Community Outreach Events

The concept of community policing is a fundamental part of the GVPD. Intervention and prevention are key element to a safe community. GVPD actively pursues building positive relationships with members of our community through our community outreach events.

+ Coffee With A Cop

coffee with a copCoffee With A Cop is a community outreach program that encourages citizens 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.

Upcoming Dates

  • Aug 19 | 10 am
    Located at the Golden Valley Starbucks

+ GVPD University

GVPDU logo with eagleThe 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. This year the Golden Valley Fire Department will be hosting their own class. Sign up below!

Upcoming Classes TBA



+ Public Safety in the Parks

While Golden Valley is under watering restrictions, Public Safety in the Parks will not feature a spraying water hose in an attempt to conserve water. Events will otherwise move ahead as scheduled.

GVPDU logo with eagle

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.

2021 Public Safety In The Parks

  • June 24, 3 pm, Lions Park CANCELED
  • July 8, 3 pm, Hampshire Park
  • July 15, 3 pm, Lions Park
  • July 22, 3 pm Wesley Park
  • More dates to come!

+ Public Safety Open House

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.

2021 Open House

Oct 9, 2021, time TBD

Police Department and Fire Station 1 —7800 Golden Valley Rd

+ Toys For Tots

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.

2019 Toys For Tots

Runs through Dec 13, 3 pm
Golden Valley Police Department, 7800 Golden Valley Road (open 24 hours a day)

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 Commander Steve Johnson at 763-512-2503.

+ Request Police Participation At Your Event

Looking for a speaker or police participation at your event?

Please complete and submit the Participation Request Form so we can best respond to your request.