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Minnesota’s New US Attorney Plans New Initiatives

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.

04/02/2014

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Man Arrested For Assaulting Nurse, Guards At St. Cloud Hospital

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.

03/25/2014

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Police Warn Of Caller Impersonating Dakota Co. Deputy

Authorities are warning the public after receiving numerous reports of a man attempting to impersonate a Dakota County deputy sheriff.

03/25/2014

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New Law Enforcement Training Facility Opens in Eagan

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.

01/08/2014

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Hi-Tech ‘Toy’ Helps Police Slow Down High-Speed Chases

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.

11/11/2013

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Drug Recognition Program Revamped After Controversy

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.

06/07/2013

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Extra DWI Enforcement For St. Paddy’s Day Weekend

Extra law enforcement will be on patrol this weekend, as partygoers celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in the Twin Cities.

03/14/2013

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Good Question: Reply All: Prescription Drugs, Goose Bumps, Tattoos

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.

03/08/2013

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Opinion: Big Cities’ People-in-Power Don’t Understand Crime And Murder

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.

07/11/2012

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Minn. State Patrol Looking For Trooper Applicants

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.

02/27/2012

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Police In Midwest Plan More Seat Belt Enforcement

Police agencies in the Midwest are among those planning stepped up enforcement of seat belt and other traffic safety laws around Thanksgiving.

11/22/2011

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Police Investigated For Misuse Of Driver’s License Data

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.

10/04/2011

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Law Enforcement Turning To Social Media

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.

08/29/2011

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Nation’s Biggest DWI Crackdown Underway

The nation’s biggest crackdown on drunken driving began Friday and Minnesota is taking part. To illustrate the problem, officials offered some sobering statistics.

08/19/2011

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Officials: Funding Cuts May Hurt Law Enforcement

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.

04/04/2011

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