WELCOME TO THE ST. CHARLES POLICE DEPARTMENT’S WEBSITE
Our department currently consists of one part-time and seven full-time sworn Peace Officers. We cover a jurisdiction of approximately 3.8 square miles and serve a population of approximately 3,825 people. We provide 24/7 police coverage and respond to all fire and medical emergencies. All of our officers are certified Emergency Medical Responders (EMR).
Our mission is to safeguard life and property, preserve the peace, prevent crime, enforce the law and protect the rights of all citizens. We are committed to working in partnership with the community to identify and resolve issues that impact public safety.
Our vision is to provide excellent public service, 24/7, while engaging with the community to solve problems affecting public safety.
Our Core Values:
Integrity – Respect – Excellence – Honor – Compassion
Chief of Police: Jose Pelaez
Office: (507) 932-8020
Non-Emergency Phone: (507) 932-4500
Fax: (507) 932-8701
CHIEF OF POLICE, JOSE PELAEZ
Chief Jose Pelaez was born and raised in the City of Manta, Ecuador. After graduating High School (Ecuador) in 2002, he moved permanently to the United States and settled with his family in Winona County. Chief Pelaez became a U.S Citizen in 2008 and has been a St. Charles resident since 2013.
In 2012, Chief Pelaez enlisted in the United States Air Force Reserves and was assigned to the 934th Security Forces Squadron (Minneapolis/St. Paul Air Reserve Station). As a Security Forces member (military police) he was entrusted to protect military bases and assets vital to national security, stateside and overseas. He led as a Non-Commissioned Officer through two deployments to the Middle East, in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, from which he was awarded the Air Force Commendation Medal and the Air Force Achievement Medal. Additionally, he was selected to be part of the security detail during former President Donald Trump’s visit to Minnesota in 2018 and 2019. Chief Pelaez honorably separated from the Air Force Reserves in January of 2021.
Chief Pelaez has earned an Associates in Law Enforcement, a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice and a Master of Arts in Emergency Management-Homeland Security. He also earned an Associates in Criminal Justice from Air University (USAF) and graduated from the USAF-Non-Commissioned Officer Academy.
Previous to serving as a Patrol Officer for the City of St. Charles, Chief Pelaez worked as a Detention Deputy for the Winona County Sheriff’s Office for 7 years. He has also served as a volunteer firefighter/first responder for the Pickwick Fire Department for 14 years and as a Police Reserve Officer for the City of Winona for 3 years. Chief Pelaez has served as a St. Charles Law Enforcement Officer for 12 years, serving the last 5 years as the Sergeant of the department. Chief Pelaez brings with him extensive trainings and certifications and is currently a member of Winona County’s Emergency Response Team (ERT). He is fluent in Spanish and provides interpreting assistance to not only members of our community, but also to other area law enforcement agencies.
Chief Pelaez officially began serving as the Chief of Police for the City of St. Charles on February 1, 2021. “I am honored to have been selected as the next Chief of Police for the City of St. Charles. Along with my fellow Officers, and the partnerships that the St. Charles Police Department has built over the years, we will continue the tradition of serving our community with the highest moral and professional standards, while enforcing the law without fear, favor, or discrimination as to class, color, race or creed,” stated Chief Pelaez.
You may contact Chief Pelaez at (507) 932-8020 or by emailing him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
OUR POLICE OFFICERS
Brady Jones #607
Phone: (507) 932-8020
Kyler Nesbit #610
Phone: (507) 932-8020
Robbie Floerke #606
Phone: (507) 932-8020
Caleb Hohensee #614
Phone: (507) 932-8020
NEED A FORM?
St. Charles residents looking to obtain a firearm may fill out the Minnesota Permit to Purchase form and submit it to the St. Charles Police Department for processing. Feel free to fill out the form, print, date/sign, and bring to the Police Department during regular business hours. Please allow up to 7 calendar days for processing. You will be contacted once the permit is ready for pickup. BE ADVISED:
- If you reside outside of St. Charles’ city limits, you must submit your application to the Winona County Sheriff’s Office. We won’t be able to process your application.
- The St. Charles Police Department does not process any Permit to Carry applications. Permit to Carry applications are only processed by the Winona County Sheriff’s Office.
- Please ensure to sign and date all the required fields on the application. Failure to do so may result in delays in processing your application.
- Please ensure to fill out the application in its entirety. Failure to do so may result in delays in processing your application.
- The address listed on the application must match the one listed on the applicants current Minnesota State ID card. Applicants, be prepared to show your Minnesota State ID card when picking up your permit card.
- Applicants must pick up their permit to purchase card in person, unless prior arrangements are made with the Chief of Police. We will not mail any permit to purchase cards.
Minnesota Motor Vehicle Accident Report
Every driver involved in a crash resulting in $1,000.00 or more in property damage MUST COMPLETE the Minnesota Motor Vehicle Accident Report and send it to Driver and Vehicle Services within 10 days (mailing address is listed on the form). Failure to provide this information is a misdemeanor under Minnesota Statute 169.09, subdivision 7.
Special Vehicle Permit Application Form (Golf carts, ATVs, Mini-Trucks, and UTVs)
Special Vehicle permit applications must be submitted to St. Charles City Hall for processing. Please make sure you read, sign, and date the acknowledgment form that accompanies this application; failure to do so may result in delays in processing your application.
If you live within city limits, a police officer will drop off your permit at the residence listed on the application and will have to inspect your special vehicle for required equipment.
If you live outside city limits, you will be notified when your permit is ready for pick up at City Hall, at which point arrangements should also be made for an officer to inspect your special vehicle for required equipment.
Complaint on a police officer
To file a formal complaint on one of our police officers, please contact Chief Pelaez at (507)-932-8020. For your convenience, here is the link to access our department’s policy on citizen’s complaint on a police officer.