Bloomington Police Crime Prevention Coordinator Katie Zerull, above, received the 2020 Excellence in Service Award from the Minnesota Association of Police Women this year. She has been instrumental in the success of the Police Department’s crime prevention and community engagement programs since she started in 2015. Zerull coordinates more than 430 Neighborhood Watch groups and 700 Block Captains as well as events both large and small, including 385 Neighborhood Night Out events in 2019 and monthly Coffee with a Cop events. In 2020, she was also part of the team that kicked off a new engagement effort with Bloomington Police officers and staff delivering food for Meals on Wheels.
“I have a great job. I love the work that I do with the Police Department,” she said. “I have such a variety of work. I do a lot of crime prevention work and community engagement work. The work we do connecting with the community as law enforcement is so important. I often say you can’t buy engagement you have to build engagement.”