Moose Lake Star Gazette - Serving Carlton and Pine Counties Since 1895

Police officers build positive relationships in community


Chief Bryce Bogenholm reads to an attentive, appreciative audience of Moose Lake elementary students at the library Friday.

Moose Lake Police Chief Bryce Bogenholm recently visited the Moose Lake Public Library to read to children during story time in honor of National Law Enforcement Week. Twenty-six energetic children came to the library to enjoy the story, have an opportunity to see a police squad car, and to ask questions of Bogenholm.

"It's nice to help the young kids," said Bogenholm. "It was very enjoyable. The kids seemed to enjoy the story. We had a nice talk about safety in general, and about safety when crossing the roads."

The Moose Lake Police Department is taking a proactive approach to current national media reports focusing on negative situations with law enforcement officers.

Along with daily calls and traffic responsibilities, the department often finds time to assist in community activities. In February, they held "Hugs and Mugs" a program to register children's fingerprints to aid identification should the need arise. They distributed DNA kits to families.

In March, Bogenholm made a presentation at a TRIAD meeting at the community center to caution seniors regarding the dangers of fraud. In early May, the department provided security for the annual Moose Run.

They also help patrol events including the Triathlon, Agate Days, and Fourth of July festivities. The Moose Lake Police Department patrols school grounds every morning.

They send an officer to teach the 12-week "Drug Free World" program to Moose Lake's fifth- graders to inform them about the dangers of using drugs.

On average, the Moose Lake Police Department engages in about 212 calls. Many of those calls are to assist the Carlton and Pine County sheriff separtments, Minnesota State Patrol, Department of Corrections (DOC), and Minnesota Sex Offender Program (MSOP) facilities, averaging roughly 2,000 calls per year.

Staffed with four full-time officers, two half-time officers, and a full-time office administrator, the department receives assistance when necessary from the county Sheriff's Department, and State Patrol, resulting in 24-hour police protection for the City of Moose Lake and surrounding communities.

Moose Lake officers have been commended for several actions while on duty.

Officer Mike McNaulty was credited for saving the life of a child while at a soccer game. Officer Town, on two occasions has been commended by Carlton County Sheriff Kelly Lake for her actions while on duty.

Officer Syrett was involved in the arrest of an individual, which resulted in over $60,000 worth of heroin being taken off the streets.

Officer Judgers presents the "Drug Free World" program at the school. Officer Knezevich is a resource person for Moose Lake School teachers regarding school bullying.

"Small town policing is all about relationships with community members," said Bogenholm.

The combined efforts of each of these officers work together to send a positive message from the Moose Lake Police Department to the community, and hopefully, to the regions beyond.


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