Communication Notes

May 26, 2016

In this issue...

Executive Director's Report

Learn from national and regional body camera experts

Professional development opportunities for summer and fall

MCPA is moving

Crisis intervention training survey

Ask the Chiefs

New BCA payment policy

Partner training

In the news...

Law enforcement flexes muscle at Minnesota Capitol
Minneapolis Star Tribune

How new body cam law would impact what's released

Amid heightened scrutiny, it's 'a precarious time' for US police chiefs

The modern police officer
(Aitkin Independent Age)

Chicago turns to big data to predict gun and gang violence


Welcome St. Mary's University of Minnesota, MCPA's newest Academic Partner


Executive Director's Report

Body-worn camera bill awaits Governor's signature 

We're still waiting for Governor Dayton to sign the comprehensive body-worn camera bill, which would put the finishing touches on what was a productive – yet short – 2016 legislative session for the MCPA.

The bill classifies body-worn camera data as private with the exception of incidents that result in substantial bodily harm or an incident involving the discharge of a firearm. The data collected in those scenarios would be public after the conclusion of an investigation.

The bill includes public accountability measures like biennial audits, public input and a compliance review in three years by the State’s Legislative Auditor.  Additionally, the bill will allow the data subjects access to the video in all incidents.

The bill gives local agencies a lot of discretion to develop their own body-worn camera policy.

The MCPA will work with the League of Minnesota Cities on revising its existing model policy. We also plan to hold trainings over the next few months to answer any questions and provide guidance to the approximately 40 agencies currently using the technology and the dozens of others who have said they plan to in the next few years.

I want to thank our partners in the Law Enforcement Coalition at the MPPOA and MSA, especially Executive Directors Dennis Flaherty and Jim Franklin, as well as the authors of the bills in both bodies, Rep. Tony Cornish (R-Good Thunder) and Sen. Ron Latz (DFL-St. Louis Park).  With the help of several key police chiefs, we all worked together to get this done.

Click here to see the Law Enforcement Coalition letter urging the governor to sign the body camera legislation.

We also helped pass two other bills that were on the MCPA’s Legislative agenda. We modified MN statute 253B.05, subd. 3 to require law enforcement notification when an individual is released, discharged or leaves early from a 72-hour transport hold. Thanks to soon-to-be-retired St. Anthony Chief John Ohl for his work on this.

And finally, the Governor signed a bill allowing pharmacies in Minnesota to voluntarily take back and destroy unwanted prescription painkillers and other medications. We hope that pharmacies will take advantage of this opportunity and play a role in the battle against opiod abuse.

Have a safe and relaxing holiday weekend. 

Andy Skoogman
MCPA Executive Director

ADVANCED CLEO and Command Academy registration closes next week  

Even with the legislature establishing clear body-worn camera data classifications and implementation guidelines, there are still a number of issues law enforcement leaders must work through before deploying the technology.

It's one of the many 21st century law enforcement topics the ADVANCED CLEO and Command Academy covers.

The Academy's hybrid format includes two sessions on body cameras. One, which is part of the distance learning segment, covers how to best research body-worn cameras before making the investment. The other is a key feature of the kick-off retreat at Breezy Point. Ret. Fort Worth Police Chief Jeff Halstead will address body-worn camera policy concerns and data storage.

Learning objectives for Chief Halstead's presentation include:

  1. A summary of current “best practices” relating to this trending technology
  2. Addressing policy concerns related to training and shooting videos
  3. A discussion on data storage and security of data

Click here to see the full roster and academy schedule with learning objectives for each class.

Applications are being accepted now for the academy that starts in September and concludes at the 2017 ETI. There are only 25 seats available. Register here.

The application deadline is NEXT WEEK, June 1

Other premier training opportunities for summer and fall

Officer Leadership Development
October 11, 2016 (MCPA New Brighton Training Facility)

CLEO and Command Academy
(This is the only 2016 version of the course)
June 6-10, 2016 (Camp Ripley)

Leadership Academy
August 23-26, 2016 (Camp Ripley)

Click here for a full list of MCPA's Training

MCPA is Moving


Please update the Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association's address in your devices or Rolodex. The MCPA office will move on June 1st from its current Woodbury location to the lower level of New Brighton's City Hall:

Here's MCPA's new address:

803 Old Highway 8 NW
New Brighton, MN 55112 

All of our phone numbers and email information will remain the same.

Take the Crisis Intervention Training survey

Law enforcement, mental health advocates, and public policy makers are currently engaged in deep discussions around what's the appropriate level of crisis intervention training for officers.

Please take a few moments to fill out this brief survey about your agency's mental health training philosophy and policy.

We appreciate your input

Ask a Chief: SOP for a large scale disturbance

The Owatonna Police Department is looking for a model policy responding to a large scale disturbance, i.e. riots, public assembly, protests, etc.

If any agency has SOPs to share, please send or contact Sergeant Jason Matejcek at [email protected] or (507) 774-7210. Please CC [email protected]

New prepayment policy for BCA training courses 

The MCPA is sharing this message on behalf of Drew Evans, BCA Superintendent:

In our efforts to continue to provide high-caliber training and certification programs for the Minnesota’s law enforcement community, the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) will be requiring pre-payment at the time of registration starting September 1, 2016. 

This move aligns the BCA with most other training programs of this type, and allows the BCA to better budget for the variety of course offerings as well as large conferences. The following payment types will be accepted:

* Credit card
* PayPal
* Purchase order (state agencies only)

The change affects training registrations completed after September 1. It does not affect training for which you’ve already registered or will register for between now and September 1.

If you have any concerns about these changes, let us know by emailing [email protected]

MCPA partner training

Free daily pass to the NSA Conference for all Minnesota law enforcement and corrections staff.

This year's conference is being held at the Minneapolis Convention Center, June 25 - 29

CLICK HERE for the schedule of events and courses offered (updated schedules can be found at

In order to take advantage of this opportunity, please email the following information. (copy & paste the following into an email to [email protected])

First & Last Name:




Agency Address:

Cell Phone #

POST # (if applicable)

Day(s) attending:


Internal Affairs Investigations
Hosted by the New Brighton Department of Public Safety
June 28 - 30

Click here to learn more and register.


Please visit our Training Page for a full listing of professional development opportunities from MCPA and our partner organization.