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TABLE OF CONTENTS Chief’s Message…………………………………………………………………………………………………….1 Mission ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………..2 Organizational Chart………………………………………………………………………………………………3 Personnel Changes…………………………………………………………………………………………………4 Budget………………………………………………………………………………………………………………5 Administrative Division……………………………………………………………………………………………6 Professional Standards……………………………………………………………………………………..7 Patrol Division……..……………………………………………………………………………………………….8 Patrol……………………………………………………………………………………………………...8 2010 Patrol Highlights….………………………………………………………………………………...9 Patrol Districts…....…………………………………………………………………………………......11 DWI Summary………….……………………………………………………………………………….12 Training..………………………………………………………………………………………………...13 Field Training Officers………………………………………………………………………….13 Firearms Instructors… ..………………………….……………………………………………..14 Defensive Tactics Instructors…………………………………………………………………...15 Investigations Division…………………………………………………………………………………………....16 Criminal Investigations…………………………………………………………………………………...16 Crimes Against Persons………………………………………………………………………...17 Property Crimes…………………………………………………………………………...……17 School Resource Officers………………………………………………………………………17 2010 Investigations Highlights………………………………………………………………………...…18 South Central Drug Investigation Unit…….……………………………………………………………..20 SCDIU Tactical Team……...………………….…………………………………………………………21 Compliance Initiatives……………………………………………………………………………………22 Predatory Offender Registry……………………………………………………………………22 Alcohol and Tobacco Compliance……………………………………………………………...23 Gang Officer…………………………………………………………………………………….23 Investigations Support……………………………………………………………………………………24 Crime Scene Technicians……………………………………………………………………….24 Property and Evidence………………………………………………………………………….24 Vehicle Forfeitures……..……………………………………………………………………….24 Support Services…………………………………………………………………………………………………..25 Parking Control…………………………………………………………………………………………...25 Community Service Officers……………………………………………………………………………..26 Animal Control…………………………………………………………………………………………...27 Records/Pearl Street 911 Center…..……………………………………………………………………...28 Community Programs …...………………………………………………………………………………………29 Safe and Sober Grants…………………………………………………………………………………………....33 Data Trend………………………………………………………………………………………………………...34 Flood Response 2010……………………………………………………………………...………………………38 OWATONNA POLICE DEPARTMENT 2010 ANNUAL REPORT


MESSAGE FROM THE CHIEF Citizens of Owatonna Mayor, City Council Members, and City Administration On behalf of all the employees at the Owatonna Police Department, I am privileged to present the 2010 Annual Report. I want to extend my well wishes to the community. I hope you found happiness and health in your lives this past year. Last year, 162 law enforcement officers were killed on the job, an increase from the previous two years, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund reports. This is a constant reminder of the dangers law enforcement professionals face every day protecting their communities. On behalf of our staff, we are both honored and privileged to serve the City of Owatonna. The staff at the OPD is well-trained, professional, and takes great pride in providing a level of police service that makes other communities and police departments envious. The City of Owatonna experienced a 4.2% reduction in Part I and Part II crimes this past year. The Owatonna Police Department had a 58% clearance rate on these reported crimes. In 2009, the OPD made 847 arrests or were responsible for 83% of all arrests within Steele County. The annual report includes many statistics, but equally important is the partnerships, programs, and relationships created or enhanced with community members this past year. It is the watchful eyes of our citizens that contributed to our overall success! As you page through the annual report you will notice the many layers of police services that make our organization successful. While we focus on statistics and try to quantify what is a “safe community”, it only takes a stroll on our local trail system, a walk in one of our parks or a drive around town to feel the sense of security and pride within our community. As we look to 2011, I envision stronger community partnerships and an unwavering commitment to excellence. We are excited about our first Citizen Academy and a newly established police reserve unit to augment our police department. We plan on going on-line with our new 800 MHz consolidated communication system. And finally, we look forward to starting a multi-phase facility enhancement that will both improve efficiencies and overall operations, while addressing our lack of space needs, with strong considerations given to the financial impact to the community. I trust you will find interesting and valuable information as you page through this year’s Annual Report. As your police chief, I am honored to part of a great organization and look forward to the upcoming year. Warmest regards,

Keith E. Hiller Chief of Police

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VISION AND MISSION

Vision The Owatonna Police Department is dedicated to attaining the highest level of professionalism and accountability in its service to the citizens of Owatonna. Recognizing that our strength stems from our partnership with all sectors of the community, we envision an organization structured to meet the ever changing needs of our citizens and our professions.

Mission All Members of the Owatonna Police Department are dedicated to providing a safe and secure community through partnerships, leadership, and an unwavering commitment to excellence. Policing excellence through our People, our Work, and our Relationships.

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ORGANIZATIONAL CHART

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PERSONNEL CHANGES New Hires Chief Keith Hiller Community Service Officer Brooke LeClaire Community Service Officer Anthony Malepsy

Retirements Officer Joe Wagoner

Resignations Chief Shaun LaDue Officer Scott Kirchner Community Service Officer Ryan Pankratz Community Service Officer Meredith Brose

AUTHORIZED STRENGTH YEAR

CHIEF

CAPTAIN

SERGEANT

CORPORAL

OFFICER

TOTAL

2004

1/1

2/2

5/5

4/4

**19/**18

31/30

2005

1/1

2/1

5/7

4/4

**19/**16

31/29

2006

1/1

1/1

7/7

4/5

***22/***19

35/33

2007

1/1

2/2

7/7

5/5

**20/*19

35/34

2008

1/1

2/2

7/7

4/3

21/22

35/35

2009

1/1

2/2

7/6

4/3

21/21

35/33

2010

1/1

1/1

8/8

4/3

***21/***21

36/34 3 part time

Literal: 1/1 = Authorized Number of Personnel/Positions Filled *Total includes one part time officer **Total includes 2 part time officers ***Total includes 3 part time officers

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BUDGET The annual base budget and capital budget for the police department is established by the Police Chief and staff within the department. The adopted fiscal year budget for 2010 was approved at $3,809,040.00 of which $3,235,370.00 or 85% of total budget was allocated to personnel costs. In addition, $573,670.00 or 15% was allocated to supplies and services. Due to budget constraints and the loss of LGA for the city, no capital outlay was budgeted for 2010. Even in difficult financial circumstances, the department has consistently exceeded all budgetary demands and has in all instances proven fiscally responsible.

