Ramsey County Sheriff's Office Public Newsletter - May 2018

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"The Heart of Service"

ISSUE 5:  MAY 2018

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Honoring Fallen Correctional Officers

As part of National Correctional Officers Week, May 6-12, 2018, the Sheriff's Office held its annual Memorial Flag Ceremony on the front lawn of the Law Enforcement Center in St. Paul, MN.

Our Correctional Officers are men and women with a heart of service who work 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to safely, securely, and humanely house inmates, often times managing confrontations, violence, and conflict during their work shifts.

Our ceremony thanks Correctional Officers for their service and honors the service and memory of Correctional Officers who have died in the line of duty.

Sheriff Serier said, “We don’t forget. We will never forget the ultimate price fallen Correctional Officers paid to keep their communities safe…I ask us all to remember those that have fallen.”

Remembering Those Who Died in the Line of Duty

Sunday, May 13th marked the beginning of National Police Week 2018. Police Week commemorates all law enforcement officers who have fallen in the line of duty in the history of our nation.

On May 15th, we had the honor of joining our Ramsey County Commissioners as they proclaimed May 13-19, 2018, as Police Week in Ramsey County.

As part of Police Week, many of our members will stand guard at the Minnesota Peace Officer's Memorial. "We do this each year to remember those who have lost their lives and make sure they are never forgotten," said Sheriff Serier.

Thank you to all peace officers, nationwide, for your service to your communities.

Please take a moment this week and remember the families who have lost a loved one in uniform. The sacrifices continue each and every day for these families.

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Playing Games for a Good Cause

Northland Cup to benefit SPIP

Turns out intergovernmental hockey IS a thing!

The City of St. Paul and Ramsey County faced off in mid-April at the 5th Annual Northland Cup, a friendly and charitable hockey game to benefit the Saint Paul & Ramsey County Domestic Abuse Intervention Project (SPIP).

The afternoon featured a silent auction and raffle, Representative Dave Pinto singing the national anthem, a celebrity puck drop featuring St. Paul Police Chief Todd Axtell, Ramsey County Sheriff Jack Serier, Ramsey County Attorney John Choi, and St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter, followed some intense hockey playing (including an impressive Mini Mite game).

By the day's end, over $18,000 was raised to benefit the SPIP.

The SPIP is the only program in St. Paul that reaches out to victims during the initial crisis. SPIP is available to help 24 hours a day in Ramsey County at (651) 654-2824.

Working Toward #NotAnotherOverdose

On two nights in April, we partnered with Mn Adult and Teen Challenge to bring our Ramsey County Coalition #NotAnotherOverdose message of hope our to our Ramsey County communities, joining together for back-to-back public forums at White Bear Lake High School and Roseville High School.

Our nights featured interactive displays, exhibitors from local mental health and recovery centers, plus a special guest appearance by "Milo," our narcotics-detection dog. Law enforcement officials, county attorneys, experts from Mn Adult and Teen Challenge, and addiction survivors in recovery shared their insights with forum attendees, then joined together for an incredible Q&A panel to engage in conversations with our audience.

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Celebrating 27 Years of Service

US Soukkala retirement

At the end of April, we celebrated the career of Undersheriff Terry Soukkala, who retired from law enforcement after 27 years of dedicated public service. "Terry has done a phenomenal job as an Undersheriff and has been an outstanding member of this agency for many years," said Sheriff Serier.

We wish Undersheriff Soukkala happy trails and abundant new adventures in retirement!

Providing Training to Our Military Partners

Veterans Academy April 2018

Over the past 6 months, we've been honored to provide over 12 hours of training to the Army National Guard's 257th MP Company.

And during a recent weekend in April, we hosted our third installment of the Veterans' Academy, which included training in use of force, room clearing, backgrounds, CrossFit, and force-on-force training in Spartan Suits.

We truly appreciate the experience of working with our National Guard military members.

Saying Goodbye to Work, Hello to Retirement

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Congratulations to Deputy Bill Bukoskey, who officially entered retirement on May 4th.

