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Night to Unite

National Night to Unite is an annual event held on the first Tuesday of August that encourages residents to get out in the community, meet neighbors, and partner with police. Many neighborhoods throughout Savage host block parties, cookouts, ice cream socials, and bike parades. Registered parties can also have a visit from police, fire, city officials and staff.

Citizens Police Academy

The Citizens Policy Academy is a six week course designed for the average citizen who wants to learn more about the Savage Police Department. Through participation in both classroom and hands-on training, citizens gain valuable insight into what officers do, how they do it, and most importantly, why they do it. Topics include patrol tactics, investigations, crime scene processing, and use of force decisions.

Coffee with a Cop

Coffee with a Cop is a meet-and-greet program that brings police officers and the community together – over a cup of coffee – to discuss issues, ask questions, and learn more about each other. The mission of Coffee with a Cop is to break down the barriers between police officers and the citizens they serve.

Police Open House

In recognition of National Police Week, the Savage Police Department hosts an open house every other year in May. Residents can tour the police department, meet our officers and staff, and learn about other public safety agencies that help keep our community safe.

Santa Cop

Each December, Santa and Mrs. Claus make a special trip to the Savage Police Department to receive donated gifts from the community. Donated toys are then personally delivered to the Marines’ Toys for Tots Campaign by Savage Police Officers. This event is held in conjunction with the City tree lighting ceremony.

Shop with a Cop

During the holiday season, Savage Police help give deserving children the opportunity to have a brighter Christmas, while at the same time promoting positive relationships between police officers and young people. Each child is paired with an officer who takes them shopping for gifts for their families and themselves. Shop with a Cop allows children to get to know and feel more comfortable around police officers. Funding for this event is provided in part through the Savage Crime Prevention Association.

Pink Patch Project

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Savage Police and Fire Departments create and sell bright pink patches to raise money for research, treatment, and education. All profits go to the American Cancer Society of Minnesota.

Additional Community Outreach Efforts

  • Build a Bike
  • Community Fall Fest
  • Service Day Saturday
  • Dan Patch Days
  • Kick’n with a Cop
  • Prior Lake High School Career Fair
  • Advanced Academy
  • Halloween Bash
  • Police Department tours