FIVE YEAR REVENUE AND EXPENDITURE SUMMARY BUDGET 2006

BUDGET 2007

BUDGET 2008

BUDGET 2009

BUDGET 2010

INTERGOVERNMENTAL

291,620

284,457

289,504

367,729

314,504

FINES & FORFEITURES

215,000

215,000

253,267

253,800

246,600

92,000

12,000

0

0

0

598,620

511,457

542,771

621,529

561,104

2,873,633

3,202,702

3,286,901

3,320,281

3,235,370

SUPPLIES & OTHER SERVICES

500,498

564,570

626,306

634,544

573,670

CAPITAL OUTLAY

209,000

147,500

88,000

124,000

0

REVENUES

OTHER

TOTAL REVENUES EXPENDITURES PERSONNEL

TOTAL EXPENDITURES

3,583,131 3,914,772 4,001,207 4,078,825 3,809,040

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ADMINISTRATION DIVISION The Administrative Division is responsible for the day-to-day operations of providing law enforcement services to the citizens of Owatonna. The chief of police is responsible for a budget of approximately $3.8 million and the department’s 41 employees. The chief of police reports directly to the city administrator. The Administrative Division is comprised of the chief of police, the operations Commander, and an administrative assistant. Both the Patrol and Investigative Divisions are overseen by the operations commander with sergeants providing direct supervision within their respective areas of responsibility. The administrative assistant is charged with processing payroll, accounts receivable and payables, managing training and personnel files, facilitating hiring processes and practices, and coordinates all department policy review and updates housed on the department’s intranet through the Policy Committee. Under the new leadership of Police Chief Keith E. Hiller, the Owatonna Police Department continues on its path of excellence. It is the pulse of the community that drives the demand for integrity, accountability and professionalism within the Owatonna Police Department. Our focus remains on maintaining and expanding relationships and partnerships within the community. The Department will continue to follow well established best practices, while striving to be progressive, innovative, and on the cutting-edge in the field of law enforcement. As a transformational Department, we are always looking to the future! As we move forward, our focus will surround building a work force of well-trained, respectful, and accountable professionals. As our community grows, our Department will be in a position to serve! It is with certainty; our community will experience economic, social, race, culture, educational, and life expectancy changes. We will engender the principles of equity and diversity, and develop and shape our Department to balance the needs of all individuals. The Administration provides leadership, supervision and review, and updates and evaluates department practices and procedures utilizing change-management strategies.

“A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.” Jackie Robinson

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ADMINISTRATIVE DIVISION PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS The primary responsibility of Professional Standards is to endure the integrity of the Owatonna Police Department and monitor the relationship between the community and the department, striving to create mutual trust. Professional Standards serves as a method of internal accountability by receiving, processing and investigating complaints concerning police conduct. These complaints may allege violations of criminal law, department policy or officer performance and may originate from outside sources or from within the agency. The Owatonna Police Department makes every effort to act with professionalism and integrity in everything we do. However, in the event a complaint against an officer is received, an internal affairs investigation is initiated in an attempt to determine whether the act of misconduct occurred and disciplinary or corrective action is necessary or if the officer acted in a justified, lawful or proper manner. If criminal wrongdoing is alleged, the Owatonna Police Department often requests an outside law enforcement agency complete the criminal investigation. In 2010, there were no allegations of criminal activity brought against officers of the Owatonna Police Department. There were twenty-two internal investigations conducted involving twenty-nine officers and resulted in four disciplinary actions. Disciplinary action can include verbal and written warnings, suspensions, demotions or terminations. Ten of the investigations disclosed relatively minor policy infractions which were likely to be resolved by counseling or training provided there was no known pattern of similar conduct with the employee(s) and there was no evidence of bad faith or intent to do wrong. The remaining eight investigations revealed the officers’ actions were exonerated, or the complaints were not sustained or unfounded. Of the 22 internal investigations, 11 of the investigations were the result of an external complaint originating from outside of the department. The remaining investigations were the result of an internal complaint from within the department or self-reported by the officer(s) involved.

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PATROL DIVISION The Patrol Division is currently overseen by the operations commander. The operations commander supervises seven patrol sergeants who in turn supervise the patrol officers. The Patrol Division is supported by two community service officers (CSO’s) who supplement the police officers, supervisors and administrative staff by providing a variety of services that provides support in community policing efforts. The division also has a canine program that aids in detecting illegal narcotics, evidence recovery and tracking and searching for individuals.

Patrol Sergeants The Owatonna Police Department has seven (7) patrol sergeants, who along with day-to-day supervisory duties of patrol officers also coordinate efforts of the team leaders in each district as well. Each sergeant is also assigned an area of specialization that they not only coordinate, but also are responsible for duties as assigned. However, the primary responsibility of a police sergeant is to supervise officers assigned to their specific shift and to hold the officer accountable for their day-to-day functions, activities, and duties as well as provide evaluations and opportunities for professional development. They are also tasked with conducting the roll-call briefings on a daily basis.

Patrol Officers Patrol officers provide basic 24-hour police services to the community and are assigned to one of the three patrol districts within the city. Each officer works to maintain public safety through directed enforcement, education, and prevention initiatives to each of their respective districts. Within their assigned district, each officer is tasked with becoming familiar with crime issues and trends, and to work side by side with area residents to improve the quality of life in each neighborhood. They also perform various duties including: responding to emergency and non-emergency calls for service, conducting preliminary investigations of criminal activity, handling traffic crashes, preparing both initial and supplemental case reports, performing necessary follow-up investigations, making arrests and searches as required, identifying and attending to problem and directed patrol areas, enforcing criminal and traffic laws including city ordinances, providing courtroom testimony, and providing general security to business establishments, residential neighborhoods, school property, and the parks system.

Canine Officer The City of Owatonna’s canine goes by the call-name “Bullet” and is handled by Officer Brandon Fandel. Bullet is a six year old German Shepherd Dog imported to the United States from Slovakia for the sole purpose of being a service dog. In modern day policing, a police canine is a valuable and very important tool. A police canine’s main purpose is to be a locating tool. Police canines can be trained to locate people, narcotics, bombs, cadavers, wild game and illegal food brought into the country. Bullet is a dual purpose canine trained to locate people and narcotics. Bullet is also trained to apprehend dangerous or fleeing criminals or persons who threaten or attack his handler. OWATONNA POLICE DEPARTMENT 2010 ANNUAL REPORT


