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#ThankACop: MN State Troopers

Though all the stories we share about law enforcement highlight their important work, this one is especially heartwarming and a true tribute to the dedication that officers have for their communities. A few weeks ago, 11 year old Caleb Rogers of Crystal, Minnesota received an early holiday surprise from some state troopers.

Since being diagnosed with brain cancer, 11-year-old Caleb has fought through more than 30 rounds of chemotherapy and radiation. A few weeks ago, state troopers partnered with Wishes and More, a non profit dedicated to granting wishes to children with terminal or life-threatening illnesses. Caleb received a gaming laptop and several other gifts and accessories complete with a police escort at the surprise wish reveal at his home in Crystal.

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#ThankACop: State Trooper Jimmy Buggs

Since seeing an increase in crime and deaths due to traffic incidents, the Minnesota State Patrol has been working to hire more troopers and patrol officers. They have also been making an effort to interview and train diverse candidates to better serve Minnesotans. This week’s officer highlight took advantage of the LETO (Law Enforcement Training Opportunity) program to continue his career of service as a State Trooper.

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#ThankACop: Sherburne & Anoka Co. Sheriff’s Departments

Over the weekend, a dangerous situation unfolded in St. Francis. It began with officers being fired upon and ended with the suspect being apprehended without any major injuries to him or officers. Had these sheriff’s deputies done their jobs differently, they may have not still been with us today.

On Saturday, November 14, a St. Francis police officer attempted to stop a vehicle after the driver committed a traffic violation. However, instead of surrendering himself, the suspect began to flee out of Anoka county while firing a gun repeatedly at the St. Francis officer in pursuit.

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#ThankACop: Duluth Police Officer Sara Schutte

As we continue to weather the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, I wanted to introduce you to an officer who has done everything in her power to continue serving her community despite the changes we’ve seen over this past year.

Officer Sara Schutte graduated from the University of Minnesota in Duluth in 2014 with degrees in Biology and Natural History. While she loved her science career, she missed engaging with the community. After much thought, she chose to return to school and become a police officer. She joined the Duluth Police Department in 2018 and hasn’t looked back.

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#ThankACop: Brooklyn Park Police Department

The Brooklyn Park Police Department safely and professionally handled a dangerous incident a few weeks ago. These situations are risky for both officers and suspects, but in this case, no one was injured. Unfortunately, situations like this  do sometimes end with officers, suspects, or bystanders being injured or killed, so stories like this make us all grateful for the officers who wake up each and every day to handle whatever comes their way.

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