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South Lake Minnetonka Police Department

Shorewood has a Joint Powers Agreement with the cities of Excelsior, Tonka Bay, and Greenwood to provide police protection through SLMPD. Residents may sign up for email alerts from SLMPD. The police department handles animal control for the city. Animal issues should be reported to 763.525.6210.

Bryan Litsey, Police Chief

  • 24150 Smithtown Rd
    Shorewood MN 55331
    Emergency: 911; Non-emergency: 763.525.6210; Admin: 952.474.3261

Excelsior Fire District

Shorewood is a member of the five-city Excelsior Fire District. Each July and October the fire district has community events. Watch the EFD web site for details.

Scott Gerber, Excelsior Fire Chief

Mound Fire Department

Fire Protection Services are contracted from Mound Fire Department for all Island residents. Each June the fire department has a fish fry for the community. Watch the MFD web site for details.

Greg Pederson, Mound Fire Chief

Opeation Lock and Unload

The safe storage of firearms is the responsibility of all gun owners. Not only is it the law in Minnesota, but it is a matter of public safety. Educating gun owners on the need to take such precautions has taken on a renewed sense of purpose with the recent surge in firearm sales across the state. There are also people purchasing firearms for the first time that are seemingly unaware of the obligations that come with gun ownership. This includes making sure firearms are not accessible to children, criminals and emotionally distraught individuals.

To bring more awareness to this public safety issue, the South Lake Minnetonka Police Department has undertaken an initiative entitled, Operation Lock and Unload. The focus is on the safe storage of firearms, whether at home or some other location. Simply hiding a gun without taking additional precautions is not a safe practice. Proper safeguards include unloading the firearm, using a trigger or cable lock and placing the gun in a lock box or safe. Ammunition should be securely stored away from the firearm.

To learn more about firearm safety go to Project ChildSafe. The South Lake Minnetonka Police Department offers free cable locks that will secure most types of guns. Please join this effort to prevent a needless tragedy from occurring due to the negligent storage of a firearm.

Social Host Ordinance

The Shorewood City Council recently adopted a social host ordinance. The purpose of the ordinance is to discourage underage consumption of alcoholic beverages by making the host of an underage drinking party criminally responsible. A violation of the ordinance is a misdemeanor.

The ordinance provides that it is a crime for a person to host or allow a party where an underage person consumes alcoholic beverages if:

1. The host knew that alcohol or alcoholic beverages were going to be present at the party;
2. The host knew that an underage person was going to attend, or was likely to attend; and the host failed to take reasonable steps to prevent the possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages by an underage person.
3. The host failed to take reasonable steps to prevent the possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages by an underage person.

Reasonable steps that a person can take to avoid responsibility include:

1. Directing, on a one-time basis or as a standing order, that no consumption of alcohol and alcoholic beverages by minors is allowed;
2. Controlling access to alcohol and alcoholic beverages;
3. Checking identification of attendees to determine age; or,
4. Supervising the activities of underage persons at the gathering either in person or through a responsible adult.

A person can be responsible under the ordinance even if the person is not present at the party. However, an absent person is not responsible if the person did not know that a gathering would occur, or did not know that alcoholic beverages would be present, or did not know that an underage person was likely to be present. Parents who have alcoholic beverages in their homes are not responsible under the ordinance if they have issued a standing order that alcohol is not to be consumed by underage persons while in their home.

Severe Storm Awareness

They say if you don't like the weather in Minnesota, wait 10 minutes. Unfortunately when it comes to severe weather it can happen that quickly. Make sure your family is prepared for severe weather before it strikes. The National Weather Service has information for all ages on storm preparedness. Be prepared--it might save your life.

Juvenile Curfew

The South Lake Minnetonka Police Department would like to remind kids and parents that the Hennepin County Curfew law must be observed, and will be enforced by the SLMPD.

The law dictates the following by age:

  • Under 12 -  9:00 PM weekdays, 10:00 PM Friday and Saturday
  • 12 to 14 – 10:00 PM weekdays, 11:00 PM Friday and Saturday
  • 15 to 17 – 11:00 PM weekdays, midnight Friday and Saturday

Exceptions are as follows:

The juvenile is accompanied by a parent/guardian or other responsible adult, is engaged in lawful employment or is going to or from work, is involved in an emergency situation, is going to/attending/returning from an official school, religious, or other activity sponsored and/or supervised by a public entity or civic organization, is on an errand at the direction of a parent/guardian, or is on the boulevard or sidewalk abutting the property of the juvenile’s residence.

The complete ordinance can be viewed on-line at www.hennepin.us.

Minnesota's Night To Unite

Although most South Lake area residents feel fairly safe from criminal activity, crime does occur in this area. One of the best ways to keep it from affecting you and your neighbors is to get to know each other, even if it is just on a casual basis. Minnesota's Night To Unite (MNTU) provides an excellent opportunity for neighbors to become better acquainted. Along with the traditional display of outdoor lights and front porch vigils, cities and neighborhoods celebrate MNTU with a variety of evening events and activities such as block parties, cookouts, and visits from the police and fire departments. MNTU is an effective, inexpensive and enjoyable way to promote neighborhood spirit and police-citizen partnerships in the fight to keep our communities safe. The benefits your neighborhood will derive from MNTU will most certainly extend beyond the one night.

The South Lake Minnetonka Police Department encourages you to organize a Night To Unite activity in your neighborhood. Members of the SLMPD are making themselves available to stop by these activities to answer questions, provide you with crime prevention tips, and get to know each other. Excelsior Fire District firefighters will also be visiting these block parties.

Please contact Community Service Supervisor David Hohertz at 952.474.3261 to have SLMPD officers attend your event.