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2011 ANNUAL REPORT OWATONNA POLICE DEPARTMENT


TABLE OF CONTENTS Chief’s Message…………………………………………………………………………………………………….1 Mission ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………..2 Organizational Chart………………………………………………………………………………………………3 Personnel Changes…………………………………………………………………………………………………4 Budget………………………………………………………………………………………………………………5 Administration Division……………………………………………………………………………………………6 Professional Standards……………………………………………………………………………………..7 Patrol Division……..……………………………………………………………………………………………….8 Patrol……………………………………………………………………………………………………...8 2011 Patrol Highlights….………………………………………………………………………………...9 Patrol Districts…....…………………………………………………………………………………......11 Canine Officer.………….……………………………………………………………………………….12 Training..………………………………………………………………………………………………...13 Field Training Officers………………………………………………………………………….13 Firearms Instructors… ..………………………….……………………………………………..14 Defensive Tactics Instructors…………………………………………………………………...15 Detective Bureau…..…………………………………………………………………………………………....16 Criminal Investigations…………………………………………………………………………………...16 School Resource Officers….………………………………………………...……………………………18 2011 Detective Bureau Highlights...…………………………………………………………………...…19 South Central Drug Investigation Unit…….……………………………………………………………..21 SCDIU Tactical Team……...………………….…………………………………………………………22 Compliance Initiatives……………………………………………………………………………………23 Predatory Offender Registry……………………………………………………………………23 Alcohol and Tobacco Compliance……………………………………………………………...24 Gang Officer…………………………………………………………………………………….24 Detective Bureau Support………………………………………………………………………………25 Crime Scene Technicians……………………………………………………………………….25 Property and Evidence………………………………………………………………………….25 Vehicle Forfeitures……..……………………………………………………………………….25 Detective Bureau Remodel……………………………………………………………………….……26 Support Services…………………………………………………………………………………………………..27 Parking Control…………………………………………………………………………………………...27 Community Service Officers……………………………………………………………………………..28 Animal Control…………………………………………………………………………………………...29 Records/Pearl Street 911 Center…..……………………………………………………………………...30 Community Programs …...………………………………………………………………………………………31 Safe and Sober Grants…………………………………………………………………………………………....35 Data Trend………………………………………………………………………………………………………...36 Acknowledgements...……………………………………………………………………...………………………40


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 honored and privileged to present the 2011 Annual Report. I hope this past year has showered you with exciting new challenges, health, and happiness. The Owatonna Police Department had a great deal of experience depart this past year that will prove challenging as this legacy of knowledge will now benefit other segments of our community, state, and region. It is heartwarming to see dedicated police officers retire at the pinnacle of their careers and enjoy the next step in life. It is exciting to see fresh new faces that will represent the patrol division and community for many years to come. In addition to new faces came a newly remodeled Detective Bureau that improved efficiencies and enhanced the overall appearance of our law enforcement center. I trust you will find this annual report an interesting read. It is full of highlights, statistics, and accomplishments. Our community experienced a 3.7% reduction in Part I and Part II crimes this past year, and had a 51% clearance rate on these reported crimes. In 2010, the OPD made 960 arrests or was responsible for 87% of all arrests within Steele County. The staff at the Owatonna Police Department believe this is a wonderful community to live, raise a family, and enjoy the many available recreational opportunities in our town. I am proud of our staff and the many accomplishments they were part of this past year. As you page through the annual report you will become familiar with those accomplishments and see how your police department directly impacts the quality of life for all of us. As your police chief, I really enjoyed providing law enforcement services to our citizens this past year. Our diverse community is engaging, creative, and inspiring in so many ways that it makes it a joy to be part of the community, and it is exciting to watch what next year has in store for all of us! 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 Officer Brady Fox

Officer Matthew Oeltjenbruns

Officer Christian Berg

Officer Mark Chambers

Officer Brady Prince

Officer Micaiah Becker

Officer Anthony Heaser

Officer David Introne

Community Service Officer Galen Thompson Community Service Officer Zackary Schumaker

