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                                                                                           Saint Paul Police Federation

                                     Representing those who protect Saint Paul since 1947
                                                                                                                                   Volume 5, Issue 2

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                                     Council Races, Budgets and Officer safety
                                     President’s Message
                                     By: David Titus
        In ThIs Issue
                                                               Every so often a member           right thing if left feeling no one is watching. Decisions
serving it up for the troops     2                             will question the reasoning       are made by those who show up. Now more than ever
                                                               behind the Federations’ po-       we need to communicate our concerns and our needs.
Policing the City of st. Paul,                                 litical activities. Between the   I never want an elected official to say “I didn’t know
Part XV                          3                             MPPOA Journal and BOLO I          that was important to you” or “why didn’t I hear from
                                                               think this topic has been dis-    you folks”.
MPPOA news                       4
                                                               cussed at great length. After
                                                                                                 St. Paul city council elections are this November. The
Federation scholarship           5                             the most recent legislative
                                                                                                 Federation endorsements follow this message. In
                                                               session here, as well as na-
                                                                                                 2012 our council may look dramatically different for
2011 Academy Graduates           7                             tionally, if a member doesn’t
                                                                                                 better or worse. The Federation cares deeply about
                                     agree with police organizations being politically
                                                                                                 council decisions because they directly or indirectly
                                     involved then I doubt some minds will ever change. I
                                                                                                 can affect our safety and our working conditions.
                                     feel we must be active and involved. That isolationist
                                                                                                 Whether it’s funding for more officers; equipment; or
                                     position will get us absolutely nowhere and I do not
                                                                                                 fair wages and benefits; it is the council along with the
                                     believe for one second that politicians will just do the                                          continued on pg 4
                                                                                                                                            August 2011
serving It up For The Troops
It’s a simple thing, dinner with the family. That is   Daddies, visits from community leaders, and more.           Serving Our Troops, which includes Saint Paul City
the motto of the Serving Our Troops organization       Over 6000 soldiers and family members joined                Council Member Pat Harris and numerous Min-
and that was the theme for over eighty volunteers      together -- with family members traveling from              nesota restaurants, individuals and corporations,
who headed east from Saint Paul and served up          across Minnesota to be with their loved ones on a           has now completed eight projects and served
steaks and more for over 6000 Minnesota soldiers       beautiful Sunday afternoon.                                 over 55,000 steaks -- serving it up for soldiers and
and their families at Fort McCoy near Sparta, Wis-                                                                 families on their way to overseas deployment and
                                                       It was indeed dinner with the family – and a
consin. The Saint Paul Police Federation was a key                                                                 during their deployment. For all of their projects,
                                                       proper send-off for our soldiers. While the con-
part of this effort.                                                                                               it is dinner with the family. The Saint Paul Police
                                                       cept was simple, the logistics required all hands on
                                                                                                                   Federation has been proud to play a leadership
Recently, over 2400 members of our Minnesota           deck. With the assistance of the Saint Paul Police
                                                                                                                   role in these important efforts for the troops and
National Guard’s Red Bulls of the 1st Brigade          Federation –Officer Joel Johnston, retired Sergeant
                                                                                                                   their families since inception.
Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division were called        Joe Strong, Dave Titus and the Serving Our Troops
to service in Kuwait. Prior to their departure for     team constructed what may have been the larg-               To learn more about Serving Our Troops and how
overseas service, they trained at Fort McCoy. On       est restaurant in America – outdoor grills, a 26,000        you can be a part of their efforts, feel free to check
Sunday, July 10th, the Serving Our Troops team         square foot tent that seated over 2000, beverage            out their website at
put on their aprons and served up a steak din-         areas, stages, and more. But when the families sat          Together, let’s serve it up for the troops!
ner for soldiers and families. The event included      down with their loved ones, it was simple – dinner
a 12-ounce char-grilled steak, ice cold bever-         with the family.
ages from Schell’s, entertainment from the Gear

