By Tyler Trieglaff
Notes from the Chief
Friday, Feb. 12
1:19 p.m. Assist with looking for a stolen vehicle out of Detroit Lakes.
3:40 p.m. Assist Becker County Human Services.
8:50 p.m. Assist with a medical.
11:46 p.m. Assist with looking for a stolen vehicle from Perham.
Saturday, Feb. 13
9:22 p.m. Suspicious vehicle at a residence on Balsam.
9:28 p.m. Domestic disturbance on Rivercrest Drive. Husband and wife having a verbal argument.
10:59 p.m. Traffic complaint on W. Birch.
Sunday, Feb. 14
3:03 p.m. Report of a theft on W. Main Ave.
10:25 p.m. Report on W. Main that a neighbor was being disorderly.
Monday, Feb. 15
12:08 p.m. Traffic stop with citation for Driving After Revocation issued to Richard Bunker, 52, Waubun.
2:02 p.m. Call to PD that a male was harassing a female. Female lives in the county and was told to call Becker County.
8:20 p.m. Report of a possible neglected dog. Officer checked on the dog and all was well.
Tuesday, Feb. 16
1:33 p.m. Traffic stop leading to arrest of Joby Crow, 41, Frazee for Driving After Cancellation IPS.
6:32 p.m. Female reporting suspicious activity at her mother’s house after mom moved out.
Wednesday, Feb. 17
9:40 p.m. Disturbance on Rivercrest Drive with neighbors still not getting along.
1:30 p.m. Report of a brother assaulting another brother. Victim did not want to press charges. Advice given on obtaining a restraining order.
Thursday, Feb. 18
2:41 p.m. Female claimed to be threatened by a male on the internet. Officer was not able to talk with female due to her not answering the phone.
Frazee Police Department calls for 2020
Agency calls: Audubon PD 88; Callaway PD 185; Lake Park PD 472; Frazee PD 1,278, Detroit Lakes PD 8,986 and Becker County S.O. 9,662.
The total year call tally for Frazee breaks down to 3.5 calls per day.
Frazee PD calls received/responded to were:
• 911 Hang Up, 21.
• Abduction/Kidnapping, 1.
• Alarm Related, 33.
• Animal Related, 52.
• Assault, 13.
• Assist, 23.
• Assist Other Agency, 18.
• Attempt to Locate, 7.
• Burglary, 5.
• Crimes Against Family, 29.
• City Ordinance Violation, 29.
• Civil Complaint, 33.
• Court Order Violation, 9.
• Civil Process, 2.
• Death, 2. • Disorderly Conduct, 2.
• Disturbance, 52.
• Domestic, 22.
• Drug Related, 14. • Extra Patrol Request, 9.
• Fire, 13.
• Fireworks, 6.
• Fraud, 16.
• Funeral Escort, 4.
• Harassment, 12.
• Haz Mat, 3.
• Information Only, 40.
• Juvenile Misc., 38.
• Liquor Violation, 4.
• Medical, 91.
• Missing/Lost Person, 5.
• Motor Vehicle Crash, 32.
• Motor Vehicle Theft, 3.
• Noise Complaint, 10.
• Overdose, 2.
• Officer Detail, 38.
• Parking Complaint, 19.
• Offender Registration, 2.
• Lost/Found Property, 13.
• Property Damage, 12.
• Pursuit, 4.
• Robbery, 1.
• Runaway, 7.
• Shoplifting, 3.
• Shots Fired Call, 2.
• Suicide Related, 8.
• Suspicious Activity, 94.
• Theft, 26.
• Threats, 15.
• Trespass, 8.
• Traffic Complaint, 52. • Traffic Stop, 232.
• Vandalism, 7.
• Motorist Assist, 7.
• Vehicle Unlock, 27.
• Recovered Vehicle, 4.
• Warrant Arrest, 14.
• Warrant Attempt, 8.
• Search Warrant, 1.
• Weapon Violation, 1.
• Welfare Check, 43.
There was the breakdown of calls for service for the Frazee Police Department. The numbers are a bit lower than 2019 (1,506), I’m assuming to less people being out and about due to the stupid virus. Or, maybe we are doing such a wonderful job at the PD that people that cause the most trouble don’t want to come to Frazee.
The variety of calls that you read about each week are tallied for 2020. Most of these calls are self-explanatory, but I will explain a few so you won’t be scratching your heads wondering what these calls are about. Court Order Violations deal with Harassment Restraining Orders (HRO), Orders for Protection (OFP) and Domestic Abuse No Contact Order (DANCO). All of these orders are signed by a judge barring one person from having contact with another or others. The difference between the three are the severity of the issue between the two parties.
HRO’s are usually for someone bothering a neighbor or family member for example. Usually non-violent and involving some people not really getting along. An OFP is signed when there is more of a threat to one of the parties. This can be a result from abuse in the past or present where the two parties need to be kept apart from each other for safety reasons. A DANCO is put into place when there has been a recent investigation and one person is being charged with a crime. The judge signs this order to protect the victim of a crime. These court order violations only go one way. The petitioner files with the court and the paper is served to the respondent. The respondent will have to file their own HRO if they feel they are being harassed.
Crimes Against Families is a large call number for the Frazee PD. These calls usually involve children’s welfare and also the welfare of adults, mostly those listed as vulnerable adults. Frazee PD works very closely with Becker County Human Services (Child Protection) on these cases. All of the cases are cross reported with Human Services and we assist on home visits and initiate a criminal investigation when needed.
Civil Complaints can involve people not getting along and disputing the custody of their children, or people who share property and can’t decide who gets what in a break up. Most times the officer does not make a decision as to who gets what, as this is a civil matter not a criminal. If the issue cannot be handled civilly, they need to take matters in front of a judge and let the courts decide.
Officer Detail is sort of a miscellaneous call group with things varying from gas drive-offs to giving someone a ride home to having to unlock a door because they left their keys inside.
Welfare Checks are basically checking up on people that someone either hasn’t heard from in some time or dealing with someone that isn’t in their right place according to the caller. These calls can lead to helping someone who is lost, someone who is having a mental crisis, or even finding a deceased person. Some of these calls can be very basic while some can be very unpredictable.
Suspicious Activity calls can be very basic but can be very dangerous too. A report of a vehicle at a park can just be two young people “talking in the backseat”. It can also be a person with a felony warrant who does not want to go back to prison and has several weapons with them. One never knows what the call is going to be when it comes out.
I will further break down the calls in the coming weeks. In town, township/county, business, home owner, rental property etc.
I have described a few of the calls in more detail that we handle on a weekly basis. If you have any questions about the calls please feel free to email myself at firstname.lastname@example.org.