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Fairmont Police Hiring Full-Time Officer

December 18, 2015 - 4:47 PM

Full-Time Police Officer

The City of Fairmont is accepting applications to fill one full-time police officer position.

Hiring Process Outline and Instruction Letter

City of Fairmont Police Department Job Application

Starting Compensation and Vacation

Starting hourly wage: $31.72/hour, plus benefits
Current top Patrolman wage: $32.41/hour, plus benefits
10 hour shifts, generally working 4 days on, 2 days off, 4 days on, 4 days off
11 paid holidays, pro-rated at time of hire
Total vacation earned after 1 year: 80 hours
Total annual vacation earned after 4 years: 112 hours

Information about the Fairmont Police Department

The Fairmont Police Department celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2001, and it continues to grow and change with the times. There are currently seventeen full-time licensed officers, including one code enforcement/animal control officer. The Fairmont Police Department also employs full-time licensed officers to work part-time to help fill shifts and provide security for special events. The department offers prospective candidates a wide variety of rewarding assignments and specialized positions. A lot of movement is anticipated in these positions and responsibilities in coming years, offering new candidates many opportunities.

  • Detectives (1)
  • Sergeants (4)
  • K-9 officer (1)
  • DRE Drug Recognition Expert
  • Narcotics Investigation and Interdiction Team
  • SRO School Resource Officer
  • Regional Swat team members (2)
  • Firearms Instructors (1)
  • Certified Glock Armorer (1) 
  • FTO Field Training Officers
  • Crime Prevention Specialists
  • Work Place Violence/Hostile Event Instructor

Patrol squads and officers are well equipped. Each AWD Ford Explorer SUV squad has a laptop computer with wireless internet, video equipment, a radar unit, a P.B.T., a tint meter, a digital camera, a cell phone, spike strips, an AED, a shotgun and a first aid kit. Full-time Officers are provided with a Glock .45 handgun, a Colt M161A rifle, an X26 Taser, a vest with a ceramic plate, Mace, a Streamlight Strion flashlight, all leather gear, a winter jacket and an initial set of uniforms. 

Information on the City of Fairmont

The City of Fairmont  has five lakes within the city limits, which offer numerous recreational opportunities. There is a four pool aquatic park with activities for all ages. The city has a series of bike trails and the extensive park system allows for many different hiking trails and other outdoor activities. The city recently completed a new soccer complex, and dog park. One of the city parks offers an eighteen hole disc golf course. There are numerous golf courses in the area and one in the city limits. The local medical center is continually expanding and is part of the Mayo Health Systems. Click here for more information on the City of Fairmont. Click here for information on the Fairmont Area School District.


If you have any questions or would like more information on the Fairmont Police Department or the City of Fairmont please call (507) 238-4481 and ask for the Chief, Lieutenant or an on-duty Sergeant.

The City of Fairmont is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Level III Predatory Offender Press Release 12/11/2015

December 11, 2015 - 12:16 PM

Burglaries- REWARD

September 30, 2015 - 2:31 AM
This past weekend several businesses in Fairmont were burglarized. The suspects gained entry by prying open doors or windows and made away with lap top computers, cash, candy, and other electronics. Anyone with information leading to the arrest of the suspect(s) will be entitled to a $500 reward. Contact Detective Tonder if you can help at 238-4481.

Alert: Fraudulent Demands For Payment- Fairmont Public Utilities

May 20, 2015 - 9:46 PM

May 20, 2015                                                                                                 Fairmont Police Department

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The Fairmont Police Department has recently received several complaints from area businesses that received fraudulent calls from a person claiming to represent the City of Fairmont Utilities.  The caller sounds official and tells the business they have not paid their City of Fairmont utility bill.  The business is told that City workers will be coming to shut off the power that same day unless immediate payment is made.  This fraud has been focused primarily on Fairmont area businesses but area residents could also receive similar calls. 


The caller states that the business must send immediate payment via pre-paid credit cards to avoid shutting the power off.  The fraudsters have recommended using Hy-Vee of Fairmont but they may also direct the caller to other area businesses such as Walmart or Walgreens that offer such legitimate services as pre-paid Visa cards or wire transfers of money (TransUnion or Moneygram).  Once you wire transfer money or provide the numbers related to pre-paid credit cards the money is gone and you cannot request it back. 


If the business states they have paid their utility bill the caller may ask for a copy of the payment check in an attempt to gather the routing and account numbers.  If this information is provided the fraudster can then compromise the account and make fraudulent charges against it.


The caller has provided accurate utility account information and has used caller-ID spoofing that makes the calling number to appear to be from the “City of Fairmont” or “(507) 238-9461.”  Spoofing caller ID is not complicated but it gives the caller the appearance of being legitimate.  The caller will also provide a different number to call back than what the caller ID shows which can be an indicator of the call being fraudulent.


If you receive a call as described above simply hang up and do not engage in sharing any of your personal or financial information.  The City of Fairmont does not call requesting any payment via prepaid Visa cards or wire transfers. Any concerns area residents do have after receiving such a call can be addressed by calling the Fairmont City Hall directly at (507) 238-9461 to verify your account is in good standing.


Do not provide personal or financial information to an unsolicited caller. If you have provided any financial or personal information in response to an unsolicited call or email contact that financial institution immediately.  Never call back a number provided by a suspicious caller, message, text, or email.  Use the contact information provided on the back of your credit card or listed in an area phone book to verify if a concern is real or not.  Don’t be bullied by a caller, simply hang up.  Take the time to pause and think before you act. 



