These guidelines have been developed in order to assist your in conducting internal investigations of theft activity by employees. Your request for a criminal complaint will be investigated and prepared for criminal prosecution in a more timely manner if you follow them.
Due to the large number of ongoing investigations, the Edina Police Department will not investigate complaints of employee criminal activity unless the steps below are followed.
If your total provable loss is less than $5,000 —
If your provable loss is more than $5,000 —
For the officer or investigator to make an arrest, all paperwork must be complete prior to police arrival. Thorough internal investigations usually generate a lot of papers and thick case files. It is very important to provide on the first page of your report a brief synopsis of the crime, what the provable loss is and how it can be proved (i.e. through surveillance tapes, what was actually witnessed by a person and/or admission by the suspected employee, etc.)
It is very difficult and time-consuming to locate and receive any cooperation from the employee if she/he has been separated from the business prior to police intervention. Following these guidelines and having either a patrol officer or investigator present to intervene with the employee greatly increases the ability to prosecute the employee in a timely manner. Your assistance is greatly appreciated and will greatly expedite the process.
If you have any questions about this information, or other safety or security concerns, call Crime Prevention, Edina Police Department, 952-826-1610.