PATROL DIVISION 2010 Patrol Highlights January 2010: Officers were involved in a high speed chase in the City of Owatonna when the suspect, in a Chevy Trailblazer , refused to pull over for police. Officers chased the suspect on Bridge Street and onto the interstate where the suspect ultimately pulled over. The suspect was arrested at the scene and charged with DWI, fleeing, reckless driving and numerous traffic violations. (OW10000106) February 2010: An officer on routine patrol noticed a suspicious vehicle and stopped to investigate. He found a juvenile under the influence of alcohol and drugs. Upon questioning the juvenile, he discovered a juvenile party down the street. Officers secured the scene and obtained a search warrant to enter the home. Once inside, Officers discovered several juveniles consuming alcohol. In the end, officers cited 10 individuals for minor consumption. (OW11-000409) March 2010: Officers received an Apprehension and Detention Order from Blue Earth county and while on routine patrol, an officer spotted the suspect driving and verified that the suspect’s license was revoked. A traffic stop was initiated and the suspect was apprehended. While officers were arresting the suspect, they discovered several syringes with a liquid substance inside. The suspect was charged with driving after revocation and possession of a controlled substance. (OW10-000594) April 2010: Officers on routine patrol stopped a vehicle for a rear taillight out as well as the driver having a suspended license. After initial contact with the driver, the officer noticed a smell of burnt marijuana and informed the driver the vehicle would be searched due to the smell of marijuana. Upon searching the vehicle, officers located marijuana and methamphetamine pipes and residue. The driver was charged with driving after suspension and possession of a controlled substance. (OW10-000977) May 2010: Officers looking for a suspect in a domestic tracked him through the use of his cell phone. Officers located him in a vehicle and when the vehicle was stopped, the suspect jumped out and ran. Officers followed him and tazed him when he would not comply with officer’s commands. The suspect was charged with multiple crimes including domestic assault, fleeing a police officer on foot and terroristic threats. (OW10-001135) June 2010: A woman reported that her home had been burglarized during the day and that her laptop was missing. Her son was home from school and heard the suspect come in the home but the son hid as he was afraid of the suspect. When his mother returned home, he told her what happened and she called police. The suspect was charged with burglary. (OW10-001087) OWATONNA POLICE DEPARTMENT 2010 ANNUAL REPORT


PATROL DIVISION 2010 Patrol Highlights July 2010: Two women were reportedly assaulted when they began arguing at a local grocery store. The women arrived at the store together but a heated argument erupted into violence when the women began arguing about how one treated her boyfriend. Both women were charged with assault. (OW10-001614) August 2010: A juvenile was charged with assault after he allegedly punched another boy in the face. The incident was videotaped and other juveniles were witnesses to the assault. (OW10-001924) September 2010: Neighbors reported a suspicious vehicle and juveniles running in the street during the night time hours. Responding officers found several juveniles under the influence of alcohol and drugs and began an investigation. It appeared that an impaired juvenile had driven to the location where several other juveniles were smoking marijuana. When the investigation was complete, five juveniles were charged with counts ranging from minor consumption, under 18 drink and drive, and possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. (OW10-002395) October 2010: Officers responded to a local bar to remove an unwanted patron. When they arrived, they found employees of the bar holding a man on the ground. Officers questioned the bar employees as well as the suspect and witnesses. When they attempted to arrest the suspect, the suspect began yelling profanities at the officers and resisted attempts to handcuff him. After several attempts to calm the man down, officers tazed him and placed him in the squad car where he continued to use profane language and kick the seats in the squad. The man was taken to the Steele County Detention Center and held for court. (OW10-002742) November 2010: An officer on routine patrol found three juveniles out walking. It was late at night and extremely cold so the officer pulled over to talk with the juveniles. The juveniles indicated they were under age 18 and the officer informed them they were in violation of the curfew ordinance. The officer also noticed a vehicle trying to leave the area where the females stated they were walking from. Upon contact with the vehicle, officers were told they were leaving an underage drinking party. At the end of the investigation, several juveniles were charged with curfew violations, minor consumption, and a social host ordinance violation. (OW10-003021) December 2010: Police were called to a local apartment to assist with an out of control male. Upon arrival, the male indicated to police he was high on marijuana, cocaine, and heroin. A telephonic search warrant was obtained and the apartment was searched. The renters were eventually charged with possession of a controlled substance. (OW10-003259) OWATONNA POLICE DEPARTMENT 2010 ANNUAL REPORT


PATROL DIVISION PATROL DISTRICTS The Owatonna Police Department divides the city into three patrol districts, the north district, the south district and the west-central district, each with their unique set of issues, concerns, and traffic patterns. Officers, under the direction of their Team Leaders, are assigned to a specific district for not only patrol duties and calls for service, but to also establish partnerships with members of the community.

All officers assigned to the individual districts are responsible for “Action Requests� from citizens who call in specific concerns, crime issues, or traffic problems in their neighborhoods. This affords the community the opportunity to acquaint themselves with the officers as well as a vehicle for information sharing between the community and law enforcement. Specific to traffic initiatives based on citizen concerns from each district, is the use of the speed trailer which monitors and records speeds of passing motorists. This important data is then passed on to citizens as a follow-up to their concerns. It is important for the officers to maintain district integrity as they respond to emergency calls and concerns from citizens.

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PATROL DIVISION DWI SUMMARY

Charges: Total DWI Arrests: 156 4th Degree: 82 3rd Degree: 46 2nd Degree: 21 1st Degree: 3 Pending Charges: 4 Vehicle Forfeiture: 27 (Based on initiated forfeitures, not actual number of vehicles forfeited) Statistics: Average PBT: .162 (Based on 136 PBT tests) Average BAC: .148 (Based on 123 test results from BCA: intoxilyzer,blood,urine) Year High PBT: .366 Year High BAC: .33 (Based on 123 test results from BCA: intoxilyzer,blood,urine)

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PATROL DIVISION TRAINING Field Training Officers The field training and evaluation process of any police department is a critical component of any successful police department. Unfortunately, every candidate that wishes to become a police officer is not always the right fit for their chosen career or the department and population they wish to serve. The field training process ensures that the employer has sufficient opportunity to directly observe and certify that a newly hired officer has the essential job-related knowledge and skills to be an effective solo police officer for the department and community in which they will serve. In 2008, Sergeant Rob Kniefel became the coordinator of the field officer training program. New officers are put through an extensive five-phase field training and evaluation period, in which they are evaluated on a daily basis in ten areas of core competency. The first four phases of training for a new officer involves an intense sixteen week minimum training period in which the new officer is assigned to a field training officer. Each newly hired officer spends time working at least one training phase during a day, evening and night shift. Each phase involves direction and coaching from a different field training officer. Included during this period is the fourth phase of training in which the field training officer rides along in plain clothes and acts as an observer to the probationary officer. Upon successful completion of the fourth phase of field training, new officers are certified for solo patrol duties and placed in to the fifth phase of training as probationary officers through their first year of employment. In 2010, the FTO program was met with challenges and change. Both were successfully overcome by a team of devoted Field Training Officers dedicated to the development and success of the new police officer, as well as the department’s mission as a whole. Additional officers were trained, certified and added to the division to assist in the development of new police recruits. Officer Duchene and Hunt became Field Training Officers in 2010. Three new police officer candidates were hired and put through the department’s extensive training program. All are successful police officers today. The department’s FTOs are Jason Matejcek, Terrence Flynn, Tracy Duchene, and Joel Hunt.

