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1 Brent J. Baloun, Chief of Police “Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.” Soren Koerkegaard

2 BECKER POLICE DEPARTMENT 2008 Annual Report Submitted By: Brent J. Baloun Chief of Police Becker Police Department Sherburne Ave, PO Box 250 Becker, MN Phone: Fax: Cover photo: The Becker Police Department shoulder patch was redesigned and approved for use in May Special thanks to the Becker High School, teacher Joni Svaren and student Alex Crapser for their assistance in this redesign. 1

3 Table of contents Table of Contents2 Chief’s Message3 Mission Statement4 Core Values5 Organizational Chart/Personnel Budget8 Programs: Safe and Sober12 NightCap13 Alcohol/Tobacco Compliance14 Training15 Statistical Information: Calls for Service by Time of Day16 Calls for Service by Day of Week17 Calls for Service by Month18 Part I Offenses19 Part II Offenses20 Miscellaneous Statistical Information21 Records and Administration22 Volunteer Police Reserves Department Highlights24 Acknowledgements26 2

4 April 2009 To the Becker City Council and Citizens of Becker: The Becker Police Department proudly submits this 2008 Annual Police Department Report for your review. As identified in last year’s Annual Report, our Police Department stands proudly behind the work and accomplishments of its’ staff. We are continually challenged with the decisions that effect both our department and our citizens. We continue to be prudent in our spending and continue to work toward efficiencies that make the work we do better and more meaningful to the citizens of Becker. This past year did not see any major increases in any particular area of crime within our City. Minor thefts rose somewhat, but the increase was not overly significant. In fact, the Becker Police Department saw a reduction in calls for service over previous years. There are many theories related to this, but we feel the state of the economy is likely a large contributor to this and the fact that we are spending more productive time following up on crime and investigating other criminal activity. Rest assured that because there are less calls for service, our police officers are still working toward being visible, investigating crimes, and initiating activity that is in the best interest of keeping our community as safe as possible. The Becker Police Department staff is thankful for the support that we receive on a daily basis from our City Council and the residents of our great City. With that, we thank you! Personally, without the support and commitment of the men and women of the Becker Police Department, the services and philosophies outlined in this Annual Report would not be possible. For that, I extend my gratitude to my officers and staff. Respectfully submitted, Brent J. Baloun, Chief of Police 3 Chief’s Message

5 4 Mission Statement: We shall commit ourselves and the department and all of its available resources to attend to the needs of the community we serve and provide the best service possible for the community. Politics shall not show persuasion in the course of our duties; we shall hold true to fair and equal treatment of all individuals. To reach this end, we establish and hold true this philosophy and these core values for the Becker Police Department and its employees, now and into the future. Core Values: PRIDE PROFESSIONALISM RESPECT PARTICIPATION SOLIDARITY INNOVATION

6 5 Core Values: Pride: Each of us shall take pride in the duties we perform, take pride in the department, and the environment we create as citizens of the community. We shall take pride in our individual and collective ability to meet and/or exceed the expectations of our community. Professionalism: Each of us understands the nobility of the profession we have chosen. We shall hold ourselves to the highest of professional standards of police conduct, by subscribing honorably to the Law Enforcement Code of Ethics established by the International Association of Chiefs of Police. Respect: We shall respect and value human life, basic human rights, human safety and the preservation of human dignity. We shall provide a fair and impartial, open minded attitude toward all persons we may encounter. We shall embrace diversity and be understanding and empathetic toward the differences we may encounter in the course of our duties. Our co-workers adhere to these same principles and we shall respect them, support them in their duties and be flexible in the relationships we enjoy with them. We shall respect ourselves by performing our duties to the best of our abilities; by staying mentally, emotionally and physically healthy; and focusing on our duties as Peace Officers, employees of the Becker Police Department and important members of the community we serve.