Mayor Coleman

                                                                           John Tinucci, us senator Amy Klobuchar, us Rep. McCullum, Gov. Dayton

General nash and Pat harris

                                                                           us Rep. Paulsen and Dave Cossetta

                                                                                                                                      BOLO, August 2011

PART XV: A history of the saint Paul Police Department
By: ed steenberg

“THOSE WHO GAVE THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE”                  After a year’s negotiation Mary Idell Cunningham,       to said cause can send their gift to Kate Cavett,
                                                         representing the artist’s family, offered to bestow     Treasurer, Saint Paul Police Historical Society c/o
In the last issue of the BOLO we described a wood-
                                                         the two relief carvings to the Saint Paul Police His-   HAND in HAND Productions, 313 Selby Avenue,
en panel relief carving over twelve feet long that
                                                         torical Society if we could come up with half the       Saint Paul, MN 55102. Your donation is tax deduct-
had been donated to the Saint Paul Police Histori-
                                                         asking price. Retired officer Ed Buehlman provided      ible in accordance with title 26 USC §170. We are
cal Society by Saint Paul attorney Gerald E. Frisch
                                                         the funds necessary to accomplish the purchase,         proud of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice,
(Public Safety Memorial… In Art). The transfer of
                                                         and the artwork was subsequently donated to the         and wish to honor each and every one of them in a
said ‘slab art’ to the Historical Society was executed
                                                         Historical Society.                                     very public way. I’m sure that you agree.
through the assistance of Ramsey County Sher-
iff “Matt” Bostrom, and given in memory of his           Over the following months, countless hours have         For further insight into the history of the SPPD
mother, Rosann R. Bostrom (1941-2009).                   gone into the planning of a Wall-of-Honor to be         please consider the Saint Paul Police Historical
                                                         located just inside the front doors of the Central      Society Website at From
A formal dedication took place on June 17, 2010
                                                         District, on the horizontal wall above the dropped      the homepage, click on “SPPD History” and pick
in the Central District’s Community Room with
                                                         ceiling. A design model was prepared by retired         from the hypertexed choices. For comment and/
the artist’s wife, the donor, and the entire Bostrom
                                                         forensic artist Paul Johnson and the conceptual         or suggestion, Steenberg can always be reached
clan being present. It was at that time that we
                                                         idea was presented to Chief Tom Smith.                  through the Historical Society, or at the following
saw for the first time two additional pieces of
                                                                                                                 e-mail address:
bas-style wooden panel relief carvings that had          Although the current police budget does not allow
been completed by Clifford E. Letty (1937-2009) as       for this expenditure, the concept has been au-
companions to the aforementioned Public Safety           thorized by the Chief and is moving forward. The
                                                                                                                 Until next time, BE CAREFUL OUT THERE!!!
Memorial. They are aptly named “Those Who Gave           Saint Paul Police Historical Society has now begun
The Ultimate Sacrifice” and were hand carved to be       a fundraising effort to carry the Wall-of-Honor
used as corner accents on a Public Safety Memorial       project to completion; organizations and individu-
Wall-of-Honor.                                           als, including police officers, who wish to donate

                                                                                                         Coats for Kids

                                                                                                         The St. Paul Police Federation in coordination with the
                                                                                                         Salvation Army will be collecting coats for kids again this
                                                                                                         year. Mike Whisler, Central Team, will again chair this
                                                                                                         event. Our goal this year will be to collect 600 new or
                                                                                                         gently used coats for distribution to kids who might
                                                                                                         otherwise go without. Please go to to learn
                                                                                                         more about this very important campaign.
                                                                                                         Our contribution to the Coats for Kids drive will get start-
                                                                                                         ed Monday, September 26th at 12:30 pm, with the Saint
                                                                                                         Paul Police Federation golf tournament. Please consider
                                                                                                         joining us at River Oaks Golf Course, 11099 So. Hwy 61 in
                                                                                                         Cottage Grove. Pre-registration is $75.00 per person. This
                                                                                                         includes golf, cart, range balls and dinner. All proceeds
                                                                                                         from the event will go directly to Coats for Kids.
                                                                                                          If you have played in the Federation Golf Tournament
                                                                                                         before, you are already aware of how fun and exciting the
                                                                                                         day can be regardless of you skill level or ability. If you
                                                                                                         haven’t played before, please join us and see what we’re
                                                                                                         talking about. Registration on the day of the tournament
                                                                                                         is $85.00. Registration is due by Tuesday, September 20th.
                                                                                                         Please make all checks payable to the SPPD Federation.
                                                                                                         This tournament is a four person scramble format. Do-
                                                                                                         nate a coat and receive a FREE raffle ticket!!
                                                                                                         Thanks in advance for your participation and hope to see
                                                                                                         you there!

