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First Responder TV, Your Local Public Safety Source, looks at ways for citizens to stay safe, highlights local public safety events, featurse on-location training exercises and much more. First Responders is hosted by Kellie Murphy-Ringate, Excelsior Fire District Fire Inspector.
Coming up on the August 2014 edition of First Responder TV:
- Meet the Chief: Long Lake Fire Department Chief James Van Eyll
- Scam Alert!
- Making a Difference: South Lake Minnetonka Police Department Sergeant Mark Geyer
- Safety Source: Orono High School Mock Crash
South Lake Minnetonka Police Department
Shorewood has a Joint Powers Agreement with the cities of Excelsior, Tonka Bay, and Greenwood to provide police protection through SLMPD. Residents may sign up for email alerts from SLMPD. The police department handles animal control for the city. Animal issues should be reported to 763.525.6210.
Bryan Litsey, Police Chief
- 24150 Smithtown Rd
Shorewood MN 55331
Emergency: 911; Non-emergency: 763.525.6210; Admin: 952.474.3261
Excelsior Fire District
Scott Gerber, Excelsior Fire Chief
- 24100 Smithtown Rd Map It
Shorewood, MN 55331
Non-emergency: 952.401.8801; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mound Fire Department
Greg Pederson, Mound Fire Chief
- 2415 Wilshire Boulevard Map It
Mound, MN 55364
Non-emergency: 952. 472.3555; Email: email@example.com
Guns and Gun Safety
South Lake Minnetonka Police Department is committed to gun safety and helping keep our community and children safe from gun violence and accidents. Get information on two programs to help with this effort: Operation Lock and Unload and Ammunition and Gun Disposal.
The Shorewood City Council recently adopted a social host ordinance. The purpose of the ordinance is to discourage underage consumption of alcoholic beverages by making the host of an underage drinking party criminally responsible. A violation of the ordinance is a misdemeanor.
The ordinance provides that it is a crime for a person to host or allow a party where an underage person consumes alcoholic beverages if:
1. The host knew that alcohol or alcoholic beverages were going to be present at the party;
2. The host knew that an underage person was going to attend, or was likely to attend; and the host failed to take reasonable steps to prevent the possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages by an underage person.
3. The host failed to take reasonable steps to prevent the possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages by an underage person.
Reasonable steps that a person can take to avoid responsibility include:
1. Directing, on a one-time basis or as a standing order, that no consumption of alcohol and alcoholic beverages by minors is allowed;
2. Controlling access to alcohol and alcoholic beverages;
3. Checking identification of attendees to determine age; or,
4. Supervising the activities of underage persons at the gathering either in person or through a responsible adult.
A person can be responsible under the ordinance even if the person is not present at the party. However, an absent person is not responsible if the person did not know that a gathering would occur, or did not know that alcoholic beverages would be present, or did not know that an underage person was likely to be present. Parents who have alcoholic beverages in their homes are not responsible under the ordinance if they have issued a standing order that alcohol is not to be consumed by underage persons while in their home.
They say if you don't like the weather in Minnesota, wait 10 minutes. Unfortunately when it comes to severe weather it can happen that quickly. Make sure your family is prepared for severe weather before it strikes. The National Weather Service has information for all ages on storm preparedness. Be prepared--it might save your life.
The South Lake Minnetonka Police Department would like to remind kids and parents that the Hennepin County Curfew law must be observed, and will be enforced by the SLMPD.
The law dictates the following by age:
- Under 12 - 9:00 PM weekdays, 10:00 PM Friday and Saturday
- 12 to 14 – 10:00 PM weekdays, 11:00 PM Friday and Saturday
- 15 to 17 – 11:00 PM weekdays, midnight Friday and Saturday
Exceptions are as follows:
The juvenile is accompanied by a parent/guardian or other responsible adult, is engaged in lawful employment or is going to or from work, is involved in an emergency situation, is going to/attending/returning from an official school, religious, or other activity sponsored and/or supervised by a public entity or civic organization, is on an errand at the direction of a parent/guardian, or is on the boulevard or sidewalk abutting the property of the juvenile’s residence.
The complete ordinance can be viewed on-line at www.hennepin.us.
Minnesota's Night To Unite
Although most South Lake area residents feel fairly safe from criminal activity, crime does occur in this area. One of the best ways to keep it from affecting you and your neighbors is to get to know each other, even if it is just on a casual basis. Minnesota's Night To Unite (MNTU) provides an excellent opportunity for neighbors to become better acquainted. Along with the traditional display of outdoor lights and front porch vigils, cities and neighborhoods celebrate MNTU with a variety of evening events and activities such as block parties, cookouts, and visits from the police and fire departments. MNTU is an effective, inexpensive and enjoyable way to promote neighborhood spirit and police-citizen partnerships in the fight to keep our communities safe. The benefits your neighborhood will derive from MNTU will most certainly extend beyond the one night.
The South Lake Minnetonka Police Department encourages you to organize a Night To Unite activity in your neighborhood. Members of the SLMPD are making themselves available to stop by these activities to answer questions, provide you with crime prevention tips, and get to know each other. Excelsior Fire District firefighters will also be visiting these block parties.
Please contact Community Service Supervisor David Hohertz at 952.474.3261 to have SLMPD officers attend your event.