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Executive Director Report, September 11, 2014 

 

 

A Real Juggling Act

Before I accepted the Executive Director position in April, a retired Minnesota Police Chief asked me if I’d ever worked at the circus. I told him no. Too bad, he said, because “you’d benefit from a background in juggling.”

Yes, I fell for the joke when he delivered it several months ago. But I didn’t totally get it until this week. Bottom line: it’s been busy.

I had the opportunity to represent the association, along with MCPA President Gordon Ramsay (Duluth), Board Members Mike Goldstein (Plymouth), Cari Gerlicher (DOC) and Eric Klang (Pequot Lakes), at a special Heroin Summit in Minneapolis. The Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) hosted the Summit, and it was a great opportunity to discuss the impact the drug is having here in Minnesota with experts from the medical, rehabilitation and legal communities.

The Plymouth PD in conjunction with the Hennepin Co Sheriff's office is also holding a town hall on this issue next Thursday night.
Click here for more information.

 

We also held the MCPA’s first Legislative Committee meeting. Thank you to all of the Chiefs and their designees who have volunteered their time to help us develop and define our public policy initiatives. Look for more information on our 2015 legislative priorities in the weeks ahead.

In addition, Chief Jeff Potts (Bloomington) and I, along with other members of the Law Enforcement Coalition, met with Rep. Mary Liz Hoberg, co-chair of the Minnesota Commission on Data Practices. We wanted her to know our position on the use of LPR and discuss any potential legislation that would limit the use of the technology.

Meantime, in Washington, D.C., Congress held hearings on the military surplus program. Thank you to everyone who filled out our survey over the past few weeks. If you haven’t done so, please take a few minutes to answer our questions.

Take the military surplus survey

We will use this information to help others better understand how Minnesota agencies are utilizing the program and why it’s important.

The Regional Reps also got together in the Twin Cities. We had a productive meeting in which we laid out the association’s six strategic goals and discussed a variety of topics, including CLEO Certification.

It’s important to note that the Regional Reps are the “guinea pigs” for our new video conferencing app. My goal is to make it simple and convenient for committee members to attend meetings. I believe we may have found a solution. If it works well with the Region Reps, we’ll use it for other meetings.

Along with MCPA Board Members Chief Mike Risvold (Wayzata) and Cari Gerlicher (DOC), I also attended a portion of the Statewide Emergency Communications Board’s strategic planning session where stakeholders discussed a variety of emerging topics, such as text to 9-1-1. Like it or not, technology is changing all of our lives and the SECB is exploring innovative ways to make sure public safety agencies in Minnesota keep up.

Finally, several members of the Minnesota Chiefs of Police Foundation Board, three MCPA Board members -- Hugo McPhee (Three Rivers Park District), Jeff McCormick (Cannon Falls), Mike Goldstein (Plymouth) -- and I worked on updating the Foundation’s mission and purpose statements. The Foundation is trying to define a clearer message and a more focused mission statement in the hopes of attracting more donors, which, of course, benefits all of you.

Oh, almost forgot, I’ve been interviewing candidates for a part-time Administrative Assistant. Somebody needs to make sure I don’t drop any of the balls in the air.


Andy Skoogman
Executive Director

 
 

Board of Directors

Chief Gordon Ramsay - President
Chief Hugo McPhee - Vice-President

Chief Rodney Seurer - 2nd Vice-President
Chief
Michael Goldstein - 3rd Vice-President
Director Cari Gerlicher - Treasurer
Chief David Ebinger - Secretary
Chief Jim Denny - Sergeant-At-Arms
Chief Jeff McCormick - Immediate Past-President

 

 

Chief David Bentrud - Director
Chief Paul Schnell - Director
Chief Tim  Eggebraaten - Director
Chief Jeff Tate - Director
Chief Daniel Hatten - Director
Chief Michael Risvold - Director
Chief Eric Klang - Director
Chaplain - Dan Carlson

Communication Notes

September 11, 2014

In This Issue...

  1. Executive Director's Report
  2. Last chance to fill out MCPA's 1033 survey
  3. Scientific overview on Medical Cannabis
  4. Sign up for CLEO Certification
  5. ICYMI: Video interview with  scholarship awardee
  6. Job Openings
  7. Labor trafficking survey
  8. Software predicting crashes with high degree of accuracy
  9. Training

Job Openings

Thief River Falls seeking Police Chief

 

League of MN Cities seeks Loss Control Consultant


MCPA is seeking a Greater Minnesota chief to serve on VCCC

If you are interested in filling one of MCPA's two seats on the Council, please send an email to [email protected]


In the news...