Retirements Officer Tom Murphy

Sergeant Jeff Okerberg

Officer Dave Schroeder

Sergeant Joel Welinski

Corporal John Petterson

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

2011

1/1

2/2

7/7

2/2

23/23

35/35

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 2011 was approved at $3,915,147.00 of which $3,330,177.00 or 85% of total budget was allocated to personnel costs. In addition, $584,970.00 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 2011. 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 2007

BUDGET 2008

BUDGET 2009

BUDGET 2010

BUDGET 2011

INTERGOVERNMENTAL

284,457

289,504

367,729

314,504

378,875

FINES

215,000

253,267

253,800

246,600

204,600

12,000

0

0

0

12,364

511,457

542,771

621,529

561,104

595,839

3,202,702

3,286,901

3,320,281

3,235,370

3,330,177

SUPPLIES & OTHER SERVICES

564,570

626,306

634,544

573,670

584,970

CAPITAL OUTLAY

147,500

88,000

124,000

0

0

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

3,915,147

REVENUES

USE OF MONEY & PROPERTY

TOTAL REVENUES EXPENDITURES PERSONNEL

TOTAL EXPENDITURES

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ADMINISTRATION DIVSION 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 $3.9 million and the department’s sworn and civilian employees. The chief of police reports directly to the city administrator. The Administrative Division is comprised of the Chief of Police, the Detective Bureau Commander, the Patrol Division Commander and an Administrative Assistant. Both the Patrol Division and the Detective Bureau are overseen by their respective commanders with sergeants providing direct supervision. 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 through the Policy Committee. Under the 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 continues 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.

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ADMINISTRATION DIVISION PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS

The primary responsibility of Professional Standards is to ensure 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 2011, there were no allegations of criminal activity brought against officers of the Owatonna Police Department. There were twenty-three internal investigations conducted involving twenty-nine officers which resulted in nine disciplinary actions, including five oral reprimands and four written reprimands. Disciplinary action can include oral and written reprimands, suspensions, demotions or terminations. Ten of the investigations exonerated the officer(s), meaning that after a fair preponderance of the evidence, the act or acts complained of did not occur; or the agency member named in the complaint was not involved in the alleged misconduct; or the acts that provided for the complaint occurred; however, the investigation revealed the act(s) were justified, lawful or proper. Two of the investigations were not sustained, meaning the investigation failed to disclose sufficient evidence to prove or disprove the allegations made in the complaint. And finally, in two of the investigations, the complainants voluntarily withdrew their formal complaints against the officers.

“The basis of effective government is public confidence, and that confidence is endangered when ethical standards falter or appear to falter.� John F. Kennedy Address to Congress, April 27, 1957

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PATROL DIVISON The Patrol Division is currently overseen by the patrol captain. Captain Jeff Mundale supervises six (6) patrol sergeants who in turn supervise the patrol officers. 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 six (6) 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.

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PATROL DIVISION 2011 Patrol Highlights January 2011: Officers responded to a call of an order for protection violation and when they located the suspect, he refused to comply with officers directions. Officers were able to talk with the suspect and convince him to comply without a fight. The suspect was taken into custody and charged with violating an order for protection. (OW11-000047) February 2011: Officer Tom Murphy retired from the Owatonna Police Department after serving for over twenty-five years. March 2011: Jeff Mundale was promoted to the rank of Captain and oversees the patrol division. Officer Brady Fox joined the department on March 22, 2011 and Officer Matt Oeltjenbruns was hired on March 23, 2011. April 2011: Officers responded to a report of a burglary in which juveniles stole items from a home while the owners were out of town over the Spring Break weekend. The owners had left a back door unlocked and asked a family friend to watch the home and take care of the dog while they were away. Apparently, the family friend allowed juveniles to hang out at the house and when the family friend left the home for a few hours, the juveniles returned and stole several items. (OW11-000756) May 2011: An Owatonna officer stopped a vehicle for having an obstructed windshield. When the officer made contact with the female driver and female passenger, he detected an odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle; he was told they were coming from a house where they had just smoked marijuana and that there was a marijuana pipe in the vehicle. The officer searched the vehicle and located a large quantity of ecstasy and psilocybin mushrooms, both schedule I drugs. Both the driver and the passenger were charged with drug related crimes. (OW11-001124) June 2011: Officer Christian Berg joined the patrol division. An Owatonna officer attempted to make a traffic stop, but the driver refused to pull over. Once the vehicle stopped, the driver would not comply with the officer’s directions and as a result, the officer used his Taser to gain control of the driver. (OW11-001299)

