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September 16, 2019

8/15/2019 3:30:00 PM
Police K9, crisis intervention are part of a busy summer

The past few months have been quite busy for the Windom Police Department.
It seems there is usually increased activity for our agency during the summer months. We have a new addition to our staff and we have completed mandated continuing education training.
Police K9 at work
Officer Louis Norell and our K9, Bruno, completed training on June 28 in Blaine.
We are excited to welcome Bruno to our department. Bruno is trained in narcotics detection, tracking and apprehension.
We again thank the members of the community who donated to make the K9 program a reality.
Crisis intervention
In July, officers completed Crisis Intervention Training and De-escalation Training.
Both courses are mandated by the Minnesota POST Board for officers to complete. We sent members of our staff to become instructors in these topics to offer them in-house at our agency.
This was good training for our staff and they are meeting state mandated requirements.
Active shooters
Unfortunately, the term "active shooter" has become a part of our everyday vocabulary.
The Windom Police Department has been proactive in training its officers and the public in preparing for such a threat. This year, our officers completed training in responding to this type of crisis.
In the past, we have partnered with the Cottonwood County Sheriff's Office to offer A.L.I.C.E training to members of the community. A.L.I.C.E. stands for: Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter and Evacuate.
It is our intention to continue to provide this training to our residents. Please contact our office for more information.
In closing, I wish to thank our officers for the good work they do each day. Their efforts are appreciated.
Scott Peterson is the Windom police chief.

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