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2019 Critical Issues Forum

 

 

 

The MCPA's 2019 Critical Issues Forum, Suicide Calls: Debating How Best to Respond to People in Crisis, drew more than 200 law enforcement leaders, mental health professionals, EMTs and media. People filled the lower bowl of the Schneider Theater in Bloomington while more than one hundred joined the forum on-line.

If you weren't able to attend or want to view the program again, you can access it through this link to ChiefsCast. POST credit is obtainable online for sworn officers. Feel free to watch the program at your convenience and share with your personnel.

The photo above is of our panel of experts and the photo to the left shows St. Cloud police chief Blair Anderson (standing) with a group of nearly 20 people watching via livestream from St. Cloud.

Local and national experts discussed this issue from legal, moral and practical perspectives.

The presentations can be found by clicking this link.  Here's an article about finding a middle ground on this issue written by one of our presenters, Eric Daigle, seen in the photo below, a national legal expert on law enforcement operational policies. 

Media coverage from Minnesota Public Radio and KSTP-TV can be found by clicking the respective links. Additional reporters from around the state are doing stories today so look for more coverage. 

Finally, we shared this news release with media outlets statewide. If you receive any calls from your local media, the release should provide you with the background you need to talk about the objectives of the forum. 

We know that the number of suicides is on the rise and so are the number of mental health related calls for service. We are simply trying to figure out the best solutions to situations that you know often end tragically. 

 

 

MCPA Legislative Recognition Award

Award Criteria

A current Minnesota Senator or Representative qualifies for recognition if he or she does at least one of the following:

  • Authors bills that address the legislative priorities identified by the MCPA Legislative Committee  
  • Supports bills that are consistent with MCPA’s positions as identified by the MCPA Legislative Committee  
  • Displays a desire to better understand and take action to solve the public policy challenges of law enforcement
  • Develops a thoughtful and persuasive argument that shapes the public narrative around an important issue facing local and/or national law enforcement

 Nomination and Selection Process

A current MCPA Voting member can nominate a legislator to be recognized by the association by filling out a nomination form and submitting it to the MCPA. The legislator must be in elected office at the time of the nomination to be eligible for recognition.

The annual deadline to submit nomination forms is June 1. The nomination forms can be found in the "Members Only" section of the MCPA website.

 

Watch the program on ChiefsCast

The MCPA Critical Issues Forum is now available to view online through ChiefsCast. Click on the blue box below to access the program. Continuing education credits are also available for officers who view the program online.  Once you registerm click the tab on the right side of the screen for a short credit validation quiz.

The Issue
Law enforcement agencies in Minnesota and across the country are rethinking their approach to suicide calls. Some local agencies have stopped responding because of the potential dangers to both officers and the person attempting to end his or her life. These calls also present a financial liability, particularly if the situation turns violent.


The Program
The program begins Wednesday December 11th at 1 p.m.  It will include experts and advocates who will weigh in on the issue from a number of perspectives.  Eric Daigle is a legal advisor to police departments across the Country. He provides legal advice to law enforcement command staff and officers in the areas of legal liability, internal affairs, discipline, policy drafting, employment issues, use of force, laws of arrest, and search and seizure.

Sue Abderholden is the executive director of NAMI Minnesota, the National Alliance on Mental Illness.  Sue is responsible for providing direction and leadership toward the achievement of the organization’s mission and leads NAMI’s public policy efforts. She brings over 30 years of experience in nonprofit and advocacy work having held top management positions at Arc Minnesota, the Minnesota office of Senator Paul D. Wellstone and PACER Center. She received her B.A. from Macalester College and a Master’s degree in Public Health Administration from the University of Minnesota.

Brian Mueller is Chief Deputy at the Washington County Sheriff's Office and a leader with SOTA Minneosta, the Special Operations Training Association of the Midwest.  Brian has an extensive background and experience in directing tactical law enforcement operations.  He received both his Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in police leadership from the University of St. Thomas.

 

The Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association (MCPA) 2020 Legislative Agenda was developed over a period of several months with input from the state’s police chiefs, law enforcement leaders and stakeholder groups.  Members of the organization’s Legislative Committee, which is made up of public safety professionals from agencies large and small, urban and rural, discussed, vetted and prioritized the agenda. The MCPA Board of Directors approved the 2020 Legislative Agenda on November 21, 2019.

CLARIFY EXISTING TRACKING WARRANT STATUTES
The MCPA supports legislation that ensures search warrants can be granted for mobile applications operating through means other than cellular networks when there is sufficient probable cause a crime has or is being committed.

