Merchlewitz has been a Lindstrom Police Officer since 1994. He
started as a Community Service Officer in 1993. In March of 1994 he
became a part-time Officer and in June of 1994 went to full-time.
Detective Merchlewitz is certified in Intoxilyzer Operations
and certified to operate LIDAR. In 2015 he was assigned full time to the Detective
Bureau. He has taught Project Charlie and National Child Safety to the area youth.
Officer Tougas retired
as full time Detective with the Lakes Area Police Department in 2015, and later
returned to work part time as a patrol officer. He has been in law enforcement
since 1979. He served as Chief of
Police in Randall, MN from 1979 to 1990. He also worked as a police
officer in Taylors Falls, MN for 9 years. He started working with the
Lindstrom Police Department in June of 1999 as a police officer. Officer
Tougas is a
Firearms Safety instructor, Snowmobile Safety instructor, ATV course
instructor, D.A.R.E. instructor, certified Mountain Bicycle Officer,
Intoxilyzer Operation, active in the Safe & Sober campaigns, a member
of the National Ski Patrol and certified in Juvenile Restorative
Justice Conferencing. Officer Tougas also was named the recipient
of the Youth Service Bureau‚s James Trudeau Award in 2005 for his work
with the youth specifically his involvement on the Juvenile Drug Court
in Chisago County. Officer Tougas earned a DRE (Drug Recognition
Expert) Certification in May of 2002. Officer Tougas has been
trained in Corner House interview techniques. Outside of Law
Enforcement Tim enjoys Hunting, Fishing and Woodworking.
Officer Carlson was
hired in 2005 and was appointed as a School Resource Officer. He is currenlty
assigned to the patrol division on the midnight shift. Officer
Carlson has a family and lives in the metro area, and is
currently a DNR Fire Arms Safety Instructor as well as an DNR ATV Instructor.
Officer Carlson previsouly enjoyed a successfull career in the oil industry
before becoming a police officer. Officer Carlson enjoys time with his
family and fishing.
Before becoming a
Police Officer, Officer Spencer became an Intern with the Lakes Area
Police Department in the summer of 2005. After completing his
internship Officer Spencer applied for a Community Service Officer
Position in 2006 and was appointed to that position by the Police
Commission. In 2007 Officer Spencer became a Police Officer with
L.A.P.D. when Officer Roettjer left. Officer Spencer had obtained his
Part-Time Police Officer license and Worked as a Part-Time Officer for
Lakes Area PD while completing his Minnesota Full-Time License
requirements. Upon successfully completing his Minnesota License
Requirements, Officer Spencer was appointed as a Full-Time Officer in
September of 2007. Officer Spencer has a long time connection with the
Chisago lakes Area spending his youthful years in the area. After
graduating college Officer Spencer worked as an Officer in Wisconsin
for a short time also.
Before becoming a
Lakes Area Police Officer, Officer Kolbow worked for the Sherburne County
Sheriff's Office as a licensed Deputy working in the corrections division.
Officer Kolbow joined Lakes Area Police in November of 2013. He is currently
assigned as a School Resource Officer with the Chisago Lakes School district
and is stationed at the Chisago Lakes Middle school.
Officer Barwin joined
the Lakes Area Police Department in January of 2016, and is currently a
probationary fulltime Police Officer and he is currently assigned to
the Day power shift.
been with the Lindstrom Police Department since 1995.
Assistant Taylor started
out as a part-time Police Assistant. However, as the department has
grown, the need for a full-time position was realized. Through a
Cops grant the position became full-time.
Assistant Taylor does so much more
than data entry. There are many occasions when
Assistant Taylor will take an initial complaint over the phone, she communicates with the officers over
the radio, handles requests for information, processes bad check
investigations, processes requests for gun permits and many times is the
first person a member of the public sees when asking for a police officer
at City Hall. Assistant Taylor's duties are many and varied.
keeps things running smoothly.
Sergeant Varco was
hired by the Chisago City Police Department February 11, 2000,
and promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 2012.
Sergeant Varco attended Bemidji State University where he obtained a
B.S. degree in Criminal Justice, and completed his skills training at
Hibbing Community College. Since beginning his employment with the
Chisago City Police Department, Sergeant Varco had received training
in, and is certified as an intoxilyzer operator, Simunition, firearms,
use of force instructor, and snowmobile safety instructor. Sergeant
Varco is also a certified field training officer. While off duty,
Sergeant Varco enjoys spending time on the water fishing, hunting, and
Officer Haller started with the
Chisago City Police Department in 2003 and has continued with the
Lakes Area Police Department. Officer Haller currently lives in the metro area
and this is his first Police assignment.
started his patrol duties with Lakes Area PD in December of 2006. Chad
is currently a Taser instructor, and past Drug Recognition Officer.
Chad currently covers our evening watch. Chad grew
up in northern Minnesota and currently lives in Chisago County.
Sergeant Larson hails from Wisconsin but attended college in Minnesota. Sergeant
Larson was hired as an Officer in August of 2005, and promoted to the rank of
Sergeant in 2012. Sergeant Larson has gone
through many training courses to help detect impaired drivers
including Standardized Field Sobriety Testing, and has also been
trained in National Incident Management through FEMA.
Officer Aaron Anderson
became a Lakes Area Police Officer in July of 2015. He had previously worked
as a part time Police Officer for the Wyoming Police Department. Officer Anderson
is certified is patrol operations, DUI enforcement, traffic enforcement, breath test
operator, and is currently assigned to the overnight shift.
Officer Quimby joined the Lakes
Area Police Department in November of 2015. He has previously been a Community
Service Officer for the Lakes Area Police Department and also had completed his
college internship here. He is currently a probationary full time Police Officer
and is assigned to the night shift.
Assistant Lind has worked as a Police Assistant for many years with the Chisago
City police department prior to the creation of the Lakes Area Police
Department. Assistant Lind lives in the Chisago Lakes Area with her husband and
children. Assistant Lind works Monday through Friday, 7:30 am to 4:00 pm. Her
duties include Data Management, transcription, gun permits, first contact for
inquiries, managing office supplies and criminal coding, just to name a