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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.