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PATROL DIVISION 2011 Patrol Highlights July 2011: After 30 1/2 years, Owatonna Police Sergeant Jeff Okerberg has announced his retirement from the force. Sergeant Okerberg began his career as an Owatonna Police Officer on February 9, 1981. Okerberg was a tactical team operator for the regional SWAT Team for seven years until his promotion to patrol sergeant on January 2, 2000. Officer Mark Chambers joined the department on July 27, 2011. August 2011: Officer Dave Schroeder retired from the Owatonna Police Department after serving 25 years. Officer Schroeder began his career with the department on September 8, 1986. Officer Schroeder served in both the patrol and investigation divisions. He also served as a tactical officer with the SCDIU SWAT team. September 2011: Owatonna officers responded to a complaint of a male suspect causing a disturbance; the report was that the male was acting angry, swearing and video taping other residents in an apartment complex. An Owatonna officer and sergeant responded, located the suspect and found him to be acting unreasonable; the officers suggested he be transported to the hospital to have his mental health evaluated. The suspect agreed and was being escorted by the officer when he began to fight by pulling away from the officer. The officer and suspect began to wrestle and fell to the ground. The suspect was eventually handcuffed and transported to the hospital. (OW11-002241) October 2011: An Owatonna officer on patrol recognized a driver of a vehicle as a person known to have an outstanding warrant for his arrest. As he was placing him under arrest, the driver failed to comply and ran away from the officer. The officer directed the subject to stop; however, the driver failed to comply. At that point, the officer deployed his Taser. Found in the vehicle was 22.9 grams of marijuana, alcoholic beverages and other prescription medications. (OW11-002556) November 2011: Officer Brady Prince joined the department on November 4, 2011. Josh Sorensen was promoted to Sergeant on November 7, 2011. Tracy Duchene was promoted to Sergeant on November 9, 2011. Officer Micaiah Becker joined the department on November 21, 2011. While patrolling near the boat landing an officer he observed two vehicles, a Chevrolet Trailblazer and Dodge Neon, backed in behind the covered picnic area. The officer investigated further and observed the male subject was accompanied by a female who was wearing latex type gloves. The officer ran the license plates from both of the vehicles and learned that the Dodge Neon was reported stolen out of the City of Waterville; the male and female were subsequently placed under arrest. (OW11-002749) December 2011: Officer Anthony Heaser joined the department on December 19, 2011. Community Service Officer Zack Schumaker joined the department on December 12, 2011. OWATONNA POLICE DEPARTMENT 2011 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 CANINE OFFICER A police canine is a valuable and indispensable tool in modern day policing. Bullet is a seven year old German Shepherd Dog imported to the United States from Slovakia for the sole purpose of being a service dog. 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. One of the greatest benefits a police canine to a police force is the psychological advantage. In March, officers were finally able to catch up to a burglar who had been victimizing numerous businesses. A detective observed the suspect attempting to break into a business and alerted patrol units. Officer Fandel and K9 Bullet was the first unit to have contact with the suspect. The suspect appeared poised to fight or flee until the door of the patrol unit opened and the suspect could hear a barking K9. A few of Bullet’s other noteworthy deployments in 2011 include assisting the state patrol with a narcotics sniff on a vehicle that, after a positive K9 alert, revealed over $30,000 in cash as well as a handgun. Bullet also assisted a fellow OPD officer with another drug sniff. After a positive alert, several individual packages of meth were recovered along with a large amount of marijuana. Bullet also assisted in locating a felon who fled from a stolen ATV. The suspect ran from officers and was located by Bullet as he was trying to hide by submerging himself in a creek. Bullet was also instrumental in removing two illegal handguns from the street after he gave a positive alert during another narcotics sniff. A search of the area that Bullet had alerted at produced an uncased revolver that was within the control of the front seat passenger. A second and loaded handgun was recovered in the vehicle’s trunk. Perhaps the biggest benefit that a police canine brings to a city Owatonna’s size is in public relations. This year, Bullet’s skills were displayed at the “Have a Safe Summer” campaign that is sponsored by the Mayo Clinic: Owatonna and tailored for elementary age children. Bullet also gave a demonstration to the Leadership Owatonna group. Bullet also made appearances at the Hollandale Elementary School, and Owatonna High School. Bullet is a great asset in this area as it gives the police department positive and favorable interaction with the citizens. Bullet and Officer Fandel are required to attend an annual regional certification trial for each discipline they train. In April, the team attended a narcotics certification trial in Lino Lakes, MN. In July, the team attended a Patrol Dog certification trial in Minneapolis, MN. Each trial is judged and scored by a panel of certified judges with the United States Police Canine Association. Bullet has scored well enough in each trial to compete in the national trial that is hosted in a different state each year. Officer Fandel and K9 Bullet participate in monthly training sessions that often times include K9 teams from other agencies. Most of the time, the training is geared towards “real world” types of scenario-based training with other officers acting as the “bad guy”. A typical month would consist of about 16 hours of dedicated training time.

