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Planning Committee Members:

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This page will serve as a clearing house for information regarding ETI's 2015 planning.

The next planning meeting is scheduled for October 1st, 1030 @ Plymouth PD.

See the October agenda.

Review minutes from previous meetings:

August 27, 2014

July 30, 2014

June 26, 2014

May 28, 2014

Here's the tentative schedule of events, including breakout topics:
(as of 9/26/14)

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Potential Keynote Speakers:

Tina Lewis Rowe -- Former U.S. Marshal for the District of Colorado, 25-year member of the Denver Police Department (rising to the rank of Captain), currently trains and writes about organizational leadership in a wide range of industries from law enforcement to business to nonprofits.

Richard Lett, Scotland Yard, ret. -- Served as senior protection team leader for the British Royal Family (1998 - 2012), where he was lead security coordinator for the Queen's Golden Jubilee, the Royal Weddings in 2005 and 2011, and the 2012 Olympics.

Kevin Sabet -- Director of the Drug Policy Institute at the University of Florida and an Assistant Professor in the College of Medicine. He speaks about the seven myths of Marijuana. He served in the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy in three administrations and has become one of the country’s most outspoken advocates against legalization.

Bill Kirchhoff -- Former city administrator for several towns in the Southwest and author of Command Performance: A career guide for police executives. The CATO Institute once called a town he lead as the most efficiently managed large city of the 1980s. He currently speaks about the HR impacts of medical marijuana on municipalities.


When planning breakout sessions, please consult our list of past breakout session leaders. Click here for the list.




Executive Director's Report: July 31, 2014


Officer Scott Patrick

A deadly day in West St. Paul; a disturbing year across the U.S.

On behalf of the Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association, we’d like to extend our deepest condolences to the family of officer Scott Patrick and to the Mendota Heights Police Department.

Our Chaplain, Pastor Dan Carlson, has reached out to Mendota Height’s Police Chief Mike Aschenbrener and is providing support. As appropriate, we’ll share more information in the days ahead.

Unfortunately, the tragic events in West St. Paul are part of a troubling trend. Officer Patrick's death is the latest in what has become a long line of in the line-of-duty deaths across the country this year.

According to the Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, 72 peace officers have been killed in the line-of-duty in the first seven months of 2014. That's up from 58 such deaths during the same time period in 2013.

As you may already know, Officer Patrick was shot and killed during a traffic stop. Firearms related incidents this year are the leading cause of death among our nation's law enforcement officers, increasing 71 percent with 29 fatalities compared to 17 in the same time period last year.

Perhaps the most significant statistic from the International Association of Chefs of Police's recent Line-of-Duty Deaths, Mid-Year Report are the high number of firearms related ambush attacks. When the IACP published its report on July 1, there were already 10 such attacks versus only 7 in all of last year.

Since 1990, the majority of ambushes reported to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) via incident data have been classified as “spontaneous.” “Spontaneous ambushes” are unprovoked attacks without long-term planning.

These types of attacks occur when an assailant makes the decision at the time of the officer’s approach as opposed to entrapment ambush where the offender lures an unsuspecting officer into a location to execute an attack. For more resources on dealing with a tragedy or crisis situation, please visit Pastor Dan Carlson’s page at

Here is the IACP's fact sheet on ambush attacks

It's a resource you may want to review and share with your officers during this deadly year, which has now, tragically, hit so very close to home.


For more resources on dealing with a tragedy or crisis situation, please visit Pastor Dan Carlson’s page at







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Executive Director's Report: Week of July 3, 2014





DOD supplies and equipment program for local LE is under fire


I had the opportunity this week to participate in the SACOP conference call with Executive Directors from chief’s associations around the United States.

Perhaps the timeliest issue that we discussed was the Stop Militarizing the Police Act. Congressman Hank Johnson of Georgia is about to introduce the legislation and the IACP public policy team is looking for help from local law enforcement agencies across the country, including here in Minnesota.

The bill would reform the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) 1033 Program that permits the Secretary of Defense to transfer excess DoD supplies and equipment to state and local law enforcement agencies for use in their law enforcement duties.

According to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, since the inception of the program in 1993, more than $25 million worth of equipment has been transferred to Minnesota law enforcement agencies including approximately 325 local police agencies.

Reforms under the bill would include preventing the transfer of the following:

  • Automatic weapons, including those that are .50 caliber or greater
  • Tactical vehicles, including highly mobile multi-wheeled vehicles, armored vehicles, and mine-resistant ambush-protected vehicles
  • Aircraft

The IACP policy team plans on meeting with Congressman Johnson’s staff Thursday, July 10th regarding their draft bill. 

The IACP is looking for good examples of how LE agencies here in Minnesota may be using equipment from the 1033 program.  More specifically, how it has helped agencies (particularly examples of the equipment they are trying to limit the transfer of). What is the intent behind the purchase (did it help you to prepare for mass events, etc)?

Please let Joe Sheeran ([email protected]), our new Outreach Coordinator, or me ([email protected]) know if you have any such information. Feel free to call the office as well at 651-457-0677.

We’ll pass it along to the IACP policy team early next week who will share it with Congressional members as this issues gains speed in Washington.

For more background, check out recent articles in USA Today and the NYTimes.





Executive Director's Report: Week of July 10, 2014


Governor signs firearms prohibition bill for domestic abusers; MCPA developing corresponding model policy


MCPA President Chief Gordon Ramsay, Maplewood Police Chief Paul Schnell and I had the opportunity to attend a private bill signing ceremony this week with Governor Dayton and advocates for victims of domestic violence.

The bill prohibits gun possession for people subject to an order for protection or a person convicted of a domestic abuse offense. The new law takes affect August 1st. The Association took a very active role in helping pass this legislation.

We worked with key stakeholder groups, testified several times at legislative hearings and supported Rep. Dan Schoen (DFL–Cottage Grove), a licensed Peace Officer, who was the bill’s chief author.
The law will do several things to keep guns out of the hands of domestic abusers including:

Prohibiting those subject to a domestic violence restraining order (DVRO) from buying or possessing guns.

Closing "the long gun loophole" by prohibiting convicted domestic abusers from buying or possessing all guns.

Establishing a procedure to ensure that convicted stalkers and domestic abusers give up their guns to law enforcement, a licensed dealer, or a trusted third party once they become prohibited from possessing them.

The law will also, obviously, have an impact on law enforcement agencies, which is why the MCPA created a special subcommittee to examine the effect on LE and develop a model policy as a resource for all members.

Waite Park Police Chief Dave Bentrud, an MCPA Board of Director, is chairing the subcommittee which meets for the first time on July 10th.

Under Chief Bentrud’s direction, the subcommittee will address several issues, which may include storage of weapons in property rooms, maintenance of the weapons, liability issues, (such as claims of damage to stored weapons) and the returning of weapons.

A special thanks to Chief Bentrud for taking on this important role. Look for more information from the subcommittee and a model policy in the weeks ahead.

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