Introducing Osseo’s Newest Officer: Madeline Zitzlsperger
In the tight-knit community of Osseo, a new face has emerged to serve and protect.
Madeline Zitzlsperger is the city’s latest addition to the police force.
“People struggle with Zitzlsperger, so everybody can call me Maddie,” said Zitzlsperger, who’s quick to clarify, “If I’m on a call, I’ll introduce myself as Officer Zitzlsperger just to be more professional.”
Zitzlsperger, like so many who call Osseo home, was drawn to the city’s charm and hometown feel.
“Everybody’s very connected here; it’s a small town in a big city,” stated Zitzlsperger. “Night to Unite was huge for me, just meeting all the kids and handing out stickers and the wristbands, Osseo police wristbands, stuff like that.”
A graduate of Wayzata High School and later Mankato State University, Zitzlsperger’s journey to becoming an officer was influenced by her long-standing interest in crime and a desire to change the relationship between law enforcement and the community.
“People call 911 on their worst day, and if I can show up and make that positive impact on a person and say, ‘We’re here to help you, let’s get through it together,’ then I can change somebody’s life,” she explains.
A Positive Place to Work
Zitzlsperger has high praise for her colleagues at the Osseo Police Department.
“Just a very great positive team, a lot of people that really enjoy working with the community, same goals as me, and I’m very happy to be here,” she said.
In her early days on the force, Zitzlsperger has been training with the only other female officer on the team, Officer Heather Starry.
“I’m learning a lot from her, and it’s been very rewarding to have another female officer and a positive role model,” she said.
So, if you see Officer Zitzlsperger out and about in Osseo, don’t hesitate to say hello and welcome her to the community.
You can even call her Maddie.