January 26, 2017

In this issue...

Executive Director's Report

MCPA professional development opportunities

ETI Podcast preview: When the headline is you

Statewide awards deadline Monday

Chief's Chat: Incidents near schools

AAA offering traffic safety grants

Partner Training

In the news...

Dayton weighs in on protest bills
(Pioneer Press)

IACP issues overview of Pres. Trump's Immigration Ex Order
(The IACP)

IACP charting new ground on use of force
(Washington Post)

Mille Lacs Tribal police have guns, badges but no power
(City Pages)

Put a little pop culture into your PSA's
(The IACP Blog)


New POST eligibility licensing exam aligns with updated learning objectives

Click here to read more


Update on Funds for the Vest Reimbursement Program 

Click here for more





Executive Director's Report

Our success as an Association, a profession and as individuals hinges a great deal on building strong relationships with partners, our communities and stakeholders. I firmly believe this.

One of the keys to a solid relationship is sharing information and resources for mutual success.

That's why we're proud to roll out the MCPA's latest training:
A City Administrators Overview of 21st Century Policing.

March 7, 9am - 4pm, NJPA Staples
Click here for more information and to register

May 24, New Brighton Public Safety Training Facility
Registration to open in the coming weeks

This training will provide city managers, administrators, and council members a better understanding of police departments and their 21st Century challenges, especially since law enforcement has come under such public scrutiny.

Topics covered include:

  • Use-of-force 
  • Media relations and dissemination of public information
  • Training priorities
  • Expectations to facilitate a more cohesive relationship between CLEOs and Administrators 

We are asking you to share this training announcement with your cities' civilian leaders. The content is generally geared toward them; however, we're also encouraging chiefs and commanders to attend with civilian staff to assist in building a common community law enforcement vision using a global view of where an agency fits into the overall city structure. 

Andy Skoogman
MCPA Executive Director

Other MCPA Professional Development Opportunities

Leadership Academy

May 16-19, 2017, Camp Ripley

Help your first-line supervisor(s) make a successful transition to the new positions through MCPA's 4-day Leadership Academy.  The class ensures sergeants, lead patrol officers and other front-line supervisors attain the skills necessary for success.

Click here for more information and to register


Social media as a communications force multiplier

February 23, MCPA New Brighton Training Facility

A day-long Social Media training aimed at helping agencies use online tools to build community relations, better connect with traditional media and solve crimes.

See the agenda and sign up for MCPA's Social Media Training

ETI Podcast Preview

When the headline is you: A tool kit to counter the negative policing narrative


Click here to register for ETI 2017

Read the preliminary program

Hotel information

DEADLINE MONDAY for MCPA Statewide Awards

Please take a few minutes to think about events in your community. Did your officers put their lives in jeopardy to save a citizen or fellow officer? Or do they generally do more than is asked to make your community a better place to live? 

Click here to make your award nominations before the Monday, January 30th DEADLINE


Excellence in Innovation Awards deadline Friday, February 10.

There's a category for small agencies (15 or fewer sworn officers) and large agencies.

See examples from past winners and apply online

Chief's Chat: What's a PD's responsibility when a high risk situation is near a school?

Some of the most vulnerable citizens we serve are children. So when there's a situation near a school, especially if it might not involve the school at all, what's our responsibility in informing the education leaders?

How close in proximity to the school is the high risk situation before you make that call to the school?

Who would call the school with incident information so its staff could decide if a soft lock down is necessary?

A dispatcher without direct order from anyone?
An officer?

A dispatch at the request of officer?
A supervisor?
A dispatch at the request of a supervisor?

We want your input. Please click here to join the Chief's Chat discussion

AAA MN/IA offers grants for traffic safety initiatives

Approximately 30-40 grants will be provided to organizations across in the state (except in  Hennepin County). 

Send grant forms to: Mark Peterson
[email protected] 

Max Award:  $500

Deadline: Friday, January 27.

(Award recipients will be notified in early February; checks should arrive early March. If CELL slips are requested, they will be provided in counts of 200 which equals approximately $500.)

If you have questions, please call Mark at 952-707-4971.

MCPA Academic Partner Training

State Patrol offering several crash investigation courses:

Intermediate Crash Investigations (FREE)
Jan 30 – Feb 3, 2017
Advanced Crash Investigations
March 6 – 10, 2017
Crash Reconstruction School
June 5 – 9 and June 12 – 16, 2017
If you are interested in any of these classes or have questions regarding these courses please contact Sergeant Lance Langford at 651-757-1920, cell 612-919-8194, or [email protected]


Highway Drug Investigations for Patrol
March 13-15
Beltrami County Sheriff's Office 


To see a full list of MCPA and sponsor trainings, please visit our training page at MNChiefs.org/training