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Ask the Chief: Everyone can play a role in public safety

Red Wing Police Chief Roger Pohlman

"Ask The Chief" allows readers access to useful information about law enforcement issues in Red Wing. This communication tool has been developed to enhance community policing efforts by providing residents and visitors with the opportunity to ask questions about local laws, programs and the department in general.

Submit your question to askthe.policechief@ci.red-wing.mn.us.

Q: Is Red Wing a safe community?

A: Absolutely! Crime is transient and cyclic in nature, therefore we can make Red Wing an even safer community. Following are various programs in place to build our collaboration and partnerships with residents and businesses:

Communication: An excellent way to stay informed is by enrolling in CodeRed. The CodeRED system provides Goodhue County officials the ability to quickly deliver messages, from evacuation notices to missing child alerts to targeted areas or the entire County. https://public.coderedweb.com/CNE/en-US/ECFBE1C94293

Crime Stoppers Tip Line: If you know something, if you see something, if you suspect something, please report it. Using the tip line makes it possible for neighbors to report suspicious activity or crimes without fear of retaliation.

Crime Stoppers of Minnesota provides a safe place for citizens to provide anonymous information about crime and fugitives. They will deliver your information to the proper authorities to investigate without revealing your identity.

Phone: 888-222-TIPS (8477)

Form: https://www.p3tips.com/TipForm.aspx?ID=674#English

Landlords: Our crime free housing program was developed with the purpose of creating and maintaining safe/crime free rental properties. The Red Wing Police Department will conduct a background check for private landlords for a fee of $5 per background check.

Landlords must have a signed release form from the person to be checked. The background check will consist of a check of the Red Wing Police Department records and a public Minnesota Criminal History check.

Landlord training is a three-phase program:

Phase one consists of an eight-hour training session covering topics such as:

• Combating crime

• Dealing with non-compliance of the lease

• Lease agreements

• Tenant screening

Phase two introduces "crime prevention through environmental design" or CPTED standards to the rental property. Items such as door and window locks, lighting, and landscaping are inspected to ensure a safe living environment for the residents.

Phase three is a meeting with renters to explain the crime-free program, review safety procedures and discuss tenant watch concepts.

The Crime-Free Lease Addendum is incorporated into subsequent lease agreements advising renters that they are responsible for any illegal activities occurring on the property including those of their visitors and guests. Illegal activity may result in the immediate eviction of the renter.

Blight property: Organizing a neighborhood cleanup is a great way to get people out of the house, and working together around a common cause. Property with broken windows, abandoned cars, and even litter sends a message to criminals that the community has become complacent and may tolerate an increase in criminal activity.

Neighborhood Watch program: Setting up a Neighborhood Watch in your neighborhood is an excellent partnership with the Red Wing Police Department. Call 651-267-2609 to schedule your first meeting.

Community policing: "Coffee with a Cop" is our latest effort to connect with you on a one on one basis. Stay tuned for date, time, and place.

Night to Unite: Held annually on the first Tuesday in August (Aug. 6, 2019), this event encourages neighbors to get outdoors and enjoy each other's company as well as to meet members of various city departments and elected city officials. Hot dog cookouts, potlucks, parades, and carnivals are held in neighborhoods throughout Red Wing as a part of this national event. Register today by going to www.red-wing.org/FormCenter/General-Forms-5/2019-Night-to-Unite-Registra.... I encourage every neighborhood to host an event this year to get to know your neighbors over a hot dog.

Local resources: We have excellent organizations in Red Wing that make and keep our community healthy, safe, and vibrant. The United Way, YMCA, Every Hand Joined, to name just a few.

Youth programs: Red Wing's youth programs and the educational system is second to none. The school system and youth programs enrich our youth with positive and constructive activities (after school programs, sports, and volunteer opportunities) go a long way toward keeping youths and adolescents away from negative influences.

Faith-based efforts: Red Wing's faith community is active and offer excellent programs that connect us in a meaningful way as well as offer free meals, child care, youth activities, and an array of other activities. Faith-based organizations play a significant role in fighting crime.

Your safety is our concern, so we go to great lengths to keep the community informed and educated on law enforcement topics as well as your personal safety. We are also sensitive to victim privacy and it is a delicate balance between transparency and privacy and I thank you for your cooperation and your willingness to work together to keep our community safe.

Resources:

1. Faith and Communities in Action: https://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/bja/241293.pdf

2. Landlords and Tenants: https://www.ag.state.mn.us/brochures/pubLandlordTenants.pdf

3. Minnesota State Statues Covenant of Landlord and Tenant not to allow unlawful activities: https://www.revisor.mn.gov/statutes/cite/504B.171

4. CodeRED: https://public.coderedweb.com/CNE/en-US/ECFBE1C94293

5. Crime Free Multi-Housing: https://www.red-wing.org/247/Crime-Free-Multi-Housing

6. Red Wing Community Policing: https://www.red-wing.org/216/Community-Policing

7. Red Wing Crime Prevention: https://www.red-wing.org/249/Crime-Prevention

8. Dwelling Inspections: https://www.red-wing.org/339/Maintenance-Code-Dwelling-Inspections

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