City Administrator and Law Enforcement Training: Working Collaboratively to Address 21st Century Policing Challenges

POST #: 9041-008

May 24, 2017, 9am -- 4pm
MCPA New Brighton Training Facility
Presenters for the Metro training subject to change from the description below
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Intro (15 minutes)

MCPA provides brief overview of the training and its importance for city leaders

Session 1: (90-minutes)
Use of Force overview from BCA

  • Provides an overview of how use-of-force investigations are conducted
  • Explains policies and procedures on use-of-force investigations; what role their local PD has, what assistance the city can provide
  • Talks about complexities of lawful but awful use-of-force situations as governed by US Supreme Court cased Graham v Connor
  • Sets up use of force continuum and how it governs officer actions

Session 2: (90-minutes)
Disseminating Law Enforcement Information -- (This based on the President's 21st Century Policing report's recommendations around transparency and accountability)

  • How/why police release information and how to work with chiefs who aren’t releasing information in a reasonable or timely manner
  • Examines high-profile cases where media releases/information had to come in a specific way as not to jeopardize the investigation
  • Working with administration to ensure they receive official info from chief/commanders, not scattered media reports
  • Explain who is entitled to what information

Lunch -- (30 Minutes)

Session 3 -- A (30 minutes)
Overview of the Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association (MCPA) and its resources for City Administrators
MCPA Executive Director Andy Skoogman provides an inside look at the Association's resources for city leaders and a brief overview of the 21st Century Policing report

Session 3 -- B (90 minutes)
City Admin round table covering the basics of building a relationship between the city leader and police chief

    • Guides in hiring a police chief
    • Setting expectations between a city manager/mayor/administrator and CLEO (CLEO autonomy vs. Administrator’s “must complete” expectations)
    • Line of communication in everyday business vs. crisis:
      • Officer discipline/termination process and the city’s role
      • Urgent crime issues of public concerns (robbery sprees, problem traffic areas, etc.)
      • Single-incident issue of city and public concern (officer-involved shooting, officer caught/accused of breaking law, non-life threating incident with high injury count)

Session 4: (60-minutes)
Training Beyond the Basics Panel Discussion

Re-training is one of the key recommendations in the 21st Century Policing task force report. However, city government and law enforcement must be part of directing those training solutions, so that costly, one-size-fits all training mandates aren’t forced on them.

POST Board Representative – Will discuss the POST mandates and some of the new initiatives city administrators need to be aware of, as it may impact their budgets and internal policy for staff training.

City Administrator -- Will outline why it’s important from the city’s perspective to go beyond the basics. Provide budgeting guides to achieve higher level training in a small rural area.

Chief Dave Bentrud (Waite Park PD) – As a Post Board member and MCPA Chief’s Board member Dave has a unique insight on what both organizations are doing to advance professional development. He can talk about initiatives in the pipeline city administrators need to know. He’ll also discuss why city admins must budget and encourage their chiefs to ensure officers are learning beyond the basics.