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Critical New Legislation 

During the 2014 Legislative Session, Minnesota lawmakers passed several bills that will impact law enforcement. They include:




Resources for Safe Harbor Law Transition

The new Safe Harbor law, in effect since last August, protects those under 18 who are sexually exploited (exchanging sex acts for money, food, shelter, or drugs; involved in prostitution; stripping; child pornography; sex trafficking). Minors can no longer be arrested or detained for these crimes but must instead be treated as victims.

Law enforcement leadership should do several things:

1. READ THE MEMO: Identify your region below and click the appropriate link to download a memo with critical background information. Circulate your region-specific memo to all senior leadership.

 2. VIEW THE BRIEFING: View a recorded briefing on the Safe Harbor changes and response.  Click here to view.


  • Every officer in your agency: A series of roll-call videos, as well as an accompanying “Street Officer Resource Guide,” will be provided to you in early 2016. The videos should be viewed by every officer in your agency.

Please share this information with other law enforcement leaders. Contact Chelsea Holub, Coordinator, Safe Harbor Training & Protocol Development ([email protected], 651-266-3157) with any questions.

Find out more about the forfeiture process

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West Central: Benton, Big Stone, Chippewa, Douglas, Grant, Kandiyohi, Lac Qui Parle, McLeod, Meeker, Otter Tail, Pope, Renville, Sherburne, Stearns, Stevens, Swift, Todd, Traverse, Wilkin, Wright, and Yellow Medicine

Northeast: Carlton, Cook, Kanabec, Koochiching, Lake, Pine, and St. Louis.

Northwest: Aitkin, Becker, Beltrami, Cass, Clay, Clearwater, Crow Wing, Hubbard, Itasca, Kittson, Lake of the Woods, Mahnomen, Marshall, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Norman, Pennington, Polk, Red Lake, Roseau, and Wadena

Southeast: Dodge, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Houston, Mower, Olmsted, Rice, Steele, Wabasha, and Winona

Southwest: Blue Earth, Brown, Cottonwood, Faribault, Jackson,
Le Sueur, Lincoln, Lyon, Martin, Murray, Nicollet, Nobles, Pipestone, Redwood, Rock, Sibley, Waseca, and Watonwan

East Metro: Anoka, Chisago, Dakota, Isanti, Ramsey, and Washington

West Metro: Carver, Hennepin, and Scott

Tribal: Leech Lake, Red Lake, White Earth


Board of Directors

Chief Gordon Ramsay - President                            Chief David Bentrud - Director
Chief Hugo McPhee - Vice-President                       Chief Paul Schnell - Director

Chief Rodney Seurer - 2nd Vice-President             Chief Tim Eggebraate - Director
Michael Goldstein - 3rd Vice-President         Chief Jeff Tate - Director
Director Cari Gerlicher - Treasurer                           Chief Daniel Hatten - Director
Chief David Ebinger - Secretary                                Chief Michael Risvold - Director
Chief Jim Denny - Sergeant-At-Arms                       Chief Eric Klang - Director
Chief Jeff McCormick - Immediate Past-Pres        Chaplain - Dan Carlson

Communication Notes

July 17, 2014

In This Issue...

  1. Executive Dir Message
  2. Flying for Gavin
  3. Become a state trooper
  4. Chief Opening
  5. In the news

Upcoming Trainings:

De-escalation strategies for MN veterans in crisis

Ethics and professional conduct

Find more training, including updates on CLEO and Command, ETI and the Leadership Academy

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Ex Dir. Message

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Flying for Gavin

The Winona Police Department is asking for your help to support an officer’s son battling an incurable disease. Doctors diagnosed Gavin Quimby with Leukodystrophy, a rare disorder characterized by the degeneration of white matter in the brain. It most often impacts children and is typically fatal.

However, Gavin, who loves superheroes, knows he has the strengthen to win this fight. You can help by purchasing a Super G T-shirt. Go to for ordering information. Then round up the folks in your department who bought the shirts and take a picture by your marked police vehicle wearing the shirts. Send the photo to [email protected].

Photos will be displayed at a benefit event July 26th to help offset out-of-pocket medical expenses and experimental treatments not covered by insurance.

If you have any questions or would like more information, contact Gavin Flying for Cure at (507) 313-2485.

Become a State Trooper

Protecting Minnesota roads and motorists since 1929, the Minnesota State Patrol is looking for people who want to carry on the tradition and become a Trooper. The State Patrol will accept applications  for its 56th Training Academy beginning June 30.

Applicants with and without prior law enforcement experience or education are encouraged to apply.

  • Those without a law enforcement background may apply through the Law Enforcement Training Opportunity (LETO) program. Anyone with a two- or four-year degree in any discipline may apply. The State Patrol pays for the LETO candidates’ law enforcement education. Applications are accepted June 30-July 11 at 4 p.m.
  • Those with prior law enforcement experience, or are eligible to be licensed by Minnesota’s POST board by January 16, 2015, may apply through the Traditional Program. Enrollment is open June 30-July 31 at 4 p.m.
  • Online application information for both hiring tracks is found at, on the “Join the State Patrol” tab. 

    “Law enforcement is a diverse, exciting career choice, and the Minnesota State Patrol is looking for candidates with unique training and life experiences,” said Lt. Col. Matt Langer, acting Chief of the State Patrol. “We’re also promoting law enforcement careers with the state’s growing and diverse populations.”