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PATROL DIVISION TRAINING Firearms Training The Owatonna Police Department’s firearms training unit is comprised of four instructors. These instructors are a portion of the agencies Use of Force Training Unit. The four certified Firearms Instructors each have specialized duties within the unit and all serve as Glock armorers. Sergeant Mundale supervises the Use of Force Training Unit and is also an active firearms instructor with a primary emphasis on handgun training. Sergeant Petterson is also a handgun instructor, with specific emphasis as a patrol rifle instructor and armorer. Officer Drenth and Officer Sorensen are certified handgun instructors with emphasis on the tactical shotgun as instructors and armorers. Together, these four instructors work together to train, test and evaluate the license peace officers of this agency under the mandated training requirements set forth by the Peace Officer Standards & Training (P.O.S.T.) Board. In 2010, the firearms instructors conducted three mandatory training events. The firearms courses this year consisted of winter Cold Weather training, spring Annual Qualification and Evaluation course, and the fall Low Light/Night training course. Each event is outlined by specific guidelines, training goals and objectives. The agency conducted all live fire firearms training and qualification courses at the 20 Rifle and Pistol Club, with a paid membership. There were a total of eight range days totaling 198 hours of firearms training that was received by the entire force in 2010. Generally, each officer receives about 6.5 – 8 hours of firearms training each year. This does not include the officer’s personal time training off-duty. Below is a breakdown of the total training hours in 2010 received by the department per event: Cold Weather Training (1 hour) – 38 hours Annual Evaluation and All Weapon Qualification Course (2 hours) – 66 hours Open Range Day (2 hours) – 28 hours Low Light/Night Training (2 hours) – 66 hours OWATONNA POLICE DEPARTMENT 2010 ANNUAL REPORT


PATROL DIVISION TRAINING Defensive Tactics Instructors Officer Sorensen and Officer Drenth are the defensive tactics instructors. These officers have received specialized training in defensive tactics and follow the Pressure Point Control Techniques (PPCT) training curriculum. The officers not only teach the tactics but help officers understand the physiological effects of the body and how that can affect an officer’s reaction or physical response. Each year, Officers Drenth and Sorensen dedicate a minimum of two full days of training to provide a minimum of eight (8) hours of continuing education to all sworn officers of the Owatonna Police Department. Defensive tactics instructors also utilize scenario based training strategies to assist with training officers using padded Redman suits. This form of stress inoculation training allows the officers to practice delivery and placement of strikes, kicks, stuns, and take down techniques that normally cannot be practiced in firearms scenario based training due to the greater probability of injury to occur. In addition, the participants can experience the human factors associated with use of force engagements: such as, increased heart rate, fatigue, exhaustion and how their body performs at different levels of deterioration. In 2010, Officers Drenth and Sorensen certified each licensed peace officer with eight hours of defensive tactics training and an additional two hours of TASER training. Every three years, these instructors need to attend a three day PPCT Instructor Refresher Course to maintain their instructor credentials. Officer Drenth is the department’s in-house certified Taser instructor. Once every other year, the TASER instructors need to attend an instructor refresher course to stay current with safety, legal, warranty and equipment updates. Because the TASER is recognized as a valuable tool to obtain subject compliance, to effect the arrest and/or to control non-compliant, potentially dangerous, aggressive, or assaultive subject(s) while minimizing injury to the officer/subject; the agency purchased additional X-26 TASERS so that each uniformed police officer/sergeant has an assigned Taser to carry on-duty.

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INVESTIGATIONS DIVISION Criminal Investigations The Investigation Division serves in a support capacity of the police department by concentrating on the investigation of criminal matters that have previously been reported to the Patrol Division. An investigator will take a proactive approach when the need arises, by gathering intelligence, conducting human and electronic surveillance, and installing portable alarms. The major components of investigations are case screening, follow-up investigations, and gathering criminal intelligence. In 2010, the unit was comprised of the operations commander, a sergeant, three corporal investigators, an investigator trainee, and an administrative assistant. The operations commander oversees the operation of the division. The sergeant assigned to the Investigations Division currently serves as the commander of the South Central Drug Investigation Unit. In addition to these responsibilities, the sergeant oversees the Predatory Offender Program, screens cases for assignment, and acts as a liaison to the Steele County Attorney’s Office. One of the corporal investigators and the investigative trainee are assigned to the Owatonna Public Schools during the school year, serving as school resource officers. In addition to their responsibilities as school resource officers, one serves as the primary financial crimes investigator and the other serves as a firearms and defensive tactics instructor. The second corporal investigator serves as the primary property crimes investigator and the gang intelligence coordinator. The third corporal investigator serves as the primary investigator for crimes against the person relating to sexual assaults, and adult/child protection matters. The investigator trainee is assigned to general investigations, which include crimes against persons and property. Investigator trainees are appointed to the investigative division as a means of staff development and are in this assignment for at least one year. Trainees in this role receive specialized training in the areas of interview and interrogation, writing, crime and death scene investigations, and writing search warrants. The Investigations Division administrative assistant serves as the property and evidence technician for the department and also serves as the administrative coordinator for the South Central Drug Investigation Unit. The types of cases referred to the Investigations Division are broken into two separate classifications, crimes against persons and property crimes. Crimes against persons involve criminal sexual assault, child/adult protection, assaults, arson, robbery, and homicide. Property crimes include: theft, burglary, fraud/forgery, financial, and computer crime. In addition, investigators conduct alcohol and tobacco compliance checks, coordinate predatory offender verifications, conduct pre-employment background investigations, oversee the Retailer’s Protection Agency (RPA) program, and gather gang and criminal intelligence.

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INVESTIGATIONS DIVISION 2010 Cases Referred to Investigations: 903

Crimes Against Persons Investigators spent hours working cases involving crimes against persons in 2010. Many cases were worked jointly with other agencies such as other local police departments, human services agencies, and federal agencies.

Property Crimes A significant amount of time was spent on several high profile investigations in 2010.

School Resource Officers With over 5000 students enrolled in the Owatonna Public School district, the school resource officers are assigned to help maintain a safe, secure, and uninterrupted learning environment for the students, staff, and parents in the district. The officers, one assigned the senior high school and the other assigned to the junior high and elementary schools, serve as a resource to prevent crime in the school as well as investigate incidents that occur on school property. The officers also serve as an education resource by bringing their experience and expertise as guest instructors in 2009-2010 School Year Calls By Location certain facets of educational Total Calls: 1029 curriculum. OWATONNA POLICE DEPARTMENT 2010 ANNUAL REPORT


