Many of you probably heard about the police dog who was shot in the line of duty on February 21st. I am happy to share that Anoka’s K-9 Bravo made a complete recovery and returned to work full time at the beginning of the month. Tragically, not all stories involving law enforcement officers being shot at have a happy ending like this one, and it is for that very reason I believe it is crucial to recognize the many brave men and women who put their lives on the line for us every day without knowing whether they will be seriously injured or killed.
We have all heard stories and seen data about peace officers walking away from their jobs at an unprecedented rate because of the anti-law enforcement rhetoric that is unfortunately becoming prevalent within some communities and by so-called leadership. When these communities lose their public servants, everyone suffers from the lack of protection and service.
I wanted to take a few minutes today to share a story about the work our Minneapolis law enforcement officers did in conjunction with New York officers last Tuesday. Fortunately, this incident was resolved quickly and safely due to their professionalism.
As many of you may know, this April recognized the 20th anniversary of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. And though law enforcement is always vigilant about preventing these crimes, Stearns County launched the Central Minnesota Human Trafficking Task Force in 2018 to better fight this exploitation.
The Blaine and Coon Rapids police departments recently hired Allison Miller as an embedded Mental Health Professional. Law enforcement officers are often called to help with mental health crises, and Allison’s role will assist officers and connect residents with resources in an effort to both ensure they get the support they need as well as decrease the number of repeat calls to law enforcement.