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Leadership Academy: August 25 - 28, 2015

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We're glad you've chosen to attend the Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association’s Leadership Academy, which offers a deep curriculum in the areas of administrative and tactical leadership, presented by experienced instructors.

We also hope this experience is enjoyable and educational and allows you the opportunity to network with peers throughout the state.

Camp Ripley, MN
Education Center, Room 252/253
Begins 8am, Tuesday, August 25

*Please note business casual attire is required: dress pants, khakis or solid color tactical pants, and collared shirts. No shorts.

Brought to you in partnership with Bio-Tec

Click on the links below to find key materials you will need for the Leadership Academy:

Logistics -- Check-in and other information
Faculty Roster -- To be posted
Schedule of classes with links to each presentation and instructor biography

Please feel free to contact your instructors or the staff of the Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association should you have questions or need assistance in law enforcement matters.


Evaluation Day 1

Evaluation Day 2

Evaluation Day 3

Evaluation Day 4

Overall Evaluation of the Academy

Contact Information:

Todd Sandell -- MCPA Professional Development Director
[email protected]

Joe Sheeran -- MCPA Communications Director
[email protected]

FOR INSTRUCTORS ONLY: Upload updated or new presentations here

 Click here for a printable schedule

 August 25
August 26
August 27
August 28


Leadership Today (Presentation)
M. Goldstein-Plymouth PD
(Read Bio)


Training Partner (Presentation)

0800 – 0930
Mall of America Protest
Bloomington PD
M. Hartley (Read Bio)

945 – 1045
Chaos Response:
Bank Robbery/Hostage
B. Nagel – West St. Paul PD
(Read Bio)

Data Practices
D. Malmgren (Read Bio)

7:45 Concordia Overview

Supervisor Interventions
(Presentation)(SARA Handout)
L. Austin (Bio)
T. Fischer (Bio)
Columbia Heights PD

City Hall Shooting
T. Fournier- New Hope

Officer Involved Shootings
The Investigation & Supervisors Role
D. Newhouse (Read Bio)
C. Museus (Read Bio)

0830 – 1030
Ethical Considerations
(Presentation) (Handout)

J. Bermel – Apple Valley PD
(Read Bio)

1045 – 1200
Reflections on Leadership

S. Meagher – State Patrol
(Read Bio)

1135 – 1220 LUNCH
Sponsored by MCPA Training Partner  Bio-Tec
12051250 LUNCH
12501330 LUNCH

 1200 Class Adjourns


1230 – 1400
New Supervisor
K. McCarthy – Lino Lakes PD (Read Bio)

E. Scheider - Roseville PD
(Read Bio)

Critical Incident Mgt
G. Weiss - Forest Lake PD
(Read Bio)

Media for Supervisors
A. Skoogman

1815  Networking Night Dinner at Viking Club, sponsored by Bio-Tec


1300 – 1430
Evaluations and Performance Appraisals
D. Hatten - Hutchinson PD
(Read Bio)

1440 – 1610
Complaint Sorting, Handling, Disciplinary Process
T. Sandell - MCPA
M. Flaherty - Richfield PD
(Read Bio)

P. Schnell - Maplewood
(Read Bio)

1800 DINNER-Snack Bar


1345 – 1515
Chaos Response:
Degidio Investigation
D.Ebinger (Read Bio)
S. Monroe (Read Bio)
Moorhead PD

1520 – 1655
Social Media for Today’s Supervisor

Internal Investigations
R. Kapaun - Eden Prairie PD
(Read Bio)

Community Building
J Grassel - Shakopee PD
(Read Bio)

The First 90 Minutes-Critical Incident Stress Management

M. Glassberg - Hopkins PD
(Read Bio)

R. Flaten - Burnsville PD
(Read Bio)

T. Radant - Allied Health
(Read Bio)

1900  Pizza Night at the Viking Club


Board of Directors

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

Chief Rodney Seurer - 2nd Vice-President
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 7, 2014

In This Issue...

  1. Executive Dir Message
  2. Remembering Officer Patrick
  3. MCPA Launches New CLEO Certification
  4. Roundtable on mental illness and incarceration
  5. FAQ on new gun law

  6. Scheduling question
  7. Follow us on Twitter
  8. Help enhance the brand
  9. Training

Job Openings:

MCPA seeks an Administrative Assistant
(part-time/20 hours per week, $16.00/hr)

Click here for more details

IACP seeks a director to oversee its SACOP and Provincial Police Divisions.

Click here for more details

In the news...

