Message from Chief Steiner

Chief Steiner July2023Your Coon Rapids Police Department’s stated mission is to support a safe community while building trust through engagement, professionalism and compassion. This mission statement was developed by the members of the police department and reflects who we believe we are today and helps guide our efforts for the future.  

When fully staffed, our entire team at the police department is about 110 strong and is comprised of sworn police officers, community service officers, police reserve officers, and a variety of vital non-sworn staff members. Over the course of several decades, a strong foundation of earned trust has been built between the Police Department and the citizens of Coon Rapids. Our desire to preserve and strengthen that foundation guides our daily activities and the focus of our efforts for the future.

Thank you for visiting our website and for your interest in our efforts to support a safe community.


-Chief Bill Steiner

Get to Know Chief Steiner


Chief Steiner grew up in Coon Rapids and was a 1991 graduate of Coon Rapids Senior High School. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Law Enforcement from Minnesota State University - Mankato in 1995, completed his police skills program at Alexandria Technical College and is a graduate of the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command.

Chief Steiner started with the Coon Rapids Police Department on January 27, 1997 and has served in a variety of roles including Patrol Officer, Drug Task Force Investigator, Detective, Patrol Sergeant, Detective Sergeant and Captain of the Patrol and Investigations divisions. He became the Acting Chief of Police in April of 2023 and took the oath of office as the permanent Chief of Police on August 2nd, 2023.  


Chief Steiner and his wife of 28 years are lifelong residents of Anoka County and have three adult children, all currently in college. He also boasts having the world's coolest dog, a Wirehaired Pointing Griffon named Griswold (Yes, named after Clark W. Griswold). He enjoys hunting, fishing, spending summer weekends at the family cabin in Northern Minnesota and an occasional winter trip to someplace warm.