ASSISTING PROBATION OFFICER
Officer Troy Hokanson one day recently was accompanying a Dakota County Probation Officer checking on probationers in Lakeville. They stopped to check on one individual and found that the subject was extremely intoxicated, which was a violation of his probation conditions.
Officer Hokanson assisted the Probation Officer and arrested the subject on an Arrest and Detain Order and the subject was jailed.
During every school year, one of our Lakeville School Resource Officers will organize a career day for Lakeville High School students at the Police Department. This past week, SRO Andy Hentges hosted a group of about 50 Lakeville North High School students at our station for the Lakeville North High School Opportunities Day.
After greeting the students and giving them an overview of what they would be seeing and learning about law enforcement, I had an opportunity to talk with School Resource Officer Hentges about the learning experience the day at the PD provides for the students. Officer Hentges said that while some of the students had expressed a desire to be a police officer, many of them were really undecided in what career path they might ultimately follow but had some interest in criminal justice.
The students are organized into two smaller groups and throughout the day attend classroom style hour-long presentations on the patrol and investigative functions of our police department as well as a presentation on illicit drug enforcement by our detective assigned to the Dakota Drug Task Force.
In addition to the presentations, the high school students are also given a complete tour of the Lakeville Police Station to gain a better understanding of all the functions that a suburban law enforcement agency does to provide public safety services 24/7/365.
Probably the most popular learning experience of the day for the students is the demonstration put on by our two K-9 teams, Officer Chad Loeffler and his new K-9 partner Tank, and Officer Jason Jensen and his K-9 partner, Zeus. The K-9 demonstration gives the students an idea of how much training and hard work goes into working police K-9 teams and the high degree of discipline and control that the K-9 handlers have with these police dogs.
Officer Hentges said that the Lakeville Police Department Opportunities Day every year is one of the most popular with the students attending career day events.
WEEKLY LPD SNAPSHOT
Sampling of LPD activity for the week of Nov. 9 to Nov. 16, 2012
Traffic crashes: 12 Alarms: 35 Animal Calls: 3 Medical Emergency Calls: 34 Thefts: 20 Traffic Stops: 205