7 6 Core Values: Participation: Our participation in the commitment we have as a department is vital for the community, the citizens of the community, and the department as a whole. As individuals we shall remain open minded, approachable and flexible to change. Solidarity: The Becker Police Department will function better as a cohesive unit that emphasizes collaboration and positive partnerships within the community and the department itself. We shall operate with respect to these partnerships to uphold the solidarity and cohesiveness. Innovation: To achieve an end of providing the best product we possibly can for our community, we shall continue to involve ourselves in meaningful training that advances our knowledge and capabilities as Peace Officers.

8 7 Becker Police Department - Organization 2008 Personnel Changes: Promotion: FT Officer Greg Bratt to Sergeant – Nov 2008 Photo from the Nov. 23, 2008, edition of the Becker Citizen newspaper. Photo reprinted with permission. (Photographer Bill Morgan). Officer Greg Bratt being promoted to the rank of Sergeant in front of the Becker City Council. Officer Bratt is having his Sergeant badge pinned on him by Chief Brent Baloun.

9 Becker Police Department - Budget Budget $534,950 (Budgeted) $562,704 (Actual) 2006 Budget $572,600 (Budgeted) $600,991 (Actual) 2007 Budget $637,600 (Budgeted) $609,755 (Actual) 2008 Budget $693,700 (Budgeted) $667,943 (Actual) The 2008 budget saw a substantial increase due mainly to a scheduled computer system upgrade with the Sherburne County Sheriff’s Department. Nearly $106,900 was budgeted for capital expenses to provide for a new squad car, 3 new computers, computer software and programming upgrades with the County, and for the 800MHz radio project. We were fortunate that we were still able to incur some savings from these projects and come in under budget by over $25,000. Wages: Salaries for Chief, Officers, and Secretarial staff Capital: Capital Expenses, Revolving Capital Fuel & Transportation: Fuel costs for squad cars Training & Conferences: Costs associated with attendance at trainings Contracted Services: Legal, Cleaning Services Personnel: PERA, FICA, Workers Comp, Unemployment General Operating: Office Supplies Other/Misc: Repairs, Maintenance, Safety, Dues, etc.

10 9 Becker Police Department - Budget The Becker Police Department throughout the year also collects money to assist with its ‘budgeting process. Some of the sources of revenue include the following (numbers may vary based on time of reporting and when revenues are received): Source of RevenueAmount of Revenue Safe and Sober Grant$4,273.71$4, Operation NiteCap$1,473.82$2, Alcohol Compliance checks$320.00$0.00 Tobacco Compliance checks$0.00$ Donations$2,750.00$3, State training reimbursement$4,019.80$3, State Police Aid$26,185.00$29, Forfeitures$ $ Liquor Compliance (grant)$250.00$0.00 State Fines$14,856.93$12, Administrative Fines$4,050.00$10, Footprints observed and photographed as part of several investigations by Becker Police Officers in 2008.

11 10 Becker Police Department - Budget Upgrades and acquisitions for 2008: 1 Ford Crown Victoria Squad Car (#909) replaced squad #906. Squad #906 is used as a spare vehicle. (Budgeted $26,000) 2 Panasonic Toughbook Laptop computers for squad cars, to include updated docking stations. (Budgeted $8,400) 1 Desktop computer to replace older computer for use by Secretary for mobile software. (Budgeted $2,500) Computer system upgrade with the Sherburne County Sheriff’s Department. (Budgeted $30,000) 800 MHz radio project – install of radio equipment. (Budgeted $20,000) Computer interoperability project with the Sherburne County Sheriff’s Department. (Budgeted $20,000 – project never happened in 2008). Transfer to Revolving Capital Account. ($20,000) Obtained via grant/or other for 2008: 3 Camera attachments for Tasers and 1 HD Video camera (Cost $2,000 and was purchased with funds from Eddy Foundation grant). 3 Nikon Digital Cameras for each of the squad cars (Donation from Xcel Energy, Becker) Bullard Thermal Imaging Camera from Department of Homeland Security. (Donation is valued at $19,000)

