2021 Critical Issues in Public Safety Virtual Training Series 

The 2021 Critical Issues in Public Safety Virtual Training Series will take an in-depth look at some of the specific police reform measures and the changes the policing profession is facing in the year ahead. The series will build off the momentum of the previous MCPA virtual training series with new training topics. 

The series will run every Wednesday from 10 am – 12 pm for six weeks, starting on Feb. 24, 2021.  Each training will be led by national and/or local experts who will examine a variety of topics, including how to effectively implement a duty to intervene policy, how to interpret the new use-of-deadly-force statute and how two communities successfully terminated problem police officers through the arbitration system.  

Below are the topics and course descriptions:

A Duty to Intervene Policy is Courageous but is Implementation Realistic? 
Feb. 24, 2021: 10 am–12 pm (Zoom) 
The New Orleans Police Department implemented Ethical Policing is Courageous (EPIC) in 2016 as part of a federal consent decree after wholesale misconduct was uncovered inside the department. Over the past four years, Georgetown Law School has launched project ABLE, which stands for Active Bystandership for Law Enforcement.  EPIC is the predecessor to ABLE, which is a much- improved version of what already was a strong EPIC program. 

In this session, representatives from ABLE will share details about their program, how it can be implemented in police agencies and the positive impact duty to intervene practices are having on the street.



Officer-Involved Shooting Investigations – The Profession’s New Reality
March 3, 2021: 10 am–12 pm (Zoom)
This session will explore the changes to investigations surrounding officer-involved shootings since the MN Legislature passed the police reform package in 2020.  Attendees will hear about the new unit at the BCA stood up to exclusively investigate OISs. We’ll discuss the new use-of-deadly-force investigative policy and examine the trends from some of the most recent OIS incidents in Minnesota from the line officer perspective.




New State Database for Disciplined Police Officers – What Every CLEO Needs to Know  
March 10, 2021: 10 am–12 pm (Zoom)
As part of the sweeping police reform package passed by the 2020 legislature, CLEOs will be required to report alleged peace officer misconduct data to POST beginning July 1, 2021.  In this session, we’ll explore the role and responsibility for CLEOs as well as any ramifications for failing to meet the requirements. This training will also cover other new, relevant changes to POST policies and procedures in 2021. 




Interpreting the New Use-of-Deadly-Force Statute – What This Really Means for Cops 
March 17, 2021: 10 am–12 pm (Zoom)

The intent of new legislation is to enhance the legal standards related to peace officer use of deadly force for Minnesota law enforcement agencies and is intended to afford greater protections to the citizens of Minnesota. However, experts both locally and nationally have expressed concern that the changes may create an environment that could potentially provide less protections from unlawful use of force by law enforcement.

National use-of-force policy expert, attorney Eric Daigle, will breakdown the areas of concern. We will also hear from other legal experts regarding their interpretation of the new changes and how they will impact your police officers.

Arbitration Success Stories – How CLEOs and Communities Terminated Problem Officers
March 24, 2021: 10 am–12 pm (Zoom)

The arbitration system is a source of frustration for police chiefs as the process continues to return terminated officers to their departments. The MCPA has long pushed for major arbitration reform and the legislature did make statutory changes in 2020. In this session, we’ll hear from two police chiefs (Paul Hoppe/Wyoming and Lenny Austin/ Columbia Heights) whose firings were upheld by arbitrators, explore the changes to the system and discuss how at least one municipality is changing its city attorney’s role in these types of cases.



School’s In Cops are Out? A Discussion About the Value and Different Models for Having Officers in Schools
March 31, 2021: 10 am-12 pm (Zoom)

Since the tragic death of George Floyd, school boards and school districts are debating whether to continue the long-standing use of School Resource Officers. The Minneapolis School District has cut ties with the Minneapolis Police Department and other districts, such as Hopkins and Mankato, have done the same.  In this session, we’ll explore examine the pros and cons of having police officers in schools, the consequences for some communities who have cut cops from schools and other non-traditional models, such as the School Liaison Officer.



Virtual Training Series Pricing 

To make the training series affordable for agencies of all sizes, we're once again offering tiered pricing. We're also offering á la carte pricing for individual sessions. 

Cost to attend the series (all six sessions):
$150 per person for agencies with 25 or fewer officers
$200 per person for agencies with 26 or more officers
$500 for unlimited attendance from an agency



Cost to attend an individual session:
$50 per person