(Alexandria, MN) Each month we recognize a person who is making a significant contribution to others in our community. We recognize this person as a voice that cares. This month we honor Alexandria Police Officer Jim Gripne. For the past 20 years Jim has been very involved in instructing and protecting students. During that time he also helped to tear down the walls for many young people who needed an authority figure they could confide in. One of the first programs Officer Gripne was involved with was the D.A.R.E. program (Drug Abuse Resistance Education). He helped teach an estimated 3500 students who will benefit from D.A.R.E., the highly acclaimed program that gives kids the skills they need to avoid involvement in drugs, gangs, and violence.
Jim has also been coordinating community night out since 2010. He has worked with crime free multi-housing, child passenger safety, the bicycle safety rodeo, the Healthy Voices Healthy Choices coalition, the Safe Communities coalition and the Beyond the yellow program.
To hear more about his impact, watch the video below. (Some of the interviews are difficult to hear because of microphone issues. We apologize for the inconvenience.)
Jim is leaving law enforcement, but will continue to work in the private sector. If you would like to nominate someone you feel should be recognized as one of the many "Voices That Care" in our community, contact us via email at email@example.com or call the station at (320) 763-3131 and provide us with the name of the nominee and your contact information. Thanks for helping us recognize people making a difference in our part of the state.