    MPPOA news
    By: Secretary Mark Ross

    From June 11 through June 14, the MPPOA held           training in great depth
    its 89th Annual Convention at the Arrowwood            in a BOLO article, but I
    Resort in Alexandria, Minnesota.                       will include some of the
                                                           most notable pieces of
    As always, the convention was highlighted by
                                                           it in the remainder of
    the MPPOA Officer of the Year Banquet on the
                                                           this column.
    evening of Monday, June 14, 2011. The MPPOA
    2011 Police Officer of the Year award winner was       There was a two hour
    our own DAVE LONGBEHN. As we all know, Dave            block dedicated to
    was engaged in a battle for his life with the sus-     CRITICAL INCIDENTS
    pect who murdered SGT. JOE BERGERON of the             and what’s important
    Maplewood Police Department on the morning             for every officer to
    of May 10, 2010.                                       know. Two prominent
                                                           LDF (MPPOA Legal De-
    Dave’s experience, training, and most notably
                                                           fense Fund) attorneys in
    his courage and heart were able to get him
                                                           PAUL ROGOSHESKE and
    through a battle for his life after being attacked
                                                           KEVIN SHORT held a
    by a cold blooded cop killer. Despite suffering
                                                           panel style presentation
    serious injuries to his face, the suspect’s repeated
                                                           that was moderated
    attempts to disarm him, and a gun malfunction,
                                                           by fellow attorney and
    Dave was able to battle through it and fatally
                                                           LDF Administrator BILL                                 Our pension fund is well funded, well managed,
    wound the suspect. Dave is a true hero and is
                                                           SPACE. They covered numerous topics related            and a part of our overall compensation package.
    most deserving of this award in addition to every
                                                           to critical incidents that included: an overview
    other award that he has earned in relation to his                                                             Another noteworthy presentation was delivered
                                                           of LDF benefits, how a critical incident is defined
    actions on that day.                                                                                          by DAVID SCHULTZ, who is a Political Science
                                                           and what needs to be done, the benefits of early
    We are all extremely proud of you Dave and con-                                                               Professor at Hamline University. You’d probably
                                                           counsel, the role of an investigator, squad car
    gratulations on a job well done, you’re a class act!                                                          recognize him if you saw him as he is frequently
                                                           cameras, representing the involved officer(s),
                                                                                                                  interviewed on all of the local television chan-
    In addition to Dave’s award, another St. Paul cop      the role of the union steward, and potential civil
                                                                                                                  nels regarding local, state, and national politics.
    earned one of two Honorable Mention Officer            litigation. We could spend hours discussing
                                                                                                                  Schultz discussed the TEA PARTY movement and
    of the Year honors. JASON GIAMPOLO of the              each of these topics, but what’s most important
                                                                                                                  their attacks on public employees. His primary
    Downtown Beat was honored for his heroic ac-           is that when any of you are involved in a critical
                                                                                                                  focus was on the reasons that public sector
    tions during the Minnesota State Fair. During          incident, you need to get legal representation
                                                                                                                  unions are under attack, the logic of the attacks,
    the 2010 great Minnesota get together Jason            as soon as possible. Immediately get assistance
                                                                                                                  and how we as hard working union members
    was assigned to the traffic direction detail. In       from a union officer (i.e. steward, executive board
                                                                                                                  can potentially respond. As cops we are typi-
    addition to several other St. Paul Police Officers,    member), and call the Federation pager at 612-
                                                                                                                  cally given a little more leeway by most of the
    Jason is credited with saving the lives of several     740-8234 and/or Titus’ cell 651-402-6616.
                                                                                                                  Tea Party and union bashing folk, but make no
    people after a semi truck hit an electrical pole       I can tell you from first hand experience that you     mistake about it, we need to defend ourselves
    causing high voltage wires to fall on and near         will get one of the best defense attorneys in the      and illustrate the importance of the good job
    several bystanders. Jason put himself at great         state of Minnesota and you’ll get them fast. In        that we do everyday and stay united in what can
    risk to remove the wires from a man who was            cases where multiple officers are involved, it’s not   only be described as an extremely volatile politi-
    being electrocuted and then rendered first aid         uncommon for several attorneys to respond. The         cal climate.
    until medics arrived. Jason was credited for tak-      MPPOA LDF is the best of its kind in the country
    ing control of the scene and giving other officers                                                            I would also like to remind all of you that myself,
                                                           and we are all fortunate to have access to it.
    direction along with his own valiant efforts. Dur-                                                            LAYNE LODMELL, and PAUL FORD all sit on the
                                                           In other business, MARY VANEK, who is the Direc-       MPPOA board of directors and are always willing
    ing his acceptance speech, Jason was quick to
                                                           tor of P.E.R.A spoke to the delegation regarding       to field any questions you may have regarding
    give credit to the other officers on scene and was
                                                           the condition of our pension fund (PERA Police         the MPPOA.
    truly humbled by the award. Congratulations Ja-
                                                           &Fire). The focus of her presentation was to
    son, your award is a reflection of the courageous                                                             Several of our Federation members made their
                                                           emphasize the importance defending those who
    efforts displayed by you and your fellow officers                                                             first trip to the MPPOA convention and I’m con-
                                                           insist on attacking us for collecting a pension. If
    on that day.                                                                                                  fident that they would tell you that they learned
                                                           nothing else, please remember that in retirement
    Although the Awards Banquet is undoubtedly                                                                    a ton. Don’t hesitate to get involved and please
                                                           your pension check is comprised of 67% invest-
    the most anticipated and exciting portion of the                                                              make an attempt to make the next Federation
                                                           ment earnings, an 18% employer contribution,
    convention, it is surrounded by business meet-                                                                meeting. Work hard and be safe! I hope to see
                                                           and 15% that you contributed throughout your
    ings and training. It’s impossible to cover the en-                                                           you at the Federation Coats for Kids Golf Tourna-
                                                           years of service.
    tire agenda in great detail or explain much of the                                                            ment on Monday, September 26.