12 11 Becker Police Department - Programs Operation NiteCap (Nighttime Concentrated Alcohol Patrol) is an impaired driving prevention program designed to reduce highly preventable alcohol- related traffic deaths on Minnesota’s highways. The program is funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Minnesota Office of Traffic Safety. In 2008, law enforcement agencies within Sherburne County began participation in a new program called CRASH – Collision Reduction And Safer Highways. This is a High Visibility Enforcement campaign designed to locate and arrest ALL impaired drivers and to remove Sherburne County from being on the list of the 13 deadliest counties in Minnesota. 1 Hennepin 2 Ramsey 3 Anoka 4 St.Louis 5 Dakota 6Wright 7 Stearns 8 Rice 9 Sherburne 10 Crow Wing 11Washington 12 Blue Earth 13 Itasca

13 12 Becker Police Department - Programs The Becker Police Department is an active participant in these alcohol impaired enforcement programs. The Elk River Police Department is the fiscal agent for the grant that provides the Becker Police Department reimbursement funds for officer time spent within these enforcement programs Safe and Sober Program Totals: Grant funds used$3,819.56$4,714.68$2, Overtime hours worked Shifts worked Miles patrolled2,4363, Vehicles Stopped Custodial arrests made10112 DUI Arrests571 Under 21 drink and drive100 Warrant arrests641 Drug arrests100 DAR/DAS/DAC783 Citations issued117 (147 Warnings)110 (235)57 (111) Speeding citations56 (87 Warnings)38 (95)33 (21) Seatbelt citations22 (5 Warnings)27 (7)6 (0) Equipment citations12 (21 Warnings)0 (60)2 (45) Miscellaneous citations27 (0 Warnings)30 (73)12 (41) * A change in how statistics are evaluated resulted in the decrease in numbers for 2008 * Front and reverse side of business card handed out during each traffic stop.

14 Becker Police Department - Programs 2008 NiteCap Program Totals: Grant funds reimbursed$1,961.76$1,860.85$2, Overtime hours worked Miles patrolled1,1601,1651,582 Shifts worked Vehicles stopped Custodial arrests made680 DUI’s364 Warrant arrests210 Drug arrests321 DAR/DAS/DAC320 Minor Consumption1042 No insurance100 Open bottle100 Citations issued23 (58 Warnings)30 (76)24 (92) Speeding citations14 (26 Warnings)8 (19)12 (14) Equipment citations1 (17 Warnings)0 (36)1 (44) Miscellaneous citations8 (15 Warnings)9 (21)5 (32) 13

15 Becker Police Department - Programs Alcohol and Tobacco compliance checks January 1, December 31, Tobacco Compliance Checks: In August 2008, six (6) businesses within the City of Becker were checked for compliance dealing with underage sales of tobacco. Four (4) businesses were found to be in violation. All were assessed an administrative penalty of $100 for the violation through City Ordinance Eight (8) businesses had alcohol compliance checks within the months of June and in December. No businesses failed in June while one (1) business failed a check in December. An administrative fee of $750 was assessed against the business for the failure pursuant to City Ordinance The Becker Police Department will continue to monitor our tobacco and alcohol license holders in an effort to reduce the likelihood that these substances will come into the hands of our youth! 2008 Alcohol Compliance Checks:

16 Becker Police Department - Programs 15 TRAINING Each year the Officers of the Becker Police Department participate in various trainings in an effort to stay up on the latest information and technology within law enforcement. Additionally, Officers are mandated by the Minnesota P.O.S.T. (Peace Officer Standards and Training) Board to complete 48 continuing education credits every three years to remain licensed. For more information on the training requirements, you can visit the P.O.S.T. Board website at the following: The following is a list of trainings completed during 2008 by Officers of the Becker Police Department: Firearms Qualification 1 st Responder refresher Use of Force Crime Free Multi Housing Data Practices: HR and Personnel Data Practices: Criminal Records Background Investigations Understanding and Planning for School Bomb Incidents Crisis Communication in Schools Toward Zero Death Conference Advanced Emergency Driving School FBI Crime Scene Survey, Diagramming, and Documentation Advanced Thermal Imaging Camera Training Taser Instructor Recertification Taser Refresher Intoxilyzer Operator Recertification MN Chief of Police Conference OSHA Right to Know, Bloodborne Pathogens League of Minnesota Cities PATROL Online Training