NJ State Trooper Saves Woman’s Life Using Narcan
(NJ State Police Release)

Putting the pieces together: Eden Prairie analyst solves puzzles of crime 
(Sun Current)

New Detroit police chief playing strong role is city's comeback attempt
(Crain's Detroit Business)



Safeguarding Children of Arrested Parents

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 Message

A new look for C-Notes

You’ve probably noticed already that C-Notes looks a lot different this week.

Our recent MCPA member survey indicated that C-Notes is an important and valuable resource to all of you. Our goal is to make it even better.

Here are the three main changes:

• We are modernizing the layout to make it easier to find the information you’re looking for.

• We’re improving the content to bring you more relevant information, stories and trainings.

• And we’re integrating the weekly e-newsletter into our website and our overall communications strategy.

Since C-Notes is now on our website, it will give MCPA staff the ability to track which content is most popular and relevant to you. We can use this data to adjust content to suit your wants and needs.

One of the new elements you might notice is that links to other sites will open in a new tab. For example, in this week’s edition, all of the “In The News” section, which is now located in the left hand column, will take you to a new website while keeping C-Notes open in its original tab.

In the old system, in order to get back to C-Notes, you had to back click – in some cases multiple times. Now you shouldn’t lose your place in C-Notes or the new site you open.

You’ll also notice in the top left column under “In This Issue,” each link advances the screen to the story you click. You won’t have to scroll through the whole page to get to what you want to see. (Although we hope you read the whole thing!)

A C-Notes archive will be kept in the members only section of the site.

Finally, we want your feedback. Let us know what you think about the new look and layout. And please share any issues you may have using the new C-Notes with Outreach Coordinator Joe Sheeran at [email protected] or 651-457-0677.

Remembering Officer Scott Patrick


  Ten things to know about Minnesota police officer memorials (MN Public Radio) 

MCPA launches CLEO Certification program

We are undertaking this voluntary, professional development program in conjunction with several key partners, including the League of Minnesota Cities, the POST Board and representatives from higher education.

With your participation and stakeholder groups' support, we believe the MCPA’s CLEO Certification will quickly become the gold standard in law enforcement leadership credentialing.

Apply Here

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 roadmap for current chiefs to succeed and for command staff looking to advance their careers. The program can also be used for succession planning.

CLEO Certification is aimed at ensuring Minnesota law enforcement leaders are competent in a wide range of leadership skills, including operations and personnel management, personal development, finance and budgeting, technology, and ethics. Additional electives, such as diversity enhancement and emergency management, are also identified as key skills.

MCPA President Gordon Ramsay convening roundtable to address mental illness issues

Tuesday September 30th, 11-1:30
MCPA's Woodbury office 

MCPA President Gordon Ramsay, Duluth's Police Chief, wants your input to help address the impact mental illness is having on the criminal justice system. 

He's convening a roundtable next month to discuss current best practices and explore what the association can do to help. He's inviting all Chiefs who would like to attend and take part in this important discussion. 

Chief Ramsay represents the association on the Minnesota Department of Human Services' mental illness work group. This group is examining what can be done to prevent mentally ill from incarceration and are working on a comprehensive plan to recommend to the 2015 Legislature. 

Chief Ramsay would like to share with the group the resources you'd like to see to help with this growing problem. 

USA Today recently did a special report on this issue. Click here to read the report.

Please RSVP for this meeting by emailing [email protected] or calling MCPA at (651) 457-0677.

Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women releases FAQ on new firearms prohibition law

The Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women has recently released an exhaustive FAQ regarding the requirements and procedures around the new firearms prohibition for domestic abusers, which took effect August 1. It's a great resource for your departments.

If you have any questions or comments regarding the FAQ, don't hesitate to contact Rebekah Moses at MCBW (651) 626-6177 ext. 17 or [email protected].

To help CLEOs and commanders implement the requirements covered in the FAQ, MCPA's Chief David Bentrud is heading a committee to establish a model policy for the new firearm prohibition for domestic abusers. Look for it in C-Notes in the weeks ahead.

Request for Information

Scheduling question:

Winsted Police Chief Justin Heldt is looking into new scheduling for his department. Currently his agency consists of himself and two night officers. This fall the department will have an additional full-time officer, bringing the total to four officers, including the chief.

Chief Heldt will be working M-F 0800-1630. The night officers want 12-hour shifts but Chief Heldt is leaning toward 10 hour shifts to better serve the public. The night officers currently work 11-hour shifts – 2 on 2 off 5 on 5 off, with a 10-hour shift on Sunday.

Does anyone have a scheduling suggestions for Chief Heldt?

Please give him a call at (320) 485-2600 or email him at [email protected].

