A proactive policing approach created in January 2016. Currently assigned to this unit are Officer Eric Groebner, Officer Zach Robertson, and Crime Prevention Technician Nicole Neis.
This unit was created in January 2016 when then-Police Chief Phil Johanson, Ret. and Captain Scott Nolan, Ret. identified the department’s need for a full-time officer to be assigned to the duties of Crime-Free Multi-Housing as well as a liaison officer for downtown businesses. With over 50% of the property in the City of Anoka being a rental property, this assignment turned out to be rather time-consuming. Officer Paul Schley, who was the departments first COPPS Officer, was joined by Crime Prevention Technician Nicole Neis and then Officer Eric Groebner in 2017.