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 />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 />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 />- Po0 1.
<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 />Officers David Blood, Thomas Brownell, Walter John-