Community Engagement Events
Community engagement events are the key component in fostering a positive relationship between the youth and residents of West St. Paul and its Police Department.
Youth and adults will build positive relationships with officers throughout our community by participating in activities such as C.O.P.S in the Park, Night to Unite, Cone with a Cop, Badges and Bobbers, Wednesday Activities at Southview Park, Shop with a Cop, and more!
Check out the full list of community engagement events and activities throughout the year below.
- Badges & Bobbers
- Bingo & Blue
- C.O.P.S. in the Park
- Cone with a Cop
- K9 Walk
- Santa's Holiday Hero Express Parade
- Shop with a Cop
- Wednesday Activities
Badges and Bobbers
Badges and Bobbers is a fishing event hosted by the West St. Paul Police Department in partnership with Fishing for Life, a local organization that creates opportunities for building relationships by hosting hands-on fishing events and mentoring programs for youth and families in the Twin Cities.
In 2023 this event was partially funded by the Minnesota Chiefs of Police Foundation Community Partnership Grant.
Bingo & Blue
Bingo & Blue is a free program through the West St. Paul Police Department. Play bingo, learn safety tips and win prizes! The West St. Paul Police Department will come to you. For more information on how to schedule Bingo & Blue, email NMurphy@wspmn.gov.
C.O.P.S in the ParkC.O.P.S. in the Park stands for Community Outreach with Public Safety in the Park. The idea of this event is to build positive relationships between our community and our public safety personnel. We provide a fun and laid-back environment to meet and chat with our police officers, fire fighters, and more! All community members are encouraged to attend!
Cone with a Cop
Hang out with West St. Paul Police and enjoy free ice cream!
In 2023 the West St. Paul Police Department had its first ever K9 Walk! All proceeds raised from this event go directly to the K9 Program.
(Photo by Sam Amundson, courtesy of West St. Paul Reader)
Santa's Holiday Hero Express Parade
On December 7th, 2023, the streets of West St. Paul will be getting visited by Santa's Holiday Hero Express Parade! Santa and his helpers will be escorted around by the West St. Paul Police, South Metro Fire Department, and other public safety vehicles. If your home is on one of the routes, you can wave to Santa from your yard or through your windows! If you're not on the route, head over to the Harmon Park parking lot and wave from your parking space. Pro tip: the stalls along Bernard St. have the best view!
Download the parade route map to see where the route goes and what times the parade will be there.
Shop with a Cop
Each winter the West St. Paul Police Department goes shopping with kids from the community. They pick out toys and other items, wrap them, and enjoy food, games, and a visit from Santa together. In 2022 our officers went shopping with 68 kids at Walmart and Target in West St. Paul. Many volunteers help to make this event happen!
Free youth and parent activities at Southview Park throughout the summer including, arts and crafts, sports activities, learning about animals, fun games, and more! West St. Paul Police attend each week as well as representatives from various organizations.