INVESTIGATIONS DIVISION 2010 Investigations Highlights January 2010: A fight outside a local bar ends with multiple facial injuries to the victim. Patrol and Investigations worked together to interview several witnesses as well as gather evidence from the crime scene. When the investigation was complete, the suspect was charged with third degree assault. (OW10-000027) February 2010: A night of drinking with friends turned violent when an argument broke out between two men. One man was stabbed with a piece of wood trim after he asked his friend to leave the residence. The suspect fled the scene, and when confronted by officers, became belligerent and violent. He was tazed after attempting to assault an officer. The suspect was arrested and charged with second degree assault and assault on a peace officer. (OW10-000417) March 2010: An criminal sexual conduct investigation was opened when two students reported to the school resource officer that they had been sexually assault by another student over a year prior to reporting the incident. The incident occurred at the victim’s home. The investigation led to charges against the juvenile male. (OW10-000716) April 2010: A burglary in the north district was solved when investigators received tips from local music stores about a young man trying to sell instruments stolen from the Owatonna High School. When the burglary was first reported, the suspects were interviewed and admitted being at the residence, but denied taking any items. After months of collecting evidence and reviewing statements and timelines, the main suspect was interviewed again. During the interview, he admitted to burglarizing his mother’s residence. (OW10-000829) May 2010: An investigation involving the theft of scrap metal and radiators from local businesses led to the installation of VARDA cameras at the local businesses. After reviewing the surveillance camera video over the course of several days, investigators were led to the suspect. The suspect was arrested and charged with theft. (OW10-000761) June 2010: A mandatory reporter called to report that a 14 year old girl was pregnant and the alleged father of the unborn child was 24 years of age. Investigators were also informed that the pregnant teen was scheduled for an abortion and went to work drafting search warrants and arranging the testing of the fetus to determine paternity. Eventually, the suspect was charged with third degree criminal sexual conduct by the Steele County Attorney’s Office. (OW10-001241)

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INVESTIGATIONS DIVISION 2010 Investigations Highlights July 2010: When a local home caught fire while the family was out of town, fire investigators became suspicious and teamed up with OPD investigators to trace the events leading up to the fire. After moving out precious momentos, a man convinced a friend to use kerosene to start the house fire while they were out of town visiting relatives. Investigators drafted several search warrants and conducted multiple interviews before forwarding the case to the Steele County Attorney’s Office for prosecution. (OW10-001702) August 2010: While following up on information for another investigation, an OPD investigator noticed three young males near the old Walmart building. Upon closer inspection, the investigator discovered broken windows and doors and the audible alarm was sounding. The young males were still on the scene and were cooperative with the investigator. All three were eventually charged with damage to property. (OW10-002029). September 2010: 19 businesses were the victims of fraud when they paid for advertising they never received. New Ulm Police initiated the fraud investigation and contacted Owatonna investigators when their investigation revealed Owatonna businesses may also be victims. Investigators interviewed business owners and gathered correspondence, invoices, and payment details to build a solid case. Working jointly with New Ulm investigators, the cases were aggregated and charged out in Brown County. (OW10-002429) October 2010: Family members reported a man missing after he failed to show up at work. Investigators assigned to the case interviewed family members and began searching the area near the man’s home. Investigators learned the man had recently been depressed and was concerned about losing his job. After several hours of searching, the man was located deceased. (OW10-002875) November 2010: Surveillance video from a local store owner prompted investigators to interview two juveniles about a burglary that caused several thousand dollars of damage. The juveniles told investigators of their involvement and also gave the names of others involved. Due to the young ages of the suspects, they were not all charged, but it is hoped they all learned a valuable lesson about giving in to peer pressure. (OW10-003135) December 2010: An adult protection report filed on behalf of an elderly male turned into an investigation into his living arrangements and ability to care for himself by Steele County Human Services. A few days later, the male was found deceased and a death investigation followed. The investigation revealed that the man died of natural causes and no crime was committed. (OW10-003375)

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INVESTIGATIONS SCDIU The Owatonna Police Department continued the leadership role as Fiscal Agents of the South Central Drug Investigation Unit in 2010. This included the assignment of a police sergeant as commander of the task force as well as an administrative assistant. We also continued to co-fund a field agent position in conjunction with the Steele County Sheriff’s Department. The SCDIU is a federally funded narcotics task force formed in cooperation with member agencies of four counties, encompassing a jurisdictional area of approximately 2,500 square miles. Staffed by four specially trained field agents, the task force concentrates their efforts on narcotics distribution and narcotics related investigations. Agents also assist member agencies with criminal investigations that have a correlation with illegal drugs. The SCDIU has developed strong partnerships with adjoining task forces, the Minnesota BCA, FBI, DEA, and ICE, investigating cases that stretch beyond our boundaries that have a direct impact on the flow of illegal drugs into our area. The agents also focus on public education, especially the young people of our communities, by conducting presentations at schools, churches, civic organizations, and in the work place.

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INVESTIGATIONS SCDIU TACTICAL TEAM The primary goal of the tactical team is safety and preservation of all human life. The tactical team is a law enforcement support unit, which is specifically trained and equipped to resolve critical high-risk situations. Containment of suspects and negotiation procedures are the team’s first responsibilities. The 25 team members are selected from law enforcement agencies within Faribault, Freeborn, Steele, and Waseca counties. Each agency is responsible for equipping the assigned officer. In 2010, the Owatonna Police Department had four officers assigned to the tactical team. The SCDIU tactical team is overseen by the SCDIU board. This board consists of chief law enforcement officers from each of the represented agencies. The commander and assistant team commander report to the board monthly.

Team members train ten hours per month. Training topics include hostage rescue, warrant service, firearms qualifications, tactical first aid, physical fitness, and various other topics. Highlights of 2010 included hostage rescue training in correctional facilities, a team member became a certified sniper instructor, and the team hosted both a team leader course as well as a sniper certification course. In addition, the SCDIU Tactical Team has also trained jointly with the Bloomington Bomb Squad, the Federal Correctional Institution in Waseca, the Minnesota Correctional Facility in Faribault, and the Minnesota State Patrol Tactical Team. Each year, team members also attend the Special Operations Tactical Association Conference.

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INVESTIGATIONS POR COMPLIANCE The Owatonna Police Department recognizes that predatory offenders pose a significant risk to a community. Keeping the public safe is our priority and it is our belief that a collaborative approach, including taking precautionary measures and encouraging community reporting practices, will ensure that predatory offender registration continues to be largely successful. It has been well documented that roughly 80% of predatory offenders are known by their victims; therefore, it is imperative that law enforcement, the courts, corrections, and human services work together in keeping our community informed and educated. Registering as a predatory offender is a collateral consequence of criminal behavior and it acts as one of the many deterrent factors as to whether someone will reoffend. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) maintains a registry of predatory offenders residing within the state. Those registered have been convicted of a violent felony or sexually related crime and classified in the registry based on their likelihood to re-offend. A risk assessment is conducted on each person registered prior to release from confinement. An offender’s risk assessment dictates the level of community notification that is required of law enforcement. In 2010, the Owatonna Police Department monitored and tracked 71 individuals living in our community who are registered as predatory offenders. This included semi-annual unannounced visits to their residences as well as voluntary compliance checks by the offenders. The Patrol and Investigation Divisions work together to ensure that predatory offenders are in statutory compliance with their registration requirements. Any offenders who, through investigation, are found to be non-compliant at any time are aggressively prosecuted with the assistance of the Steele County Attorney’s Office.