On this 13th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, the MCPA remembers the men and women who lost their lives in the line-of-duty on that tragic day. We are forever grateful for the sacrifice they made.

Media Coverage is widespread

Other Headlines:

MN Sup Ct ponders whether a warrant should be required for alcohol tests
(Star Tribune)

How do manhunts work
(WCCO - featuring Ret. Chief Don Davis)

Fargo widow blames police chief for husband’s suicide
(MPR's News Cut)

Culture Clash: Small town chief heading to big city
(Pittsburgh Post Gazette)


MN Assoc. for Injured Peace Officers Hunting for Heroes Banquet and Silent Auction

October 11th, 5:00 pm
American Legion, Madelia

Click here for more information


We want to
hear from you

We welcome articles/content for this newsletter. Please submit articles/content to [email protected] by 10am Thursday each week.

Announcements run generally for one or two weeks and then we archive C-NOTES online for members.


Executive Director's Report:

A Real Juggling Act

Before I accepted the Executive Director position in April, a retired Minnesota Police Chief asked me if I’d ever worked in the circus. I told him no. Too bad, he said, because “you’d benefit from a background in juggling.”

Yes, I fell for the joke when he delivered it several months ago. But I didn’t totally get it until this week. Bottom line: it’s been busy.

I had the opportunity to represent the association, along with MCPA President Gordon Ramsay (Duluth),Board members Mike Goldstein (Plymouth), Cari Gerlicher (DOC) and Eric Klang (Pequot Lakes), at a special Heroin Summit in Minneapolis. The Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) hosted the Summit, and it was a great opportunity to discuss the impact the drug is having here in Minnesota with experts from the medical, rehabilitation and legal communities.

Continue reading the executive directors report...


Last chance to fill out MCPA's 1033 Military Surplus survey

More than 70 CLEOs have filled out the survey on the 1033 program, about 23 percent of voting members. MCPA thanks you!

In order to get the most statistically significant results, MCPA would like more respondents. 

If you haven't taken the survey yet, here's your last chance. Even if you haven't used the program, MCPA would like to know (just fill out the first question and submit the survey).

Create your free online surveys with SurveyMonkey , the world's leading questionnaire tool.

 

Take MCPA's military surplus survey

Your responses so far have helped shape a number of news articles on the topic, including a piece in the St. Paul Pioneer Press that was republished by several media outlets around the country.


U of M expert provides scientific overview on Cannabis

Minnesota's legislative Task Force on Medical Cannabis Therapeutic Research met Wednesday on a number of issues, including a presentation on “The Scientific Overview of Medical Cannabis.”

The University of Minnesota's Dr. Kalpna Gupta gave a very detailed presentation on the Cannabis plant, its chemical makeup, its origins and historical uses.

The presentation also covered the current regulatory environment and how cannabis relates to other Schedule 1 drugs.

Read more about the hearing and the next task force meeting...

Apply for CLEO Certification

Why apply?

The MCPA Board and the CLEO Certification Task Force believe the training, education and public and professional service requirements of CLEO Certification provide a critical road map for current chiefs to succeed and for command staff looking to advance their careers. The program can also be used for succession planning.

Also remember, there are stipends available to cover the application cost for 20 chiefs.

Apply Here


In Case You Missed It: Maple Grove CSO talks about student scholarship

With funding from the Minnesota Chiefs of Police Foundation, MCPA awarded one of its two $750 scholarships to Ryan Ascher, a Maple Grove Community Service Officer (CSO).


 

CSO Ascher is pursuing a career in law enforcement at Metro State University. He’s also a member of the U.S. Army Reserves, has experience as a security officer and volunteers at non-profits.

MCPA awarded another scholarship to Slayton native Joseph Erickson. C-Notes will feature his presentation in an upcoming issue.


Job Openings:

Thief River Falls seeks police chief

The City of Thief River Falls, MN is seeking a Police Chief (Click here for the full post). The position requires a Bachelor’s degree & 5 years of experience as a police officer, including 3 years of supervisory experience.

Please submit your resume to [email protected].

Direct inquiries to Sharon Klumpp, Springsted Incorporated, at 651-223-3053.  Resume review starts 9/19/14. 

Tri-City Public Safety Department seeking a chief

The Cities of Amboy, Good Thunder and Vernon Center are forming a Tri-City Public Safety Department to be effective January 1, 2015. It is seeking a chief to oversee three full-time officers in the towns. (Click here for a full job description)

Applicants must have a minimum of three (3) years full-time experience as a licensed peace officer and supervisory experience. Applicants must possess a 2 or 4-year degree in criminology or other related field and must be licensed by the State of Minnesota P.O.S.T. Board and possess a valid State of Minnesota driver’s license.  

