August 2021 Salute to Law Enforcement: Officer Ethan Meehan

Moorhead Police Department Officer Ethan Meehan
Moorhead Police Department Officer Ethan Meehan

The Moorhead Police Department is honored to nominate Officer Ethan Meehan

Officer Meehan began his law enforcement career with the Moorhead Police Department in 2014. 
For the first three years of his career, Officer Meehan worked in the Patrol Division. In 2017, Officer Meehan was selected as a School Resource Officer.
Officer Meehan’s primary assignment in the role has been as the DARE Officer. Officer Meehan has instructed the curriculum to thousands of elementary and middle school students and conducted countless school and community presentations.

Officer Meehan is often recognized for the positive contacts he has with students and staff within our schools and his connections while serving in our community.
He can show the empathy he truly has for those in need but can quickly bring a successful resolution during stressful situations.
He is known for being very soft-spoken and respected while dealing with those in need.

Those talents also assisted him as he was recently selected as a Crisis Negotiator for the Red River Valley SWAT Team. 

Officer Meehan has remained an active member of our department by volunteering countless hours with the Police Athletics and Activities League, Shop with a Cop, Cops, and Kids Hockey and Baseball games. 

He also has participated in being a Police Explorer’s Advisor and has helped with the “Every 15 Minutes” anti-drinking program.

Last year, with COVID-19 restrictions jeopardizing the Moorhead Police Summer Youth Program, a program that provides educational, entertainment, and meals to 200 youth each summer since the 1980s, Officer Meehan went above and beyond to continue to provide a modified virtual program. Officer Meehan self-taught himself to design a script, become a videographer, editor, and producer of a weekly program that would provide education and entertainment to Moorhead youth.
He was able to make weekly hour-long programs that consisted of half-hour “on location” taped segments and contained half-hour of live interactions with youth to ask questions and speak with the members of our department.
The productions had high-quality content and unbelievable production quality. The program received several positive comments from the youth participating and from the youth’s families that were happy their child could receive positive learning and interactive experiences.

Officer Meehan lives in Moorhead with this wife, and two children. 
We are very fortunate to have Officer Meehan in our department to provide such high-quality service.
The community members who meet him recognize he cares deeply for those he serves. 

We congratulate Officer Meehan for this well-earned recognition.