About Osseo

About the Osseo Police Department

About the Osseo Police Department

The City of Osseo is located approximately 25 minutes north of the Minneapolis/St. Paul area, along U.S. Highway-169. The department offers 24 hour patrol services, covers an area of 1.2 square miles, and watches over a population of just under 2500 citizens.

Currently, the department employs four full-time officers, ten part-time officers, an Administrative Assistant and the Chief of Police. The full-time officers are responsible for the day-to-day patrolling as well as other duties such as a crime prevention officer, a property room officer and maintaining the departments vehicle fleet. The part-time officers fill in during open shifts, during special events in the city, and are an invaluable part of our department.

The Osseo Police Department is lead by the Chief of Police and he is responsible for the planning, coordination, direction and operations of the department. Our current Chief of Police is Shane Mikkelson.

Besides the regular patrol functions of the department, we are also active in several programs which help to improve public safety, encourage stronger relationships between the police and the community, and to deter crime.

The Osseo Police Department address is:

City of Osseo Police Department
415 Central Ave
Osseo, MN 55369


Department Personnel

The Osseo Police Department has a current staff consisting of the Chief of Police, four full-time officers, and ten part-time officers. Each full-time officer is responsible for certain functions within the Police Department. Our part-time officers fill in during open shifts and also work during city events such as the Osseo Lions Roar and Osseo Marching Band Festival. Our Administrative Assistant enters reports, citations, and does various other administrative duties around the department.

The Osseo Police Department also has a Police Reserve program. The Police Reserve Officers are made up entirely of volunteers who assist the department with a variety of tasks such as traffic control, crowd control, assistance at accident scenes, fires, natural disasters, general patrol duties and assisting the sworn Police Officers as needed. The Police Reserve Officers are distinguished from the sworn police officers by their light blue uniform shirt and silver badges.

Full Time Officers

Chief Shane Mikkelson (Badge 6601), Ext. 202

Officer Smith (Badge 6611), Ext. 203
- Property Room
- Squad Fleet Maintenance
- Firearms/Range Officer
- Field Training Officer (F.T.O.)

Officer Mortinson (Badge 6612), Ext. 205
- Crime Prevention Officer
- Minnesota Night to Unite Coordinator (Also known as National Night Out)
- TASER Instructor
- Reserve Coordinator
- Child Safety Seat Technician

Officer Kintzi (Badge 6610), Ext. 206
- Abatement Notifications
- Community Notifications pertaining to Registered Predatory Offenders
- Field Training Officer (F.T.O.)
- Minnesota Safe and Sober Coordinator 
- Reserve Coordinator

Officer Current (Badge 6613), Ext. 204

Administrative Assistant

Felicia Wallgren, Ext. 201
- Dog Licenses
- Golf Cart Permits
- Recreational Fire Permits
- Permits to Purchase a Firearm

Part Time Officers

Officer Englund (Badge 6621)
Officer Bergeron (Badge 6623)
Officer Riggenberg (Badge 6625) 

Officer Dyer (Badge 6624)
Officer Hudok (Badge 6626)

Officer Starry (Badge 6620)
Officer Renteria (Badge 6629)
Officer Lamers (Badge 6627) 

Reserve Officers

Reserve Officer Grimm (Badge 6631)
Reserve Officer Letourneau (Badge 6632)
Reserve Officer Johnson (Badge 6633)
Reserve Officer Muschik (Badge 6634)
Reserve Officer Harff (Badge 6635)

End of Watch


Died: November 1, 1916

J.L. Gardner, 44 years old was "shot down in cold blood while in attendance of his official duties as marshal of this village." Gardner was shot at about 1:15 A.M. on Friday, October 27, 1916, by Frank Odenbreit. The weapon was a double barrel shotgun which Odenbreit had borrowed a short time before. The discharge entered the officer's intestines. He was taken to Swedish Hospital in Minneapolis where he died on November 1, 1916.

Gardner had feared trouble from Frank Odenbreit on the night of the incident and told another person that should he be called to the Odenbreit home during the evening that he would arrest Frank as it was believed that Frank was not normal and that he just might shoot someone. Odenbreit had a history of mental illness and about six years prior had been confined to the State Hospital for the Insane in Rochester for a several month period before being declared "normal".

On the night of the trouble the marshal had been called twice during the early hours to restore peace. Odenbreit had been drinking and was in an ugly mood. He had broken furniture and Mrs. Annie Odenbreit, a sister-in-law of Odenbreit's, who was the only eye-witness. She is the one who called the officer to the scene and she is the one the officer was trying to protect when the attack was made. The perpetrator had set fire to Mrs. Odenbreit's house and left the scene presumably to get the gun. Annie ran to the police department and called Gardner. He accompanied her back to the house and extinguished the flames. Afterwards she went to the barn to see if her children who had been left there for safety, were safe. She got to the barn as Gardner came out of the house and saw Frank Odenbreit appear from around the corner. Odenbreit called out, "is that you, Gardner?" Gardner answered it was and Frank fired and struck Gardner in the abdomen.

The Sheriff's Office was called and Chief Deputy John Wall and Deputy Charles Budd investigated the scene. They arrested Frank Odenbreit at his home on the north end of town. He was found guilty and served time in Stillwater State Prison.

Marshal Gardner is buried at Oak Leaf Cemetery in East Bethel, Minnesota



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