TICKETS SALES ARE OPEN! • May 5, 2017 • Intercontinental Hotel Saint Paul Riverfront

Since 1854 – the Saint Paul Police Department has served and protected our city. The Saint Paul Police Foundation invites you to join in celebrating and supporting their work at the Blue Nite Gala.

The Gala, the Foundation’s biggest fundraiser of the year, will be held at the Intercontinental Riverfront Hotel in Saint Paul and will feature a VIP reception from 5-6 pm, a cocktail reception, silent auction and games from 6-7:30pm, dinner and program including a giving moment and the presentation of the Rowan Awards from 730- 9pm. Music and dessert bar to follow until 10pm. Dress code is formal to semi formal.


Celebrating Saint Paul’s legacy of strong public safety, leadership and community partnerships

Our electronic bidding portal will open on Wed. May 3,

so mark your calendars to check things out and get preregistered to take advantage of the early bidding action.

Check out some of our incredible Silent Auction Items!

Arthur Jeweler’s $1500 Shopping Spree

Harley Davidson Leather Coat
Mancini’s Steak Dinners
Spalon Montage Gift Certificate
Gopher Home Opener Tickets
Warners’ Stellian $2500 Shopping Spree! 
and much more!

Spread the word about Blue Nite! Share the ticket registration website with family members, colleagues, friends and neighbors and encourage them to come to enjoy a night out strengthening our community. 

JOIN US! Individual Tickets: $165; Police Officers & Retirees $65

Proceeds from the event will support the Saint Paul Police Foundation and its work to fund program to help strengthen the connection between the police department and the community.


Read Finalist Profiles

Officer Bruce Schmidt & Officer Michael Johnson

Officer Bruce Schmidt & Officer Michael Johnson

Officer Michael Johnson joined the Saint Paul Police Department in 1990. He has been assigned to the Eastern, Central and Southwest Districts, and the Vice Unit. His current assignment is with the Downtown Beat. Officer Johnson has been awarded a medal of commendation, two unit citations and 10 letters of recognition for his exceptional police work.

Officer Bruce Schmidt has served as a Saint Paul police officer since 1989. Currently assigned to the Downtown Beat, he has previously worked at the Central, Eastern and Northwest Districts, and served six years as a canine handler. Officer Schmidt hails from a long line of public servants – his grandfather, great-uncle, father and brother have all served as Saint Paul officers. He has been awarded three medals of commendation and eight letters of recognition for his outstanding police work.

Officer Johnson and Officer Schmidt are partners who jointly possess over 55 years of law enforcement experience. They serve as excellent ambassadors of Saint Paul. As downtown beat officers, Officers Johnson and Schmidt routinely assist crime victims, check on homeless residents, and provide general police services to downtown residents, workers and visitors. They are on a first name basis with many of the people they serve. Officers Johnson and Schmidt are trained crisis intervention team officers who are often called upon to deescalate difficult situations involving those suffering with mental illnesses or addiction issues. Their communication skills and kind-heartedness build trust and partnerships. When presented with challenges, which they often are – they lead by example and continue to demonstrate empathy, kindness, and compassion. Officers Johnson and Schmidt are enthusiastic and committed career street officers who provide the highest level of service to Saint Paul each and every day.

Officer Jamie Sipes

Officer Jamie Sipes – Profile

Officer Jamie Sipes has been a Saint Paul police officer since 2000 and has worked a variety of positions, including the Motors Unit, the Central District and the Forensic Services Unit. His current assignment is with the Eastern District. Officer Sipes has been awarded three medals of commendation for his outstanding work.

Officer Sipes is a longtime member of the crisis negotiation team. His specialized training as a negotiator and his years of practical experience as a patrol officer contribute to his ability to resolve difficult calls for service. As a negotiator, Officer Sipes responds to many calls for service that require him to quickly and calmly assess the situations, formulate plans with the other responding officers, and implement those plans. Due to his quick thinking and consistently calm and professional manner, many of these calls are quickly and safely resolved. In one case, Officer Sipes responded to a local hospital to assist a despondent man who had barricaded himself in a bathroom with an infant. Officer Sipes arrived on the scene and spoke to the man in a calm and understanding manner. The man agreed to come out of the bathroom and no one was harmed. This is just one example of the many calls when Officer Sipes has demonstrated exceptional negotiating skills and remarkable compassion.

In addition to his regular duties, Officer Sipes works to help develop the department’s crisis intervention team training. Officer Sipes has been involved in researching and developing progressive mental health programs which will combine the resources of the community and our department to better serve those in need.



ADDRESS: 905 Jefferson Avenue, Suite 305, St. Paul, MN 55102 (We’ve moved!)

The Saint Paul Police Foundation is a 501 (C) (3) nonprofit organization


Mobile bidding opens! • Wednesday, May 3, 2017