Apply at www.amboymn.govoffice2.com.  Applications will be accepted until October 1, 2014.

 

League of Minnesota Cities seeks Loss Control Consultant

The League of Minnesota Cities is seeking a Loss Control Consultant to provide field visit services to public safety LMC members with an emphasis on police, fire and EMS.

For a complete job description and to apply, go to the League of Minnesota Cities website at www.lmc.org.


Labor Trafficking Survey

Minnesota's Human Trafficking Task Force (MN HTTF) labor trafficking subcommittee needs your input. The information they gather from the survey below will help them create tools to aid law enforcement in better identifying the state's illegal labor trafficking.

Please fill out this survey by the end of the business day Monday, September 15th.

The task force's aim is to identify human trafficking and labor exploitation and bring awareness to the impact it has on our communities. Through a coordinated multi-level disciplinary response we are committed to reducing labor trafficking and making the state of Minnesota as healthy for workers as possible.


Software predicts traffic crashes with 72% accuracy

As Minnesota's summer driving season winds down, it's time to reflect on traffic safety successes and improvements for the future.

Let's look at Tennessee for example, where its highway patrol’s use of analytic software is guiding enforcement and education efforts to reduce crashes and fatalities. The system, Crash Reduction Analyzing Statistical History (C.R.A.S.H.) has a 72 percent accuracy rate so far. 

It will be the focus of a free webinar for all law enforcement professionals on September 18, 2014 at 1:00 pm Central. The webinar, hosted by IBM, will feature Tennessee's Deputy Commissioner of Safety and Homeland Security and will highlight how the software incorporates multiple types of data, including weather patterns, historical data, and special events.

Register here for the webinar.

Learn more about the C.R.A.S.H. software and the future of predictive analytic programs.


Upcoming Trainings:

Less than a handful of spots left for December CLEO and Command Academy

December 1-5

 If you're interested, visit our CLEO and Command Academy page at MNChiefs.org.

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Leadership Academy

January 6-9, 2015

MCPA had an overwhelming response to the September Leadership Academy, so another one has been schedule for January 6-9, 2015.

Please visit the Leadership Academy page at MNChiefs.org to learn more and register.

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September PATROL course: Riley v. California - Cellphone Searches
On-line, all month long

This course will differentiate between the privacy protections that apply to a phone’s physical shell versus its digital content; take a look at technology-based threats to evidence stored on cellphones; identify measures that can be taken during routine arrests to protect seized cellphones against data loss; and other lessons.

To learn more or subscribe, contact Laura Honeck at 651-281-1280 or [email protected].

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 Why Teens Kill

October 1
Fairbault

Sponsored by the Rice County Sheriff's Office

See they flyer for more details.

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International Conference of Police Chaplains
extends invitation to departments lacking a chaplaincy program 

October 6-8
Best Western
1901 Killebrew Drive, Bloomington, MN 

For more information or to register, please see the flyer

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De-escalation Strategies for Minnesota Veterans in Crisis

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. 

Upcoming Classes Scheduled:

October 14, 2014    Roseville , MN (hosted by The Roseville Police Department)

October 16, 2014     Montevideo, MN (hosted by The Montevideo Police Department)

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

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Statewide Sex Trafficking Conference for Investigators

Brainerd Lakes Area | Location TBD
October 28-30, 2014

Juvenile sex trafficking and exploitation are present - though often hidden - in every community in Minnesota. The Safe Harbor law, effective August 1, 2014, represents a paradigm shift in how Minnesota addresses this challenge.

Please join investigators from agencies throughout Minnesota to receive in-depth training on these cases, at a conference sponsored by the Ramsey County Attorney's Office, the BCA, and other partners. Learn the fundamentals of trafficking, how to interview victims, how to build a case using phone and financial records, and much more.

For more information or to register for this conference, please visit cjte.x.state.mn.us.

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BCA’s 2014-2015 Criminal Justice Training & Education Catalog is now available!

Click here for 2014-2015 CJTE Catalog

Click here for 2014-2015 Course Calendar

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The Reid Technique of Interviewing and Interrogation®

October 28 - 30, 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Rock County Sheriffs Office, Luverne

At this 3-Day Seminar, you will lean:

How to assess the credibility of statements
How to structure the interview to maximize the flow of information
How to use behavior provoking questions in the interview process
How to develop interrogation themes and handle denials

For more information, see the flyer.

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Please visit MCPA's Trainings and Events page for an extensive list of law enforcement and leadership training opportunities.

 
 

Executive Director Report, August 28, 2014 

 

MCPA Board Approves 2014 Strategic Plan

Today I’m excited to let you know that the Board has approved our six strategic goals, which will serve as the guideposts for the next 3-5 years.

