Our association provides a number of benefits and programs to its members and the citizens of Minnesota. Among them are:
- Chief Law Enforcement Officer (CLEO) and Command Academy
for first and second in command in law enforcement agencies: ethics-based executive leadership training;
- Leadership Academy for training of mid-level supervisors;
- Representation on state-level public safety advisory boards and task forces;
- Lobbying of the Minnesota Legislature on law enforcement issues, such as: the primary seat belt law, opposing medical use of marijuana, lesser fines for minor traffic violations, monitoring of gang strike force laws, and opposition of authentic-looking toy guns;
- Online resources and weekly public safety electronic communication, in collaboration with state and federal public safety agencies
- Annual scholarship program for law enforcement students;
- Consultation and mentoring services for agencies and municipalities; and
- The largest law enforcement executive annual training and exhibit expo in the Midwest.
Like many non-profit organizations, our association also relies on private assistance. We help finance the expenses of our objectives and programs through a telemarketing sponsorship program. As a result, Minnesota citizens support more than half of our operating budget.
Our association retains the services of Xentel, Inc., to conduct ongoing fundraising efforts. The company enhances recognition of the association and its programs, conveys public safety messages and requests financial support.
Phone recipients are briefed on a tool that is included in a pledge letter to arrive by mail. Those who pledge to donate will receive a one-page document to help guardians record identity records on the children in their households. In the case that a child may become lost, this tool -- when maintained by individual households -- may become useful in the search for that child.
The sponsor program uses guidelines, acknowledgments, verifications, supervision, non-obligatory confirmations and written materials to help assure effectiveness and control. It is the intent of the Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association that any questions relating to sponsorship are responded to in an appropriate and timely manner. Sponsor program inquiries may be directed to the MCPA office.