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INVESTIGATIONS COMPLIANCE PROGRAMS The Owatonna Police Department, with the assistance of underage operatives, conducts alcohol and tobacco compliance checks with local retailers. Compliance checks provide a proactive effort to keep alcohol and tobacco out of the hands of our youngest community members. These checks are completed twice a year by the department. The operatives are trained, photographed and equipped with electronic listening devices so officers can monitor the conversations. For the second year in a row, the department utilized city funds for alcohol and tobacco compliance checks. The department conducted one tobacco compliance check for 2010. Of the twenty-nine licensed tobacco establishments checked, all were found to be compliant. The department conducted one alcohol compliance check. Forty-eight licensed establishments were checked. Of the forty-eight establishments checked, one was found to be non-compliant for a 98% compliance rate.

Gang Officers Owatonna Patrol Officer Cooper was assigned to the department’s gang investigation unit in 2008. Officer Cooper works closely with the Corporal Investigator Mark Edel, who is also assigned to the unit. The unit works with other agencies in the area and attends monthly meetings focusing on gang activity. The unit developed and implemented the gang field interview cards for the Owatonna patrol officers. The officers are given the field cards to carry with them while on patrol. The field cards have ten gang qualifiers along with physical descriptions of possible gang members. Officers fill out the gang cards and the gang officers place the information into the department’s database. The gang officers use the department’s database and a national database to track and store current information on gang member which assists in investigations. In 2009, the gang unit officers also put on presentations to area clubs and associations regarding local gang issues. The presentation included a power point along with numerous articles of gang related items that had been confiscated from students that attend the local high school. With the implement of cameras and the Quick $50 Program (2007), the city of Owatonna has seen a reduction in vandalism and graffiti for 2009. Gang officers attempt to get graffiti cleaned up within twenty-fours after it has been reported. Officers, along with community volunteers, will paint over fresh graffiti with the property owner’s permission.

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INVESTIGATIONS INVESTIGATIONS SUPPORT Crime Scene Technicians The Crime Scene Technician program includes four officers. Officer Joel Hunt, Officer Terrence Flynn, Officer Willie Goodsell, and Corporal Tom Munns make up this group of both Patrol Officers and Investigators. When on patrol, the officers drive a Chevy Tahoe that is fully equipped to hold all of the equipment needed to properly process any form of crime scene. Crime scene technicians attend regular training and keep up to date on their skills. Crime scene technicians are trained in crime scene photography, latent print development and recovery, footwear evidence, biological and trace evidence recovery and crime scene reconstruction. Their expertise and training is an invaluable resource for the investigations division as well as the prosecuting attorney.

Property and Evidence T h e P r o p e rt y a nd E v i d e nc e Technician is tasked with maintaining the chain of custody for all evidentiary items submitted to the Property Room. Documenting the intake, storage, security, release and disposal of all items is the primary focus of property room personnel. The Owatonna Police Department continues to utilize a program called Evidence Tracker to electronically track all items in the property room.

OPD Property Room Three Year Trend

Vehicle Forfeitures Minnesota statutes contain a provision where an offender’s vehicle may be forfeited when the offender has used the vehicle in a driving while intoxicated incident if certain conditions related to offender’s prior drinking and driving record exist. Along with DWI vehicle forfeitures the Owatonna Police Department has seized vehicles associated with criminal crimes and arrests. The intention of vehicle forfeitures is that public safety is served by forfeiting vehicles used in a commission of a crime and to reduce recidivism. In 2010 a total of thirty-five (35) vehicles were subject to forfeiture. Of these vehicles eight (8) were sold at auction, ten (10) were returned to the owner or lien holder, while seventeen (17) vehicles are still in the forfeiture process. OWATONNA POLICE DEPARTMENT 2010 ANNUAL REPORT


SUPPORT SERVICES DIVISION PARKING CONTROL The mission of the Owatonna Police Department Parking Control Division is to create a fair use of available parking within the city by enforcing parking laws. The parking strategy for the city of Owatonna is to maximize the use of all existing parking spaces for downtown customers, businesses, and residents. To accomplish this strategy parking restrictions are enforced to encourage employees, business owners and residents to use long term parking spaces located on the fringe of the downtown area, while making available short term parking spaces located in the center of downtown for shoppers and customers. In 2009, a graduated parking fine system was implemented. The objective of the graduated parking fine system is to provide a warning for first time offenders, but penalize the chronic offender for multiple parking violations. In 2010, a total of 2,271 tickets were issued for violation of the 2-4 hour parking limitation of this total 1,185 were warning tickets. It is a continued goal for the Parking Control Division to maintain a vibrant downtown with parking that is user friendly and convenient to customers, business owners, employees and residents. Year

Fines Collected

Administrative Fines Collected

Green Tickets Issued

Odd/Even Tickets Issued

Red Tickets Issued

2004

1299

751

5871

2005

1420

730

6529

2006

1709

671

6190

Administrative Tickets Issued

2007

74,415

1277

724

4984

2008

85,728

1539

1339

4035

2009

63,844

1,955

1195

1159

2136

43

2010

48,004

1,920

1232

873

2271

60

Administrative offenses are intended to provide the public and the city with an informal, cost effective, and expeditious alternative to traditional criminal charges for violations of certain ordinance provisions. The administrative citation procedure is intended to be voluntary by those individuals who have been cited. Any time prior to payment of the administrative penalty, an individual may withdraw from participating in the procedure, in which event the City may bring criminal charges in accordance with the law. Likewise, prior to the payment of the administrative citation, the City, at is discretion, may choose to dismiss the administrative offense and may bring criminal charges in the first instance. Administrative fines were implemented in 2009. In 2009, a total of 43 administrative fine tickets were issued and a total of $1,955.00 in fines were collected. In 2010, a total of 60 administrative fine tickets were issued and a total of $1,920.00 in fines were collected. OWATONNA POLICE DEPARTMENT 2010 ANNUAL REPORT


