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Working group formed to discuss deadly force encounters

The Minnnesota Department of Public Safety has announced a working group will discuss police-involved deadly force encounters.  Organizers says it will ensure all voices are heard in developing recommendations which may include state or local policy changes, updates to procedures, legislative initiatives, training, officer wellness, community healing, or recognition of best practices utilized by law enforcement agencies. 

Minnesota Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington and Attorney General Keith Ellison will serve as co-chairs of the 16-member body. The working group is comprised of people from various backgrounds and communities around the state.
The working group will convene a series of three hearings:
  • Investigation, Oversight and Accountability
  • Prevention and Training; Officer Wellness and Community Healing
  • Policy and Legal Implications
Each hearing will have three to four panels; each panel will consist of 3-4 witnesses who will provide testimony relevant to the theme for the day.  Panels and witnesses will represent community, academia, subject matter experts, law enforcement and prosecutors. Hearings will be open to the public. 
Working Group Media Coverage
At the conclusion of each hearing, there will be a public comment period for feedback relevant to the topics discussed.  All feedback – including witness testimony, in-person comments and email contact - will be documented for the record and considered during working group deliberations. 
Hearing Dates and Times
  • Hearing One: Saturday, Aug. 17. The topic will be Investigation, Oversight and Accountability.
  • Hearing Two: Saturday, Sept. 28. The topic will be Prevention, Training, Officer Wellness and Community Healing.
  • Hearing Three: Thursday, Oct. 17. The topic will be Policy and Legal Implications
 

2019-20 MCPA Legislative Support Item 

Support items are legislative actions taken by the MCPA or taken by other organizations and supported by the MCPA.  If you have an issue or proposal you would like to submit for consideration, please provided the information listed below and send the form to MCPA at [email protected]  The deadline for submission is Friday, September 6th.

Issue area:

Law enforcement agency or organization:

Your contact information:

Proposed legislation/statute change:

Organization/stakeholder group sponsoring legisation (if applicable):

Reasons MCPA should Support this Proposal (please include any documentation when you submit this form):

Impacts on public safety or law enforcement:

Has the MCPA supported this legislation/position in the past?

MCPA positions

Below are positions and their respective definitions that the MCPA Legislative Committee will consider for the item listed above.

  • Actively Lead – MCPA will seek legislators to author a bill and will testify at hearings
  • Support – MCPA will support the bill, which could be in a limited role if another organization takes action, and may testify
  • Neutral – MCPA will not take a position and will not provide testimony
  • Monitor – MCPA will closely watch the issue and prepare to take a position if the timing is appropriate

Please return to MCPA at [email protected]  

Questions?  Call Andy Skoogman @651-485-7667

 

Public safety community mourns the loss of North Air Care flight team

Investigators have identified the two crew members who died and a third who was injured when a medical helicopter crashed at the Brainerd airport. North Memorial Health said pilot Tim McDonald and flight nurse Deb Schott died at the scene after the AgustaWestland A-109 helicopter crashed about 1 a.m. June 28th at the Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport. Paramedic Josh Duda was injured in the crash.

Funeral services were held Wednesday July 3rd for Schott at the high school in Howard Lake.   In addition to working for North Air Care, she was also an emergency room nurse and former member of the Winsted Police Reserve.

Funeral services for North Memorial Health Air Care Pilot Tim McDonald will be held on Tuesday July 9, 2019 at 1100hrs.  Services will be located at Celebration Church

Address:  16655 Kenyon Avenue, Lakeville, MN  55044
Visitation will be from 1000hrs until 1100hrs.

For all public safety agencies:  If you intend on sending personnel and vehicles for the service; please e-mail the following e-mail address: [email protected]

The information needed is:

  • Agency
  • Primary and Secondary Contact person with Cell Numbers and E-Mail addresses
  • Number of personnel attending service
  • Number and type of vehicles you intend on bringing (Example: Ambulance, Squad Car, Engine, Ladder Truck, Heavy Rescue, Brush Truck, etc.).

We are asking that vehicles arrive between 0800hrs and 0900hrs. Uniformed staff on site by 0900hrs. PLEASE RESPOND NO LATER THAN 1700HRS ON JULY 8th.

Visitations are also scheduled for the following times:

Saturday, July 6th
Visitation        10:00 am to 11:00 am
Memorial Service    11:00 am to Noon
Siren High School
24022 4th Ave
Siren, WI 54872

Monday, July 8th
Visitation        4:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Washburn-McReavey Glen Haven Funeral Chapel
5125 West Broadway Ave,
Crystal, MN 55429

 

 
If you are trying to decide if you want to schedule an 8 hour course or a 4 hour course in Personal and Professional Resilience for your department, there are a couple differences to consider. The 8 hour courses are considered the "full" course. In the 8 hour courses, there are more POST board objectives covered and they are covered in more detail.
The 4 hour courses are designed for departments who need to fit a couple of trainings into one day and are limited to 4 hours due to time/budget constraints. With the 4 hour course, you will still be getting lots of good information, tips and tools, just condensed and edited to fit the time frame that might work best for you.
 
If you are trying to decide if you want to schedule an 8 hour course or a 4 hour course in Personal and Professional Resilience for your department, there are a couple differences to consider. The 8 hour courses are considered the "full" course. In the 8 hour courses, there are more POST board objectives covered and they are covered in more detail.
The 4 hour courses are designed for departments who need to fit a couple of trainings into one day and are limited to 4 hours due to time/budget constraints. With the 4 hour course, you will still be getting lots of good information, tips and tools, just condensed and edited to fit the time frame that might work best for you.
 
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