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911's Golden Birthday

Photo of a 911 dispatcherDoesn’t it seem like 911 has always been around? It’s hard to imagine a time when, in an emergency, you couldn’t pick up a phone, dial three little numbers, and know that first responders would be on their way in a matter of minutes. 

But did you know that has only been possible for 50 years? Of course, the 911 network didn’t exactly crop up overnight. In Minnesota, for example, many cities and counties had 911 networks starting in the late 60s. But it wasn’t until the 80s that it was implemented statewide.

We’re celebrating 911’s 50th anniversary by making Minnesota’s 911 networks compatible with the way you communicate today. Learn more about 911’s past, present and future in our latest blog.


Deadly Shooting Puts Focus on School Safety

Photo of people discussing getting home safe after drinking.Minnesota school safety protocols are taking center stage following the deadly shooting at a high school in Florida. 

The Minnesota School Safety Center (MnSSC) conducts an average of 200 training sessions at districts around the state every year. From public, to private, to charter, and tribal schools, the MnSSC meets with administrators, educators and first responders to advise schools on a 360-degree, multifaceted approach to school safety.

This includes providing recommendations for: school safety assessments;  threat assessments, which identify behavioral clues and red flags; violent intruder response; access controls, which scrutinize the a schools access points; and de-escalation strategies for threats. In addition, the MnSSC provides guidance to districts when developing their emergency operations plans, which are required by state law. Schools must also conduct five lockdown drills, five fire drills and one severe weather drill per year. 


State Patrol Recognizes Heroic Acts by Citizens, Troopers, Law Enforcement

Photo of citizen receiving award. They stopped to help. They put their own lives on the line to save someone else. They didn’t hesitate. 

“They represent the good in people,” Col. Matt Langer said yesterday of the dozens of citizens, troopers and law enforcement officials honored for heroic acts at the State Patrol's annual awards ceremony.

Recipients included men and women who saved motorists from burning vehicles, saved citizens from burning buildings, performed CPR or used automated external defibrillators to save lives and kept citizens from ending their own lives. The Minnesota State Patrol established its awards ceremony to honor the exemplary efforts of troopers who have excelled in their mission to protect and serve the people of Minnesota. The ceremony also recognizes citizens and members of other law enforcement and emergency service agencies who performed commendable acts to assist troopers and help others.

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Video Description: Winter driving season is in full swing. The State Patrol walks you through steps to prepare your car for winter weather driving.