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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. Sergeant Rob Kniefel coordinates and supervises the Field Training Unit of the department. 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 2011, the FTO program was met with significant challenges and change due to an unprecedented number or internal promotions and retirements. This significantly impacted the Field Training Unit. Officer Kyle Parr became a certified Field Training Officer and part of the FTO team. Eight police officer candidates were placed in field training this year. The 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, worked hard at training, evaluating, and certifying police officer candidates for duty with the Owatonna Police Department. The department’s FTOs are Jason Matejcek, Chad Fierst, Joe Swenson and Kyle Parr. OWATONNA POLICE DEPARTMENT 2011 ANNUAL REPORT


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. During 2011 the firearms unit had seen some movement with the appointment of Officer Fandel as a new firearms instructor. Officer Fandel replaced the vacancy created with Captain Mundale stepping down as an instructor. Sergeant Petterson was tasked with supervising the Use of Force Training Unit as he remains an active firearms instructor with the primary emphasis as a patrol rifle instructor and armorer. Officer Drenth was assigned as an agent with the South Central Drug Investigative Unit, which does not allow him time to be a full time instructor. This created another instructor vacancy within the unit, which has yet to be filled. Sergeant Sorensen remains a certified handgun instructor with emphasis on the instruction of the tactical shotgun, as well as, an armorer. Together, the instructors of the Firearms Training Unit work together to train, test and evaluate the licensed peace officers of this agency under the mandated training requirements set forth by the Peace Officer Standards & Training (P.O.S.T.) Board. In 2011, the firearms instructors conducted three mandatory training events. The firearms courses this year consisted of a winter Cold 2011 Firearms Training Hours Weather training, a spring 68 hours Annual Qualification and Cold Weather Training Evaluation course, and the fall Annual Evaluation & All Weapon Qualification Course 108 hours Low Light/Night training course. Open Range Day 20 hours Each event is outlined by 60 hours specific guidelines, training Lowlight/Night 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 nine range days, along with two days of building clearing training, totaling 308 hours of training that was received by the entire force in 2011. Generally, each officer received about 8.5 hours of firearms training throughout 2011. This does not include the officer’s personal time training off-duty. Working through a partnership with the management of the SPX cooperation, the department was allowed access into one of SPX’s buildings. This allowed the officers additional training in the simulated deployment of the patrol rifle for building clearing purposes.

