Communication Notes

May 5, 2016

In this issue...

Executive Director's Report

Chief's Chat

ADVANCED CLEO and Command Academy

Spots available for CLEO and Command

Sex Trafficking Training

FirstNet 101

LMC updates best practices

Partner training

In the news...

Obama Administration Report Praises Law Enforcement
(Washington Post)

Savage's Seurer sees value in and giving back to MCPA
(Savage Pacer)

Lawmakers struggle to regulate police body cams

Tusken Named Duluth Police Chief
(Duluth News Tribune)

MCPA Excellence in Innovation Awardees recognized
(Duluth Budgeteer)
(Savage Pacer)
(Breezy Point)

In case you missed the Spring 2016 version of MN Police Chief, here some highlights:

Officer Wellness and Safety: An Intentional Priority

Retired chief profile:Bob Ringstrom

Great Ideas in Policing

Click here for the full edition

Executive Director's Report


As the shortened legislative session enters “crunch time,” we’ve had a busy and productive week.

Two of the issues at the top of our legislative priority list cleared some major hurdles.

The Senate’s version of the body-worn camera bill passed the floor of that body 47-14. The issue now awaits House action. We are working diligently behind-the-scenes and believe we are making progress. More to come.

The House also passed our bill that requires law enforcement notification when an individual is released early from a 72-hour transport hold (read MCPA's letter of support). The tally was 126-0. 

And finally, the Senate passed the Prescription Drug Take-back bill 64-0. That bill allows pharmacies to take-back unused medications (read MCPA's letter of support.

There’s still more work to do on all of these bills, and you never want to get too excited. But we made significant progress the past few days and remain hopeful we can keep the momentum going in the final weeks of the session.  

Andy Skoogman
MCPA Executive Director

Chief's Chat: Funding Shop with a Cop

One of our colleagues wants to embark on a public fundraising effort for his department's Shop with a Cop program. However, his auditor says a city entity like the PD is not authorized to legally fund raise.

What's the best workaround or guidance forward that will keep him out of hot water with his city?

Join the conversation now by clicking here.

(If anyone has a nonprofit for these types of efforts, please email a copy of the bylaws for reference to [email protected].)

Sign up now for the ADVANCED CLEO and Command Academy 

Applications are being accepted now for the Advanced CLEO and Command Academy, which kicks off in September and concludes at the 2017 ETI. There are only 25 seats available. Register here. The application deadline is June 1. 

We’re really excited about the high level instructors, the curriculum and the unique, collaborative format of our newest academy that will focus on helping veteran CLEOs and commanders address a real issue they're dealing with - or struggling with - in their agencies.

For more information, click here.

Spots available for June's CLEO and Command Academy

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

FINAL sex trafficking trainings:

Don’t miss the very last official trainings on sexual exploitation. Trainings will be held in Waseca (June 1), Brainerd (June 7), and St. Paul (June 15, 22, and 23). Free, 3 POST credits, and co-sponsored by MCPA. Over 1300 officers have been trained so far.

FirstNet 101

After 9/11 and Katrina it was decided first responders needed a data network that would not compete for space on commercial networks. In the year's since, government and industry have been actively working toward creating this network.

Click here to learn more.

League of Minnesota Cities updated model policies and best practices guides

In-car Camera Policy

Computer Network and Social Media Policy

Workforce Planning Toolkit

MCPA Partner Training

2016 Criminal Justice Information Users Conference
St. Cloud
September 27-28

Topics include:

  • Barway Collins case
  • Officer-involved shootings
  • Gun permit checks
  • Data Practices

To register, or for more information, go to


Internal Affairs Course 3-day
Metro Location TBD
June 28th – 30th

This 3-day course is designed to give officers assigned to internal affairs investigations the knowledge and skills they need to conduct fair, thorough and impartial investigations.

Click here for more information and to register


Introduction to the Forensic Experiential Trauma Interview within the Sexual Assault Investigative Response
The Steele County History Center, Owatonna
June 16 - 17, 2016

Click here for more information and to register



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