The Babbitt Police Department provides 24-hour coverage covering an area that includes 108 square miles surrounding the City of Babbitt. The department is made up of 4 full-time officers and 5 part-time officers. Many of our part-time officers are also employed as deputies or police officers in neighboring communities. In addition to patrol duties, officers are actively involved in our community with many having served or are currently serving on our fire and ambulance services as well as civic organizations.
Non-emergency phone: 218-827-2441 Emergency phone: 911
We see drug education as being the key to reducing the demand for drugs which is why the Babbitt Police Department provides two drug education classes at Northeast Range School, D.A.R.E., and The Truth About Drugs Program. Chief Chad Loewen and Officer Charles Wulff are trained to instruct both curriculums.
Babbitt Police Officers:
Police Chief Chad Loewen has been with the Babbitt Police Department since 1993. He is also a D.A.R.E. Officer, EMT, former fireman, and a Minnesota DNR snowmobile and ATV safety instructor. Chief Loewen has received a life saving commendation award.
Officer Loewen was recently honored in Washington D.C. at an event sponsored by the Foundation for a Drug Free World. Loewen was one of 6 people selected in the United States to receive the 2014 Drug Free Hero Award which was presented by Congressman Rick Nolan. Each year, Drug Free Hero Awards are presented to individuals who have utilized and implemented The Truth About Drugs educational materials and programs at a grassroots level to impact their communities by educating youth on the dangers and pitfalls of drugs.
Jon Shenett has been a full-time officer with the Babbitt Police Department since 2007. Officer Shenett is an EMT and Minnesota DNR snowmobile and ATV safety instructor. Officer Shenett received a life-saving commendation award in 2012.
Todd Heikkila has been a full-time officer with the Babbitt Police Department since 2004. He is trained as an EMT, fireman, and Minnesota DNR snowmobile and ATV safety instructor.
Charles Wulff has been a full-time officer with the Babbitt Police Department since 2012. He is trained as a First Responder, fireman, D.A.R.E. Officer, and Minnesota DNR snowmobile and ATV safety instructor.
Cody Loewen is a part-time police officer with the Babbitt Police Department and began his law enforcement career in 2013. He is employed full-time as a police officer with the Hibbing Police Department and is trained as a Minnesota DNR snowmobile and ATV safety instructor.
Glen Salo is a part-time officer with the Babbitt Police Department and his law enforcement career began in 1985. Officer Salo was also a full-time officer with us for several years and has worked part-time for several other neighboring police departments.
Dennis Koponen is a part-time officer with the Babbitt Police Department and began his law enforcement career in 1992. He is trained as an EMT and fireman, and has received a life saving commendation award. Officer Koponen is employed full-time as a Sergeant with the Ely Police Department.
Adam Borchert is a part-time officer with the Babbitt Police Department He bagan his law enforcement career in 2003 and works full-time as a Lake County Deputy.
Mike McGregor is a part-time officer with the Babbitt Police Department His career in law enforcement began in 1997 and he is employed full-time as a Lake County Deputy. He also has formerly served on the Babbitt Fire and Ambulance Services and is an Iraq War Veteran.
The Babbitt Police Department participated in the "Shop with a Cop" program which is sponsored by the Walmart Foundation each year. Officers are paired up with youth ages 6-12 and given a $100 gift card to spend at participating Walmart stores. This year the program was able to fund 13 children from across the Iron Range. Babbitt Officer Charles Wulff accompanied a student who took part in the event on December 8th in Hibbing. Together the two were able to pick out gifts for the students family.
The Babbitt Police Department has access to two volunteer Chaplains. They operate under a division of the St. Louis County Sheriff's Department and are available to provide professional, non-denominational services for police department employees, their families and also for citizens. The Chaplains are available on call and also participate in ride-alongs with officers and other department activities. The two Chaplains that serve the Babbitt area are Pastor John Bonk and Father Bill Skarich.
John Bonk has been a pastor since 1987.
Father Bill Skarich was ordained as a Catholic Priest in 1999 and serves at St. Anthony's in Ely and St. Pius X in Babbitt.