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241.025 DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS FUGITIVE APPREHENSION UNIT.
    Subdivision 1. Authorization. The commissioner of corrections may appoint peace officers,
as defined in section 626.84, subdivision 1, paragraph (c), who shall serve in the classified service
subject to the provisions of section 43A.01, subdivision 2, and establish a law enforcement
agency, as defined in section 626.84, subdivision 1, paragraph (f), known as the Department of
Corrections Fugitive Apprehension Unit, to perform the duties necessary to make statewide
arrests under sections 629.30 and 629.34. The jurisdiction of the law enforcement agency is
limited to the arrest of Department of Corrections' discretionary and statutory released violators
and Department of Corrections' escapees.
    Subd. 2. Limitations. The initial processing of a person arrested by the fugitive apprehension
unit for an offense within the agency's jurisdiction is the responsibility of the fugitive apprehension
unit unless otherwise directed by the law enforcement agency with primary jurisdiction. A
subsequent investigation is the responsibility of the law enforcement agency of the jurisdiction in
which a new crime is committed. The fugitive apprehension unit members are not authorized
to apply for a search warrant as prescribed in section 626.05.
    Subd. 3. Policies. The fugitive apprehension unit must develop and file all policies required
under state law for law enforcement agencies. The fugitive apprehension unit also must develop a
policy for contacting law enforcement agencies in a city or county before initiating any fugitive
surveillance, investigation, or apprehension within the city or county. These policies must be filed
with the board of peace officers standards and training by November 1, 2000. Revisions of any of
these policies must be filed with the board within ten days of the effective date of the revision.
The Department of Corrections shall train all of its peace officers regarding the application of
these policies.
    Subd. 4. Chief law enforcement officer. The commissioner of corrections shall appoint a
full-time peace officer, who shall serve in the classified service subject to the provisions of section
43A.01, subdivision 2, to be the chief law enforcement officer and to be responsible for the
management of the fugitive apprehension unit. The chief law enforcement officer shall possess
the necessary police and management experience to manage a law enforcement agency. The chief
law enforcement officer will have supervisory responsibility for all fugitive apprehension unit
members as defined in section 179A.03, subdivision 17. Supervisory personnel must be available
any time fugitive apprehension unit members are on duty. The chief law enforcement officer may
not hire part-time peace officers as defined in section 626.84, subdivision 1, paragraph (d).
    Subd. 5. Emergencies. (a) The commissioner of corrections shall ensure that all emergency
vehicles used by the fugitive apprehension unit are equipped with radios capable of receiving and
transmitting on the same frequencies used by the law enforcement agencies that have primary
jurisdiction.
(b) When the fugitive apprehension unit receives an emergency call, it shall notify the public
safety agency with primary jurisdiction and coordinate the appropriate response.
(c) Fugitive apprehension unit officers shall notify the primary jurisdiction of their response
to the emergency.
    Subd. 6. Compliance. Except as otherwise provided in this section, the fugitive apprehension
unit shall comply with all other statutes to include all deadly force training requirements as
defined in section 626.8452 and all administrative rules relating to the operation and management
of a law enforcement agency.
History: 2000 c 291 s 1; 2005 c 10 art 2 s 4