2016 Executive Training Institute (#ETI2016)

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April 17-20, 2016, Rivers Edge Convention Center, St. Cloud, Minnesota

"21st Century Leadership Lessons: Relationships, Innovation, Tactics."

Based on the events of the last 18 months, MCPA is bringing in law enforcement leaders from all over the nation who've dealt with critical incidents involving major community criticism. The keynote speeches will cover successful community building techniques, media relation strategies to stay ahead of controversial stories, the latest research on implicit bias, and new strategies in certain types of use of force encounters. We'll also hear an overview on the 21st Century Policing Task Force report.

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Here's our confirmed lineup as of February:

Sunday Session:
Crisis Case Study: The New Hope city hall shooting’s lesson in peer support planning

Chief Tim Fournier will discuss what he and his officers experienced in the moments, weeks and months following a shooting at City Hall and how law enforcement leaders can start to identify the elements of a formal peer support plan.

Implicit Bias: Raising awareness and overcoming its consequences

Co-founder and president of UCLA’s Center for Policing Equity, Phillip Atiba Goff will bring his engaging, sometimes humorous style to discuss a serious issue facing 21st law enforcement leaders: Implicit bias. Goff identifies how implicit bias impacts decision-making in a law enforcement context and teaches strategies to address implicit bias on the job.

Pillars of 21-Centruty Policing: A review of the presidential task force report

To strengthen trust among law enforcement officers and the communities they serve, President Obama commissioned a taskforce on 21st Century Policing, comprised of law enforcement leaders, public safety researchers, and community stakeholders. The task force’s final report recommended six pillars to strengthen police-community relations. Attendees will gain a better understanding of how to implement the recommendations (or expand on recommendations agencies already have in place) while ensuring communities are safe. 

Re-engineering Training on Police Use of Force
Minnesota law enforcement has reported in recent years seeing an increase in mental illness-related calls, some of which have ended with officer use of force.  The Police Executive Research Forum (PERF), decided to re-examine use-of-force training as it relates to people with mental illness who pose a threat with an edged weapon.  This session outlines best practices in re-thinking use-of-force training to highlight de-escalation on certain types of mental health-related calls and aims to increase cohesion between dispatchers and front-line officers responding to a person in crisis.

Monday Night Special Session:
How to remember anything

This fun, highly interactive seminar will give you techniques for remembering information to make you more productive and efficient law enforcement leaders.  You will gain an ability to better remember names and faces and the confidence for getting through a day without the fear of forgetting and

Investing in community relations

A fatal officer-involved shooting thrust Chief Michale Koval into the national spotlight. In the face of great criticism and baseless accusations about his agency, Chief Koval tirelessly defended his department’s integrity and the officer involved in the shooting.  In this session you will begin to build strategies for better community relationships; more effectively leverage traditional and new media; and learn how to minimize disruptions related to mass demonstrations.

Ferguson Missouri: Lessons Learned

St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar, who had a major role in restoring order following Michael Brown’s death in Ferguson, MO, will talk about the lessons learned during the ordeal and how police leaders can prepare for similar events in their communities.


New Technology: Getting community buy-in before you buy

Before implementing any new technology, it is critical to develop an action plan, implement a sound policy, understand the laws governing the use and obtain as high a level of community buy in as possible before you buy.

This session will highlight the St. Paul Police Department’s recent work to engage community stakeholders and develop a comprehensive technological plan before purchasing and implementing body-worn cameras.

Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) for small agencies

Geared toward agencies with fewer than 15 officers, this session will help rural law enforcement leaders gain a better understand of identifying and creating community networks for localized crisis intervention. Attendees will become more knowledge in the brain science behind mental illness and learn de-escalation steps for crisis calls.

Wellness and Well-being: A cultural shift

This breakout will discuss steps departments need to implement to have an effective, holistic mental wellness program. Captain Brian Nanavaty will talk about the program he helped implement that considers a myriad of factors including post hire action items, early warning screenings financial planning and retirement preparation. The program there has resulted in fewer cases of discipline and an increase in officers seeking personal and professional assistance.

Attendees will

  • Begin to identify and learn how to address the non-job factors that lead to dissatisfied officers
  • How to identify law enforcement-specific mental health resources for officers
  • Gain a better understanding about what steps will be needed to bring a cultural change in dealing with officer mental health, including financial literacy and counseling services. 

Community Roundtables: Getting the right voices to the debate

Meaningful community dialogue is critical when addressing serious public safety issues in our communities. This breakout will provide tangible steps to ensure community members who will provide valuable feedback for law enforcement are at the table. It will walk you through how to talk about the “tough” topics in a way where people feel empowered to be honest and open. It will also talk about formulating an action plan to address community concerns.

HR for Small Agencies: Termination and Discipline

Aimed at Chiefs with fewer than 15 officers, this session will mainly focus on the challenges of termination and discipline in small agencies. Attendees will gain a better understanding of what types of policies help set clear guidelines and expectations to avoid problems while also providing clear outcomes for those who violate policy; learn how to identify and deploy your city’s resources to ensure discipline and termination are carried out by the book; and become more knowledgeable on the legal/law enforcement experts to guide chiefs through difficult personnel situations when they arise.

Supervisor’s breakout: What cities look for in a Chief

This panel discussion will explore the talents, skills and professional development background city leaders are looking for in a police chief and highlight what you can do in your current role to prepare for the next level of leadership.  It will also explain the career guide the MCPA has developed (CLEO Certification) to identify the training, personal development, and community service necessary to be a more effective public safety leader.

Avoiding surprises with body cameras

Hear from departments large and small that have implemented body-worn cameras about what they’ve learned when it comes to deploying the technology, storing the data, maintaining the expectation of privacy, and other policy best practices. The session will also feature an update from MCPA’s Legislative Committee Co-chair on exactly where the ever-changing debate on body-worn cameras stands at the Capitol.

Community policing as a department culture

Learn how to take community policing from being a stand-alone program to a department-wide culture. Hear from a panel of chiefs who’ve improved police-community relations through a combination of special outreach initiatives and training for street officers. Chiefs in Hopkins and Columbia Heights will explore how they’ve used these strategies to more effectively address demographic changes, especially in the schools.  Shakopee’s Chief will talk about how community dialogue helped cut through some of the misleading numbers when it came to perceived city safety.

See the preliminary educational programming