House lawmakers say they’ve finally reached a compromise for how long law enforcement agencies can keep location data from license plate readers.
A Minnesota bill that would limit public access to video footage from police body cameras cleared its first legislative hurdle Friday, advancing the debate over how to responsibly deploy devices that can provide a revealing look into law enforcement.
A bill barring warrantless aerial drone use by Minnesota law enforcement except in certain emergency situations is headed to the Senate floor. The Senate Judiciary Committee on Friday endorsed a bill that has been the subject of intense negotiations with civil liberties groups and law enforcement agencies.
Police officers in Minnesota get training for almost any type of emergency. Now, the Autism Society of Minnesota (AuSM) is offering a unique class to law enforcement officers across the Twin Cities on what to expect when they encounter a person with autism.
DWI arrests were about a third of the size of the five-year average. Preliminary numbers suggest an overall decline in drunk drivers in Minnesota.
Minnesota lawmakers are restarting a two-year-long push to set rules for how law enforcement agencies use automated license plate readers. The cameras are usually mounted on squad cars, logging car locations into a database. Police say they help track down stolen cars and aid in investigations.
Next month, all first responders will have a new tool in the fight against heroin. Law enforcement and firefighters will now be able to treat heroin overdoses with a drug called Narcan.
Democratic House leaders say they have a new compromise proposal on medical marijuana that is unopposed by law enforcement. Their proposal would create a limited clinical trial for children and adults suffering from severe illnesses.
Minnesota’s new chief federal prosecutor says he’s launching initiatives to combat human trafficking, heroin, fraud, violent crime and identity theft. It’s an ambitious agenda for U.S. Attorney Andy Luger, who was sworn in Feb. 14. He filled a post last held by B. Todd Jones, who juggled dual roles for two years as both U.S. attorney in Minneapolis and acting head of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in Washington until the Senate finally confirmed him as director last July.
A St. Cloud man faces felony charges after attacking a nurse and two security guards at St. Cloud Hospital on Tuesday afternoon. According to St. Cloud Police, the assaults occurred just before 3 p.m. Joseph Charles Karnik, 24, is facing three felony-assault charges because of his history of violence towards law enforcement.
Authorities are warning the public after receiving numerous reports of a man attempting to impersonate a Dakota County deputy sheriff.
Staff at Rasmussen College in Eagan hope their new 8,000 square-foot location will give students the right skills before entering Minnesota’s law enforcement. The new facility includes several scenario training rooms where students can practice how to deal with a bank robbery, a bar fight, a hold-up at a convenience store and even a domestic situation in a mock apartment. Law Enforcement Skills Coordinator Michael Ardolf says the facility will enhance the learning experiences of those in the program.
Technology is helping law enforcement reduce the risk of a high-speed chase. The new tool, from Star Chase, allows officers to track a fleeing vehicle with a GPS device, rather than pursuing the suspect in a squad car. High-speed chases are not just dangerous situations for officers and suspects. Innocent bystanders and drivers are also at risk. May 12, 2011 started like any other day for architect Tom Blanck. “I was just going to meet a client with drawings and stuff, and talk about a project,” Blanck said.
Big changes are in store for a program meant to help law enforcement take impaired drivers off the streets. State leaders are revamping the Drug Recognition Evaluator (DRE) training program after allegations of misconduct during the Occupy protests at Peavey Plaza last spring. Witnesses posted videos online, and claimed an officer was offering drugs to protesters to get them to participate in the program.
Extra law enforcement will be on patrol this weekend, as partygoers celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in the Twin Cities.
You’re not supposed to flush leftover prescription down the toilet because they end up in our lakes and rivers. We don’t want them in landfills because they’ll dissolve into the soil.
For America’s big cities: the people who are supposed to have, need to have, and claim to have all the answers simply don’t have a clue.
The Minnesota State Patrol is looking to add more troopers to its ranks, and they turned to social media Monday to help them reach a larger pool of applicants.
Police agencies in the Midwest are among those planning stepped up enforcement of seat belt and other traffic safety laws around Thanksgiving.
A Twin Cities woman is outraged that her license photo was accessed 425 times by more than 100 law enforcement personnel over a four-year period.
More law enforcement agencies are turning to social media sites such as Twitter or Facebook to provide timely information to the public — and to help catch bad guys.
The nation’s biggest crackdown on drunken driving began Friday and Minnesota is taking part. To illustrate the problem, officials offered some sobering statistics.
As a community corrections agent who supervises sex offenders living in Rochester, Alex Bunger’s job involves making surprise visits on people who likely aren’t too thrilled to see him.
The Duluth City Council is expected to weigh in on a bill that calls on local law enforcement officers to play a more active role in enforcing federal immigration laws.