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The New Brighton Department of Public Safety thanks you for visiting our LISTEN Web Page dedicated to openness and transparency of policing in the City of New Brighton.

This page provides responses to frequently asked questions in response to the video message shared with our community by Public Safety Director/Police Chief Tony Paetznick on June 2nd, 2020.  If you have not already viewed his statement, please take a couple minutes to watch it first before continuing through the rest of this page.

After reading through the below material, if you have any additional comments, questions, suggestions, or feedback, please contact us here.

The information provided on this page will be regularly updated as additional inquiries are received.

Thank you.

Last Update 08/12/20

City Newsletter

The Summer 2020 City of New Brighton Newsletter featured the Public Safety Department’s unique delivery model for local law enforcement services.  The issue can be viewed by CLICKING HERE.

Community Equity and Inclusion Survey

We are conducting a survey about experiences to gather information from all residents in the City of New Brighton to help us identify strengths and challenges related to equity and inclusion.  Questions have been created by National Research Center experts.  You can see them at https://polco.us/n/res/vote/new-brighton-mn/community-equity-and-inclusion

No registration is necessary to begin providing input and help build a more engaged community! 

También aquí en español: https://polco.us/n/res/vote/new-brighton-mn-en-espanol/equidad-e-inclusion-en.

Community Conversation and Listening Session

The following questions and topics were asked about and addressed by participants in the City’s Community Conversation and Listening Session hosted on July 7th

Neighborhood Oriented Policing-During the late 1990's, the New Brighton Police Department implemented a new community-oriented policing approach, the Neighborhood Oriented Policing (NOP) program. Utilizing the twenty existing police patrol grids that sectioned the community
into neighborhoods based on roadway intersections and natural geographic boundaries
within the City of New Brighton, areas of individual responsibility were defined. Patrol
officers then received permanent assignments to these particular neighborhoods, although
they may change shift or beat assignments. Officers were required to commit dedicated
patrol time during their daily shifts to their assigned neighborhood.The five original tenets of the Neighborhood Oriented Policing (NOP) philosophy were:

  1. Increase successful communication between police and neighborhoods
  2. Develop problem-solving of neighborhood issues with the officer and residents
  3. Decrease crime and social problems
  4. Co-ownership and accountability in neighborhoods by police and community members
  5. Create safer and more secure neighborhoods

Recommendations of the Inclusive Community Task Force-The City Council formed an Inclusive Community Task Force in October 2017.  The results from the task force can be viewed by CLICKING HERE.

Traffic Stop Data-This is an area that we will continue to collect data on and evaluate.  The Public Safety Commission will be examining this topic.  Additional traffic stop information can be gathered by viewing our Traffic Stop Information Page.

Police Budget-Police expenditures represent 30.37% of the City Budget.  The following is a breakdown of the percentage of the City Budget spent on each policing  function.  

Police Function Percent of City Budget
Public Safety Administration 3.63%
Police Supervision 5.13%
Community Engagement Programs 3.56%
Investigations 3.54%
Patrol Operations 10.92%
Civilian Support 3.61%

Spending on Community Services-The City partners with community services organizations to address community needs.  In cooperation with other Ramsey County Police Departments the city contracts with Northeast Youth and Family Services to provide a Community Case Manager to work in partnership with the police department to address mental health and other long term individual needs.  

Community Service Organization Amount Budgeted
Community Partners With Youth $77,500
Northeast Youth and Family Services $51,600

Training on Mental Health Issues-All officers receive a substantial amount of training and are trained in Crisis Intervention and Mental Illness, Conflict Management and Mediation, and Implicit Bias.  More information on training can be found in the Training Tab located below.

Shared Services with Neighboring Communities-The Public Safety department participates in a large variety of partnerships.  A link to the presentation delivered to the Public Safety Commission presentation on partnerships can be located by CLICKING HERE

New Brighton/Mounds View Property Managers Coalition-The NB/MV Apartment Managers Coalition is led by police and code enforcement staff from New  Brighton and Mounds View and brings together apartment management from throughout the community to provide training and facilitate relationships to provide a range of high quality housing for all income levels.  Additional information about the award winning Multi-Housing program can be found at this link.    

Warrior Training-The Police Division no longer sends people to any of this type of training.  The last staff who attended this training was in 2016. 

Trauma Informed Training-In conjunction with the Ramsey County Sexual Assault Protocol Team all police officers have received Trauma Informed Training.  Consistent with the decision by the Ramsey County Police Chiefs Association this is mandatory training for all new police officers.  

Mission Statement

The New Brighton Department of Public Safety, in partnership with the community, is dedicated to protect, serve, and educate.  We value and promote a respect for human dignity by ensuring a common goal of a safe community.