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PATROL DIVISION TRAINING Defensive Tactics Instructors The defensive tactics unit is comprised of three instructors, Sergeant Sorensen, Detective Drenth and Officer Seifert. These instructors have received specialized training in defensive tactics and follow the Pressure Point Control Techniques (PPCT) training curriculum. The S.P.E.A.R. system was introduced to the curriculum this past year and is based upon the startle flinch response and plans are to continue to expand upon this system. The instructors 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, the instructors 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 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. 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 has outfitted each sworn officer with an X26 TASER. In 2011, Detective Drenth resigned as a Detensive Tactics Instructor due to his assignment to the Detective Bureau. Officer Seifert went through the PPCT instructor course and was able to train our officers at our annual training days. The defensive tactics unit was also approved to add an additional member to their unit as an instructor. The new instructor will be named in 2012.

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DETECTIVE BUREAU Criminal Investigations The Detective Bureau 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. A detective 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. For the first half of 2011, the unit was comprised of the Detective Bureau captain, a sergeant, three corporal detectives, two detectives, and an administrative assistant. The captain oversees the operation of the bureau. The sergeant assigned to the Detective Bureau 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. Two detectives are assigned to the Owatonna Public Schools during the school year, serving as school resource officers. Detectives are appointed to the Detective Bureau as a means of staff development and are in this assignment for at least one year. Detectives receive specialized training in the areas of interview and interrogation, crime and death scene investigations, and writing search warrants. The Detective Bureau 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 second half of 2011 brought about two retirements in the Detective Bureau, Detective Sergeant Joel Welinski and Corporal Detective John Petterson. The retirement of Corporal Petterson brought about a paradigm shift in staffing the bureau by assignment rather than by promotion. The types of cases referred to the Detective Bureau 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, detectives 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. The Detective Bureau is currently staffed by Captain Eric Rethemeier, Detective Sergeant Tim Hassing, Detective Corporals Tom Munns and Mark Edel and Detectives Andy Drenth, Joel Hunt and Terrence Flynn. During the school year, Detective Hunt and Detective Flynn are assigned to Owatonna Junior High School and the Owatonna High School. OWATONNA POLICE DEPARTMENT 2011 ANNUAL REPORT


DETECTIVE BUREAU

*CAC refers to a formal complaint sent to the county attorney’s office.

Crimes Against Persons Detectives spent hours working cases involving crimes against persons in 2011. 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 2011.

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DETECTIVE BUREAU 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 to 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 certain facets of educational curriculum. During the school year, Detective Joel Hunt is assigned to the Owatonna Junior High School/elementary schools and Detective Terrence Flynn is assigned to the Owatonna High School.

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DETECTIVE BUREAU 2011 Detective Bureau Highlights January 2011: Owatonna Detectives assisted Dodge County Sheriff’s Office with the execution of a search warrant for a home in Owatonna. Detectives were looking for evidence of child pornography and located several photos on electronics seized from the home. Federal and state charges were brought against the suspect and he eventually pled guilty. (OW11-000127) February 2011: Several businesses were the victims of burglaries and with the help of surveillance videos and night time surveillance patrols, detectives were successful in apprehending the suspect. The suspect was charged with multiple counts of burglary and possession of burglary tools. (OW11-000480) March 2011: A criminal sexual conduct investigation was opened when officers responded to a 911 call from a male stating his girlfriend had been forced to drink alcohol and was then sexually assaulted. When officers arrived, they found numerous underage individuals drinking in the garage. Detectives were called to the scene and after interviewing the suspect, victim, and witnesses, the suspect was arrested and charged with criminal sexual conduct. (OW11-000685) April 2011: A fraud investigation revealed that a convicted felon had voted in the last election. Detectives interviewed the suspect and his wife in which they both admitted that he had voted in the last election and had not realized that his past conviction meant he could not vote. The case was sent to the county attorney for review once the investigation was complete. (OW11-001004) May 2011: Detectives were asked to assist Steele County Human Services with a fraud investigation as one of the suspects is a Steele County employee. Detectives began locating and reviewing records with the human services fraud investigator and it is discovered that the employee and her spouse have received several thousand dollars in benefits that they did not qualify for. As the investigation continued, the state of Minnesota opened an investigation into their sales tax records as well. After two months of investigation, two suspects were arrested and charged with fraud. (OW11-001421) June 2011: Corporal Detective John Petterson retired June 21, 2011. Detective Petterson began his career with the Owatonna Police Department on January 2, 1991. During his tenure, he served as a Canine Officer, Bike Patrol Officer, South Central Drug Investigation Unit Agent, School Resource Officer, and most recently as a Corporal Detective assigned to investigate crimes against persons. During his various assignments, he received two service awards.

