Elk River Police Department

Good afternoon! 

On Wednesday, my team and I launched #ThankACop to support and recognize our law enforcement officers for all they do for our communities each and every day. 

In addition to highlighting individual officers weekly as they protect their communities like we did yesterday, we will be sharing stories of the important work and service that law enforcement officers contribute to our state. 

Police officers and other peace officers wake up every day to honor the oath they took to protect and serve, and often they have no idea how they will be needed on a day to day basis. Last week in Elk River, the Elk River Police Department responded to a road rage incident involving several shots fired. Fortunately, no one was injured thanks to the quick and professional actions of Detective Sergeant Joseph Gackeall and the other responding officers.


Road rage incidents have been known to be fatal, and the situation the officers were called to last week was unpredictable and dangerous. Officers put their lives on the line everyday to protect their communities when they respond to situations like this, and for that we owe them thanks and respect. 

Please be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date with all the great work our Minnesota Law Enforcement officers are doing, and don’t forget to #ThankACop this week!


In gratitude,


P.S. If you have a story to #ThankACop, please do not hesitate to share it with us at [email protected]. We want to hear from you!