Citizen Oversight

City of New Brighton Public Safety Commission was formed on December 13, 1994.  The Public Safety Commission  advises the Council on matters related to the goals, policies and operations on public safety functions and human rights issues.

The meeting agendas, minutes, recordings, and packets can be located by CLICKING HERE.  The are located at the bottom of the page under the Frequently Requested Documents section.  

Public Meetings

The City of New Brighton has conducted several public meetings related to policing.  Additional information and the links to each meeting can be found below;

External Accountability

The New Brighton Department of Public Safety is subject to numerous external oversight functions to ensure compliance with all applicable statutes and administrative regulations.  Listed below is a non-inclusive list of external oversight functions

Internal Accountability

The City of New Brighton and New Brighton Department of Public Safety has internal audit processes to ensure compliance with all applicable policies, statutes, and ensure adherence with the Mission of the agency.  A non-inclusive list is outlined below;

  • Random Body Worn Camera Audits-Each month supervisors review officers body worn camera videos to ensure compliance with policy, properly operating equipment, and the officer and respectful and appropriate.
  • Use of Force Audit-Each week any use of force is reviewed by Senior Command Staff, Use of  Force Instructors, and Civilian Records staff to ensure compliance with policy and statutes. 
  • Motor Vehicle Pursuit Audit-Each week any motor vehicle pursuit the agency initiated or participated in is reviewed to ensure policy compliance.
  • Civilian Review of All Reports-Non licensed civilian staff with direct reporting authority to the Director of Public Safety review all reports and all calls for service
  • Internal Training Audit-Senior Command staff review each officers training file to ensure all mandatory training is completed and all policy changes are acknowledged
  • Evidence Room Audit-Any change in evidence room personnel initiates a full evidence room audit
  • Supervisory Review of All Reports-All reports are reviewed by a Supervisor to ensure compliance with agency policy, completeness, and accuracy. 
  • Supervisor Attendance At Calls For Service-Supervisor always on-duty and First Line Supervisors attend calls to provide oversight and training.
  • Internal Financial Controls-All purchases are reviewed by a Supervisor and reviewed by the Finance Department to ensure compliance with purchasing policies
  • Civilian Supervisory Oversight-Police Officers are supervised by Police Sergeants.  Police Sergeants supervised by Deputy Directors of Public Safety.  Deputy Directors supervised by Director of Public Safety.  Director of Public Safety supervised by the City Manager.  City Manager supervised by the City Council.  
Budget

Below is the breakdown of the City Budget allocations to the Public Safety Department Police Division.  Additional information about the entire City Budget can be found the CLICKING HERE

Function Percent of Police Division Budget Allocated
Public Safety Administration 11.95%
Policing Supervision 16.88%
Community Based Policing Assignments 11.73%
Investigations 11.64%
Patrol Operations 35.93%
Civilian Support Staff 11.87%

Community Survey

The City of New Brighton conducted community surveys in the years 2013, 2015, and 2017.  

  • Among the highest rated services were fire, police, recycling, and fire prevention and education which were given "excellent" or "good" ratings by about 9 in 10 or more respondents
  • Of the 27 services listed, 16 were rated "excellent" or "good" by ate least 70% of respondents.  Services related to safety (fire, police, fire prevention and education, crime prevention) recycling and number of City parks and rails were given the highest quality ratings.
  • As in previous survey years, in 2017 almost all residents indicated that fire and police services, and drinking water were "essential" or "very important".  More than 9 in 10 also felt that crime prevention, snow removal and plowing and sewer services were important.

How We Hire

The hiring process is focused on ensuring that our police officers support the community and the mission of the agency.  Each step of the hiring process is an opportunity for the agency to identify individuals who do not meet our high standards and expectations.  At any point during the hiring process a candidate may be removed.

HIRING STAGE ACTIONS
Obtain Associates or Bachelors Degree From Accredited University Associates or Bachelors Degree Required For License and for Employment
Complete Recognized Professional Peace Officer Education Program Similar to police academies found in other States. Required For License
Successfully Pass the Minnesota POST Board License Exam Required for License
Complete City Application Applications are reviewed and evaluated to determine eligibility and suitability
Interview #1 Applicant undergoes panel interview with existing police officers, city staff, and line supervisors
Interview #2 Applicant undergoes panel interview with existing police officers, city staff, and line supervisors (Only candidates recommended by both panels proceed in process)
Senior Command Staff Interview Applicant undergoes interview by Deputy Directors and Office Supervisor (Only candidates recommended by Senior Command Staff proceed in process)
Director of Public Safety/City Manager Interview Director of Public Safety and City Manager interview applicant.  (Only applicants who are recommended to continue in process receive Conditional Job Offer)
Psychological Examination Psychological Examination by licensed psychologist specializing in law enforcement (Only candidates who successfully pass will continue)
Physical Examination Medical Examination to ensure candidate is medically fit to become police officer (Only candidates who successfully pass will continue)
Background Investigation Background Investigation conducted by external background company specializing in background investigations. (Only candidates who who successfully pass will continue)
Final Offer After successfully completing all of the above candidate receives final offer of employment
Pre-Deployment Training Trainee must satisfactorily complete initial pre-deployment training including use of force training, firearms training, and policy training. 