Each goal the Board developed is aimed at addressing the concerns you shared with us in the MCPA Member Survey back in May.

I’m pleased to report that the Board, our committees, MCPA staff and I have already begun working toward reaching these goals. The Executive Board completed the first step in the process in late July by developing the MCPA’s Tactical Plan. Simply put, the Tactical Plan lays out the details on how we plan to accomplish each goal.

You can read the Tactical Plan here.

As I mentioned, I’m excited about our goals and our plan. I hope you are, too. The Board firmly believes this road map, which you all helped design, will move the Association forward and increase the value of the MCPA to every member.

 

Andy Skoogman
Executive Director

 
 

Board of Directors

Chief Gordon Ramsay - President
Chief Hugo McPhee - Vice-President

Chief Rodney Seurer - 2nd Vice-President
Chief
Michael Goldstein - 3rd Vice-President
Director Cari Gerlicher - Treasurer
Chief David Ebinger - Secretary
Chief Jim Denny - Sergeant-At-Arms
Chief Jeff McCormick - Immediate Past-President

 

 

Chief David Bentrud - Director
Chief Paul Schnell - Director
Chief Tim  Eggebraaten - Director
Chief Jeff Tate - Director
Chief Daniel Hatten - Director
Chief Michael Risvold - Director
Chief Eric Klang - Director
Chaplain - Dan Carlson

Communication Notes

September 4, 2014

In This Issue...

  1. MCPA awards student scholarship
  2. Please fill out MCPA's 1033 survey
  3. Apply for CLEO Certification
  4. Update on Medical Cannabis
  5. Software predicting crashes with high degree of accuracy
  6. Training
Staples Chief Matt Gottschalk talks with U.S. Representative Collin Peterson about several public safety issues, including 1033 military surplus program.

In the news...

MN Chiefs proactive on retirement wave
(Star Tribune, with quotes from MCPA and many of our chiefs)

Do cops really need grenade launchers?
(Star Tribune Editorial Board)

Your Turn: State must change forfeiture laws
(St. Cloud Times, Op-Ed)

MN court: Warrant not needed in drunk driving fatality
(MPR)

Speed Enforcement: A Way to Catch the Bad Guys
(IACP)

MN's offender registry can lead to a false sense of safety
(Owatonna People's Press)


Intelligence Brief:
Al Qaeda's continued desire to use car bombs in America.

Read more here on what to look out for.


Midwest Interstate Coalition Gun Violence Reduction Summit

September 10-11
Milwaukee, WI

Travel and accommodations covered by sponsor.

For more info, contact Sherman Patterson Jr with the Minneapolis PD at 612-673-2331 or [email protected]

MN Assoc. for Injured Peace Officers Hunting for Heroes Banquet and Silent Auction

October 11th, 5:00 pm
American Legion, Madelia

Click here for more information


We want to
hear from you

We welcome articles/content for this newsletter. Please submit articles/content to [email protected]org by 10am Thursday each week.

Announcements run generally for one or two weeks and then we archive C-NOTES online for members.


Maple Grove CSO awarded MCPA student scholarship

With funding from the Minnesota Chiefs of Police Foundation, MCPA awarded one of its two $750 scholarships to Ryan Ascher, a Maple Grove Community Service Officer (CSO).

CSO Ascher is pursuing a career in law enforcement at Metro State University. He’s also a member of the U.S. Army Reserves, has experience as a security officer and volunteers at non-profits.

“He is a humble, hard-working young man who is appreciative and thankful for the opportunities that are given to him,” said Maple Grove Police Chief Eric Werner. “He understands that nothing is owed to him and that he will have to work hard and meet the expectations of the organization and those around him to achieve his goals.”

MCPA is grateful for the support our foundation provides to help fulfill our goal of attracting and retaining the most highly qualified law enforcement recruits to the profession.

MCPA awarded another scholarship to Slayton native Joseph Erickson. C-Notes will feature his presentation in an upcoming issue.

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Foundation helps fund Dakota County Training

Thanks to MN Chiefs Foundation funding, the Dakota County Chiefs Association were able offset the cost of a seminar featuring leadership leadership expert David Horsager, pictured above.


We need your input; fill out MCPA's 1033 Military Surplus survey

More than 50 CLEOs have already filled out our survey on the 1033 program. Thank you! Your responses have helped shape a number of news articles on the topic, including a piece in the St. Paul Pioneer Press that was republished by several media outlets around the country.

We know that this issue isn't going away, and we'd like to have an even greater statistical analysis on the subject. Please take 5-10 minutes to complete the survey.

