Water Safety Urged
There have been three apparent drownings so far this summer in Hennepin County. The most recent tragedy occurred at Cedar Lake, Minneapolis. A Sheriff's Office Dive Team member found a 16-year old girl unconscious underwater after she was reported missing while swimming. She died at HCMC.
Remember these tips:
WATCH your kids who are in or near the water. One adult should maintain constant visual contact on the kids. Avoid distractions such as texting or socializing. Do not rely on lifeguards.
WEAR a life jacket. Minnesota law requires life jackets for kids under 10 while boating. Children of all ages are urged to wear life jackets while boating. For weak or non-swimmers, consider a life jacket while in swimming in pools, lakes and other bodies of water. Adult supervision is still needed.
LEARN to swim, learn CPR and learn more about water safety.
Training at Apartments
The photo above was taken during a swim safety training event. The paramedic and the little girl volunteered to depict an emergency. It is certainly a reminder of the importance of swim safety.
The Sheriff's Office is helping to provide
instruction to apartment managers, staff, and residents on preventing accidents at apartment swimming pools. The training will
also demonstrate the best steps in an emergency response.
The next training session take place on June 20 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm at Twin Lake North Apartments, 4539 58th Ave, Brooklyn Center.
Several agencies have partnered with the Sheriff's
Office on the newly-formed Twin Cities Water Safety Task Force and
partners include North Memorial Hospital, Foss Swim School, Abbey's Hope Charitable Foundation, the DNR, and the
following police departments: Brooklyn Park, Brooklyn Center, and
Plymouth. Similar training sessions took place last month.
A safety video has been created so that apartment
managers may provide safety instruction to new residents and review
safety information. The Sheriff's Office
responds to all water-related emergencies in Hennepin County.
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Sheriff Rich Stanek signs 911 design plans
UPDATE: 911 Design Plan Approved
The new Sheriff's Office 911 Emergency Communications Center took another step forward. Sheriff Rich Stanek signed off on the design plans for the new facility that will be built in Plymouth. A ground-breaking is slated for this fall and occupancy in expected in 2014. The current Sheriff's 911 facility is in Golden Valley.
The Hennepin County
Sheriff’s Office has begun additional patrols in downtown Minneapolis as part of the annual summer SafeZone
The Sheriff’s Office
partners with the Minneapolis Police Department, Metro Transit Police, and the
Downtown Improvement District to keep the downtown safe for people, who work,
live, shop and visit downtown.
Sheriff’s Office deputies and law enforcement
officers from the other partner agencies will walk the downtown beat in a
proactive, high-profile effort to prevent crime and respond to public safety
“SafeZone has been
an extremely successful initiative and it contributes to creating a safe
environment during the busiest time of year for downtown Minneapolis,” said Hennepin County Sheriff