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  1. Hands Free law

    Hands Free MN takes effect August 1

    The new law allows a driver to use their cell phone to make calls, text, listen to music or podcasts and get directions, but only by voice commands or single-touch activation without holding the phone. Read on...
  2. Eagle in cage

    Officers rescue injured bald eagle in time for 4th of July!

    Sergeant Scott Johnson and Officer Drew Wierson rescued an injured bald eagle on July 1! They braved the rain and talons to get the eagle secured so it could be transferred to the University of Minnesota Raptor Center. Read on...
  3. Cannon River Drug and Violent Offender Task Force

    Local area task force recieves 2019 Minnesota Narcotics Task Force of the Year

    The citizens of Rice and LeSueur County are safer due to the great work that’s being done by our Task Force. Read on...
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Chief's Message

On behalf of our officers and staff, I would like to welcome you to the Northfield Police Department. Our webpage is designed to provide you with information concerning our department and the many programs and services we provide to the citizens of Northfield.

The Northfield Police Department currently serves the city's approximately 20,000 residents including two respected colleges, St. Olaf and Carleton. We have 23 licensed police officers, one evidence technician, one administrative specialist, one community service officer, and two records specialists. We also have an active police reserve unit.

The members of this department strive to provide a high level of professional service in not only responding to calls for service from citizens, but also working with and reaching out to members of the community. The Northfield Police Department can be found working in the schools, sponsoring Night to Unite, staffing educational booths for community groups, providing drug education classes, ensuring the City of Northfield’s annual Defeat of Jesse James Days remains a family-friendly, nationwide attraction and much more.

If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact either myself or any member of our department for more information.

Thank you,

Monte Nelson
Chief of Police