Field Training

(4 months)

Trainee is paired with specially trained Field Training Officer who trains and evaluates trainee on everything they do for 4 months.  If a trainee fails to make adequate progress in training or is determined to be not suitable for the agency the Trainee is separated from the agency.

Probationary Status

(8 months)

Officer is subject to probationary status, probationary reviews, and is moved between all line supervisors to ensure Probationary Employee continues to make adequate progress and is a suitable employee for the agency.  
Probation Complete Officer completes probation but remains under supervision of experienced Police Sergeant.  Police Sergeants meet every two months to discuss personnel  to ensure no personnel issues go unaddressed.

Demographics
Male Officers Female Officers
90% 10%

Race City Percentage* New Brighton Police Officer Percentage
American Indian/Alaska Native 0.30% 0.00%
Asian & Pacific Native 5.60% 6.66%
Hispanic 6.00% 0.00%
Black or African American 10.00% 0.00%
White 75.30% 90.00%
Two or More Races 2.60% 3.33%
Other 0.10% 0.00%

City Demographics (2018 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates)*

Officers Who Live In New Brighton Officers Who Live Outside of New Brighton
 36.6%  63.3%

Minnesota State Statute restricts local governments from establishing residency requirements for police.*

Total Officers-30

Task Force Report on 21st Century Policing

From the Winter 2016 City of New Brighton Newsletter:

Since its publication in May 2015, the New Brighton Department of Public Safety has been reviewing the recommendations of the President's Task Force on 21st Century Policing Report.  Framed around six pillars, the guidelines focus on Building Trust & Legitimacy, Policy & Oversight, Technology & Social Media, Community Policing & Crime Reduction, Training & Education, and Officer Wellness & Safety.  As New Brighton has been a leader in community-oriented policing for decades, we are pleased to report that our agency is already doing many of the recommended actions.

We enjoy strong citizen engagement in policing, with a well-developed Neighborhood Watch and Block Captain program, including National Night Out participation.  Our community partnerships are well-established, especially through our School Resource Officers (SROs) with the Mounds View School District, and the international award-winning New Brighton multi-housing and neighborhood-oriented policing efforts.  The agency is provided citizen oversight by members of the Public Safety Commission advisory group.  The bi-annual City of New Brighton community survey has given valuable insight into opinions about local law enforcements and citizen perceptions of crime and safety.  We have collected and analyzed police officer use of force statistics since the early 1990s.  2016 was a record-low year for criminal activity in the city.  Historically, New Brighton has been doing many things right when it comes to policing.

Yet the 21st Century Policing Report also identified opportunities and areas for improvement in the law enforcement operations of the New Brighton Department of Public Safety.  During the past 18 months, the agency has enhanced its conformance to many of the recommendations and adopted additional ones.  All of our officers have received instruction on implicit bias and de-escalation techniques.  A majority of our patrol staff are trained in the 40-hour Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) for response to mental health emergencies.  Our department policy manual has been updated and now includes Daily Training Bulletins (DTBs) to maintain officer awareness and application of these guiding principles.  An internal technology group was formed to develop a Body Worn Camera (BWC) for police officer program.  Our in-house use of force instructors are researching less than lethal equipment.  The Faith Community Partnership (FCP) project was launched to develop relationships with the leaders of the many churches and congregations that exist within the City of New Brighton.

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https://cops.usdoj.gov/pdf/taskforce/taskforce_finalreport.pdf

Factors Used To Determine The Reasonableness of Force-Policy 300.3.2

When determining whether to apply force and evaluating whether an officer has used reasonable force, a number of factors should be taken into consideration, as time and circumstances permit. These factors include, but are not limited to:

  •     Immediacy and severity of the threat to officers or others.
  •     The conduct of the individual being confronted, as reasonably perceived by the officer at the time.
  •     Officer/subject factors (age, size, relative strength, skill level, injuries sustained, level of exhaustion or fatigue, the number of officers available vs. subjects).
  •     The effects of drugs or alcohol.
  •     Subject’s mental state or capacity.
  •     Proximity of weapons or dangerous improvised devices.
  •     The degree to which the subject has been effectively restrained and his/her ability to resist despite being restrained.
  •     The availability of other options and their possible effectiveness.
  •     Seriousness of the suspected offense or reason for contact with the individual.
  •     Training and experience of the officer.
  •     Potential for injury to officers, suspects and others.
  •     Whether the person appears to be resisting, attempting to evade arrest by flight or is attacking the officer.
  •     The risk and reasonably foreseeable consequences of escape.
  •     The apparent need for immediate control of the subject or a prompt resolution of the situation.
  •     Whether the conduct of the individual being confronted no longer reasonably appears to pose an imminent threat to the officer or others.
  •     Prior contacts with the subject or awareness of any propensity for violence.
  •     Any other exigent circumstances.
Use Of Force

The New Brighton Police Division tracks and reviews all uses of force.  Below is information related to uses of force by this agency.  

