Police Overview

Department Mission 

The mission of the New Hope Police Department is to provide quality professional services to all residents, organizations, and visitors by ensuring a safe and secure urban environment.  

Department Vision 

The New Hope Police Department serves the employees, residents, and larger community of New Hope by:

  • Making a commitment to excellence through responsible and accountable service delivery. We respond to community needs with sensitivity, understanding, and thorough actions.
  • Exemplifying professionalism through fair, equitable, and impartial services to the diverse community we serve.
    The principles of honesty and integrity are the cornerstones which guide us.
  • Utilizing teamwork and open communication to cooperatively respond to community needs. We embrace innovative ideas and encourage creativity.
  • Building cooperative partnerships with the community. We recognize the need for, and benefits of, an interdependent relationship.

Command Staff

Chief Tim HoytChief Tim Hoyt began his career in 1995 in the state of Wisconsin. He served with the Eau Claire, Augusta and Chippewa Falls Police Departments. He held the ranks of reserve deputy, patrol officer, SWAT, detective and worked with the West Metro Drug Task Force investigating controlled substance crimes on a state and federal level.

In 2006 Chief Hoyt joined the New Hope Police Department as a patrol officer. Prior to becoming Sergeant in 2011, he served on the SWAT team and worked with the Northwest Metro Drug Task Force. In addition to his duties as a Sergeant, he has overseen New Hope’s field training program since 2012, and the K9 program since 2014. His appointment to Chief came in 2020.

Chief Hoyt holds an Associate of Science in Law Enforcement, a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice Studies and a Master of Arts in Criminal Justice Leadership. He is a member of Concordia University St. Paul Alumni Association and National Training Officer Association.   

Captain CrockerCaptain Scott Crocker was hired as a police officer, for the city of New Hope, in 1985. He was promoted to Sergeant in 1999, and to Captain in 2011. During this time, he participated and then supervised the Use of Force Unit, The Field Training Officer Unit, Tactical Training for Patrol, and the New Hope Police Explorers. Captain Crocker was a member of the West Metro S.W.A.T. Team for over 20 years, retiring off the team as the Assistant Commander. 

Captain Crocker currently manages the Patrol Division, which includes; 6 Patrol Sergeants, 14 Patrol Officers, 2 K-9 Officers, a Traffic Officer, a Utility Officer/School Liaison Officer, the Animal Control Officer, the Reserve Unit, and 4 Community Service Officers. He also represents the New Hope Police Department on several committees including; New Hope Safety committee, the Duk Duk Daze planning committee, the North Suburban Emergency Management Group, the Hennepin County Radio Users Advisory Group, the Hennepin County Radio Standard Operating Procedures Group, and the Hennepin Technical College Law Enforcement Advisory Group. 

Captain Crocker graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor’s degree in Law Enforcement and Corrections. He is also a graduate of the Northwestern University School of Staff and Command.

Captain Slawson

Captain Scott Slawson started with the New Hope Police Department in 1994 as a police officer. He has worked in specialized assignments including Field Training Officer, Firearms Instructor, Bike Patrol and Commercial Vehicle Enforcement.  After being promoted to Sergeant in 1999, he supervised specialty units as well as patrol shifts.  

Captain Slawson was promoted to Captain in 2011 and currently leads the Investigations Division, which includes 3 Investigators, a Crime Analyst, 2 School Resource Officers, a Drug Task Force Officer, and the Crime Prevention/DARE Officer. Scott coordinates case assignments to investigators, and coordinates with federal, state and local agencies on investigations. He has served as the administrator of the Northwest Metro Drug Task Force/Violent Crime Enforcement Team, is a liaison to the MN Fusion Center, and oversees security of the department’s criminal justice data provided by the FBI and the BCA. 

Captain Slawson is certified in Emergency Management and is a graduate of the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association’s Command Institute.


New Hope Police Department
4401 Xylon Avenue North
New Hope, MN 55428



Non-Emergency Dispatch:



Fax: 763-531-5174

Office Hours:

8am to 6pm Monday-Friday
10am-2pm Saturday
CLOSED Sundays and Holidays