Community Outreach and Events

The Farmington Police Department offers a number of community programs and services to our residents annually. The newly formed Community Engagement Team will continue those services and strive to provide positive community relations through proactive policing techniques. The team will be coordinating visits to events such as: 

  • Police department tours
  • Boy/Girl Scouts meetings
  • Senior center visits
  • Birthday party visits
  • Open houses
  • Or other inquiries

If you have questions or would like to schedule one of the events listed above, please email the Community Engagement Team at [email protected]. A member of the team will be in contact with you in a timely manner. The team is constructed of four members: Officer Megan Chu, Officer Gary Tipton, Sergeant Chris Lutz and Sergeant Andy Bellows. 

From the Citizen's Academy to Toys for Town, the department participates in events year-round to promote a safe community and create ties in the community. Click on the titles below for program and event information.

Toys for Town

Toys for Town is an annual toy drive organized by the Farmington Police Department to help make the holiday season special for children in our community. The program provides local families a holiday meal kit and gifts for their children. In 2021, there were 400 children from 120 families that benefited from this program. The police department is anticipating similar numbers in 2022. 

This year, the Farmington Police Department is setting an ambitious fundraising goal of $35,000 for this year's effort to bring back the "Art for Every Kid" initiative. If the fundraising goal is met, children ages 2 and up will be provided with a gift certificate to Muddy Waters Studio. This will provide kids the opportunity to spend quality time with family, as well as gain exposure to the arts.

Along with the fundraising goal, collection bins for unwrapped toy donations have been set out at area businesses and city buildings. (See full list of locations below). They will be available until Monday, Dec. 12. In addition, monetary donations to the Toys for Town program will be accepted at the police department. 

If your family is in need of this program, the department will take request calls through Dec. 10. Call 651-280-6TOY (6869).

Volunteers are needed to wrap and deliver toys on Saturday, Dec. 17. The wrapping event will be held at the Farmington High School, 20655 Flagstaff Ave., starting at 9 a.m. Just show up at 9 a.m. ready to wrap!

Toys for Town Ornament


Toys for Town tree ornaments are available for purchase! Proceeds will benefit the Toys for Town program. Stop by city hall, the police department, or either Farmington Liquors location to pick one up.

2022 Toy Donation Drop-Off Locations:
*Farmington addresses unless otherwise noted
City Buildings
Farmington Police Department, 19500 Municipal Drive.
Farmington Liquors, 18350 Pilot Knob Rd.
Farmington Liquors, 923 8th St. Suite #945
Farmington City Hall, 430 3rd St.
Rambling River Center, 430 3rd St.

School Buildings
Akin Road Elementary, 5231 195th St. W 
Boeckman Middle School, 800 Denmark Ave.
Dodge Middle School, 4200 208th St. W
Meadowview Elementary, 6100 195th St. W.
Farmington Community Education, 6100 195th St. W
Riverview Elementary School, 4100 208th St. W Great Oaks Academy, 115 Elm St.

Churches
Farmington Lutheran Church, 20600 Akin Road
Homestead Community Church, 344 3rd St. 
St. Michael's Catholic Church, 22120 Denmark Ave. 

Downtown Businesses
American Family Insurance, 402 3rd St. 
Celt's Pub and Grill, 200 3rd St. 
Gerster Jewelers, 332 3rd St. 
Farmington Lanes, 27 5th St. 
Dakota County Library, 508 3rd St. 
Hale Nutrition, 115 Elm St. 
Heavenly Hair, 319 4th St. 
Market on Oak and Town Sports, 331 3rd St. 
Old National Bank, 324 Oak St. 
Premier Bank, 316 Oak St. 
Synergy Dance Studio, 109 Elm St. 
Twist and Tumble, 510 Walnut St.
Farmington Bakery, 212 Oak St. 
Dakota Electric, 4300 220th St. W
Legacy of Farmington, 22300 Denmark Ave. 
Kemps, 15 4th St.
Appliance Renew, 821 3rd St.

Highway 3 Corridor
Minnwest Bank, 3380 Vermillion River Trail
BlueNose Coffee, 20700 Chippendale Ave.
AnyTime Fitness, 20700 Chippendale Ave.
Thrivent Financial, 20700 Chippendale Ave.
Family Chiropractic, 20700 Chippendale Ave.
FarmTown Brew Hall, 20700 Chippendale Ave.
Midwest Dental, 20700 Chippendale Ave.
Bourbon Butcher, 20700 Chippendale Ave.
Pellicci Ace Hardware, 3560 213th St.W. 
Dakota County Lumber, 28 8th St.
Castle Rock Bank, 22140 Chippendale Ave.
Farmington Veterinary Clinic, 645 8th St.
State Farm, 941 8th St.  

North Businesses
Crossfit Calypso, 21210 Eaton Ave. 
CVS Pharmacy, 19605 Pilot Knob Rd. 

Other Locations
BDT Metal Work, 21350 Cedar Ave., Lakeville
Children's Dental, 17677 Cedar Ave., Lakeville 
Scott Chiropractic Clinic, 15067 Crestone Ave., Rosemount
Genesis Chiropractic, 4678 Slater Road. Eagan.

The Farmington Police Department thanks everyone who made a contribution and/or volunteered last year. You helped make the season special for families in our community! 

National Night Out (NNO)

The annual National Night Out (NNO) event is on Tuesday, Aug. 2! Police and fire are excited to visit neighborhood celebrations again in 2022. Request a visit using our National Night Out form. This year we will continue the tradition of collecting items for the Farmington Food Shelf. Let's see how many pounds of donations we can get! Find the food shelf's most needed food, personal care, and cleaning items here

This annual event was created to heighten awareness of crime and drug prevention, and generate support for police programs. NNO enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community. Visit natw.org for a free organizational kit filled with ”how to” materials.

National Police Week Open House

National Police Week Open House
Farmington Police Department, 19500 Municipal Drive


In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation, which designated May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week that the date falls on as Police Week. Decades later, the event known as National Police Week, has grown to a series of events, which attract thousands of survivors and law enforcement officers to our Nation’s Capital each year.

In recognition of National Police Week, the Farmington Police Department will hold an annual open house. Please join us for Police Department and MAAG Team vehicle tours, K-9 demonstrations, and more.

Please visit the website again for details about the open house. Like the department on Facebook for more event information at Facebook.com/FarmingtonMNPD

Citizen's Police Academy

The police department is planning a citizens academy program for fall 2021. This program gives a glimpse into patrol operations, department history, investigations, crime scene, SWAT, use of force and police critical incidents. Those interested in participating must be 16 years old or older, must live, attend school or work in Farmington, and must pass a background check.

Applications have closed to join the 2021 citizens academy.

Questions about the program can be sent to Officer Cassie Redmond at [email protected].

group photo of 2018 citizens academy class

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