Coon Rapids Police Community Watch Team
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School Bus Safety for Drivers

In Minnesota, school buses make at least 10,000 school bus trips daily. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, school buses are the safest mode of transportation for children — children are eight times safer riding in a bus to school than any other vehicles.

Make school bus transportation safer for everyone by following these practices:

  • When backing out of a driveway or leaving a garage, watch out for children walking or bicycling to school.
  • When driving in neighborhoods with school zones, watch out for young people who may be thinking about getting to school, but may not be thinking of getting there safely.
  • Slow down. Watch for children walking in the street, especially if there are no sidewalks in neighborhood.
  • Watch for children playing and congregating near bus stops.
  • Be alert. Children arriving late for the bus may dart into the street without looking for traffic.
  • Learn and obey the school bus laws in Minnesota, as well as the "flashing signal light system" that school bus drivers use to alert motorists of pending actions:
    • Yellow flashing lights indicate the bus is preparing to stop to load or unload children. Motorists should slow down and prepare to stop their vehicles.
    • Red flashing lights and extended stop arms indicate the bus has stopped and children are getting on or off. Motorists must stop their cars and wait until the red lights stop flashing, the extended stop-arm is withdrawn, and the bus begins moving before they can start driving again.

Top Tips for Bus Riders

  1. Walk with your young kids to the bus stop and wait with them until it arrives. Make sure drivers can see the kids at your bus stop.
  2. Teach kids to stand at least three giant steps back from the curb as the bus approaches and board the bus one at a time.
  3. Teach kids to wait for the school bus to come to a complete stop before getting off and not to walk behind the bus.
  4. If your child needs to cross the street after exiting the bus, he or she should take five giant steps in front of the bus, make eye contact with the bus driver and cross when the driver indicates it’s safe. Teach kids to look left, right and left again before crossing the street.
  5. Instruct younger kids to use handrails when boarding or exiting the bus. Be careful of straps or drawstrings that could get caught in the door. If your child drops something, they should tell the bus driver and make sure the bus driver is able to see them before they pick it up.
  6. Drivers should follow the speed limit and slow down in school zones and near bus stops. Remember to stay alert and look for kids who may be trying to get to or from the school bus.
  7. Slow down and stop if you’re driving near a school bus that is flashing yellow or red lights. This means the bus is either preparing to stop (yellow) or already stopped (red), and children are getting on or off.  
Bus Danger Zones

Will You Come Cheer Us On?

We are again taking on the Coon Rapids Fire Department at the Annual Police vs. Fire Rib Eating Contest at Texas Road House in Coon Rapids. Cheer us on as we speed-eat our way to glory! Last year we won and earned money for Safe Kids Anoka County, and the Coon Rapids Crime Prevention Association. The event will be held on Monday, September 16, at 6 p.m. See you there! 

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Night to Unite 2019

Thank you to everyone who participated in Night to Unite 2019! Night to Unite helps neighbors get to know each other and build police/community partnerships. Approximately 114 registered parties took part in this citywide event on August 6.

With the new sponsorship program, we were able to provide prizes for drawings, shirts for party hosts, and new re-usable lawn signs. This was made possible from generous donations from our sponsors:

  • Coon Rapids Crime Prevention Association
  • Cub Foods
  • Northstar Towing, Inc.
  • CR United Soccer Club
  • Rebyl
  • Coon Rapids Fire Relief Association
  • Hom Furniture

Mark your calendars for next year! August 4, 2020. Night to Unite is a lot of fun for community members of all ages!

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2018 Police Department Annual Report

2018 Police Department Annual Report

Have you ever wondered how many calls the department responds to each year? Or have you wonderedread about crime-related data and trends in the city?

Read the 2018 Coon Rapids Police Department Annual Report. The report contains a variety of information about the department, and the community.

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