Officer of the Year
For the first time, the Edina Crime Prevention Fund chose to honor two people with the Mike Siitari Officer of the Year Award in 2018: Det. Joel Moore and Sgt. Kevin Rofidal.
“I fully support these two being recognized,” said Police Chief Dave Nelson. “I think it’s outstanding and I agree with the board’s decision that both of these officers should be recognized. Both of them have been with the department for many years and the things that they do for the department are so great.”
Last year, Moore solved two third-degree murder cases, a Walgreens robbery and a homicide.
Moore began work in January 2018 on a murder case that crossed state lines and received nation-wide attention. Edina resident Christina Prodan was reported missing Jan. 7 by her mother. After spending hundreds of hours on the case, on March 30, 2018, Moore interviewed Prodan’s boyfriend, Joseph Porter, in Little Rock, Arkansas, where Porter confessed to killing Prodan. On Jan. 15, 2019, Porter was sentenced to more than 21 years in prison. Moore led the investigation and coordinated efforts with the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Little Rock and New Orleans police departments.
“Joel’s work was just outstanding,” said Nelson.
Police work runs in Rofidal’s blood. His grandfather, Louis Rofidal, was a Police Officer in Brainerd. He died as Police Chief three years before Kevin was born.
“Kevin grew up in Edina and he always wanted to be a cop,” said Nelson.
Nelson said that Rofidal always looks for opportunities to improve. He is credited with applying for a grant for the City to purchase a Bear Cat in 2003, and bring it to Edina to use in the west metro. He worked hard to bring back the K-9 Unit that dissolved decades previously. He garnered community support and found other donors who spurred the start of K-9 retirement funds. He is the department’s self-appointed historian.
“I’m most proud of the work I’ve done on the history of the department,” said Rofidal. “It’s fun for me when other departments have an officer or a civilian employee come over and say, ‘Can you show us some of the stuff you’re doing?’”
The Edina Crime Fund has been a community partner for over 40 years, helping fund Police Department services and recognize exceptional officers. The Officer of the Year Award is named after Mike Siitari, who served as Police Chief from 1999 to 2009 during his 31-year tenure with the Edina Police Department. Winners are selected by members of the Edina Crime Prevention Fund. Past recipients of the award include Officers Joel Moore, Dave Lindman, Jake Heckert, Mike Seeger, Det. Mike Lutz, Det. Erik Amundson, and Sgt. Brian Hubbard.
To nominate a candidate for the 2019 Officer of the Year Award, submit the name of the officer and a few sentences describing the nominee’s achievements.
For more information, contact the Edina Police Department at 952-826-1610.
To nominate a candidate, submit the name of the officer and a few sentences describing the nominee’s achievements. Nominations for the award can be sent to Julie Norgren or:
Edina Crime Prevention Fund
Re: Officer of the Year
4801 W 50th Street
Edina, MN 55424