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.