News & Events
Next session starting February 16th
Citizen Academy is a seven-session program, in which people learn about police work in Chaska by experiencing police work. Lectures and actual hands-on experiences are combined for a unique insight into the police department. The classes are held on Tuesday nights from 6 to 8 PM and are FREE!
The police department is providing an academy to increase partnerships with those in our community and create opportunities to receive feedback from participants to improve our delivery of services. Often there is little opportunity for both citizens and officers to share views and ideas.
If you are interested in participating in the academy please contact Officer Janke at 952-448-4200 or e-mail her to have an application sent to you.
Join Chaska Police Department Junior Explorers (CPJE)!
This is the 2nd year of the CPJE Program. CPJE is a program for youth in the 6th, 7th and 8th grade. We meet after school at the Chaska Middle School East from 2:45 to 3:45. The program motivates young people to be outstanding citizens through public safety education. An outgrowth of community policing, CPJE transforms the traditional role of the police officer into one of mentor and friend, while encouraging our young citizens to be partners in building safer schools and community.
Young people are given the opportunity to see what it’s like to be a police officer and to better understand law enforcement’s role in the community. Many young people do not understand what police officers do and why they do it. We take the mystery out of law enforcement procedures and policies. Young people’s attitudes toward the police and their role in society are transformed.
We had nine youth participate last year. The police officers that are involved with the program are Community Partnership Specialist Julie Janke, Officer’s Kelly Boll, Chris Pesheck, and Joe Kavlie, who is a former CPD Police Explorer.
If your son or daughter is interested in becoming involved in CPJE please call Officer Julie Janke at 952-448-4200 or e-mail her.
Police Department Conducting Online Auction The Police Department will be auctioning surplus, found, unclaimed and seized items in an online auction beginning no earlier than Feb. 17, 2014. All property has remained unclaimed by the owner and has been in the possession of the city continuously for a period of at least 90 days as required by ordinance. The Police Department has entered into an agreement with PropertyRoom.com to conduct an online auction of the property. Property to be auctioned includes the following items:
America Bass amplifier, Rockford Fosgate amplifier, JVC stereo faceplate, Igloo cooler, multi-tool knife, Tool Shop razor blade, 7 wind chimes, decorative wall mount, bell, eagle clock, paint roller, 2 silver flanges, silver men’s ring, 10 assorted golf clubs, 1 silver necklace and 3 gold necklaces/bracelet, Samsung MP3 player, Midland walkie talkie, Cannon camera bag, Mossimo men’s watch, men’s wedding band with diamond, women’s gold and diamond ring, decorative silver plate, Thermo container, Jenson car stereo, sunglasses, iPhone, 30Gb ipod, bolt cutters, Sony CD Walkman, Durabrand CD player, miscellaneous music CDs, Kodak C130 camera, iTrip and cord, Coleman cooler, 4 hubcaps, iPod cover, headphones, hockey stick, Apple PowerBook 4G, Coach purse, Rayovac flashlight, Dewalt flashlight and drill kit, Nike Air Force shoes (new), Lakai Limited shoes (new), Good Cook knife, Seafit tool set, knives, hatchet, iPod dock, filet knife set, Direct TV receiver, power strip, Oakley sunglasses, Callaway golf clubs, hatchet, bike repair kit, Sony Cyber-shot camera, silver and turquoise ring, 8Gb iPod Nano, folding knife, 200 Bingo cards, Bulova watch, snowboard. Visit www.propertyroom.com to make a bid!
| Bicycle Registration
Register your bicycle to assist in its return if it is lost or stolen. We will document your serial number, make and model and give you an Operation Identification sticker for your bicycle. Please contact Officer Janke at 952-448-4200 or e-mail her at email@example.com to set up an appointment.
Bike Helmets !!
The Chaska Police Department will again be selling high quality bike helmets for $10 that retail for $22.95.We have a limited quantity so pick yours up today. They are available in silver, red and blue in sizes small, medium and large. Contact Officer Janke for an appointment for a fitting at 952-448-4200 or e-mail. ***WE ARE OUT OF HELMETS UNTIL SPRING 2016**
Public Safety Announcements by Nixle
You need fast and accurate information to keep yourself, your family, and your business safe during emergency and crisis situations. You need to receive Nixle emergency messages from the Chaska Police Department.
