Issue #667: July 20, 2016
A Message from Chief Knight
From lft to rt: Lt. Nelson interviewing with KARE 11 and our own Evidence Clerk, Julie Vilks with Sgt. Mike Duzan
Community Support Overwhelming and Much Appreciated

The warm and humbling support from our community, to our officers, continues to pour in without slowing down. Many in-person "thank you" comments, and notes and cards of thanks and appreciation are given to us each day along with baked goods and meals. "It is a wonderful feeling for the officers", said Chief Scott Knight, adding, "the handwritten notes and cards from the children are particularly touching".

To our caring and thoughtful community - Thank you, from all of us at CPD!


Chief Knight Invited to the White House

Chief Scott Knight has been invited to the White House this week for a briefing, and discussion, on the President's Task Force on 21st Century Policing final report. The report identified "Six Pillars" of focus and importance:

  • Building Trust & Legitimacy
  • Policy & Oversight
  • Technology & Social Media
  • Community Policing & Crime Reduction
  • Training & Education
  • Officer Wellness & Safety

"I am very honored to have been invited to further reflect on, and delve into the findings of this report. I am gratified that many of the items addressed by each "pillar" are already the policy and practice of the Chaska Police Department. I look forward to the dialogue and the opportunity to share perspectives with the administration, and other chiefs who will be in attendance", said Knight.


Data on Twin Cities Arrests

The link below will take you to a recent Star Tribune article that examines twin city area police arrest data. The piece reveals the percentage of arrests of non-white people, in any given jurisdiction, and compares that data with what percentage non-white people make of the total population of that jurisdiction. The link includes an interactive map that allows the reader to see varied data by moving their mouse over the map.

In contrast to many cities, Chaska can be very pleased with the findings. It is shown that our arrests of non-white people represent 12% of our total arrests, while our non-white population is 14% of our total population. This, of course, shows that our white population makes up 86% of the total, and that our arrest percentage of whites is 88%.

Chief Scott Knight said, "the Star Tribune article in regard to metro area police arrest data, as related to race (non-white individuals), speaks highly of our officers, and the fairness and equity they exhibit as "good cops". They are professionals who are truly committed to serving the community. This unanticipated, and most welcome attention is a tribute to them, as the people who they are - I am not surprised."

2016 CPD Safety Camp ... !

We held our annual Chaska Police Department Safety Camp last week. This two day, day-camp for kids who are entering 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grades has become the community summertime "must do" event. This year 120 children romped, played and learned safety lessons that they bring home to their families and carry with them through life.
Lft to rt clockwise: State Patrol teaching about seat belt safety - Learning about animal safety and Kidsdance performer taking a leap over some of the camp counselors

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.

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