Create your free online surveys with SurveyMonkey , the world's leading questionnaire tool.

Take MCPA's military surplus survey


Apply for CLEO Certification

Why apply?

The MCPA Board and the CLEO Certification Task Force believe the training, education and public and professional service requirements of CLEO Certification provide a critical road map for current chiefs to succeed and for command staff looking to advance their careers. The program can also be used for succession planning.

Also remember, there are stipends available to cover the application cost for 20 chiefs.

Apply Here


UPDATE: Medical Cannabis Therapeutic Research Task Force Meeting

The Task Force on Medical Cannabis Therapeutic Research will hold its next meeting, Wednesday, September 10 from 1pm to 3:30pm in the State Office Building, Room 10. It will feature a "Scientific Overview on Medical Cannabis" from the University of Minnesota's Kalpna Gupta, PhD.

Click here to see a meeting agenda.

In other medical cannabis news:

Cambridge takes initial step in toward medical marijuana manufacturing facility
(Isanti County News)

As states liberalize marijuana laws, will toking before driving boost highway deaths?
(Star Tribune)

For more on this issue, visit MCPA's Medical Cannabis resource page.

Software predicts traffic crashes with 72% accuracy

As Minnesota's summer driving season winds down, it's time to reflect on traffic safety successes and improvements for the future.

Let's look at Tennessee for example, where its highway patrol’s use of analytic software is guiding enforcement and education efforts to reduce crashes and fatalities. The system, Crash Reduction Analyzing Statistical History (C.R.A.S.H.) has a 72 percent accuracy rate so far. 

It will be the focus of a free webinar for all law enforcement professionals on September 18, 2014 at 1:00 pm Central. The webinar, hosted by IBM, will feature Tennessee's Deputy Commissioner of Safety and Homeland Security and will highlight how the software incorporates multiple types of data, including weather patterns, historical data, and special events.

Register here for the webinar.
Learn more about the C.R.A.S.H. software and the future of predictive analytic programs.

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Enforcement, other efforts driving down impaired-related fatalities

Impaired-related traffic fatalities in Minnesota dropped to 95 in 2013, a 9 percent decrease from 2012 when 104 people lost their lives. The Minnesota Impaired Driving Facts 2013 report released recently reveals a continued downward trend in impaired-related traffic deaths after reaching a high of 222 in 1998.

Click here to read more about the efforts and reductions.


 

Upcoming Trainings:

Only a handful of spots left for December CLEO and Command Academy

December 1-5

 If you're interested, visit our CLEO and Command Academy page at MNChiefs.org.

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Leadership Academy

January 6-9, 2015

MCPA had an overwhelming response to the September Leadership Academy, so we decided to schedule another one for January 6-9, 2015 to accommodate those on the waiting list. The class is only about a third full. If you or a member of your middle-management staff is interested in attending, please visit the Leadership Academy page at MNChiefs.org to learn more and register.

_________________________________________________

 

September PATROL course: Riley v. California - Cellphone Searches
On-line, all month long

This course will differentiate between the privacy protections that apply to a phone’s physical shell versus its digital content; take a look at technology-based threats to evidence stored on cellphones; identify measures that can be taken during routine arrests to protect seized cellphones against data loss; and other lessons.

To learn more or subscribe, contact Laura Honeck at 651-281-1280 or [email protected].

_______________________________________________

MSANI Fall Conference 2014

September 16-17, 2014

For more information or to register for this conference, please visit cjte.x.state.mn.us.

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Forensic DNA & the Courts

September 30, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Hermantown Police Department

This BCA Forensic Science Lab-sponsored course aims to provide attorneys and judges with a better understanding of the testing performed in the nuclear DNA section of the BCA Laboratory.

 Topics to be covered include:

  • Chain of custody
  • Laboratory testing process
  • CODIS
  • Consumption of evidence
  • Case file overview

For more information or to register for this course, please visit cjte.x.state.mn.us.

__________________________________________


BCA’s 2014-2015 Criminal Justice Training & Education Catalog
 is now available!

Click here for 2014-2015 CJTE Catalog

Click here for 2014-2015 Course Calendar

______________________________________________

 Why Teens Kill

October 1
Fairbault

Sponsored by the Rice County Sheriff's Office

See they flyer for more details.

__________________________________________

International Conference of Police Chaplains
extends invitation to departments lacking a chaplaincy program 

October 6-8
Best Western
1901 Killebrew Drive, Bloomington, MN 

For more information or to register, please see the flyer

_____________________________________________

De-escalation Strategies for Minnesota Veterans in Crisis

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. 

