During a daytime burglary in 1969, an Edina resident was severely beaten in his own home and later died from complications of the attack. The Edina Police Department had no leads and the investigation stalled. Friends and neighbors of the man, and Edina civic organizations, recognized the value that reward money might have had on acquiring information to solve the crime. They began to raise the monies that became the Edina Crime Prevention Fund in 1970.
Today, the Edina Crime Prevention Fund is a significant contributor to many Edina Police Department services and programs including the Department’s K-9 program and K-9 retirement fund, a new mobile surveillance unit, bicycle patrol, youth programs, Explorer Scouts, equipment purchases (e.g., ballistic helmets), motorcycle unit and much more. The Fund has also paid out a substantial amount of reward and informant money. This money has assisted the Edina Police in solving many serious crimes including burglary, robbery and car jacking. The Edina Crime Prevention Fund is a valuable resource that allows Edina to continue to be a safe place to live, work and play.