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City of Minnetonka Minnesota - Meet Community Engagement Officer Bauer 06 June 2022 ( news )
City of Minnetonka , state Minnesota ( By Press Release office)
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Minnetonka Police Officer Peter Bauer is all about connecting with the community – even if it means spending a morning with junior high students plunging him into a dunk tank .
Officer Bauer recently started in his role as Minnetonka’s community engagement officer – a position created five years ago to better engage residents and build relationships within the Minnetonka community .
“There’s so much to community policing , ” Bauer said . “My role is about being able to build that trust and communication , create comfortability with the Minnetonka PD and the community . ”
Originally from Columbia Heights , Bauer started his law enforcement career is Osakis , Minn . , and Aspen , Colo . He joined the Minnetonka Police Department in 2014 and has served in a variety of roles , including patrol officer , field training officer and mental health evaluation team member . His most recent assignment was two years on the department’s traffic unit .
With the ongoing pandemic , outreach has been challenging for the police department . But as events return , Bauer is looking for ways to reintroduce the department , get involved and better reach pockets of the community that may not have regular positive interactions with police .
He also plans to build on the relationships developed within Minnetonka’s faith community and continue tutoring elementary students twice a week – a program he started while on the traffic unit .
“It’s rewarding to go into elementary schools in uniform and build that familiarity with our younger kids , ” he said .
Would you like an opportunity to connect with Minnetonka police officers? Share your community engagement idea or event with Officer Bauer at 952 - 939 - 7603 or email
engageMPD@minnetonkamn . gov
Fast facts about Officer Bauer
Favorite place to eat in Minnetonka
: Arby ' s ( fast food ) and Blvd Kitchen and Bar ( sit down )
Three things I’d take to a desert island:
Flint stone , knife or hatchet , Mountain Dew
Cats , dogs or another favorite pet:
Dogs . I have two labs — one yellow and one black
When not on duty
: I enjoy fishing year - round and taking walks with my wife and dogs .
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