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“De-escalation Strategies for Minnesota Veterans in Crisis” Training

The Upper Midwest Community Policing Institute is proud to team up with the Minnesota Department of Public Safety in the presentation of the MN POST approved course entitled “De-escalation Strategies for Minnesota Veterans in Crisis”. 

The 8-hour training is designed to enhance the knowledge, skills and capacity of first-responding law enforcement officers and relevant public safety personnel to recognize the factors that impact the veteran’s ability to reintegrate into their communities and provide verbal tactical tools to effectively defuse potentially life threatening situations. The course instructors, one LE and one military, will be supplemented during a working-lunch by specialists who will identify the local resources available to public safety when dealing with service members and their families.

Do not miss out on this important training opportunity. We are committed to making multiple presentations in all of the regions of the state and our training calendar is filling up fast. The tuition is only $15 to offset the cost of refreshments and lunch. 

Visit the Upper Midwest Community Policing Institute’s website at: to register on-line for this 8 hour course (8 MN POST credits).

Upcoming Classes Scheduled:

Future classes to be scheduled.

If you are interested in hosting this class email Wayne Shellum at  [email protected] or 651.287.7442.


MCPA Staff

Executive Director: Andy Skoogman

altAndy is the former Communications Director at the St. Paul Police Department and the Minnesota Department of Public Safety. He has extensive public affairs, marketing and training experience in the law enforcement and public safety sectors at the local, state and federal levels. He’s been an instructor at Metro State University, the Minnesota BCA Senior Management series and the FBI's Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar. He’s also spent the last ten years training and advising U.S. military leaders in strategic communications.

Andy’s a former multiple Emmy Award winning journalist and a Minnesota native. He lives in St. Paul with his family.

Andy Skoogman
Executive Director
[email protected]

Finance & Operations Director:  Susan Engel

Susan Engel oversees the day-to-day operations of the Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association, including developing and managing budgets and timelines for projects, initiatives and trainings.  She joined the MCPA in 2014 as Finance Manager and added the operations role in 2017.

Susan started her finance career on Wall Street in the 1990s and, in more recent years, has worked with smaller, more entrepreneurial organizations in both the private and nonprofit sectors, in the US and Canada. 


 Contact info:
Susan Engel
Finance & Operations Director
[email protected]

Managing Director - Marketing & Fundraising: Andrew Wittenborg

Andrew Wittenborg is a veteran public affairs strategist and experienced fundraiser who most recently led many of the Minnesota High Tech Association's initiatives, including member relations and talent development as well as events and conferences.

He was also director of public affairs at the Minnesota House of Representatives.  Andrew also worked in digital and broadcast media management at WCCO and KSTP.

Contact info:
Andrew Wittenborg
Managing Director - Marketing & Fundraising
[email protected]


Minnesota Chiefs of Police Foundation Meeting Minutes











March 2015

February 2015

September 2014

October 2014

November 2014

January 2015

July 13-14, 2014 - E-meeting

June 27, 2014

April 9, 2014

March 12, 2014

January 2014

December 11, 2013

November 7, 2013

October 9, 2013

August 7, 2013

June 5, 2013

May 1, 2013

April 3, 2013

March 15, 2013

February 15, 2013

January 25, 2013




Boston Marathon Bombing Case Study

Free Training for Members of the Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association (MCPA)

 Online Registration form

Generously funded by the Minnesota Chiefs of Police Foundation, MCPA is bringing in Boston Police Department Superintendent William Evans to discuss the Boston Marathon bombings and the law enforcement response. Superintendent Evans was part of the emergency response planning prior to the marathon, ran in the marathon, and then led the department's field response–from Boylston to Watertown.  He will discuss the benefits of working proactively with their law enforcement and community partners when preparing for the marathon, as well as important things to consider in your emergency response planning for any large event. Superintendent Evans will walk attendees through the response after the bombings, the investigation and ultimately apprehension of the suspects responsible for the acts. Superintendent Evans will reference the leadership steps he followed as outlined by Harvard’s National Leadership Preparedness Initiative of which he is a graduate.

This case study will be a frank and matter-of-fact presentation of what worked well and how they handled a high interest media event that resulted in a successful resolution. An important presentation for anyone tasked with organizing large scale community events.  


Cost:             FREE for member agencies of the MCPA; $25 for non-members 

When:           Thursday, Sept 12 from 1pm-4pm

Where:          City of Bloomington Civic Plaza (Schneider Theater)

1800 W Old Shakopee Road; Bloomington, MN  55431

Questions:     Please contact Chief Hugo McPhee at 763-694-7736

Online Registration form


Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association Board Meeting Minutes for 2005-2009

Past Meeting Minutes
Nov. 19, 2009
October 15, 2009
Sept. 15, 2009
Aug. 20, 2009
July 16, 2009
June 18, 2009
May 21, 2009
April 6, 2009
March 20, 2009
February 19, 2009
January 15, 2009
December 18, 2008
Nov. 20, 2008
October 9, 2008
Aug. 21 and Sept. 18, 2008
July 17, 2008
June 19, 2008
May 15, 2008
April 21, 2008
March 20, 2008
Feb. 21, 2008
January 17, 2008
December 20, 2007
November 15, 2007
October 4, 2007
August 24, 2007
July 19, 2007
June 28, 2007
May 17, 2007
April 16, 2007
March 15, 2007
February 16, 2007
January 18, 2007
December 21, 2006
November 16, 2006
October 26, 2006
September 20, 2006
August 17, 2006
July 2006
June 29, 2006 Board Retreat
June 15, 2006
May 2006
April 2006
March 2006

February 2006

January 2006 

December 2005

November 2005

October, 2005

September 2005

August 2005

July 2005

June 2005

May 2005

April 2005

March 2005

February 2005

January 2005

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