Upcoming Classes Scheduled:

October 14, 2014    Roseville , MN (hosted by The Roseville Police Department)

October 16, 2014     Montevideo, MN (hosted by The Montevideo Police Department)

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

______________________________________________

Please visit MCPA's Trainings and Events page for an extensive list of law enforcement and leadership training opportunities.

 
 

Board of Directors

Chief Gordon Ramsay - President
Chief Hugo McPhee - Vice-President

Chief Rodney Seurer - 2nd Vice-President
Chief
Michael Goldstein - 3rd Vice-President
Director Cari Gerlicher - Treasurer
Chief David Ebinger - Secretary
Chief Jim Denny - Sergeant-At-Arms
Chief Jeff McCormick - Immediate Past-President

 

 

Chief David Bentrud - Director
Chief Paul Schnell - Director
Chief Tim  Eggebraaten - Director
Chief Jeff Tate - Director
Chief Daniel Hatten - Director
Chief Michael Risvold - Director
Chief Eric Klang - Director
Chaplain - Dan Carlson

Communication Notes

AUGUST 28, 2014

In This Issue...

  1. Executive Director's Report
  2. A note from Jim Denny
  3. Please fill out MCPA's 1033 survey
  4. League of MN Cities highlights CLEO Certification
  5. Heroin problem? Feds want to help
  6. MCPA holds 1st legislative committee meeting
  7. Asking the Chiefs
  8. All-inclusive IACP scholarship
  9. Training

Job Openings:

MCPA seeks an Administrative Assistant
(part-time/20 hours per week, $16.00/hr)
Click here for more details


Need Taser Holsters?

Winona PD has seven Taser X26 holsters it's looking to donate.

If you're interested, contact Nichi McDonald at (507) 457-6295 or  [email protected]


In the news...

Chief Ebeltoft talks body cameras with MPR

A Minneapolis perspective on body cams
(Minn Post)

How about putting forfeiture money into general fund?
(Minn Post)

Skyrocketing court fines major revenue generator for Ferguson
(Governing)

Department of Health clarifies medical cannabis rules
(MDH, via MNchiefs.org)


Dakota Co Denied Relief

FEMA denied the state’s request to add Dakota County to disaster declaration for recent severe storms and flooding. HSEM plans on appealing.

Read more


We want to
hear from you

We welcome articles/content for this newsletter. Please submit articles/content to [email protected] by 10am Thursday each week.

Announcements run generally for one or two weeks and then we archive C-NOTES online for members.


Executive Director's Report

MCPA Board approves new strategic goals

If you read C-Notes regularly or even just occasionally, you probably know that the MCPA Board has been working hard all summer on the association’s new strategic plan. I’ve been talking about the process almost weekly since early June.

Today I’m excited to let you know that the Board has approved our six strategic goals, which will serve as the guideposts for the next 3-5 years.

Each goal the Board developed is aimed at addressing the concerns you shared with us in the MCPA Member Survey back in May.

Here are the goals and their intended outcomes:

1. Enhance leadership skills for all levels of the profession

• Cost effective quality training, including leadership training, on a regional basis
• Sustainable, revenue-positive training

2. Redesign/recommend approval of bylaw changes in order to grow engagement and better represent the diversity of membership needs statewide

• Greater engagement and better representation of the diversity of membership

3. Expand and improve the quality of police applicants, thus making policing better in Minnesota

• An alternative way to recruit diverse and high-quality applicants is in place
• Diversity may include college-educated, mature candidates (e.g. second career) as well as ethnic and gender diversity.

4. Provide strong professional and personal support to CLEOs

• All new CLEO’s are contacted within 30 days to welcome and provide resources
• A peer outreach program is established and interacts with new and transferred CLEO’s

5. Have a greater impact on legislation by establishing strong legislative connections

• 2/3 of responding membership has established basic contact with their local legislator (handshake, exchange of business card, contact info)
• 15-20 members are ready and able to give testimony on behalf of MCPA when needed
• A direct link to the Governor’s Office is in place
• Able to point to 2-3 specific examples of how MCPA impacted public policy

6. Enhance the MCPA Brand

• MCPA becomes a valuable resource for information to members, peers and the press
• Association profile is significantly raised at the capitol and in traditional and social media
• Lawmakers, stakeholders, media and others seek our opinion and expertise on topics impacting public safety

I’m pleased to report that the Board, our committees, MCPA staff and I have already begun working toward reaching these goals. The Executive Board completed the first step in the process in late July by developing the MCPA’s Tactical Plan. Simply put, the Tactical Plan lays out the details on how we plan to accomplish each goal.

You can read the Tactical Plan here.

