The Babbitt Police Department provides 24-hour coverage and covers 108 square miles surrounding the City of Babbitt. The department operates 2 squads - a 4 x 4 Ford Expedition and a Dodge Charger - both of which are equipped with state-of-the-art technology.
The department is made up of 4 full-time officers and 5 part-time officers. Combined, these officers share nearly 125 years of experience. Babbitt Police Officers are required to maintain First Responder Training, and many are also trained as EMT's or Firemen. Three of these officers have been awarded life saving commendations. College interns are also utilized as they become available.
Non-emergency phone: 218-827-2441 Emergency phone: 911
The department has an active D.A.R.E. program at Northeast Range School offering classes at both the elementary and junior high levels.
This year's 6th Grade D.A.R.E. Poster & Essay Winners:
6th Grade D.A.R.E. Class Graduates:
Babbitt Police Officers:
Police Chief / D.A.R.E. Officer Chad Loewen has been with the Babbitt Police Department since 1993. He is also an EMT and former Fireman, and 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 has received a life saving commendation award.
Todd Heikkila has been a full-time officer with the Babbitt Police Department since 2004. He is trained as an EMT and fireman.
Police Officer Charles Wulff is Babbitt's newest full-time officer, hired in 2012. He has a BA in Criminal Justice from Bemidji State University and an AAS in Law Enforcement from Alexandria Technical and Community College.
Cody Loewen is a part-time police officer. He has Bachelor degrees in Criminology and Psychology from the University of Minnesota Duluth and an Associate degree in Police Sciences from Vermilion Community College. He is also a DNR youth safety snowmobile and ATV instructor.
Glen Salo is a part-time officer with the Babbitt Police Department and has 29 years of law enforcement experience. Officer Salo also works part-time for the Gilbert Police Department.
Bernie Mettler is a part-time officer with the Babbitt Police Department and has 25 years of law enforcement experience. Officer Mettler is employed full-time as a deputy with the St. Louis County Sheriff's Department and holds the rank of Sergeant. He is also trained as a fireman.
Dennis Koponen is a part-time officer with the Babbitt Police Department and has 22 years of law enforcement experience. He is trained as an EMT and fireman, and has received a life saving commendation award. Officer Koponen is employed full-time with the Ely Police Department.
Adam Borchert is a part-time officer with the Babbitt Police Department and also works full-time as a Lake County Deputy. He has 9 years of law enforcement experience.
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. He currently serves at both the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Babbitt and First Lutheran Church in Ely.
Father Bill Skarich was ordained as a Catholic Priest in 1999 and serves at St. Anthony's in Ely, St. Pius in Babbitt and St. Martins in Tower.