SUPPORT SERVICES DIVISION COMMUNITY SERVICE OFFICERS There are currently two part-time Community Service Officers (CSO) working for the Owatonna Police Department. The CSOs support the efforts of the department by providing services to the community while also supporting other divisions within the police department. The CSOs are knowledgeable and flexible in their assignments as they are asked to perform duties from every division within the Owatonna Police Department. The current climate within police agencies is that they are becoming increasingly constrained because of budgetary concerns and the need to serve a larger or growing community. In this environment, the position of the CSO is considered a blessing for both the departments and communities they serve in. CSOs typically are paid significantly less than sworn officers, allowing departments to field more people for the same amount of money. This has the effect of providing quicker response times to citizen requests for police services. Further, CSOs usually handle lower priority calls which do not require an armed police officer with arrest powers thus freeing sworn officers to concentrate on those incidents requiring their specific skill set. Even a few CSOs can have a significant impact on the efficiency and effectiveness of police services that departments provide. CSOs are tasked with multiple duties such as: traffic control at vehicle collisions, public events, traffic signal outages, patrol the city parks and schools, issue parking tickets, community relations including crime prevention and responding to requests for information. Working closely with the Owatonna Park and Recreation Department, they look for signs of vandalism to city parks and trails as well as assist with locking park buildings at park closing times. CSOs also respond to minor calls such as minor accidents, thefts and vandalism. In addition, they assist parking control and animal control when necessary. Ordinance violations, junk vehicle complaints, and house checks are also the responsibility of the CSO. Squad maintenance is assigned to the CSOs. The CSOs track monthly vehicle mileage for all police vehicles, track problems with squad cars and arrange for maintenance and repair with the city maintenance shop. They also assist with portable radio repair and maintain the LIDAR equipment. The community service officer also plays a vital role in the community by providing funeral escorts, assisting with Safety Camp each summer, parade assistance, security for community events, and providing the opportunity for citizens to view squad cars and other police equipment at various community organizations and events. Besides providing critical support to the Owatonna Police Department on a daily basis, our CSO program continues to turn out top-quality police officer candidates. This is a direct result of the high standards each CSO must meet in order to be hired, the ongoing training they receive, and the job responsibilities they are given. Like all department personnel, community service officers display a positive image for the Owatonna Police Department while contributing to maintain a more efficient and professional organization.

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SUPPORT SERVICES DIVISION ANIMAL CONTROL The animal control officer for the city of Owatonna is Mike Bartsch.

ACO Bartsch is contracted

through the city of Owatonna and is supervised by the police department.

Animal Control helps to

maintain the health and safety of pets and protects city residents from problem animals. ACO Bartsch primarily responds to concerns with domestic animals within the city.

He also

enforces the city ordinances regarding animals, educates

the

public

on

important

issues

concerning animals, and looks after the safety and welfare of pets and their owners. The following services are performed by the animal control officer: provide traps for catching cats, pick up animals caught, impound loose dogs, vaccination tag enforcement, investigate cruelty and barking complaints, and enforce the dangerous dog ordinance. The animal control officer answers all complaints in a timely and courteous manner. In 2010, a total of $4,342 in funds were collected from animals claimed at the animal control shelter. The animal control officer also maintains and cares for animals at the animal control shelter. When ACO Bartsch is not available the police department or community service officers respond to calls for service. 2010 Animal Shelter Statistics

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SUPPORT SERVICES DIVISION RECORDS AND 911 CENTER Records Division The Records Department is staffed with four full time Steele County employees. The Owatonna Police Department contributes 50% of their salary. The Records department updates all names, locations, arrests, and property-loss reports as well as handles non-emergency calls, background checks, transcription, and other general requests from the public.

Pearl Street 911 Center The 911 Center answers all requests for law enforcement assistance via 9-1-1 and the local police number. The center serves nine law enforcement agencies, ten fire and rescue departments, and five ambulances services within Rice and Steele County.

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COMMUNITY PROGRAMS AED PROGRAM In 1999, the Owatonna Police Department implemented the AED program. At the start of the program, funding was obtained from the Department of Public Safety and two AEDs were purchased with this grant. Later with help of several local charities (Eagles, Elks, Golden Kiwanis, Knights of Columbus, and VFW) in 2005, there were a total of eight AEDs in Owatonna Police Department squad cars. In 2007, Owatonna Hospital donated two AEDs through the Owatonna Hospital’s Heart Safe Communities project. At the same time, the Owatonna Women’s Club and Federated Insurance donated AEDs and the Owatonna Police Department purchased a unit. This brings the total number of AEDs to 13. Early in 2008 the Owatonna Hospital Heart Safe Communities heard we had one squad without a AED and purchased the AED for this squad. This bringing the Owatonna Police Department to a total of 14 AED’s in 2009. The Owatonna Police Department entered into an agreement with Gold Cross Ambulance Service and Dr. Ralph Wertwijn, who agreed to be the local medical director for the use of AEDs by officers. Officer training is completed annually; consisting of four hours of lecture and hands on experience. Since the inception of the program, the AED has become an important link in the Chain of Survival in the Owatonna Community. 14 lives have been saved as a result of having AED placement in squad cars!

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COMMUNITY PROGRAMS COLA The City of Owatonna Landlord Association (COLA) was formed five years ago to network small and large landlords with the police department and other property managers. We are now in our fourth year as an organization. Sergeant Hassing is the department liaison with the landlords and attends all monthly COLA board meetings and well as many general membership meetings. In 2010, COLA membership increased by 10% bringing the total number of members to over 100. Two new properties were also added to the Phase III Crime Free Multi-Housing Program. Disorderly use violations and the enforcement of the ordinance continued to be a focus in 2010 while addressing issues which were taking place in rental units throughout Owatonna. In 2010, there were a total of 312 disorderly use violations and 144 nuisance violations which were addressed and resolved. The communication and involvement between landlords in addressing these issues helped make the housing units safe for members of the community.

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COMMUNITY PROGRAMS NIGHT TO UNITE The Owatonna Police Department is proud to participate in the Night to Unite program. Night to Unite 2010 was held across Owatonna on Tuesday, August 3, 2010. Twenty-one officers from the Owatonna Police Department, along with City Council President Les Abraham and City Administrator Kris Busse teamed up to visit over 60 block parties. In addition, the Owatonna Fire Department, Gold Cross Ambulance, Steele County Sheriff’s Office, and CERT also visited various block parties. This was the 27th annual Minnesota Night to Unite celebration, formally recognized as National Night Out. Night to Unite, a program of the Minnesota Crime Prevention Association (MCPA), will replace National Night Out, an event sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch. Despite the name change, the first Tuesday of every August will nevertheless continue as an enjoyable night of activities and fun identical to years past, maintaining focus on crime prevention and building a strong, safe community. Minnesota Night to Unite is designed to: (1) heighten crime and drug prevention awareness; (2) generate support for, and participation in, local anticrime efforts; (3) strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; and (4) send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back. The Owatonna Police Department encourages residents to participate in this great celebration of community, crime prevention, and strong police/community partnerships. A strong community makes for a safe community. Everything we do to strengthen the ties among neighbors of all ages, backgrounds and lifestyles makes our present and future that much brighter. Celebrating MINNESOTA NIGHT TO UNITE with the Owatonna Police Department and your neighbors is a positive way to build and nurture our community by starting quite literally, in your own front yard!

