609.774 EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS; KIDNAPPINGS.
Subdivision 1. Definitions.
For the purposes of this section, "supervising peace officer"
means a person licensed pursuant to chapter 626, who has probable cause to believe that a person
is being unlawfully confined, and who has lawful jurisdiction in the geographical area where the
violation is believed to be occurring.
Subd. 2. Authority.
A supervising peace officer may order a telephone company to cut,
reroute, or divert telephone lines for the purpose of establishing and controlling communications
with a violator.
Subd. 3. Designation.
Each telephone company shall designate an employee to serve as a
security official and to provide assistance as required by the supervising peace officer to carry out
the purposes of this section.
Subd. 4. Unauthorized communication prohibited.
Whoever initiates telephone
communications with a violator with knowledge of an order issued pursuant to subdivision 2 and
without prior police authorization, is guilty of a misdemeanor.
Subd. 5. Defense.
Good faith reliance by telephone employees on an order issued pursuant to
subdivision 2 shall constitute a complete defense to any legal action brought for an interruption of
telephone communications occurring by reason of this section.
History: 1979 c 63 s 1; 1979 c 289 s 2