Use of Force Type 2019 2019 Rate 2018 2018 Rate 2017 2017 Rate
No Force Used 16,800 99.52% 15,738 99.60% 16,207 99.68%
Hands 18 0.11% 21 0.13% 14 0.09%
Taser Displayed 16 0.09% 11 0.07% 6 0.04%
Taser Deployed 1 0.01% 3 0.02% 6 0.04%
Irritant Spray Utilized 0 0.00% 0 0.00% 0 0.00%
Baton Utilized 0 0.00% 0 0.00% 0 0.00%
Handgun/Rifle Displayed 40 0.24% 27 0.17% 26 0.16%
Handgun/Rifle Discharged 0 0.00% 0 0.00% 0 0.00%
Canine Bite 0 0.00% 1 0.01% 0 0.00%
Knee Strike 0 0.00% 0 0.00% 0 0.00%
Other 6 0.04% 0 0.00% 0 0.00%

Use of Force Project/8 Can't Wait

Several persons have referenced these lists and our agency responses are as follows (with corresponding case law and policy manual references, where appropriate):

https://8cantwait.org/

http://useofforceproject.org/

  1.     Ban chokeholds and strangleholds: Pursuant to the United States Supreme Court Decision Graham v. Connor, they are only permitted when deadly force is authorized based on factors in Policy 300.3.2
  2.     Require de-escalation: Officers are required to attempt to de-escalate.  Policy Reference 429.6
  3.     Require warning before shooting: Pursuant to United States Supreme Court Decision Scott v. Harris, officers must give a warning when feasible.  Policy References 302.8.2, 302.3, 304,
  4.     Exhaust all other means before shooting: U.S. Graham v. Connor governs utilizing other force before discharging a firearm. Policy Reference 300.3.2
  5.     Duty to intervene: Yes, all officers are required to intervene if they witness excessive use of force.  Policy Reference 300.2.1
  6.     Ban shooting at moving vehicles: Officers may only discharge firearms at a moving vehicle when the vehicle is being utilized as a deadly weapon.  Policy Reference 306.8.2
  7.     Require use of force continuum: Yes. A use of force continuum is utilized.  Policy Reference 300.3
  8.     Require comprehensive reporting: Yes all uses of force are documented and reported.  Policy Reference 300.5
Training

Especially during the past three years, New Brighton has dedicated personnel time and training resources to achieving the MN POST Board’s newest continuing education learning objectives that focused on three key areas:

  • Crisis Intervention and Mental Illness Crises
  • Conflict Management and Mediation
  • Implicit Bias, Community Diversity, Cultural Differences

Courses and training topics in the above areas have included but are not limited to:

Police Policy Manual

The Police Policy Manual can be obtained by CLICKING HERE.

Traffic Stop Data

In early 2017, the New Brighton Department of Public Safety (NBDPS) joined with other Ramsey County law enforcement agencies to begin voluntarily collecting traffic stop data.  New Brighton initiated this effort to increase transparency and provide more context to the limited amount of information than was previously captured.  Minnesota law does not require the collection of this information.  Starting in January 2017, New Brighton officers began recording the following data on every traffic stop:

  • Perceived race of the driver
  • Gender of the driver
  • Whether the driver was searched
  • Whether the vehicle was searched
  • The reason for the traffic stop (moving violation, equipment violation, investigative, or the result of a 911 call

This information can be viewed by CLICKING HERE.

Police Psychological Examinations

Before hiring, police officers are evaluated by a licensed psychologist to determine that the applicant is free from any emotional or mental condition which might adversely affect the performance of peace officer duties.

For further information, please see Standards for Peace Officer License Eligibility from the Minnesota Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST):

https://dps.mn.gov/entity/post/becoming-a-peace-officer/Pages/standards-for-peace-officer-eligibility.aspx

Collective Bargaining Agreements

The City of New Brighton has three-year contracts with two separate units represented by Law Enforcement Labor Services, Inc. (LELS) and both expire at the end of this year.  Minnesota State Statute also provides the Police Officer Bill of Rights:  https://www.revisor.mn.gov/statutes/cite/626.89

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