In 2009, the Chaska Police Department began using the Nixle text and email messaging system, developed by Nixle LLC, to notify community members of important public safety announcements. Past announcements have included advisories for missing persons, alerts for dangerous fugitive, and notifications of emergency road closings. Use the messages to know when to look out, lock down or avoid certain areas. We do not inundate you with unnecessary announcements and you will receive no spam or advertising. Nixle is safe and reliable and you chose whether to receive the emergency messages by text, email or both.
Signing up is easy and free (standard text charges may apply depending on your cell phone plan). Go to www.nixle.com to learn more and to sign up today.
If you have any questions please contact the Chaska Police Department at 952-448-4200 or e-mail www.chaskamn.com
Chaska Torch Run Success
The Law Enforcement Torch Run is currently gearing up for the 2011 Final Legs for Special Olympics Minnesota, held throughout the state. The Final Leg is the major awareness component of the Law Enforcement Torch Run, and involves Law Enforcement from across Minnesota running the Special Olympics Torch- the Flame of Hope - throughout the state, culminating at the Summer Games Celebration Ceremonies on June 24th.The Chaska Police Department held a "Law Enforcement Torch Run Final Leg Event" today, June 22nd, at 1 PM. The main purpose of this event is to raise awareness for Special Olympics of Minnesota and have fun! Our CPD Torch Run consisted of a short 2 mile course, at a light jogging pace, from Firemen's Park to the intersections of Meadow Lane and Victoria Drive and then returned to the park. Chaska officers, Chaska Police Explorers, members of the Carver county Attorney's Office, and citizens made up our Torch Run group. While CPD has a long history of support of the Special Olympics, today's run was the first time a Torch Run Leg has taken place in Chaska. Officer Chris George, who is our liaison to the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics, coordinated the event. And, he brought in double the number of runners expected. Thank you to Chris and to all of our runners!
Department Receives Grant
In 2009, the Chaska Police Department was awarded a $13,295 Federal Justice Grant, funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The funds are being used to update technology in the police department. Laptops have been purchased for the Detective Sergeant and the Community Partnership Specialist, enabling them to work out in the community. Funds have also allowed the Community Partnership Specialist to purchase items for use in various community programs.
The Chaska Police Department (CPD) and the Carver County Sheriffs Office (CCSO) began working the Safe & Sober specialized traffic enforcement campaign recently. Safe & Sober combines public education with increased or additional traffic enforcement in an effort to reduce deaths and injuries on Minnesota roadways. Last year in Minnesota, traffic crashes cost 1.5 billion dollars, killed 600 and injured 46,064 people. Last year in Carver county, there were 15 killed and 552 people injured. Traffic crashes are the leading cause of death for children; teenagers and adults under the age of 30.
CPD and CCSO are 2 of over 200 Minnesota law enforcement agencies participating in the campaign which consists of 4 enforcement waves during major travel times and holidays of the year.
A driver is impaired if they drink or use drugs. CPD and CCSO strongly urge all motor vehicle drivers to abstain from using any mind-altering substance when there is a chance they may be driving. Before beginning your celebrations, designate a sober driver. Call a taxicab if your designated driver uses any alcohol or drugs. Hosts of holiday parties must remember to serve non-alcoholic beverages, make plenty of food available to guests and be responsible for their travel home following the gathering. "The ideal situation is when hosts take responsibility for the safety of their guests and party goers take responsibility for their safety as well, "stated Chaska Police Chief Scott Knight. "We just want everyone to be conscious of the risks of drinking and driving, and are prepared for any situation. Remember: Friends do not let friends drink and drive." In addition to being a completely sober driver, the Chaska Police Department and Carver county Sheriff Department reminds drivers and passengers to wear their safety belts at all times. Safety belts are your best defense against an impaired driver.
Both the Chaska Police Department and the Carver county Sheriff Department are receiving grant funds from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety to fund the overtime traffic shifts. They applied for and were awarded a grant from the department’s Office of Traffic Safety. Safe & Sober is a national and state-wide traffic enforcement and education campaign supported by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration as well as the DPS.
NEIGHBORHOOD CRIME WATCH
If you have a neighborhood group who would like to start a crime watch program, please contact our offices or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Crime Watch is a group of neighbors looking out for neighbors. It’s getting to know each other and becoming familiar with the normal comings and goings of the neighborhood. Knowing this helps neighbors to identify things which are not ordinary. Things like strange vehicles and suspicious persons stand out. We encourage everyone to look out for each other. Two of 10 people feel like they don’t want to bother the police. Believe me, it is not a bother. We want the call.