Deputy Bukoskey served our Ramsey County communities for 22 years, from 1996-2018, and shared his talents in numerous capacities and operating units.

Thank you for your service Deputy Bukoskey; enjoy the next adventure.

Cheering for our Young Ambassadors

Explorer competition April 2018

We're proud of our young ambassadors!

Our law enforcement Explorers joined up with posts from around Minnesota in late April for a statewide Explorer competition in Rochester, MN. And as a result of many hours of practice and preparation, our Explorers took home a 3rd place finish in Crime Prevention, 4th place in Bomb Threat Response, and 5th place in Dark Web Academics. RCSO Explorer Casey Valento was also victorious in the 5K run with a 3rd place finish.

Congratulations to our Explorers and Explorer Advisors, and thank you for your dedication.

Giving Support to Military Families

Scoops for Troops

Deputies Burgos and Stewart were out and about making interesting new friends at a recent Scoops for Troops Benefit In Arden Hills.

Scoops for Troops is a food and ice cream social that raises funds for the children of fallen military members.

Thanks to all who joined us for this meaningful event.

Graduating 20 Citizen Volunteers

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After an intensive 9-week academy, we had the pleasure this month of seeing 20 awesome people graduate and become part of our Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).

Prior to graduating, our new CERT members completed a disaster simulation exercise, preceded by many weeks of studying disaster preparedness, fire safety, terrorism, disaster medical operations and psychology, and light search and rescue.

Moving forward, our new CERT members will be equipped to partner with emergency services personnel in coordinated responses following catastrophic disasters.

Thank you one and all for volunteering your time and talents to the RCSO and to our communities.

Cultivating Leadership

MSA Award Deputy Josh Adams

Great work by Deputy Josh Adams who recently wrapped up a battery of intensive coursework through the Institute for Credible Leadership Development (ICLD), which was sponsored by the Minnesota Sheriffs' Association. The coursework included such topics as conflict management, interpersonal communication, versatility skills, and organization development.

Deputy Adams is our third RCSO member to complete the rigorous ICLD coursework – congratulations!

Ensuring You are Served 24/7

Don't Post Do Call

We always enjoy “meeting” you out on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and sharing news and information. There is one thing, though, that we ask you to NOT share with us on our social media platforms – reports of crimes and suspicious activity.

Each week, we receive social media messages and posts from our community members who want to report crimes. Often the posters say they’ve chosen to post instead of call because:

“I don’t want to bother you.”

“I’m not sure of the protocol for calling you.”

“It’s not an emergency.”

Remember that we are here to serve you, help you stay safe, provide you with resources, and respond when you need us. You are not bothering us by requesting our help. Our trained police and fire dispatchers are available to take your calls 24/7 and provide timely and appropriate response.

The takeaway from all of this?

For emergencies, issues that need immediate police response, or to report crimes or suspicious activity, don’t post, DO call.

  • DO call 9-1-1 for emergencies and issues that require immediate police response
  • DO call 651-767-0640 for non-emergencies in Ramsey County

Saying Thanks with a Big Day of Fun

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In early May, the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Foundation School Patrol Committee, with a hand from the Sheriff’s Office and several other agencies, hosted nearly 1,000 elementary School Patrol members at Aldrich Arena and the Goodrich Golf Dome to recognize their incredible service this school year. This event has been a 50-year tradition as a fun-filled way of thanking these young leaders for their volunteer service.


Hot Dog With a Deputy - Shoreview


Hot Dog with a Deputy season is finally here!

June 5, 2018

5:00 - 7:00 pm

Island Lake Park,  Shoreview

Join members of the Ramsey County Sheriff's Office for the first of our popular summer get-togethers and enjoy a "Hot Dog with a Deputy."

We'll be bringing our squad cars and gear, plus plentiful hot dogs, chips, bottled water, and frozen fun pops. It's our treat. We look forward to getting to know you.

Click HERE for details.

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