Police Chief :

Police Officer:

Police & D.A.R.E.:

Police Officer:

School Officer:

Brian Castellano (#268)

Jeremy Johnson (#262)

Sam Perry (#266)

Tony Meyer (#263)

Eric Hutchins (#264)


Deer River Police Department

60 2nd Street SE

PO Box 70

Deer River, MN 56636

Tel: (218)246-2525


Duties of a Police Officer

  • Protects citizens by preventing crime, enforcing laws, apprehending suspects, and monitoring traffic.

  • Prevents crime by explaining and enforcing applicable federal, state, and local laws and ordinances; teaching preventive, protective, and defensive tactics; mediating disputes; patrolling assigned area; responding to notices of disturbances; conducting searches; observing suspicious activities; and detaining suspects.

  • Apprehends suspects by responding to complaints and calls for help, observing violations, and making arrests.

  • Conducts criminal investigations by gathering evidence, interviewing victims and witnesses, and interrogating suspects.

  • Documents observations and actions by radioing information and completing reports.

  • Reports observations and actions by testifying in court.

  • Fulfills court orders by serving warrants and commitments.

  • Maintains safe traffic conditions by monitoring and directing traffic, enforcing laws and ordinances, investigating accidents, providing escort, and reporting unsafe streets and facilities.

  • Minimizes personal injury by rescuing and reviving victims and radioing for medical assistance.

  • Maintains operations by following department policies and procedures and recommending changes.

  • Ensures operation of equipment by practicing responsible use, completing preventive maintenance requirements, following manufacturer’s instructions, troubleshooting malfunctions, notifying supervisor of needed repairs, and evaluating new equipment and techniques.

  • Maintains professional and technical knowledge by studying applicable federal, state, and local laws and ordinances; attending educational workshops; reviewing professional publications; practicing skills; and participating in professional societies.

  • Contributes to team effort by accomplishing related results as needed.


D.A.R.E. America

Facing unparalleled drug abuse among our youth in the 1970’s and early 1980’s, visionary Los Angeles Police Chief Daryl Gates and the Los Angeles Unified School District in 1983 launched an unprecedented and innovative substance abuse prevention education program – Drug Abuse Resistance Education.

With each passing year, D.A.R.E.’s success was seen in classrooms and homes leading to rapid growth and expansion. As each decade passed and success increased, the challenges facing children and families also grew. Today, through the leadership of D.A.R.E.’s dedicated Board of Directors, and the tireless commitment and hard work of tens of thousands of officers and educators throughout America and around the globe, D.A.R.E strives each day to achieve its vital mission… to fulfill a vision.