AMEND CHAPTER 229C to allow CLEOS ACCESS TO NATIONAL CRIMINAL HISTORY DATABASE
The MCPA supports giving chief law enforcement officers the ability to utilize the resources of the National Criminal History database to conduct background investigations for certain business licenses and certain employment background investigations.

IMPROVE INFORMATION SHARING AMONG FIRST RESPONDERS AND STAKEHOLDERS
The MCPA supports enhancing the ability of law enforcement, medical professionals and human services reps to more effectively communicate and share information in certain situations involved mental health or crisis response.

CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECKS
The MCPA supports preventing individuals who are legally able to purchase a gun from doing so without background checks at gun shows, online or in private transactions.

EXTREME RISK PROTECTION ORDERS (ERPO)
The MCPA supports allowing law enforcement who believe an individual’s documented dangerous behavior has a substantial likelihood to lead to violence to request an order from a civil court authorizing the temporary removal of any guns in the individual’s possession and the prohibition of any new gun purchases during the duration of the temporary order.

FALSELY REPORTING INGESTION OF CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES WHILE DETAINED
The MCPA supports a legislative solution to the growing trend of individuals who falsely report the ingestion of controlled substances while detained prior to booking.

AMEND MN Statute 144.7407 subd. 2 FOR OFFICER SAFETY PURPOSES
The MCPA supports allowing a blood sample be taken from an individual whose bodily fluid exposes a sworn law enforcement officer to danger when that individual refuses consent or is unable to provide consent.

AMEND MN CHAPTER 144E.001 TO REQUIRE LOCAL APPROVAL FOR ANY CHANGES IN AMBULANCE SERVICES
The MCPA supports requiring there be local approval for any changes proposed related to ambulance services, including staffing, training, budgetary and the level of service available to community members.

STRENGTHENING 3RD DEGREE ASSAULT STATUTE TO INCLUDE STRANGULATION OF ANY PERSON REGARDLESS OF THE RELATIONSHIP
The MCPA supports changing the statute to provide protection to anyone, specifically minors, for the crime of strangulation when the crime is not covered under any other statutes, such as domestic abuse by strangulation or maltreatment of a minor.

AMEND 3RD DEGREE CRIMINAL SEXUAL CONDUCT STATUTE (609.344)
The MCPA supports closing a loophole in the 3rd degree criminal sexual conduct statute that is currently allowing criminals to victimize children.   Specifically, amending the statute  to include acts between a minor and an adult more than 48 months older who is not in a position of authority.

ARBITRATION REVISION ACT
The MCPA supports creating a more objective arbitration process by changing the way in which arbitrators are selected in public employee discipline arbitration (amendment to 179.02 Subd. 3 Rules) cases.  Currently, the MCPA believes arbitrators are not selected objectively and all financial incentives for arbitrators must be removed in order to ensure fairness, consistency and procedural integrity.

LAW ENFORCEMENT INTEGRITY ACT  
The MCPA supports legislation allowing for a Minnesota Licensed Peace Officer to be terminated from public employment without opportunity to challenge the remedy of termination should the basis for termination be willful or intentional dishonesty, deception, or similar unethical or illegal conduct that is deemed sufficient to imperil their credibility in court testimony. The MCPA does not support limiting an officer’s due process right to arbitration.

CONTINUED INVESTMENTS IN MANDATED LAW ENFORCEMENT TRAINING
The MCPA supports continuing the POST Board training reimbursement allocation to local agencies, which began in 2018, into fiscal year 2022-2023 through the Peace Officer Training Fund for mandated training in the areas of recognizing and valuing diversity and cultural differences, conflict management and mediation, crisis intervention and mental Illness crises.

K12 THREAT ASSESSMENTS  
The MCPA supports legislation requiring school districts to establish a team of subject matter experts to examine and address school safety issues and specific threats to the students, staff and community.  This legislation would move our state beyond physical school safety measures, such as infrastructure improvement grants, passed by the Legislature in 2018.

LAW ENFORCEMENT HEALTH AND WELLNESS ACT
The MCPA supports legislation that will help officers and agencies support funding for police officer safety, health and wellness and mental health programs for PTSD.

NEUTRAL: STATEWIDE DRIVER DIVERSION PROGRAM
The MCPA will take a neutral position on any legislation that will drivers cited to participate in an educational program in lieu of proceeding through the courts.

 
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