Community Outreach Events
The concept of community policing is a fundamental part of the Golden Valley Police Department (GVPD). Intervention and prevention are key elements to a safe community. GVPD actively pursues building positive relationships with members of our community through our community outreach events.
- Coffee With A Cop
- GVPD University
- Night To Unite
- Public Safety in the Parks
- Public Safety Open House
- Request Police Participation At Your Event
- Toys For Tots
Coffee With A Cop is a community outreach program that encourages community members to become familiar with the officers who serve their community, ask questions, and express concerns.
One or two Golden Valley police officers will host a Coffee With A Cop gathering at a public location in town. Days of the week and times will vary to ensure a good mix of scheduling.
There will be no formal presentations--neighbors are invited to drop in any time during the two-hour gathering to chat with an officer and other staff. Community members can discuss and learn about neighborhood issues, traffic concerns, crime prevention, and how to connect with the GVPD through social media and other technological tools.
The Golden Valley Police Department offers an ongoing safety education series for citizens called GVPD University (GVPDU). These in-depth classes are open to anyone, though some courses are more adult-oriented than others. Sign up for the next class!
Minnesota Night To Unite (formerly National Night Out) is typically held on the first Tuesday of August. Golden Valley neighborhoods are invited to join cities throughout Minnesota in having potluck dinners, ice cream socials, barbecues, bike parades, etc. Use your imagination and plan something fun!
Watch the City website and social media for details about the virtual Night To Unite. For more information on the Night To Unite Food Drive For PRISM, call 763-593-8079. Challenge your neighborhood!
- Minnesota Night To Unite Planning Kit (PDF)
- Minnesota Night To Unite Invitation - Color (DOCX)
- Minnesota Night To Unite Invitation - Black and White (DOCX)
- Minnesota Night To Unite Block Party Registration/Street Closing (PDF)
- Dusk To Dawn - Light Up The Neighborhood (PDF)
- Suggested Food Shelf Donations List (PDF)
- Suggested School Supplies Donations List (PDF)
Police and firefighters visit a different City park each week and spend time with the children from the neighborhood. They talk, give safety lectures, maybe serve ice cream, and have fun. On hot days, the firetruck becomes the source of a gigantic sprinkler to help the kids cool down.
The goal is to create opportunities for police and firefighters to meet with Golden Valley residents in a casual setting so they get to know each other, develop trust, and build partnerships that ultimately enhance crime prevention and fire safety in the community.
2022 Public Safety In The Parks Dates
Join your neighbors for the annual Public Safety Open House. Tour the Police Station and Fire Station 1, win prizes, and check out the equipment the Golden Valley Police and Fire Departments use to keep the community safe.
2022 Open House
- Wednesday, June 15, 6 pm
Looking for a speaker or police participation at your event?
Please complete and submit the Participation Request Form online so we can best respond to your request.
The annual toy collection is part of the GVPD's community outreach and culminates in a parade to the KARE 11 Toys For Tots drop site. Donate new, unwrapped toys as well as gifts for older kids and teens.
For years the Golden Valley Police Department (GVPD) has spearheaded a Toys For Tots donation effort in collaboration with regional law enforcement agencies.
Toys and gifts are collected at the GVPD throughout December. On the last collection day, police from as many as 20 departments load their cruisers with donated gifts and meet at the GVPD. Then, lights blazing and sirens blaring, they parade to the KARE 11 Toys For Tots drop-off site in time for the 5 pm news program.
For more information, contact Officer Terry Sleavin at 763-512-2508.
2021 Toys For Tots
- Drop off toys in the GVPD lobby until 3 pm Dec 17.
- The parade to KARE 11 starts at 5 pm Dec 17.