Contact Information for the Fairmont City Council

April 17, 2015 - 12:23 PM

Severe Weather Sirens

April 12, 2015 - 1:41 PM

Outdoor Warning Sirens
The City of Farmont's Emergency Warning System is an outdoor, all-hazards siren system that is used to warn the general population of a potential danger in a short amount of time.

Fairmont currently has 11 sirens located strategically on poles throughout the city to ensure total citywide coverage.  
What Do the Sirens Mean?
The Emergency Warning System uses only one siren tone for actual emergencies.  When the sirens are activated during an emergency, the sirens will sound for 3 minutes with a steady tone to signify the emergency.  This signal may be used to signify a major emergency or disaster, including a severe storm, tornado warning (not a tornado watch), chemical hazard/hazardous material incident, extreme winds, biological hazard or event.
Siren Test
Please note that the city performs a monthly siren test to ensure all sirens are functioning. The entire system is tested for three minutes on the first Wednesday of every month at 1 p.m.  The sirens area activated by the Martin County Sheriff’s Office.  
What Should I Do if I Hear the Sirens?
If the sirens are activated anytime outside of the monthly siren test period the public should recognize the sound as a signal to:
• Seek immediate shelter inside a sturdy building away from windows and glass
• Tune to radio or television to get information about the type of emergency and instructions and recommendations
• DO NOT go outside to investigate the origin of the emergency warning
The public should not call 9-1-1 unless they have an actual emergency.
Why can’t I hear the sirens in my home?
Sirens are an outdoor warning system designed only to alert those who are outside that something dangerous is approaching.

We recommend that each home purchase a NOAA Weather Alert Radio to stay alert to severe weather conditions. Outdoor warning sirens will only be activated when an actual or possible tornado is threatening the area, but a NOAA weather radio will sound severe thunderstorm warnings, thunderstorm watches, tornado watches, etc. These devices can help save the lives of your family and protect your property.

Tornado Watch or Tornado Warning?
When a Tornado Watch is issued by the National Weather Service, tornadoes are possible in our area.  Remain alert for the approaching storms. 

When a Tornado Warning is issued by the National Weather Service, a tornado has been spotted or indicated by weather detection equipment.  The Emergency Warning Siren will sound during a Tornado Warning.



Position Announcement

March 24, 2015 - 9:31 AM

Shop With A Cop 2014

January 14, 2015 - 1:28 AM
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Counterfeit $100 Bills

May 8, 2014 - 8:34 PM
This week several banks in Martin County have reported receiving eleven counterfeit $100 bills. Click here to view the May 8, 2014 press release.

Home Security and Burglary Prevention Tips

April 10, 2014 - 3:16 PM

Click here for more Security and Burglary Prevention tips or see below for more information.

The recent spike of burglaries and financial loss to victims point to the continued need for vigilance.

Target hardening, or protecting vulnerable areas of your home and property by means of physical security devices, is an excellent starting point for reducing the likelihood that your house or apartment will be burglarized. Fairmont Police encourage everyone to use any or all of the following methods to avoid being victimized.

Lock all doors and window when leaving the home unattended, even for a short while.

Keep large sums of cash in banks and expansive jewelry in safe deposit boxes.

Keep your landscaping directly around your home small. This avoids areas where people may be able to lurk around.

Do not hide keys under the doormat, in a flowerpot, or on top of the electricity meter box outside the house.

Do not leave notes outside of the house announcing your absence from home.

Leave a light, radio or T.V.  on at night to give an impression that occupants are home.

Cancel all mail or newspaper when you are away from home for a few days.

Change all locks when your house keys are lost or stolen.

Asking your immediate neighbors to keep an eye on your house while you are away can be very beneficial.

Cedar Creek Park- Snowmobile Use

January 2, 2014 - 4:29 PM

Click the link(s) for more information regarding snowmobile use in Cedar Creek Park.










Cedar Creek Park Boundaries



Cedar Creek Park Snowmobile Rules and Ordinances


Credit Card Fraud Alert

April 16, 2013 - 4:07 PM

Credit Card Fraud Alert (04/16/2013)
The Fairmont Police Department asks area residents to be cautious of another credit card fraud coming around again. Residents can find further information on this fraud at: http://www.snopes.com/crime/warnings/creditcard.asp

Winter and Rural Driving Safety Tips

February 8, 2013 - 7:13 AM

Tell your Valentine to buckle up. Winter and Rural Driving in greater Minnesota accounts for a large percentage of traffic death in Minnesota. Each year, about 80 percent of all unbelted traffic deaths occur in greater Minnesota, and pickup truck drivers have the lowest seatbelt compliance rate. Talk to your Valentine about buckling up and being cautious on area rural roads.

Click here for more information from the MN Office of Traffic Safety regarding Winter and Rural Driving.

Winter Survival Kit for Your Vehicle

October 26, 2012 - 10:48 AM
Winter weather is coming. Click the link to view information about how to create your own winter survival kit for your vehicle.  http://www.mncpa.net/vertical/Sites/%7B4E999F07-F513-48FC-B008-C22FFEE14E29%7D/uploads/%7BE7987D6D-DD3A-44E3-B6CF-6B1540AE21B0%7D.PDF

Ask a Cop on KSUM's "Blue Friday"

January 17, 2012 - 2:30 PM
Become a part of the Fairmont Police Deparment/KSUM's "Blue Friday". Fairmont Police Officers report on local community issues on Friday mornings at 8:30 a.m. If you have a question or concern you would like addressed on the radio station please e-mail news@ksum.com. Then listen Friday mornings for "Blue Friday" on 1370 KSUM or on the web at www.ksum.com