is still in the process of equipping officers with body cameras.
Officer-involved shootings rare in Willmar
July 24, 2017 - 9:54pm
July 23, 2017
Willmar Police and Minnesota State Patrol officers respond to what was reported as an officer-involved shooting Sunday on the 400 block of 11th Street Northwest of Willmar. Personnel from the Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Office, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension also responded to the scene. 
Jake Schultz / Tribune
Update: Officer-involved shooting reported Sunday in Willmar
July 23, 2017 - 11:05pm
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