17 Becker Police Department – Statistical Information 16 Calls for service by time of day By the numbers: Time: Change ▼ ▼ ▼ ▲ ▼ ▼ ▼ ▲4 TOTAL ▼355

18 Becker Police Department – Statistical Information 17 Calls for service by day of the week By the numbers: Day Change Monday ▼111 Tuesday ▼4 Wednesday ▼73 Thursday ▼83 Friday ▼72 Saturday ▲27 Sunday ▼30 TOTAL ▼355

19 Becker Police Department – Statistical Information 18 Calls for service by month By the numbers: Month: Change January ▲24 February ▼32 March ▼77 April ▼49 May ▼56 June ▼115 July ▼47 August ▼49 September ▼31 October ▼9 November ▲12 December ▲74 TOTAL ▼355

20 Becker Police Department – Statistical Information 19 PART I OFFENSES REPORTED IN 2008 Part I offenses reflect information on eight “serious” crime classifications, and is generally referred to as the “Crime Index” measurement. Each category may also include various sub-classifications which are included in the total for each category. (NOTE: Numbers identify reports to the police department, and may not necessarily reflect those that have been charged or prosecuted as such.) Murder000 Rape (Force or attempt)001 Robbery (Armed, Strongarm)101 Assault (Gun, Knife, Hands, Other)629 Burglary (Forcible, No Force, Attempted) Larceny (Theft) Auto Theft232 Arson101 Discovery Channel film crew working with Officer Mark Roelike during filming of a segment for their Discovery Investigations Channel program titled, “30 Pieces of Silver.”

21 Becker Police Department – Statistical Information 20 PART II OFFENSES REPORTED IN 2008 Part II offenses are the “less serious” identified crimes. Each category also includes various sub-classifications which are included in the total for each category. (NOTE: Numbers identify reports to the police department, and may not necessarily reflect those that have been charged or prosecuted as such.) Other Assaults Forgery/Counterfeiting11102 Fraud Embezzlement000 Stolen Property000 Vandalism/Destruction of Property Weapons000 Prostitution000 Other Sex Offenses594 Narcotics Gambling000 Family/Children D.U.I Liquor Laws22540 Disorderly Conduct1094 Pictures from a burglary scene where blood was found on a file cabinet. The blood was ultimately matched with a suspect by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA).

22 Additional Citations Issued: Speeding Warnings-Speed Stop Sign Violations9167 Expired License Tabs4425 Parking Violations33146 Seatbelt Violations3112 Driving After Revocation2810 Driving After Suspension2610 Other: Alarms Vehicle Lockouts Medicals Vehicle Accidents (all) Animals At Large/Missing9674 Other Agency Assist51100 Juvenile Runaway1212 Curfew Becker Police Department – Misc. Statistical Information Pictures showing where a drunk driver had driven through the ditch. An investigation led to the vehicle that had left these tracks in the grass.

23 Becker Police Department – Other 22 Records and Administration: As a department, we continue to transition to the use of digitized equipment to assist in using our time more efficiently. One such way was the installation of a digital transcription module in the fall of In some cases, reports are still written out; however, we are continuing to complete reports as much as possible in the digital format. It is likely that more will be done in the future in this area and paperwork may even be scanned reducing the amount of paperwork generated. Transcriptions completed in 2008:  Statements completed: 126  Reports completed:402  Average length of time for statements:8.382 minutes per statement  Average length of time for reports:7.577 minutes per report Administrative Citations:  Administrative Citations processed:254  Administrative Citations not paid:17 (state citation issued for non-payment)  Administrative Citations dismissed:3 Law Enforcement agencies represented in Sherburne County