    Being a Trooper is being a part of the solution to make Minnesota roads safer. In 2013, the state reported 77,707 crashes, a 12 percent increase from 2012. Despite that jump, traffic fatalities decreased two percent, from 395 in 2012 to 387 last year. To date, there have been 137 traffic deaths this year in Minnesota.

    “Non-traditional hires are as important to our agency as traditional hires,” said Lt. Col. Langer. “The face of law enforcement is changing every day, and these new Troopers will help give the Patrol greater perspective in handling emerging issues and challenges.”

    This diversity was noted in the 38 graduating trooper cadets of the 55th Minnesota State Patrol Training Academy in May 2014, where ages ranged from 21 to 43, and graduates included 12 military veterans and 13 with prior law enforcement experience. The group included a marathon runner, pilot, college instructor and four who were born outside the U.S. The class also featured two former college athletes, a Blackhawk helicopter pilot and people who worked in the fishery, pharmaceutical and auto mechanics industries. One new Trooper was a member of the U.S. Army Old Guard – the oldest active duty regiment in the army.

    Non-traditional candidates who have a post-secondary degree, and who successfully complete the competitive selection process, will be hired. Those hired will receive instruction in the academic and practical education requirements to meet the Police Officer Standards and Training (POST) board standards – a requirement of all Minnesota law enforcement.  Upon passing the POST exam, new hires will join traditional candidates and attend the State Patrol Trooper Candidate School, starting in January 2014, for further training.

    About the Minnesota Department Public Safety

    DPS comprises 11 divisions where 2,100 employees operate programs in the areas of law enforcement, crime victim assistance, traffic safety, alcohol and gambling, emergency communications, fire safety, pipeline safety, driver licensing, vehicle registration and emergency management. DPS activity is anchored by three core principles: education, enforcement and prevention.

    About the Minnesota State Patrol

    More than 500 Minnesota State Patrol troopers are the foundation of the agency that works to provide a safe environment on Minnesota’s roads by assisting motorists, taking enforcement action and educating drivers about traffic safety issues. In addition to road safety activities, troopers conduct flight patrols, search and rescue missions and assist other law enforcement agencies.

    Recent State Patrol Highlights

    38 Cadets Graduate From Minnesota State Patrol Training Academy

    Minnesota State Patrol Honors Heroic Citizens and Troopers  

    Preliminary crash and incident reports

Police Chief Opening in Zumbrota

The City of Zumbrota, population 3,333, is accepting applications for the Police Chief position.  In addition to the Police Chief the department includes 3 full-time and 6 part-time Police Officers.  The Police Chief performs administrative and managerial police work involving the protection and safety of the community through the development and implementation of department objectives, policies and procedures.  Minimum requirements include Associate’s Degree in Law Enforcement or Criminal Justice  and four years of experience as a Police Officer.  Bachelor’s Degree in Law Enforcement or Criminal Justice may be substituted for up to two years of experience.  Previous supervisory experience preferred.  Applicants must be licensed or eligible to be licensed in the State of Minnesota as a peace officer and possess a valid driver’s license.  Employment will be subject to a successful completion of a pre-employment background check, physical exam/drug test and psychological exam. The current salary range is $52,104 to $67,454 depending on qualifications. 

To be considered for this position candidates must submit a city application, cover letter, resume, salary history and 4 work related references to City Hall, 175 West Avenue, Zumbrota, MN 55992. Applications are available at City Hall or can be downloaded from the City’s website at . Applications will be accepted no later than Wednesday, July 30, 2014


In the news...

The end of DWI vehicle forfeitures?

A Minnesota working group made of police, prosecutors and other stakeholders, is reviewing criminal forfeiture statutes. The DWI Law Review Committee may propose a measure to eliminate DWI forfeiture during the next Legislative session.

Read more in Minnesota Lawyer magazine.


Using Social Media

In our recent MCPA member survey, many of you highlighted how social media is having a significant impact on your departments. Here are two articles from June’s Police Chief magazine focusing on technology and social media.

One addresses best practices in overall social media strategy. The other highlights using social media as an outreach tool in rural areas.


Other news...

Justices: Get a warrant to search a cell phone


Speed limit enforcement heating up


Burglar signs into Facebook, gets caught


When to alert, when not to spread panic?



Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association

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Office: 651-457-0677  Fax: 651-457-5665


Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association Board Meeting Minutes for 2014

May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014 (no meeting due to weather)
January 2014


July 1, 2014: Ethics and Professional Conduct

The July PATROL course will provide an in-depth examination of professional ethics for peace officers based on the POST Model Policy on Professional Conduct of Officers.  Upon completion of this course, officers will: 

  • Identify circumstances when the policy would apply to off-duty conduct. 
  • Demonstrate knowledge of specific principles and rules under the policy.
  • Recognize circumstances when conduct may not be regulated by a specific rule, but would still be covered by a principle set forth in the policy.
  • Recall suggested best practices for complying with ethical standards in the use of social media.

PATROL (Peace officer Accredited Training OnLine) delivers Minnesota law enforcement officers as many as 25 POST credits per year through web-based training on management and leadership, current legal issues, various OSHA standards, and POST mandates on use of force and deadly force.  The cost is $85 per peace officer per year for LMCIT and MCIT members.  To learn more or subscribe, contact Laura Honeck at 651-281-1280 or [email protected].

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