                                                                                                                                 BOLO, August 2011

Minnesota company Presented $28,000 to nleOMF
Many officers from multiple jurisdictions attended On July 12th at the MN      Shanks, and owners Brian Livingston and Jay Adams. What
Police Memorial as donated almost $28,000 to NLEOMF.             is the connection between a powersport company and a police charity? On
The donation represented the auction proceeds raised from a very special       August 26, 1994, St. Paul (MN) police Officer Ronald Michael Ryan, Jr., and
motorcycle: a 2007 Harley Davidson that was customized by Paul Jr. Designs,    Officer Timothy James Jones, along with his K-9, Laser, were shot and killed
the chopper-style builder who is featured on Discovery Channel’s “Ameri-       in the line of duty when investigating a suspicious person who had been
can Chopper: Sr. vs. Jr.” television show. This event was also attended by a   sleeping in a car. Officer Ryan was a close family friend of Brian Livingston,
Ron and Kelly Ryan, Roxie Jones, friends and family, NLEOMF Director John      co-founder of and himself a former officer.

Federation scholarship
Each year, the Federation awards two scholarships to a daughter
or son of a Federation member. The applicants must be graduat-
ing high school seniors planning on attending college. The schol-
arship’s intent is to assist these students with college related costs.
In May, the Federation awarded one of the two scholarships to
Spencer Simmons who is the daughter of Sergeant Mike Simmons
and Carrie Simmons. Spencer graduated from White Lake Area
High School and will be attending Winona State University this
The second scholarship was awarded to Ashley Johnson who is
the daughter of Officer Mike Johnson and Melissa Johnson. Ash-
ley graduated from Hudson High School and will be attending St.
Thomas University in the Fall.
The Federation congratulates both Spencer and Ashley and
wishes them continued success.

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President’s Message, Cont. from page 1

the Mayor that controls the purse. Without our          volvement by any police union. To the best of our      So if you are asked to help your Federation with
local elected officials’ support and a lot of urging    union’s ability we are obligated to ensure that our    political events please consider donating an hour
from us and our supporters in this city, this last      elected officials make public safety their number      or two to benefit the entire group. Or perhaps
academy would have never happened. With the             one priority. To do so means we must commu-            consider spending some time on the campaigns of
shrinking tax dollars and the recent cuts made          nicate with them to make them understand our           Federation endorsed candidates or even donating
by the legislature, the pressure on these folks on      positions (your positions).                            a few bucks to one of those campaigns. It all helps.
where and how to spend is enormous. We must be                                                                 The risk of us not being involved is way to great
                                                        The Mayor presented his proposed budget for
an active player in order to be heard. Our positions                                                           and not one that we can afford to take.
                                                        2012 on August 15th. Our department is being
on city spending must be heard. They must con-
                                                        expected to make a two million dollar cut. Details     ECC Update: There are two active grievances in
tinually be reminded that public safety must be
                                                        of these cuts are forthcoming from our adminis-        the ECC that I would like to update you on. Nega-
the priority. It is hard to make cuts. Each cut has a
                                                        tration. The Mayor has spoken publically of his        tive Vacation – the Federation has filed this griev-
face or a constituency. We must be there, we must
                                                        commitment to not reduce any sworn. A number           ance to Step 3 with St. Paul Labor Relations. Our
be heard from-it is critical.
                                                        of years ago the Federation and community mem-         position is that the ECC will be treated as it has
As many departments nationwide are cutting of-          bers demanded an increase of sworn strength.           been in the past – consistent with sworn. EMT
ficers and/or furloughing or threatening to do so,      The Mayor and the council delivered. We appreci-       Training costs - Training costs for EMT (Fire Dis-
we cannot afford not to have an open relationship       ate their commitment but we cannot stop there.         patch) are that of the employer consistent with
with our policy makers.                                                                                        past practice. This has also been forwarded to
                                                        Once again council elections are this November.
                                                                                                               Step 3. We will update the ECC stewards after the
As of August 13th one hundred fourteen officers         Next year we will either benefit from a council
                                                                                                               respective hearings.
have already been killed this year. Forty-seven         majority that keeps public safety the priority or we
were killed by gunfire (up 21%) and forty one by        will suffer from one that change with the political
auto-accidents. A 21% increase of fellow cops           winds.
being murdered should be enough reason for in-

