Issue#658: June 8, 2016
A Message from Chief Knight
Lt. Rachel Nelson

Lieutenant Rachel Nelson

On Tuesday 7 June 2016 Detective Sergeant Rachel Nelson was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant.  Lt. Nelson will continue in her role as Commander of the Investigations Unit, and will have expanded administrative authority commensurate with being third in overall command of the police department.
Rachel began her career with CPD on 2 October 2000.  She excelled as a patrol officer for many years, which led to her being assigned as a detective in our Investigations Unit.  Rachel successfully worked many varied criminal cases, and developed a solid expertise in the investigation of very complex financial crimes.  In addition, Rachel developed the plan, and led the way, to bring our evidence collection, processing and storage functions to recognized “best” practice standards.  This was a major undertaking, which took a year complete. 
On 27 March 2015 Rachel was promoted to the rank of Detective Sergeant and placed in command of the Investigations Unit.  Since then Rachel has continued to excel in this role.        

Congratulations Lieutenant Nelson …!

Sgt. Chris George
Executive Officer of Support Services
Sergeant Chris George
Executive Officer of Support Services
Sergeant Chris George, effective 8 June 2016, has been assigned to the duty post of Executive Officer of Support Services.  As we grow, as a department, many of our needs that have been met by default are growing and becoming not only very technically demanding, but operationally integral to our mission.
It is clear to me that, as we have done with Sergeant Tony Kjorstad's assignment as XO of the Patrol Division, our command structure requires someone assigned as an XO of Support Services.
Some of the XO’s duties will include:

  • Direct liaison with City of Chaska IS in researching, procuring, purchasing, and maintaining all computer-related items within the police department. This includes associated items such as maintaining BCA/FBI network compliance, maintaining licenses, and managing server space.
  • Serve as administrator of the CPD records management system (RMS). The LETG RMS needs to be maintained and updated regularly, and requires on-going attention. Our RMS is shared with the Carver County Attorney's Office, which streamlines the manner in which information is shared. This sharing improves our efficiency as a department 
  • Our RMS is directly tied into our Mobile II platform in the squad cars. This mobile platform needs to run efficiently 100 percent of the time. This is achieved by maintaining our Cisco VPN link to our city network, Verizon wireless programs, network adapters, and also maintaining a custom-built CAD program that runs in the background on our server. The success of the mobile program relies on the accuracy and attention to detail that has been put into the CAD program. Our RMS and Mobile II platform interface with Ticketwriter and AccidentWriter, which allow printing of citations and accident forms from the squad car. This information is then "pushed" to RMS and ultimately e-charged.
  •  And more…

Tuesday, August 2nd 2016
Chaska’s Night to Unite
Tuesday, August 2nd

On Tuesday, August 2nd, neighborhoods throughout Chaska are being invited to join forces with thousands of communities nationwide for Chaska’s Night to Unite. A night of crime and drug prevention event. Night to Unite, is sponsored by the MN Crime Prevention Association and co-sponsored locally by Chaska Police Department.
Chaska’s Night to Unite is designed to (1) Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness; (2) Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; and (3) Send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.
From 5 to 10 p.m. on August 2nd, residents in neighborhoods throughout Chaska and across the nation are asked to lock their doors, turn on outside lights and spend the evening outside with neighbors and police. Many neighborhoods throughout Chaska will be hosting a variety of special events such as block parties, cookouts, parades, and visits from police, flashlight walks, contests, youth activities and anticrime rallies.
There will visits to the neighborhood parties from the Chaska Police Department, Chaska Fire Department, and McGruff Crime Dog, Target and CenterPoint Energy and Ridgeview ambulance. Chief Knight will also be making visits to area parties.

Contact: Officer Janke, Chaska Police Department 952-448-4200 or e-mail: if you have questions. Please sign up your party at this link:

***Special this year*** If you live in the Jonathan Association they will pay up to $150 towards supplies to host a Night to Unite party in your neighborhood. Please contact them at 952-448-4700 for more information.


Skimmers Steal Customer Card Info at Stores
Next time you use the self-checkout lane at a store, be sure to take a second look at the machine you use to swipe your credit or debit card. Scammers are installing "skimmers," devices that collect the data from credit, debit or ATM cards, on these machines.
How the Scam Works:
You are checking out at the supermarket or another large store, and you decide to use the self-checkout lane. You ring up your purchases and swipe your credit or debit card to pay the bill. You may not notice anything strange about the card processor, but scammers have attached a skimmer to some registers. These devices "skim" your card's information off the magnetic strip.
Skimmers are most commonly installed on ATM card readers. But in the past few months, several big box stores have found them attached to the payment processors in self-checkout aisles. Be careful when using these lanes and follow the advice below for spotting a skimmer.

Protect Yourself from a Skimmer:

  • Pay with a credit card or cash: You aren't liable for fraudulent charges on your credit card (but be sure to report them to your bank). But if scammers gain your debit card info, they may be able to drain your account.

  • Protect your PIN. Place your hand or a piece of paper over the keypad when entering your number. Some scammers set up a video camera nearby to record customers entering their PINs.

  • Look for signs of skimmers. Tape is often used to attach the skimming devices; if something looks odd, wiggle it to make sure it doesn't come loose.

  • Use chip readers when available: The new credit/debit card processors -- which require you to "dip" a chip card instead of swipe the magnetic stripe -- are more secure. Check to see that your credit and debit cards have them, and use them whenever possible.

Be wary of strange signs. Some con artists attach signs to ATMs or card processors providing alternate instructions, such as telling users to swipe their card on a separate reader first. If something looks out of place, find a different machine and report it to the store manager or the police.

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