Animal control in Chaska falls within the responsibilities of the police department. Common animal problems include barking dogs and dogs soiling neighboring property.
Before calling the police, try to resolve the problem by talking (after taking 10 deep breaths) with the offending dog owner. This usually works, but if it doesn’t, you can call the police. A community service officer will visit with the offending dog owner. The action taken will depend on the owner’s response and if a warning had previously been given.
Keeping a dog in town carries a lot of responsibilities. Here are a few things you'll need to do:
- Get a license for a dog over 6 months old. Download a dog license application (PDF).
- Keep the dog on a leash when off your property
- Keep your dog from barking
- Pick up deposits left by your dog
A more thorough description is outlined in the Animal Ordinance.
For animal problems other than dogs, the department will try to assist, but we may refer you to a professional service.
Did you know that 4 out of 5 car seats are used incorrectly?
If you want someone to double check your car seat, email Officer Janke or call 952-448-4200 to schedule an appointment.
View the Guide for Child Passenger Safety Seats and Seat Belts (PDF).
The department will assist with lockouts. You will be asked to pay a $20 service fee to help offset the cost and to deter misuse.
Call 952-448-4200 and either a community service officer or a police officer will respond as time allows.
If the officer is able to open your door, you will get an envelope that you can use to mail the fee to the department. The responding officer will not take payment.
Lost & Found
From time to time the police department receives items that the public has found. Please contact the investigations unit at 952-448-4200 with questions.
Neighborhood Crime Watch is a group of neighbors looking out for neighbors. You would get to know each other and become familiar with the normal routines of the neighborhood.
This process helps neighbors identify things that are out of the ordinary like strange vehicles or suspicious persons.
We encourage everyone to look out for each other. Two out of 10 people feel like they don’t want to bother the police. Believe us, it is not a bother. We want the call!
If you and your neighborhood want to form a crime watch group, please email Officer Janke.
Vacation House Check
If you are going away for a week or more, you can notify the department, and we will check your home while you are away. Please complete the Vacation House Check Request Form (PDF) and return to the Police Department.
Trespassing is a legal way to address guests who cause problems on your property. Trespassing can be a great tool to use when managing your property if it is used in the correct way.
To Trespass an Individual:
- The trespass notice must be served in person. Remember, only a staff member, owner, etc can trespass an individual from the property.
- Use the official trespass notice authorized by the City of Chaska.
- Treat the individual with respect.
- Fill out the trespass notice completely.
- Use the individual’s proper first, middle, and last name and their date of birth.
- You must include the specific conduct that led to the trespassing. This conduct should have occurred within the past 30 days. Specific conduct would be: vandalism, harassment, narcotics, etc.
- Make sure you include all addresses associated with your property.
- The trespass notice will be in effect for one year, not longer.
- Explain the trespass notice to the individual.
- Have the individual check the box by “I acknowledge receipt of this notice” and then have them sign on the line. If the individual refuses to sign the notice, go to step #8.
- Give the individual the yellow copy of the trespass notice.
- If the individual refused to sign, take the remaining copies of the trespass notice to a notary public and sign in the area under the dashed lines “(If not served by a Police Officer) I verify that I personally handed…”. The notary will then check the box and fill in the “Subscribed and sworn before me…” section.
- Keep the pink copy of the trespass notice for your records.
- Make sure you document reasons why the trespass was issued for your files.
- If the individual is visiting a resident, contact the resident and advise them why the individual was trespassed. If it is a lease violation to invite a trespassed individual back onto the property, make sure you inform the resident of this and document everything in writing. (Note: Check your lease and with your legal counsel for appropriate wording in your lease agreement that would make it a lease violation to invite a trespassed person back to the property.)
9. Mail the white copy of the trespass notice to the Chaska Police Department (2 City Hall Plaza, Chaska MN, 55318 or email to: email@example.com)
You may request that a police officer serve a trespass notice for you if you feel the situation or individual may cause a problem when you trespass them. Call 9-1-1 when the individual is on your property. Make sure you give a full description of the individual (name, age, race, clothing, etc.) and reason for calling when calling 9-1-1.
Do not trespass an individual unless they have done something wrong on your property. You cannot trespass someone simply because they look suspicious, or you do not like them.
Do not mail a trespass form to an individual and believe the person is officially served.
Do not give false information to the police officer and tell them an individual was not invited by a resident when you know that they were.
Finally, don’t forget that trespassing is not to be used to address unauthorized residents or guests. You must go through proper eviction proceedings to deal with unauthorized residents.
The Chaska Police Department has a mobile speed detection trailer to aid in speed enforcement. As vehicles drive by, the trailer shows the vehicle's speed and posted speed limit. This encourages drivers going over the speed limit to slow down.
To request a location to place the speed trailer, fill out the Speed Detection Trailer Request Form (PDF). Your request will be placed in the order received. Placement date and time is subject to current weather conditions.
The trailer records the speed of the vehicles and the number of vehicles that drive by the trailer. The speed trailer can take photos but does not record vehicle registrations or driver information. We can use statistics from the trailer to determine what additional enforcement activity may be effective in the area.
If your loved one is in crisis and is a danger to self or others, call 911.
What information to give to the 911 dispatcher
- Your name
- Address where the police should respond
- Nature of the crisis (why you need the police)
- Current or prior violent behavior
- Weapons or access to weapons
- Name of the person in crisis
- Height and weight of the person in crisis
- Clothing description of the person in crisis
- Current location of the person in crisis
- Diagnosis (mental health and/or medical)
- Current medication(s) (on or off?)
- Drug use (current or past)
- Triggers (what upsets them?)
- What has helped during prior police contact
- Identify everybody else who is present
Important: You are asking a stranger to come into your home to resolve a crisis. They will only have the information that you provide to them.
What to expect from a police response
- The 911 dispatcher will dispatch uniformed police officers to your location
- Officers might detain the person in crisis, which may include handcuffing. This could be done for everybody's safety
- Officers will conduct a preliminary investigation to determine whether a crime has occurred
- Officers will conduct a preliminary mental health investigation to determine whether the person in crisis is a danger to self or others (Minnesota Statute 253B.05)
- Your statements and historical information are an important part of this investigation
- Officers will inquire about any firearms or other weapon and might arrange for safekeeping or storage alternatives
- Officers will notify the Chaska Police Department Enhanced Services Coordinator for potential follow up or after care
- If the person in crisis is an adult, officers might not be able to disclose information gathered during the investigation to family members
Non-emergency phone numbers
- Chaska PD Enhanced Services: 952-448-4200
- Calls for Service - Carver County Dispatch: 952-361-1231
- Carver County Crisis: 952-442-7601
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 988
- National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI): 1-800-950-6264
If it is an emergency, call 911.