                                                                        labor Rally at the state Capital

                                                                                                                                                            BOLO, August 2011

2011 Academy Graduates

                                                                                                            were available.        be part of the SPPD tradition. At graduation
                                                                                                            What was most          we agreed that while the badge we were given
                                                                                                            valuable though        weighs only 2 ounces, the responsibility it car-
                                                                                                            was the personal       ries is immeasurable. That badge bears the title
                                                                                                            advice and insight     “Police Officer” and has the image of our state
                                                                                                            into what would        capitol. More importantly it means that in every-
                                                                                                            make a success-        thing we do, we represent not only ourselves, but
                                                                                                            ful career here at     this department, this great city and police officers
                                                                                                            Saint Paul. While      throughout the world. It is our hope that we will
                                                                                                            every organiza-        represent the great members of the Saint Paul Po-
                                                                                                            tion certainly has     lice Department through acts of kindness, bravery
                                                                                                            its’ ins and outs,     and perhaps even heroism in the years to come.
                                                                                                            without exception,
                                                                                                                                   We owe an impossible debt to each of you who
                                                                                                            every person made
                                                                                                                                   served as instructors and staff over the academy.
                                                                                                            the same overall
                                                                                                                                   We understand that it is only through your sacri-
                                                                                                            comment about
                                                                                                                                   fice, knowledge and efforts that we are prepared
                                                                                                            being a Saint Paul
                                                                                                                                   to start our work as officers and we understand
                                                                                                            police officer. That
                                                                                                                                   even more that the journey has only begun. Now
                                                                                                            while you could
                                                                                                                                   is the time to show that we can put learning into
                                                                                                            choose to work
                                                                                                                                   action and earn our respect on the streets with
                                                                                                            somewhere for
                                                                                                                                   those who have come before us.
Hello SPPF members! From the graduating class                                                               more money or
of 2011-1 we would like to take a minute to thank                        newer equipment, there was no finer place to be           We thank you for allowing us to serve for and
you and say how excited we are to be ending                              a cop than in the City of Saint Paul. For the 24 of       alongside you and look forward to working hard
academy and starting FTO here in September.                              us striving to get through 16 weeks of academy,           and earning your respect.
The process to start the academy was a long one,                         that sentiment from so many different people was          Respectfully,
but as we received our badges Thursday, was one                          a motivating force. More importantly, it solidified
well worth it. Throughout the entire academy,                            the reason we wanted to work here. We all wanted          Liam Duggan
officers and staff from various units within the                         to be a Saint Paul police officer.                        2011-1 Recruit Academy
SPPD organization came to address us as recruits,                        As a group we spoke often of being proud to
explaining what each unit did and what resources

 Joe strong earns First Ryan labor Award

  This spring Sgt. Joe Strong (Ret.) earned the first Ronald M. Ryan
  Labor Leader Award. This award is given to a member who
  served a majority of their police career in an official Federation
  appointment or elected position. Through the decades Joe
  served as a Steward, Chief Steward, Secretary and PAF Director.
  Additionally he served on the MPPOA board. Joe’s presence
  is already missed greatly. Cmdr. Ryan (Ret.) is honored by the
  newly named award and complimented the fact that Joe was the
  first recipient.

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                                    Ward 7: Kathy Lantry

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