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Critical Issues Forum will explore strategies to recruit and retain law enforcement officers

 

Nearly 100 law enforcement leaders are expected to particapte in MCPA's 2018 Critical Issues Forum held December 12th in Bloomington.  The program will focus on law enforcement strategies to recruit and retain police officers.  The forum will be held at Bloomington's Schneider Theater from 1 - 4:30 p.m.  

 

  Click HERE to register to attend

Sue Abderholden, the executive director of NAMI Minnesota, told the audience substantial research on community mental health resources already points the way to more solutions.

"I don't want to see another task force on mental health because all we would have to do is pull together the recommendations from all of these years and do them," she said.  "We should do what President Eisenhower suggested, that we have a community mental health center for every 50,000 people and that every hospital have an inpatient psychiatric unit."

A majority of Minnesota police chiefs report an increase in the number of calls for service where individuals are in a state of emotional crisis. According to a survey of more than 300 voting MCPA members, 20-percent of local, municipal agencies have seen a 50-percent increase in the number of mental health related calls over the last five years. A Star Tribune survey of nine of the state’s largest law enforcement agencies found that such calls have increased an average of 34-percent in the past six years.

 


Ken Barlow, chief morning meteorologist at KSTP 5 Eyewitness, also shared his own perspective on living with a mental illness.  Barlow first revealed his diagnosis of bipolar disorder five years ago and has since encouraged people to talk openly about mental health and the need for more resources.  

 

Critical Issues Forum will explore strategies to recruit and retain law enforcement officers

 

Nearly 100 law enforcement leaders are expected to particapte in MCPA's 2018 Critical Issues Forum held December 12th in Bloomington.  The program will focus on law enforcement strategies to recruit and retain police officers.  The forum will be held at Schneider Theater on the city's civic campus from 1 - 4:30 p.m.  

 

  Click HERE to register to attend

The event will include an overview of the current law enforcement employment situation provided by Minnesota State Demographer Susan Brower.  Brower will explain the graying of Minnesota's workforce.  Across the state, many employers are having more trouble than they used to finding and keeping employees. They’re making more efforts to accommodate workers with flexible schedules as well as educational and training incentives.  Brower will also

Peace officer recruitment and retention a top priority among MCPA members, according to association surveys.  The specific challenges are unique to communities across the state.  While many departments report fewer overall applicants, some agencies are more concerned about losing veteran officers with larger, suburban departments.

Minnesota has implemented some initiatives aimed at both increasing applicants and diversifying the pool of candidates.  The Pathways to Policing Program is one example designed to remove barriers for non-traditional candidates who have at least a two-year associate degree from an accredited college or university, and who are interested in pursuing a career in law enforcement. The program focused on candidates without the means to pay for, or availability to attend a law enforcement academic program while in their current careers.  The Bloomington and St. Louis Park police departments developed the program with their cities’ human resource departments prior to inviting other agencies. Sponsoring departments provided trainees with mentors to keep them engaged, and Hennepin Technical College provided support during training.

The Critlcal Issues Forum will also include panels the feature the Next Generation: What Students Say and What Works: Effective Recruitment & Retention Strategies.   Watch for program updates in C-notes and this website.  

The program will once again be livestreamed across the state with the ability for police agencies and other stakeholders to watch and ask questions of the panelists.

 

President Trump to address IACP 2019 conference

 

President Donald Trump is scheduled to address the The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) at its 2019 annual conference in Orlando.  The announcement was made as the President makes plans to travel to Rochester and hold a campaign rally.  President Trump is scheduled to address conference attendees on Monday, October 8 at a time to be determined.
 
The IACP 2018 Annual Conference will take place on October 6-9. The event is the largest gathering of law enforcement leaders in the world with more than 16,000 public safety professionals in attendance and 690 exhibiting companies. With over 200 educational sessions, law enforcement leaders come together to discuss critical issues facing law enforcement and communities while learning best practices from around the globe.
 
More information, including event logistics and changes to the conference schedule, will be provided as the information becomes available. Online and on-site registration are available for members still interested in attending the conference.
 

 

MCPA Sponsorship & Exhibit Opportunities   

 Place your product or service in front of the region's top law enforcement leaders and public safety professionals at ETI and MCPA events, publications and meetings throughout the year.

 

Click here to view the 2019 Marketing Prospectus

 

 

To register or make a purchase, click on the interactive map below to choose your exhibit booth, sponsorship level and other partner opportunities.

 

 

Contact:  Charles Kasbohm

[email protected]

651-340-4848

 
 

Thank You to our 2018 Strategic Partners

 

 

NICS IAQ Check

 

The FBI conducted an audit of NICS transactions in May 2018. They discovered some agencies did not conduct complete NICS checks on firearm permit applicants who are not U.S. citizens.
 
A complete NICS check for a carry or purchase/transfer permit requires a review of an applicant’s immigration status when the applicant is not a U.S. citizen. Applicants who are aliens and in the U.S. illegally or unlawfully are prohibited under federal law from possessing a firearm.
 
There is a separate message key that is used to ask U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) about a non-U.S. citizen’s status. This IAQ message key requires the applicant’s country/place of birth and either their alien registration number, FBI number, SID number or OLN. Unfortunately, the statutes governing the applications for permits to carry and purchase/transfer do not authorize the collection of place of birth, citizenship status or alien registration number.
 
If an applicant self-discloses that s/he is not a U.S. citizen or if the agency has reason to know the applicant is not a U.S. citizen, then an agency may ask the applicant to provide the information needed to complete the IAQ to process the background check; however, the applicant is not required to provide that information under current law.
 
The same requirement applies to explosive permits applicants.
 
Contact your BCA trainer/auditor with any questions.
 

 
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