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DETECTIVE BUREAU 2011 Detective Bureau Highlights July 2011: Detective Joel Hunt joined the Detective Bureau. An elderly woman reported that her collection of dolls was stolen and she thought she knew who might have them. When the detective made contact with the victim he determined that she was in need of services and made a referral to Steele County Human Services. After further investigation, it was determined that no crime had been committed and the woman was suffering from dementia. (OW11-001751) August 2011: Sergeant Joel Welinski retired on August 31, 2011. Sergeant Welinski began his career with the Owatonna Police Department on August 30, 1982. As a patrol officer, he fulfilled the roles of DARE Officer, Traffic Accident Reconstructionist and Field Training Officer. He also worked as an investigator for two years before returning to patrol duties. In 2005, he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and most recently served as the Detective Bureau Sergeant as well as the Commander of the South Central Drug Investigation Unit. During his career, he received nine service awards, including MN Public Safety Medal of Honor & OPD Medal of Valor. September 2011: Detectives responded to a suspicious death scene involving a man in his forties. The caller stated his friend was not breathing and when officers arrived, they located a deceased male in the bedroom. Upon interviewing the reporting party, he stated his friend had come over the night before and they had been partying so his friend decided to spend the night. Detectives determined the victim had been deceased for at least several hours but did not find any evidence of foul play. An autopsy revealed a variety of narcotics in the victim. (OW11-002214) October 2011: School Resource Officers investigated the complaint of a student being shot with an airsoft gun before school one morning. After interviewing several witnesses, the victim, and two suspects it was determined that the victim was shot for refusing to break up with his girlfriend. Two suspects were charged through juvenile petitions. (OW11-002545) November 2011: An increase of thefts in burglaries kept detectives busy during the month of November. However, by month’s end, detectives had the suspect arrested and charged with multiple home burglaries and thefts from vehicles. (OW11-002915) December 2011: Detective Terrence Flynn joined the Detective Bureau. Detectives were responding to a report of a home invasion when they received a call about a robbery on the other end of town. After further investigation, it was determined the home invasion and the robbery were related to the same call, but the victim was scared to admit he had been at the scene of the home invasion. Suspects were eventually arrested and charged and the victim was charged with drug possession. (OW11-003186) OWATONNA POLICE DEPARTMENT 2011 ANNUAL REPORT


DETECTIVE BUREAU SCDIU

The Owatonna Police Department continued the leadership role as Fiscal Agents of the South Central Drug Investigation Unit in 2011. This leadership role includes the assignment of a police sergeant as commander as well as an administrative assistant. We also continued to co-fund a field agent position in conjunction with the Steele County Sheriff’s Office. 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 (Bureau of Criminal Apprehension), FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation), DEA (Drug Enforcement Agency), and ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement), 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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DETECTIVE BUREAU 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 23 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 2011, 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 16 hours per month. Training topics include hostage rescue, warrant service, firearms qualifications, tactical first aid, physical fitness, defensive tactics, and various other topics. Highlights of 2011 included: 3-day N.T.O.A. Hostage Rescue Training, an Owatonna Police Dept. team member was selected and appointed as a Team Leader. 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, the Minnesota State Patrol Tactical Team, Austin PD/Mower County Tactical Team, Rice County Tactical Team. Each year, team members also attend the Special Operations Tactical Association Conference.

2011 Tactical Team Calls

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DETECTIVE BUREAU 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 re-offend. 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 2011, the Owatonna Police Department monitored and tracked 78 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 Division and Detective Bureau 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. OWATONNA POLICE DEPARTMENT 2011 ANNUAL REPORT


DETECTIVE BUREAU 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. The department continues to utilize city funds for alcohol and tobacco compliance checks. The department conducted two tobacco compliance checks in 2011. Of the twenty-eight licensed tobacco establishments checked, all were found to be compliant. The department conducted one alcohol compliance check. Forty-three licensed establishments were checked and all were found to be compliant.

