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MINUTES OF THE REGULAR MEETING OF THE <br />HELD AT THE EDINA VILLAGE HALL <br />EDINA VILLAGE COUNCLL , ,. <br />ON MONDAY, OCTOBER 2, 1967 <br />Members answering Rollcall were Trustees Courtney, Johnson, MacMillan, VanValkenburg, <br />and Mayor Bredesen. <br />AMERICAN RED CROSS CERTIFICATE OF MERIT AWARDS PRESENTED. Mr. John Hartman, represent- <br />ative of the American Red Cross, presented Certificates of Merit, the highest award <br />given by the InTernational Red Cross, to Police Sergeant Robert Christy and Patrolman <br />Richard Gunderson. Mr. Hartman also presented awards to Fire Lieutenant Ernest Hansen <br />and Frank Wellman in recognition of their first aid assistance to Sergeant Christy and <br />Patrolman Gunderson in effecting a complete recovery in saving a life. <br />expressed his personal pride as a resident of Edina in knowing that competent men of <br />the Edina Police andPire Departments stand ready to act as a team to serve in case of <br />emergencies. - <br />Mr. Hartman <br />POLICE SERGEANT JAMES H. CRAWFORD ACCEPTS POSITION AS NORTH ST. PAUL POLICE CHIEF. <br />Mr. Hyde commended Police Sergeant James H. Crawford, a veteran of eleven years on the <br />Edina Police force, upon being appointed Chief of Police of North St. Paul. <br />POLICE PERSONNEL RECOGNIZED FOR OUTSTANDING ACCOMPLISHMENTS. Mr. Hyde presented Police- <br />School Liaison Officers, Sergeants Richard-Alstad and Thomas Brownell, pointing out that <br />these officers have been responsible for outstanding investigative work, whereupon Trus- <br />tee Johnson offered the following resolution and moved its adoption: <br />RESOLUTION . WHEREAS, Sergeants Richard Alstad and Thomas Brownell have served the Village of <br />~ <br />Edina as Police-School Liaison Officers, and <br />standing manner, bringing national recognition to the Village of Edina and have served <br />in the capacity as leaders in this new field for law enforcement officers, and <br />Edina modifications to the initial program as the outstanding influence which has spread <br />this new law enforaement technique to other communities of Edina's size throughout the <br />United States, and <br />WHEREAS, the Police Liaison Program has brought about new relationships between <br />youth, parents, police, the courts, other related agencies and has brought about ex- <br />cellent relationships between the school.personne1 and the,police. <br />responsible for outstanding investigative work on the following cases in 1967: <br />TWREAS, Sergeants Alstad and Brownell have served in this capacity in an out- <br />WHEREAS, the Mott Foundation, the founders of the program, have recognized the <br />WHEXEAS, in addition to the above duties, Sergeants Alstad and Browneil have been <br />1. The successful conclusion of an assault case on June 9, 1967, when a woman <br />was viciously assaulted in the Pentagon Building when two juveniles struck her <br />over the head with a crescent wrench. <br />The apprehension of a juvenile gang who had co,mmitted numerous house burglar- <br />ies in Edina, stolen several vehicles, and forged checks and used credit cards <br />stolen in the burglaries to obtain merchandise. All were Edina juveniles and <br />referred to Juvenile Court. <br />- 3. After considerable investigation, and through diligence and patience, the off- <br />icers were successful in apprehending an adult, who for months had been ex- <br />posing himself near schools. He was successfully prosecuted and brought to <br />justice. <br />The recoverypf several thousands of dollars of audio-visual equipment and <br />electronic equipment stolen in three separate incidents from the Valley View <br />Junior High School. <br />The successful deterring of serious gang activity in .the Southdale area which <br />had erupted into revengeful attitudes and caused a number of cases of serious <br />vandalism to automobiles. <br />The apprehension of five Edina juveniles who as a gang, were involved in <br />eleven house burglaries, numerous car and garage prowls an3 several thefts <br />from the Edina High School. <br />The successful investigation and apprehension of those juveniles responsible <br />for extensive arson and vandalism committed at the Edina Municipal Swimming <br />The recovery of outboard motors, valued at more than $1,000.00, as a result <br />of an investigation brought to their attention by the Uniform Division. <br />2. <br />4. <br />5. <br />6. <br />7. <br />- Po0 1. <br />8. <br />NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the.Village Council, Village of Edina, that <br />Sergeants Richard Alstad and Thomas Brownell be commended for their excellence of per- <br />formance of duty, both as police-school liaison officers and as investigative officers <br />of the Village of Edina. <br />Motion for adoption of the resolution was seconded by Trustee Courtney and carried. <br />Hyde then advised Council that during the past.week, members of the detective division <br />have been particularly effective in either developing leads which have cleared an un- <br />usual number of offenses or have participated in the questioning of suspects which have <br />cleared a large number of offenses. <br />son, Richard Nissen, Richard Alstad and Michael Fairbanks were then commended; <br />Mr. <br />Officers David Blood, Thomas Brownell, Walter John-