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No more “dead zones” in Winona County (0)

Posted in Law Enforcement News January 8th, 2010 @ 10:10 am by Linda 

A new radio system will be installed later this year that would close police communication gaps in Winona County. The Winona Daily News recently reported that a Winona County Sheriff’s deputy was out of contact with dispatchers for about a half hour recently. He was in a “dead zone” in the county and couldn’t even use a cell phone to communicate. The Sherriff was conducting an investigation on an assault in Altura and Utica.

For years, police have struggled with radio and cell phone dead zones in Winona County. However, a county proposal to join a new 800-megahertz radio system may eliminate this communication gap. This radio system is pricey – $10 million – however, dead zones should vanish with new, more powerful towers. The State Patrol already has switched to the new frequency, and their radio communications are much clearer even in Mankato.

Even though the radio system seems to be costly, isn’t it worth better safety for law enforcement and the residents they protect?

When cops go bad (0)

Posted in Law Enforcement News January 7th, 2010 @ 2:46 pm by Linda 

Law enforcement personnel personifies trust, ethics, respect, responsibility, however when a cop goes bad it is devastating to a community. In a Twin Cities article, a Minneapolis cop was arrested for a string of armed robberies in suburban Dakota County.

Timothy Edward Carson age 28 was an Apple Valley police officer for three years. Now he is charged on suspicion of first-degree aggravated robbery in connection with a bank robbery in Apple Valley. This is a felony charge and if convicted he would serve time in a Federal Penitentiary.

The Minneapolis police department broke this case. The FBI now has the case for further investigation. Carson, who was hired in 2007, worked overnights on the SWAT team in the 3rd Precinct of south Minneapolis. All the robberies were committed in the early morning hours, which would have been just as Carson was finishing his shift. He is also a suspect in several other armed robberies in the area.

Police are looking at a December 30 robbery of a CVS pharmacy at gunpoint. At 6:00 a.m. Tuesday, a man matching the same description robbed a woman at gunpoint as she was making a deposit into the drive-through teller at a U.S. Bank. Less than an hour later, a man matching the same description robbed a Quick Stop convenience store. Police were also probing whether the same man robbed a Marathon gas station in Rosemount on Dec. 16 and stole a purse from a Rosemount woman on Dec. 30.

Whatever reasons Carson had to rob and steal from people and businesses doesn’t justify his actions. He was in a position of trust with the public and that is why this arrest is difficult to understand why a cop went bad.

Minnesota pharmacies to track prescription drug use (0)

Posted in Illegal Drugs January 5th, 2010 @ 12:31 pm by Linda 

In order to take control of prescription drug abuse, pharmacies in Minnesota are now required to report data on addictive drugs to the Minnesota Prescription Monitoring Program. According to a Star Tribune article, by late March of 2010 doctors, dentists and pharmacists will be able to log onto the system to identify patients who may be getting too many habit forming medicines.

Minnesota is just one of 33 other states that are monitoring prescriptions for controlled substances such as amphetamines, barbiturates and other addictive painkillers as well as users of Vicodin, OxyContin and even some diet pills. The state database is funded by a $400,000 federal grant that is expected to track more than a million prescriptions a year. Legislation was passed in 2007 for this monitoring program.

Minnesota has more than 100,000 prescription drug abusers. The purpose of this database is to stop drug abusers and dealers from shopping around for prescription drugs. This won’t prevent drugstore burlaries or prevent kids from taking drugs from their parent’s bathroom or buying drugs off the streets. This will limit the amount of prescriptions that are written by physicians who think it’s a legitimate health care need and then have it end up becoming a street drug.

State and national murder rates are down for 2009 (0)

Posted in Law Enforcement News January 4th, 2010 @ 1:18 pm by Linda 

Recently, the Denver Post reported that murder rates for the city of Denver, Colorado for 2009 were the lowest since 2000 and the second lowest since 1964.

Even in Los Angeles, the number of murders dropped below an average of one a day for the first time in at least five years. The rate fell 18 percent from 2008, from 382 to 313. In Chicago, the number of murders dropped 11 percent from 509 to 453. New York City’s murder rate decreased to 11 percent from 516 in 2008 to 461 in 2009.

Some of the reasons for the decline in the murder rate are an aging population, better crime tools and lengthier prison terms. With improved policing that includes better crime-scene methodology, more interagency cooperation and better tools such as DNA and fingerprint analysis, the police are getting better and smarter at solving crimes. In addition, better correctional programs today have curbed recidivism of some of the most violent criminals. Finally, improvements in emergency medical services of paramedics and doctors, are keeping people alive who may have died in the past.

However, a criminologist warns that this may change if the economy remains bad. Living with the strain of dealing with a recession may cause people turning to crime.

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