Gang Officers Owatonna Patrol Officer Cooper and Corporal Detective Mark Edel are assigned to the gang unit. unit works with other agencies in the area and attends monthly meetings focusing on gang activity.

The

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 members which assists in investigations. 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 implementation of cameras and the Quick $50 Program (2007), the city of Owatonna has seen a reduction in vandalism and graffiti. 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. OWATONNA POLICE DEPARTMENT 2011 ANNUAL REPORT


DETECTIVE BUREAU DETECTIVE BUREAU SUPPORT Crime Scene Technicians The Crime Scene Technician program added two new members in 2011. Officer Joe Swenson and Kimberly Dub joined Detective Joel Hunt, Detective Terrence Flynn, Officer Willie Goodsell, and Corporal Tom Munns in the Crime Scene Unit. 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 department as well as the prosecuting attorney.

Property and Evidence The Property and Evidence Technicia n i s 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.

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 2011, a total of twenty-eight (28) vehicles were subject to forfeiture. Of these vehicles twelve (12) were sold at auction, six (6) were returned to the owner or lien holder, while ten (10) vehicles are still in the forfeiture process. OWATONNA POLICE DEPARTMENT 2011 ANNUAL REPORT


DETECTIVE BUREAU DETECTIVE BUREAU REMODEL In 2011, forfeiture funds and in-kind services from city employees were used to remodel the 2nd floor of the Law Enforcement Center creating a meeting room, six private offices, a reception area and a soft interview room.

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SUPPORT SERVICES 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. Both a graduated parking fine system and administrative fines were implemented in 2009. 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. 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. 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 it’s discretion, may choose to dismiss the administrative offense and may bring criminal charges in the first instance. Administrative fines were implemented in 2009. Year 2007 2008 2009 2010

2011

Green Tickets Issued

Odd/Even Tickets Issued

Red Tickets Issued

$74,415

1,277

724

4,984

$85,728

1,539

1,339

4,035

Fines Collected

Administrative Fines Collected

Administrative Tickets Issued

$63,844

$1,955

1,195

1,159

2,136

43

$48,004

$1,920

1,232

873

2,271

60

$50,843

$3,475

1,393

894

2,257

69

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SUPPORT SERVICES COMMUNITY SERVICE OFFICERS There are currently three 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 may respond to minor calls such as minor accidents, thefts and vandalism. In addition, they assist parking 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 record 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. A significant change in duties for our CSOs came about in the middle of 2011. The department previously contracted animal control services to an independent civilian; however, in an attempt to provide the same service in a more economically efficient and effective method, existing CSOs were assigned those duties. CSOs are primarily tasked with responding to domestic animal calls for service, maintaining the animal control facility and impounded animals, and investigating and/or following up on animal bite calls.

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SUPPORT SERVICES ANIMAL CONTROL In 2011, the contracted position of animal control officer for the city of Owatonna was eliminated and Community Service Officers absorbed the animal control duties. Animal Control helps to maintain the health and safety of pets and protects city residents from problem animals. Community Service Officers respond to concerns with domestic animals within the city. They also enforce the city ordinances regarding animals, educate the public on important issues concerning animals, and look after the safety and welfare of pets and their owners. The following services are performed: 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. In 2011, a total of $2,720.00 in funds were collected from animals claimed at the animal control shelter.

Total Animal Calls:

1207

1324

1420

1455

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SUPPORT SERVICES 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 ambulance services within Rice and Steele County.

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COMMUNITY PROGRAMS Safety Camp Steele County Safety Camp occurs for two days each year in June. Children from Steele County who have completed the third grade are invited to spend a few days learning about safety. The camp is held at the Lake Kohlmier boat landing and the Fairgrounds and runs from 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM each day. Along with fun and games, the kids learn about fishing safety, boat/canoe safety, camping/hiking, bike safety, firearms safety, first aid, electrical safety, fire safety, outdoor equipment safety, and much more. Each child receives a camp T-shirt, a certificate of completion and a team picture. The Owatonna Police Department volunteers five officers, a coordinator, and community service officers to help at Safety Camp. Safety Camp is a joint effort with various organizations contributing time, money and talents to ensure our youth learn the skills they need to stay safe.