As I mentioned, I’m excited about our goals and our plan. I hope you are, too. The Board firmly believes this road map, which you all helped design, will move the Association forward and increase the value of the MCPA to every member.

 

Andy Skoogman
Executive Director


A note from Jim Denny

Dear Association Members,

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association and all Chiefs in Minnesota for supporting me and allowing me to represent you on the Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association Board.  

With my recent separation of employment, I will no longer be able to fulfill my responsibilities on the board.  I am confident in our leadership throughout the state and know that our profession will continue to grow and be an example of excellence.  

Having the honor of serving the association for the past few years has been one of my most enjoyable and educational experiences of my career. I would encourage all members to take an active role in the association and help support all who choose to take on the mantel of leadership.

Again thank you for all the support and the opportunity to serve. I look forward to being a part of this fine organization again soon.

Please feel free to contact me if I can be of any service to you or your agency. 218-360-0174

Sincerely,

Jim Denny

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In light of Chief Denny's news, the MCPA Board last week appointed Bloomington Police Chief Jeff Potts to the position of Sergeant-At-Arms. 

Board members thanked and praised Chief Denny for his dedication and commitment to the association and to the profession.

Chief Potts also co-chairs the MCPA’s Legislative Committee and has served on the Awards Committee the last several years.


Please fill out our survey on the 1033 Military surplus program

Thank you to the nearly 40 CLEOs who have already filled out our survey on the 1033 program. Your responses have helped shape a number of news articles on the topic, including a piece in the St. Paul Pioneer Press that was republished by several media outlets around the country.

We know that this issue isn't going away, and we'd like to have an even greater statistical analysis on the subject.

Please take 5-10 minutes to complete the survey.

 

Take MCPA's military surplus survey


In addition, several CLEOs from all corners of the state did an excellent job putting the military surplus program in perspective for their local media outlets. In example after example, chiefs highlighted the value of office supplies, safety gear, fitness equipment, weapons and vehicles their departments received through the program. 

Stories of vehicles used to help during a flood, gear used to apprehend violent suspects or safely calm a potentially dangerous situation, reminded Minnesotans their law enforcement leaders are thoughtful, highly professionalized, and committed to community safety. 

Here's a sampling of the coverage, so far:

Police benefit from military gear (Pioneer Press, republished state and nationwide)

The police are armed for the threats they face (Star Tribune, editorial by Richard Greelis, former Bloomington Officer)

St. Cloud chief defends police use of military tools (SC Times)

State law enforcement say military equipment miss understood (Austin, MN Herald)

IACP responds to President's call for a review of 1033 program


 League of MN Cities highlights CLEO Certification

The League of Minnesota Cities has been a key stakeholder in MCPA's new CLEO Certification initiative and has featured the program in its latest newsletter. 

Read the article.

Why apply?

The MCPA Board and the CLEO Certification Task Force believe the training, education and public and professional service requirements of CLEO Certification provide a critical road map for current chiefs to succeed and for command staff looking to advance their careers. The program can also be used for succession planning.

Also remember, there are stipends available to cover the application cost for 20 chiefs.

Apply Here


Heroin a Problem in your community? Feds want to help

Courtesy The National Crime Agency (UK) A national summit on heroin problems is coming to Minnesota next week. It’s an issue that’s hit many of our communities hard and the feds, including U.S. Attorney for Minnesota Andy Luger, want to help.

In a recent conversation with MCPA Executive Director Andy Skoogman Luger sees the summit as an opportunity to learn what you want and need from his office. Bottom line: he wants your feedback on the heroin issue from a local law enforcement perspective.

For example, Luger wants to know if Operation Exile, the federal, state and local effort in April that took down more than 100 heroin dealers across Minnesota, has made a difference? Are departments getting cooperation from people who were arrested? Have the right people been prosecuted?

The Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) is hosting Use of Heroin and Prescription Opioid Medications Summit next Thursday, September 4 (8:30 am - noon) at the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis. There will be a breakfast from 7:30 am - 8:30 am on the Nicollet Promenade A – 1 Floor.

If you plan to attend, please RSVP to Soline Simenauer at [email protected] or 202-454-8326.

PERF is also asking that you fill out this survey and return it to the Simone in advance of the Summit. Here’s PERF’s publication about the heroin issue and the upcoming Summit as well.


MCPA holding 1st legislative committee meeting

We are organizing as an association and setting our legislative agenda sooner rather than later. Our Legislative Committee is having its first meeting September 4th at 2 pm at the MCPA office in Woodbury.

On behalf of the co-chairs, we're inviting any member of the association to attend and be a part of the committee. If you are already a member of the committee and would like to continue serving, please let Joe know. We need diverse voices, including chiefs from large and small departments, from Greater Minnesota and the metro.

