International Falls

Activities in May of the International Falls police and fire and rescue departments were recently provided to the city council.

Police Chief Rich Mastin reported that Sgt. Josh Mastin attended the Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association's Leadership Academy at Camp Ripley. The three and one-half day course is designed for middle management personnel in law enforcement, and designed to help students develop skills for the distinct transition from street officer to supervisor.

In addition, Sgt. Mastin also attended the spring Minnesota State Association of Narcotics Investigators conference in Nisswa.

Chief Mastin also reported, based upon discussion raised at the city council, that in the past 12 months, city police officers have responded to 14 reported motor vehicle versus deer incidents. Of the 14 responses, eight vehicles sustained enough damage that the registered owners wanted a police report for insurance purposes.

He continued that the department has not recorded any complaints of nuisance deer. He also noted that misinformation about feeding deer within the city limits was reported at a previous council meeting and again reported by local media.

"I have reviewed the city ordinances and we currently do not prohibit the feeding of deer in the city," he said in the report.

Meanwhile, Mastin reported for May:

  • 495 general calls for service, compared to 582 in May 2018.
  • 135 traffic stops, compared to 222 in May one year ago.
  • 87 citations issued, compared to 24 in May 2018.
  • 31 medical assists, compared to 25 in May 2018.
  • 13 custodial arrests - 46 jail booking for the month, compared to 13 the same time one year ago.
  • 87 crime activity reports, compared to 130 one year ago.

Fire & Rescue Chief Adam Mannausau reported six city responses to two residence fires, two gas leaks, a fuel spill and a carbon monoxide alarm report.

In addition, he reported that four rural fire responses involved grass fires.

Training involved use of a blitz nozzle and an obstacle course.

Ambulance calls in May involved:

  • 83 responses to 911 calls, compared to 74 in May 2018.
  • 35 transfers to other facilities, compared to 56 in May 2018.

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