Register for the MCPA Critical Issues Virtual Training Series! 
Training Dates: Oct. 5, 12 and 26 (8 am - 12 pm each day)

The MCPA has put together a lineup of relevant topics and top-notch instructors at a cost effective rate and in a convenient format for agencies of all sizes.  The MCPA Critical Issues Virtual Training Series will consist of several classes during three four hour sessions on October 5th, 12th and 26th.  Check out the instructors. 

Register for the entire training series TODAY


Note: You can register for individual sessions below. All sessions will be recorded and made available for the trainings. 

Session #1 - October 5, 2022 (8 am - 12 pm)

Title: A First Hand Look at Mental Health Crisis and Response
Instructor: Hector Matascastillo 

Course addresses:

  • Current challenges faced by law enforcement when responding to mental health crisis calls
  • The gap with the mental health system in MN that results in repeat calls for service
  • The myths about de-escalation, training, and resources

Title: Mental Health and Complex Legal Issues
Instructor: Andrew LeFevour
Course addresses:

  • The suicidal person alone in their own home – the legalities of tactical disengagement
  • Use of force legal considerations with mental health calls
  • Best practices for report writing and documentation
  • Examples of court cases where officers have been charged after using force on mental health calls – lessons learned.

Title: Emerging Trends in Mental Health/Crisis Call Response 
Instructor: Bill Everett

Course addresses: 

  • Impact of the new legislation on mental health data sharing 
  • Analysis of Travis' Law, requiring PSAPs to transfer certain calls to mental health professionals 

    Register for Session #1 ONLY 

Session #2 - October 12  (8 am - 12 pm)
Title: THC Edibles - From Enforcement to Employment 
Christopher Nelson – Municipal Team, Eckberg Lammers and Annie McCahery, Prosecution Team – Eckberg Lammers

Course addresses:

  • Municipalities' authority to regulate cannabis products
  • Roles of police and prosecutors under the new law as of July 1, 2022
  • Impacts on businesses, employees and personnel policies

Title: The Impact of PTSD Claims on Retirement Plans And What the Future Holds
Instructors: Doug Anderson and Amy Strenge from the  Public Employees Retirement Association (PERA) and Anne Finn from the League of MN Cities 

Course addresses: 

  • Recent trends in PERA Police & Fire Plan disability applications
  • Impact of increasing disability rates
  • PERA’s duty disability application process
  • PTSD duty disability trends and how these claims are impacting cities across the state
  • Efforts of the Public Safety Duty Disability Stakeholder Group convened by the League and legislation that was proposed during the 2022 Legislative Session  

    Register for Session #2 Only 

 Session #3 Oct. 26  (8 am - 12 pm)

Title: Rules of Engagement: Duty to Intervene, De-Escalation, and Duty to Render Aid 
Instructors: Imran Ali, Eckberg Lammers and Tom Weidner, Eckberg Lammers 

Course addresses: 
  • The evolution of criminal charges against police officers, particularly since 2016
  • The recent amendment to the four-decade old use-of-deadly force statute that has placed new requirements on peace officers
  • New laws surrounding duties to intercede and the medical considerations regarding duty to render aid participants
  • The new requirements regarding criminal liability and then discuss civil aspects of great importance to every police chief in Minnesota 

Title: Stand Your Own Ground: Self-Defense in Light of Kyle Rittenhouse
Instructors: Imran Ali, Eckberg Lammers 

Course addresses:

  • An examination of the State of Wisconsin vs Kyle Rittenhouse and its impacts on self-defense in the United States  
  • Lessons learned from the State of Minnesota vs Julian Valdez, a self-defense case prosecuted in Renville County in 2022.
  • How to investigate self-defense cases pursuant to Minn. Stat  609.06

Registration and Costs 
Here's a link to register for the entire Critical Issues Virtual Training Series 

$600 = Access to entire training series for everyone in your agency
$250 = Access to entire training series for one individual in a LARGE agency
(16 or more sworn officers)
$175 = Access to entire training series for one individual in a SMALL agency
(15 sworn or fewer sworn officers)