We've joined Twitter: @MNPoliceChiefs

In an effort to keep members better connected with the association and raise MCPA's profile among the media, legislative leaders and general public, we've launched a Twitter feed, @MNPoliceChiefs, please follow us!

This will provide MCPA another avenue to share information about the association's events and trainings, as well as articles and other pieces of information involving public safety professionals posted by those in the industry and respected media outlets.

The Twitter feed also allows us dispatch real time updates from the capitol when there are critical developments on legislation concerning public safety.

For example, here are National Night Out posts featuring our members shared via Twitter:

Another great National Night Out photo from the Stevens Avenue crew.

Sgt. Buetow (Shakopee PD) enjoying future rookies!





@MPD_PIO 1 down 20 to go. Natl' Night Out marathon w/




 @SppdPIO Chief Smith in the house at Hallie Q. Brown Center


@MikeReyn3601 cites 37% decrease in violent crime in Hopkins- thanks community for all they do.



Help enhance the brand, join MCPA’s communications committee

MCPA’s Communications Committee is looking for members who want to help enhance the association’s brand among citizens, legislators and members of the public safety community.

This committee’s focus is two fold: It keeps all members connected through a variety of traditional and social media avenues, including C-notes, the Chiefs Magazine, the MN Chiefs website and our soon-to-be Twitter feed and blog. It will also work to build recognition of Minnesota Chiefs’ work and professionalism in mainstream, community and new media outlets.

Since there’s an option for the committee to meet via video conferencing, this is an excellent opportunity for chiefs statewide looking to become more involved with the association. If you’re interested, please contact Joe Sheeran at (651) 368-2951, [email protected], or via direct Twitter message @MNPoliceChiefs.

Upcoming Trainings:

Learn about MN's new laws related to sexual assault

August 21 @ 12:00, 1-hour webinar
hosted by the MN Coalition Against Sexual Assault

The discussion will include changes to criminal sexual conduct in the fifth degree, hospital notices to victims of sexual assault, unemployment benefits, sick and safe leave benefits and housing.

The webinar will also review the status of the Safe Harbor law responding to sexually exploited youth that went into effect on August 1.

To register or for more information, click here.


Minnesota Office of Justice Programs Victim Assistance Academy now accepting applications

October 1, 2, 3 and November 5, 6, 7
St. Cloud

The academy is designed for victim service providers (including volunteers) and criminal justice professionals who have direct contact with MN crime victims, and have five (or less) years' experience. Advanced professionals are welcome, as their expertise is a value to the program, yet the overall curriculum is foundation-level.

The application deadline has been extended to September 15, 2014! Applications can be found at the MN Office of Justice Programs

For questions, contact Joann Jones at 651.201.7318 or [email protected].


Forensic Science Seminar

October 9-10
Minneapolis Boulevard Hotel in Brooklyn Center

Target Audience:

  • Physicians and Medical personnel
  • Attorneys
  • Law enforcement
  • Death investigators
  • Morticians/funeral directors

For more information, please visit


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

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ETI 2015 Planning Page                                                                                       #ETI2015




Planning Committee Members:

Should we list them with their emails?


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







Congratulations on reaching a career milestone and becoming a police chief!

The Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association offers a wide range of resources to help guide you through the challenges of your position:

  • Peer-to-peer outreach and support
  • Executive training for you and your command staff
  • Leadership training for mid-level supervisors
  • Testing for new officers and promotions
  • Sample policies
  • A strong voice at the state legislature
  • A professional development and continuing education program
  • Guidance on high profile incidents (media, tactical, psychological) and legal counsel
  • Weekly E-newsletters (C-Notes) & quarterly magazines (MN Police Chief)

We understand the new job brings many more responsibilities and duties. This page is a guide to the resources we offer and a connection to your peers.

Read the Winter edition of:
MN Police Chief

Get weekly MCPA news
& association updates in C-Notes

Meet the Executive Director

Meet MCPA's Board

Learn more about MCPA's

MCPA Strategic Goals

MCPA 2015 Legislative Agenda

Save the Date:


Executive Training Institute

April 20-22, 2015
River's Edge Convention Center
St. Cloud MN

CLEO and Command

Other training opportunities

Order officer selection, dispatcher, and promotion tests

Your career road map, CLEO Certification


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League of Minnesota Cities


MCPA Contacts:

Andy Skoogman
MCPA Executive Director
[email protected]

Joe Sheeran
MPCA Outreach Coordinator
(651) 368-2951
[email protected]

Chief Jeff Tate
MCPA Board Member
[email protected]

Chief Hugo McPhee
MCPA 1st Vice President
[email protected]

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