Issue#622: October 7, 2015
A Message from Chief Knight

Chaska Police Department

Hardly any animal in America is more adaptable to changing conditions than the coyote. Coyotes can live just about anywhere. They are found in deserts, swamps, tundra, grasslands brush and dense forests. They have also learned to live in suburbs and cities like Los Angeles, New York, Phoenix and Denver.

According to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources there has never been a coyote attack on a human being in Minnesota.

Why can’t coyotes be removed?

  • Removal programs don’t work to reduce coyote populations. Why? It’s simple biology. When coyotes are removed from an area through artificial means, other coyotes quickly fill the void, with more females than usual reproducing and breeding larger litters.

  • A coyote does not differentiate between its normal diet of raccoons, squirrels, woodchucks, etc. and domestic animals such as cats and dogs. They are exhibiting normal behavior by attacking small animals.

  • The only effective methods of coyote removal are leg-hold traps, neck snares or poison, all of which present a much larger risk to domestic animals and children than to coyotes.

What can we do to discourage coyote contact?

Follow these tips to reduce the chances of a human-coyote, or a pet-coyote, encounter.
  • Don’t feed coyotes!
  • Don’t allow pets to run free. Keep them safely confined and provide secure nighttime housing for them. Walk your dog on a leash and accompany your pet outside, especially at night.
  • Feed pets indoors whenever possible. Pick up any leftovers if feeding outdoors. Store pet and livestock feed where it is inaccessible to wildlife.
  • Bird feeders should be positioned so that coyotes can’t get to the feed. Coyotes are attracted by bread, table scraps and even seed. They may also be attracted by birds and rodents that come to the feeders.
  • Secure garbage containers and eliminate garbage odors.
  • Trim and clean, near ground level, any shrubbery that provides hiding cover for coyotes or prey.
  • Discourage coyotes from frequenting your area. If you start seeing coyotes around your home or property, chase them away by shouting, making loud noises or throwing rocks.


Threat Liaison Officer (TLO)
Sergeant Chris George

Sergeant Chris George has been assigned to serve as our Threat Liaison Officer.  A Threat Liaison Officer is a specially trained individual within a law enforcement agency, the fire service, or the emergency management function who is responsible for coordinating and passing on information regarding all crimes, all threats and all hazards known to the Minnesota Fusion Center.

The Minnesota Fusion Center is a section of the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA). The Minnesota Fusion Center's purpose is to allow participating agencies to share information about suspected criminal activity. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has supported the establishment of centers (called fusion centers) in every state to coordinate the information-sharing functions between federal, state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies, as well as other public safety agencies and the private sector. Fusion centers provide an environment where the stakeholders collaboratively work together gathering information, analyzing data and sharing information to improve the ability to fight crime and terrorism locally, regionally and nationally.
The mission of the Minnesota Fusion Center is to collect, evaluate, analyze and disseminate information regarding organized criminal, terrorist and all-hazards activity in Minnesota, while complying with state and federal law to ensure all individual rights and privacy.

A cadre of Minnesota Fusion Center staff was embedded with CPD, in our command post, during the 2009 PGA Championship. Certainly the Fusion Center will be an active component and important piece of our plan leading up to and throughout the 2016 Ryder Cup, at Hazeltine, in Chaska.    

TLO Sergeant George will:

  •   Identify terrorism related situations and share information related to potential terrorist activity with the Minnesota Fusion Center
  •  Identify possible crime trends within our jurisdiction and seek help from the Minnesota Fusion Center, working together for solutions.
  • Serve as Point of contact for activity reports, tips and leads.
  • The TLO position is a collateral duty; the TLO shall not independently investigate suspicious activity reports, tips or leads unless it is within their departmental duties to do so.
  •  Create a working relationship with the Minnesota Fusion Center to help facilitate the movement of terror/crime related information to and from the appropriate personnel.
  •  Disseminate terrorism/criminal related information and intelligence to personnel within their agencies in an efficient and lawful manner. The TLO is responsible for verifying that all personnel with whom they share terrorism/criminal related information have a valid need and right to know.
  • Participates in advanced level TLO training courses as recommended and provided by the Minnesota Fusion Center.

National Youth Justice Awareness Month – 2015
The President of the United States of America

A Proclamation

President Obama has designated October as: “Youth Justice Awareness Month”.
The follow text is an excerpt from the proclamation:
“All our Nation’s children deserve the chance to fulfill their greatest potential, and nothing should limit the scope of their futures.  … This month [October], we rededicate ourselves to preventing youth from entering the juvenile and criminal justice systems and recommit to building a country where all … can grow, flourish, and take our Nation to new and greater heights.”
“Involvement in the justice system … even as a minor … can significantly impede a person’s ability to pursue higher education, obtain a loan, find employment, or secure quality housing.”
“Last year, the Department of Justice launched the Smart on Juvenile Justice initiatives to advance system-wide reforms that improves outcomes … while holding youth appropriately accountable.”
“I call upon all Americans to observe this month by getting involved in community efforts to support our youth, and by participating in appropriate ceremonies, activities, and programs.”
The entire proclamation can be found on the Collation for Juvenile Justice Website:  


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