Guns Versus Hoses 2011 was the inaugural year for the "Guns vs Hoses" charity softball game. The Owatonna Police Department took on the Owatonna Fire Department to raise money for the Owatonna Park and Recreation Youth Scholarship Fund. The firefighters won the game 16-2 and together the teams raised close to $300 for the scholarship fund!

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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 fifth year as an organization. Sergeant Hassing was the department liaison with the landlords in 2011. He attends all monthly COLA board meetings and well as many general membership meetings. In 2011, there were 60 COLA members. The Owatonna Police Department and COLA continue to participate in the Crime Free MultiHousing Program and in 2011 had 30 participants in the trainings offered. Disorderly use violations and the enforcement of the ordinance continued to be a focus in 2011 while addressing issues which were taking place in rental units throughout Owatonna. In 2011, there were a total of 249 disorderly use violations and 109 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 2011 was held across Owatonna on Tuesday, August 2, 2011. 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 28th annual Minnesota Night to Unite celebration, formerly 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 past years, 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 policecommunity 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 2011, the program had two active Explorer Advisors: Detective Terrence Flynn and Detective Joel Hunt. 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 eight youth participants in 2011. 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.

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SAFE AND SOBER GRANT The Owatonna Police Department has been involved with 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 designated traffic enforcement campaigns. The Safe and Sober Grant has had a name change in the last year to the TZD (Towards Zero Death) Grant. This is due to the four E’s (Education, Engineering, EMS and Enforcement) groups coming together to lower the number of deaths on Minnesota roads. The goal in 2011 was to have less than 400 deaths on Minnesota roads and we met and exceeded our goal with a total of 375 traffic deaths. This is the lowest number of deaths on Minnesota roads since the 1940s. The TZD 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 and underage consumption, speeding, distracted driving, motorcycles, Move Over Law 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, New Year’s, 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 and child restraints. The “Buckle Up, Click it or Ticket” campaign is to battle unsecured motorists. All passengers in all vehicles must be buckled and children under the age of 12 should be in the back seat. Children age eight or less than 4 foot 9 inches tall must be in an age and weight appropriate child restraint. 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 and DOT trucks 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 CRIME

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

Homicide

0

0

0

0

0

Rape

7

5

10

4

9

Robbery

7

1

3

4

12

Aggravated Assault

17

19

22

28

18

Burglary

164

74

83

76

119

Theft

502

357

402

386

352

Auto Theft

29

15

18

20

20

Arson

2

4

1

1

0

Total Part I

728

475

539

519

530

Total Part II

1237

962

904

864

801

Total

1965

1437

1443

1383

1331

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DATA TREND Part I Crimes

Murder Rape 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

# of Offenses

Offenses Cleared

% Cleared

Crime Rate per 100,000

0 9 12 18 119 352 20 0 530

0 7 6 18 20 107 4 0 162

0 77 50 100 16 30 20 0 30

0 35 47 71 472 1396 79 0 2102

# of Offenses

Offenses Cleared

% Cleared

Crime Rate per 100,000

147 25 52 0 8 152 8 1 36 85 0 10 107 29 34 107 801

114 9 15 0 7 25 6 1 16 78 0 4 99 28 30 87 519

77 36 28 0 87 16 75 100 44 91 0 40 92 96 88 81 64

583 99 206 0 31 602 31 3 142 337 0 39 424 115 134 424 3177

1331

681

51

5279

*Statistics furnished from the 2011 Version of the Minnesota BCA/CJIS Uniform Crime Report

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DATA TREND The Owatonna Police Department is responsible for 87% 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 2010. OWATONNA POLICE DEPARTMENT 2010 ARREST DATA

Total Part I Arrests

223

Total Part II Arrests

734

Total Arrests

960

*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 76% 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 2010. Region-wide, there were 614 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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