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Janeen Thill led a pursuit from the convenience store at Alexandria Technical and Community College. Becky Ness, Crystal Dey and Janice Kaufenberg followed as Chief Rick Wyffels and Officer Keith Melrose observed. Contributed photo by Alexandria Police Department.

Police Academy Part 2: Drugs and crime scenes

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Editor's Note: This is the second of a three-part series on the Alexandria Citizens Police Academy as seen through the eyes of one of its participants - reporter Crystal Dey.


A lot of legwork precedes apprehension of criminals. First, they must be caught. Next, there must be evidence. We found out it's not as easy as it looks on TV.

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Crystal Dey

Crystal Dey is a staff reporter for the Echo Press. Originally from Minnesota’s Iron Range, Dey worked for newspapers in North Dakota, Florida and Connecticut before returning to her home state to join the Echo Press in October 2011. Dey studied Mass Communications at Minnesota State University Moorhead with an emphasis in Online Journalism. Follow Staff Reporter Crystal Dey on Twitter @Crystal_Dey.

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