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COMMUNITY PROGRAMS EXPLORERS The Owatonna Police Department Explorer Post #204 was founded in 1998. In 2010, the program had four active Explorer Advisors: Officer Terrence Flynn, Officer Joel Hunt, Officer Kyle Parr, Officer Andrew Seifert. The Explorer program is a young adult career education program for young men and women who are 14 and graduates of eighth grade or are 15 through 20 years of age. There were six youth participants in 2010. Several previous Explorer members are now sworn officers, and several more are currently enrolled in college law enforcement programs. Law Enforcement Exploring is a youth development program centered around law enforcement careers and is a cooperative effort between the Owatonna Police Department and the Boys Scouts of America. The purpose of this program is to provide experiences to help young people mature, and to prepare them to become responsible and caring adults. Members of the Owatonna Police Department Explorer Post #204 participate in training meetings which expose them to a wide variety of situations that law enforcement officers experience. They also participate in community events where their assistance is valuable to the police department and gives them insight into the many varied duties of the department. The Explorers utilized meetings in 2009 and 2010 preparing for the State Law Enforcement Explorer Competition in Rochester, MN held April 29 – May 2, 2010. Four explorers represented our post at the State Explorer Conference. They participated in three different scenarios; Crime Prevention/Neighborhood Watch Meeting, Crime Scene Search and Traffic Stops. They also attended two academic sessions on the History of Law Enforcement and the Minnesota Law Enforcement Memorial association Honor Guard. All the explorers took a sample POST test. Two explorers also participated in a mock police employment interview where the judges said they did very well. The explorers enjoyed the competition and most importantly they had fun!

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SAFE AND SOBER GRANT The Owatonna Police Department has been involved the Safe and Sober program since 1998. In 1998, the Owatonna Police Department submitted traffic enforcement initiatives that Owatonna was doing on their own to prevent traffic infractions for the Safe and Sober Challenge, receiving an award of $2000 to be used towards traffic related equipment and/or overtime traffic enforcement. Since 1998, the Owatonna Police Department has joined in a partnership with the Steele County Sheriff’s Office and Blooming Prairie Police Department in applying for Safe and Sober overtime grant monies that allow officers to work specific hours during each of the specific traffic enforcement campaigns. The grant period begins October 1 and goes through September 30th the following year. During a grant period, the particular violation focus of traffic enforcement is designated by the Office of Traffic Safety. These campaigns or waves as they are called are for alcohol and/or drug impairment, to speeding, to underage consumption and seatbelt/child restraint violations. Even though there is a specific focus for enforcement, officers working these overtime shifts still enforce all traffic infractions. The wave’s focus is determined through statistical analysis done by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. During the holiday seasons of Christmas and New Year’s, Memorial Day, and Labor Day, the focus is mainly on alcohol and/or drug impairment and underage consumption. Throughout the year, month long initiatives are dedicated to special campaigns that focus on specific types of traffic enforcement. For instance, in May and October the focus of traffic enforcement is seatbelts. The “Buckle Up, Click it or Ticket” campaign is to battle unbuckled motorists. All passengers in all vehicles must be buckled and children under the age of 11 should be in age appropriate child safety seats or seatbelts in the back seats. The “Seven Days of Summer” in July is when officers all over southeast Minnesota are out during the same days and times with a focus on speed enforcement. August focuses on the “Move Over Law” that was named in honor of State Patrol Trooper Ted Foss who was killed in 2000 by an errant driver during a traffic stop on Interstate 90 in Winona County. The state law requires drivers travelling on multi-lane highways to move one lane away from emergency vehicles on the roadway or shoulder. Officers look for traffic violations and write traffic citations throughout the year. Just remember “Click it or Ticket,” and “You Drink, You Drive, You Lose.” If you break the law you are subject to a ticket and/or can be arrested.

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DATA TREND Owatonna Police Department Total Part I & II Crimes

CRIME

2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010

Homicide

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Rape

5

8

8

3

7

5

10

4

Robbery

4

10

4

4

7

1

3

4

Aggravated Assault

32

35

30

19

17

19

22

28

Burglary

121

132

141

135

164

74

83

76

Theft

519

609

621

499

502

357

402

386

Auto Theft

24

26

33

30

29

15

18

20

Arson

6

0

2

7

2

4

1

1

Total Part I

711

820

839

697

728

475

539

519

Total Part II

1573

1700 1582 1603 1237

962

904

864

Total

2284 2520 2421 2300 1965 1437 1443 1383

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DATA TREND Part I Crimes

# of Offenses

Offenses Cleared

% Cleared

Crime Rate per 100,000

Murder

0

0

0

0

Rape

4 4

1 3

25 75

15 15

28 76

28 17

100 22

111 302

386 20

154 5

39 25

1536 79

1 519

1 209

100 40

3 2066

# of Offenses

Offenses Cleared

% Cleared

Crime Rate per 100,000

155 7

137 3

88 42

617 27

38

8

21

151

2 0 198

1 0 31

50 0 15

7 0 788

3 0 24

3 0 13

100 0 54

11 0 95

74 0

70 0

94 0

294 0

14 140

9 136

64 97

55 557

47 52

47 49

100 94

187 207

110 864

88 595

80 68

437 3439

1383

804

58

5505

Robbery Aggravated Assault Burglary Larceny Motor Vehicle Theft Arson Total Part I

Part II Crimes Other Assaults Forgery/Counterfeiting Fraud Embezzlement Stolen Property Vandalism Weapons Prostitution Other Sex Offenses Narcotics Gambling Family/Children DUI Liquor Laws Disorderly Conduct Other Offenses Total Part II

GRAND TOTAL

*Statistics furnished from the 2010 Version of the Minnesota BCA/CJIS Uniform Crime Report

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DATA TREND The Owatonna Police Department is responsible for 83% of all arrests within Steele County. Arrest information is released approximately one year after the end of the year so the latest information available is from 2009.

OWATONNA POLICE DEPARTMENT 2009 ARREST DATA

Total Part I Arrests

208

Total Part II Arrests

633

Total Arrests

847

*Statistics furnished from the 2010 Version of the Minnesota BCA/CJIS Uniform Crime Report

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DATA TREND The Owatonna Police Department is responsible for 71% of all narcotics arrests within Steele County. Arrest information is released approximately one year after the end of the year so the latest information available is from 2009. Region-wide, there were 532 narcotics arrests. The chart below shows the breakdown of where those arrests occurred.

*Statistics furnished from the 2010 Version of the Minnesota BCA/CJIS Uniform Crime Report

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FLOOD RESPONSE 2010

The month of September brought significant rain which resulted in unprecedented flooding throughout the city. The Owatonna Police Department responded by calling in off-duty officers and civilian staff as well as requesting mutual aid from surrounding communities. Overall, the OPD logged 82.25 overtime hours between the 22nd and 25th of September.

During the four day period between September 22 and September 25, Owatonna officers responded to more than 442 calls for service. Over half of these calls were flood related.

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