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​Training Gives Troopers New Tools for Interacting with People with Autism

Photo of troopers graduating from the academy.Did you know autism is a part of life for one in 68 people? Because it can impact interactions, troopers are learning about autism as part of the State Patrol’s efforts to keep all Minnesotans safe.

All troopers received autism training as part of their Centralized In-Service Training this fall. They learned how to recognize and respond to people with autism, what sorts of calls will bring them into contact with autistic people, de-escalation tips, and more. Follow-up training is planned for later this month, and from now on, all Minnesota State Patrol cadets will receive autism training at the academy.

Read the latest DPS blog post for more details about the training.

​Distracted Drivers Put Everyone at Risk — Including First Responders

Photo of a damaged Edina fire truck.“You would think that one of our biggest fears is running into a building that’s on fire when in reality it’s responding to a roadway and being struck by a distracted driver.”

Wow. Those words from Edina Assistant​ Fire Chief Jeff Siems say it all.

Distracted drivers put everyone at risk — including first responders. This video about an Aug. 8 crash between an Edina fire truck and an alleged distracted driver is a good reminder why it’s so important to pay attention. Help first responders can get to where they need to go safely and save lives.

Is There a 'Silent Killer' in Your Home?

Photo of a CO alarm
Could your stove, furnace or fireplace be putting you at risk?

It could be if it’s producing dangerous levels of carbon monoxide. Carbon monoxide incidents are more common during the winter months because people may use unsafe heat sources or don't follow fire safety rules.

Make sure your CO alarms are working properly and test them once a month.

Clear snow build-up from dryer, furnace, stove and fireplace vents. And never use grills inside.

Featured Video

Video Description: After an Aug. 8 crash involving a fire truck and a suspected distracted driver, the State Patrol and Edina Fire Department teamed up to remind motorists about the consequences of distracted driving.