Issue#643: March 16, 2016
A Message from Chief Knight

Officer Julie Janke is on a trip to our Nation’s Capital to meet with congressional members of the Minnesota delegation and their key staff, as well as representatives of the Department of Justice. It is an opportunity for our elected officials to hear about our state’s law enforcement issues and concerns.

The working visit is short in length but scheduled and regulated to ensure that the time will be most effective.  Officer Janke, our Community Partnership Specialist is a board member of the Minnesota Crime Prevention Association (MCPA.)  She was chosen by the MCPA to represent them in Washington DC Lobbying, on March 16th-18th.

The two largest law enforcement issues that the federal government is dealing with today are police/public relations, and protection of the public against violent criminal activity. Over the past several years crime prevention programs have been proven effective in building relationships with the communities that we serve. And, as a result police/public relations are improved and criminal activity decreases. Unfortunately it is difficult for agencies to fund these programs, when faced with budget constraints.  By working with Senator Klobuchar the MCPA is hoping to identify funding sources that can be accessed by law enforcement agencies, which can be used for continuing and growing effective crime prevention programs.

In the past year alone the MCPA has organized, sponsored, and financially supplemented training and programs for its members and their departments.  We do know that these programs are both effective and cost efficient.

Chaska Officers issued 24 citations and 35 warnings during this reporting period.
There were 154 calls for service.
Officer Reinhardt stopped a vehicle for numerous traffic violations on Creek Road.  The male driver was intoxicated, failed field sobriety evaluations and was arrested for DWI.

A husband and wife became involved in an altercation at their residence.  The husband assaulted his wife and damaged her phone, as she attempted to call 911.  He was arrested and charged with domestic assault, 5th degree assault and interfering with a 911 call.

A male threatened his wife’s life during an argument, which was reported to police.  The male was arrested and charged with terroristic threats.

An intoxicated male inappropriately touched a female and caused a disturbance by yelling at patrons in a bar.  Police responded to the scene and placed the male offender under arrest.  He was charged with 5th degree criminal sexual conduct and terroristic threats.  He was also trespassed from the bar.

A male assaulted his wife in their home and fled on foot prior to the arrival of police.  He was later located and taken into custody by a metro-area police department.  The male was charged with domestic assault.


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