24 Volunteer Police Reserve Program The Becker Volunteer Police Reserve Program is made up of men and women who volunteer their time to assist the Becker Police Department with various needs and projects throughout the year. Without the help of the Reserve Unit, the Department would likely incur more overtime and be less responsive to the needs of our citizens and our community. TOTAL HOURS VOLUNTEERED IN 2008:510 hours 510 hours would equate to nearly $9,500 in Officer time saved to the City of Becker Events/opportunities that the Reserve Unit assisted in and hours volunteered: Ride Along271 Freedom Days State Golf Tournament23.5 Safe and Sober21 Traffic: Schools21 Training18 Becker Football Games17 All night grad party13 Security Checks13 Relay for Life12 Safety Camp11.5 Meetings9 Other: Schools8.5 Street light checks7 National Night Out6 Church functions5 Shop with a Cop4 Public Assist/Fire, etc3 Mock Crash2.25 Food Drive2 Thank you to our Volunteer Police Reserves for your support and assistance throughout this past year. Your help is very much appreciated! 23 Becker Police Department – Other

25 24  January – Computers within the Police Department and squad cars were upgraded with the Sherburne County Sheriff’s Department.  February – The Becker Police Department Volunteer Police Reserve Unit kicked off its’ recruiting drive.  March – A Becker Police Officer was sent to Chicago, IL, as part of a FEMA grant for training on the use of a Thermal Imaging Camera obtained via federal grant.  April – Officers participated in a mock crash incident at the Becker High School.  April – A Becker Police Officer assisted in the arrest of a man from Rice, MN after he was found in a local park sexually assaulting a 13 year old female that he had met on the internet.  April – A Becker Police Officer was invited to attend a Crime Scene Survey and Diagramming class for 1 week at the FBI Academy in Quantico, VA. The FBI paid for all expenses.  May – Becker Officer’s assisted the Discovery Channel in filming a segment for a program dealing with high profile cases and interviews and interrogations. The program later aired on the Discover Investigations channel and was titled, “30 Pieces of Silver.”  May - The Minnesota Chief’s of Police Association donated a free laptop computer to the Police Department.  June – Another successful Safety Camp was held with 96 participants.  June – Officers also participated in another eventful but safe Freedom Days celebration.  August – The Police Department completed a round of tobacco compliance checks and found that 4 local businesses failed by selling tobacco to a minor. Becker Police Department – Highlights 2008

26  September – A Becker Police Officer receives a Crime Scene Technician certification from the International Association for identification making the Becker Police Department the only law enforcement agency in Central Minnesota with 2 certified crime scene analysts.  September – The Police Department receives a grant from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Alcohol and Gambling Division to assist in providing alcohol compliance checks.  October – The Police Department begins having a presence at the Becker Community Center in an effort to assist in youth development.  October – The Becker Police Department along with other law enforcement agencies within Sherburne County begins its’ involvement in CRASH, Collision Reduction And Safer Highways to help reduce the number of drunk drivers on our roadways and the number of crashes associated with the use of alcohol.  November – Officer Greg Bratt is promoted to the rank of Sergeant after a lengthy testing process.  November – The Police Department purchases Taser Cams with a grant from the Eddy Foundation. These cameras are attached to Tasers allowing for incidents to captured via video.  December – The Police Department conducts Use of Force training with the assistance of the Brooklyn Center Police Department.  December – 800MHz radios are received by the Police Department. These were provided through a grant obtained by the Sherburne County Sheriff’s Department.  December - 1 local business failed an alcohol compliance check and was later given a civil penalty by the Becker City Council for $

27 The 2008 Annual Report was prepared by the following: Brent J. Baloun, Chief of Police Greg Bratt, Sergeant June Hubbard, Administrative Secretary Special thanks to the men and women of the Becker Police Department whose devotion and commitment help make Becker what it is! INTEGRITY Looking forward to the consequences of our actions; Uprightness of character and soundness of moral principles; includes the qualities of truthfulness and honesty. 26


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