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Issue#687: February 1, 2017
A Message from Chief Knight
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Chaska is Rank as the 18th Safest City

Minnesota does an exemplary job of keeping its city streets safe, with the 11th lowest violent crime rate in the nation. No matter where you live in Minnesota chances are you are in one of the safest places in the country.

The "SafeWise" report was just released and it ranked Chaska as the 18th Safest City in Minnesota. SafeWise identifies cities for its ranking by reviewing the FBI Crime Report statistics along with population data.

Congratulation Chaska ... !




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Chaska Police Junior Explorers and Feed My Starving Children

The Chaska Police Junior Explorers - youth in grades 6th through 8th - wanted to “give back” and participated in packing meals for children in the Dominican Republic, at Feed My Starving Children located in Chanhassen.

Feed My Starving Children is a Christian non-profit organization that coordinates the packaging and distribution of food to people in developing nations. Founded in 1987, it has reached out to more than 70 countries.

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Yesterday afternoon, Tuesday January 31st, the Junior Explorers, two of their parents and two of our Explorers (ages 14 – 21) packed 51 boxes totaling 11,016 meals, which will feed 30 kids for a year. The cost for those meals is $2,424.00.

Junior Explorers is a program for youth in the 6th, 7th and 8th grade. We meet after school at Chaska Middle School East in the shop room from 2:45 PM to 3:45 PM. The program motivates and engages 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.

If your son or daughter is interested in becoming involved in our Junior Explorer program please call Officer Julie Janke at 952-448-4200 or e-mail her at jjanke@chaskamn.com

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Chaska Police Officers issued 30 citations and 26 warnings during this reporting period.
There were 159 calls for service.
DWI:
Police received a report of a property damage accident in a convenience store parking lot.  A female driver, while driving in the lot, struck and damaged a parked vehicle.  Officers located the female, who had consumed alcohol and was intoxicated.  She was arrested and charged with 3rd degree DWI and property damage hit and run.
 
Disturbance:
A male assaulted a female at their residence during an altercation.  Police responded to the area and stopped him as he attempted to drive from the home.   The male was intoxicated, failed field sobriety evaluations and was placed under arrest.  The result of a breath test was a .20 BAC.   He was charged with 3rd degree DWI, domestic assault, 5th degree assault and interfering with a 911 call.
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