On May 18, the Belle Plaine Police Department welcomed the newest full-time officer Apryl Grund and part-time officer LeAnn Larson.
Grund, who most recently worked in Savage as a Community Service Officer first gravitated toward law enforcement in high school in Prior Lake where she took her first criminal justice classes. Beside her in those classes was LeAnn Larson who joined Grund at last Monday’s city council meeting where she was also sworn in as a new addition to the Belle Plaine Police Department. Larson joined as a part-time officer.
The daughter of an accountant and a music teacher, Grund at one point believed she might end up as an educator herself, but once she began her criminal justice coursework, she knew she found her calling. Grund moved on to Minnesota State University and graduated in 2019.
Grund cut her teeth with the Savage Police Department before applying to the Belle Plaine Police Department.
Grund said that she was looking for a small-town atmosphere, so when Larson told Grund about the opportunity in Belle Plaine, she wasted no time applying.
“I really wanted to stay in Scott County when I was looking for jobs,” Grund said. “I just really like the area.”
Grund said that she is the first in her family to take up a badge and is excited to connect with the Belle Plaine community as time passes.
Grund and Larson’s hiring comes after a string of personnel changes at the Belle Plaine Police Department, beginning in April, when officer Jared Tveitbakk resigned following a string of criminal charges, including those related to domestic assault, as the Herald previously reported.
On April 20 and May 4, the Belle Plaine City Council accepted the resignations of part-time officers Blaz Zlate and Jake Nelson, respectively.