Please RSVP to the MCPA’s Joe Sheeran at [email protected] by August 29th.


Asking the Chiefs

Is your department interested in a physical fitness incentive program?

The Hermantown PD recently started a voluntary Physical Fitness Incentive Program for officers. 

To earn the incentives, officers must perform an annual Cooper Institute Physical Fitness test. To help prepare us for this new program we would like to get a couple officers trained by the Cooper Institute to be Law Enforcement Fitness Specialists.

HPD is considering hosting a course in the coming year. Before committing to it, the department would like to see who's interested in attending.   

Here's a link to the course description 

If your department would be interested in sending an officer to the course, please e-mail Chief Jim Crace at [email protected]


All-inclusive scholarship to IACP conference for mid-rank LEOs

NIJ is funding 10 need-based practitioner scholarships for mid-rank law enforcement officers to attend the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Annual Conference and Expo on October 25-29, 2014.

The all-inclusive scholarships cover travel, conference registration, per diem expenses and accommodations.

Scholarship recipients will be given full access to IACP conference workshops and exhibit halls in addition to an exclusive educational program designed by NIJ and the IACP Research Advisory Committee.

This scholarship program is for mid-level career police professionals with demonstrated experience partnering with academic-based or other researchers to implement research initiatives in their departments. Current NIJ grantees are not eligible.

Applications are due by close of business on September 5.

For more information on how to apply, visit NIJ.gov.


Upcoming Trainings:

MCPA's CLEO and Command Academy

December 1-5

Spots are still available. If you're interested, visit our CLEO and Command Academy page at MNChiefs.org.

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Leadership Academy

January 6-9, 2015

MCPA had an overwhelming response to the September Leadership Academy, so we decided to schedule another one for January 6-9, 2015 to accommodate those on the waiting list. The class is only about a third full. If you or a member of your middle-management staff is interested in attending, please visit the Leadership Academy page at MNChiefs.org to learn more and register.

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Muslims, Somalis and Law Enforcement in Minnesota:
Building Effective Relationships

September 24, 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
St. Paul (location will be sent upon confirmation of registration)

This 6-credit POST approved course will feature law enforcement officers and community experts to: 

  • present factual and thorough information about Islam, Muslims and the Somali community 
  • present specific strategies for building effective relationships with the Muslim and Somali communities 
  • provide participants with techniques for practical application of these strategies in the law enforcement setting

For more information and to register please visit MNPoliceTraining.net

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Forensic DNA and the Courts

September 30, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Hermantown Police Department

This BCA Forensic Science Lab-sponsored course aims to provide attorneys and judges with a better understanding of the testing performed in the nuclear DNA section of the BCA Laboratory.

 Topics to be covered include:

  • Chain of custody
  • Laboratory testing process
  • CODIS
  • Consumption of evidence
  • Case file overview

For more information or to register for this course, please visit cjte.x.state.mn.us.

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BCA’s 2014-2015 Criminal Justice Training & Education Catalog
 is now available!

Click here for 2014-2015 CJTE Catalog

Click here for 2014-2015 Course Calendar

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Lessons learned when someone with a law enforcement background turns on his own

September 23, 8-noon
Minneapolis Marriott Northwest
7025 Northland Drive North, Brooklyn Park

Continuing the HCSO's leadership series, this seminar provides insight into the nine-day rampage a former LAPD officer when on. He's believed to have killed four people, including two members of law enforcement.

You'll hear from the Sheriff who was involved in leading the investigation.

For more information and to RSVP (required), see the flyer.

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Seminar on the Rights of Police Officers

Wednesday, October 1
9am - 4pm
Ramada Mall of America, Bloomington

The Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association, in conjunction with the Labor Relations Information System, will hold a seminar on The Rights of Police Officers.

The seminar is specifically designed to be of value to both management and labor representatives, as well as police officers, management personnel, attorneys involved in the representation of police officers, and personnel managers.

For more information or to register, click here.

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International Conference of Police Chaplains
extends invitation to departments lacking a chaplaincy program 

October 6-8
Best Western
1901 Killebrew Drive, Bloomington, MN 

For more information or to register, please see the flyer

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CA Chiefs Association's Women Leaders in Law Enforcement Symposium

October 13-15
Anaheim Hilton

The Training Symposium brings together law enforcement professionals in a supportive and empowering environment, enabling us all to learn from the knowledge and experience of others.  WLLE is a unique opportunity to network and connect with women and men who can help you succeed in your future endeavors.

Click here to find out more and register.

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Please visit MCPA's Trainings and Events page for an extensive list of law enforcement and leadership training opportunities.

 
 
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