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  Communication Notes  

An electronic weekly for MCPA members

January 8, 2009  ♦  Volume XII, Issue 01

C-Notes Editorial Info

Announcements run two weeks consecutively.

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MCPA Web Links

MCPA Home Page
Member Privileges/Login
Board of Directors

Annual Executive Training Institute and Expo
Apr. 6-9, 2009

Fall Conference
CLEO  Academy
Leadership Academy

Police Chaplain Training

Sponsored by MCPA and Minneapolis Police Chaplain Corp

MPD Badge

Law Enforcement Industry


Supervisors and Complaints

Internal Affairs – Complaint Investigations

Management of Criminal Investigation Units

Police Training Officer

CLICK HERE for details.

Patrol Online Training

January 2009 Topic:

Interrogation of Suspects






  This Week's Announcements

Leadership Academytraining questions for Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association members


Question #1A for CHIEFS:   What training topics would you find valuable for your veteran or seasoned supervisors to help strengthen their professional journey in law enforcement?


Question #1B for SEASONED SUPERVISORS:  What training topics would you find valuable at this point in your career to help enhance your career path in law enforcement?


NOTE: Please try to AVOID listing by name the following topics, which are some of those offered at the MCPA Leadership Academy.

Chaos Response: Lessons Learned

Data Practices

Leadership Skills 

Complaint Handling

Disciplinary Process

Motivation and Team-building

Critical Incidents

Ethical Considerations



Evaluations/Performance Appraisals 



Question #1 A or B response to [email protected]


Question #2 for CHIEFS:  Do you have any chaos response cases during the past five years that have provided lessons learned in your department? Give detail on how the following elements affected your chaos response:  supervisor on duty, jurisdiction, policies existing (or missing), mutual aid (if applicable), media relations.


Question #2 response to [email protected]

  Police Chief position opening -- Wyoming PD -- deadline is Jan. 30
  See position announcement. See position description.
  New Ulm Chief Erv Weinkauf to retire Jan. 31, 2009

The Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association would like to thank Erv Weinkauf for his many hours of instruction in our Leadership and CLEO and Command Academies; his mentorship and participation in MCPA committees; and serving on our Board of Directors. Best wishes to Erv as he pursues his second career as a professor of law enforcement programs at Minnesota State University, Mankato and Concordia University, St. Paul.

From Chief Weinkauf:

It has been an honor and privilege to serve in law enforcement -- one of the most honorable professions in the world. Good luck to all of you in your leadership!

Celebration time and date:  Jan. 31, 2009

Location: Holiday Inn, New Ulm

See invitation and RSVP.

  Question about publishing video evidence -- Buffalo PD

We are contemplating publishing video images of “persons of interest” on our website in efforts to try to identify who is depicted in the image.  Video evidence is becoming more and more available and it seems as though we’re significantly limiting ourselves by only circulating these images within the law enforcement community.  Of course, this consideration carries with it several legal questions.  I’m wondering if any other agencies are doing this.  I’m also wondering if any agencies have looked into the legal issues surrounding this – and if so, what they found.  If any agencies are currently doing this, or if you looked into it, I’d be interested in hearing what you found.    

Thanks. Buffalo Chief Mitch Weinzetl, (763) 682-5976, [email protected]

  ETI question re: topics about innovative hiring practices and procedures

The ETI program committee is interested in hearing from Chiefs that have had very successful hiring practices and perhaps some new, innovative procedures and ideas.  We are also wondering if there are Chiefs out there that may be willing to share some of their expertise in a break-out session at our next ETI.  Any input would be greatly appreciated.  Please reply to Chief Dave Toth, Spring Lake Park PD, [email protected]  or 763 792-7221.

  Question about purchasing new in-car cameras -- Hawley PD

I am looking at purchasing new in car cameras.  As always, money is a major factor.  I do not need the top of the line systems that automatically download or that have lots of bells and whistles.  I am looking for a good, reliable, mid price range (hopefully no more that $4000 a unit installed) digital system.  I would appreciate any input that you or the people on your mailing lists might have as to systems that I may want to look at, based on their experiences.

Thanks. Hawley Chief Ernie Rhodes, (218) 483-4666, [email protected]




Need transcription outsourcing service and advice on working with it –Cannon Falls PD

I am looking for information on outsourcing transcription and am looking for any agencies that are currently doing so. Jeffrey L. McCormick, Chief of Police, Cannon Falls Police Department, [email protected]




ETI Award applications are online -- Deadline Jan. 31, 2009


The Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association is proud to continue the tradition of presenting police and civilian awards at the Executive Training Institute (ETI) Awards Banquet.
See Awards Criteria
See Award Nomination Form

If you are advising a colleague on where to find this information, describe the following steps:

1. Go to our website at
2. On the gold bar across the top, under Community Programs, click on Police and Civilian Awards.

Awards police chiefs can nominate for:


  Upcoming Events
  Jan. 14  Region 6: Not Above the Law

12 noon - 4 p.m. in Kandiyohi County See registration.

On November 24, 1995, Tony Barragan, a paramedic and Minneapolis police officer, and his partner responded to a 911 call of a rape in progress. The suspect was apprehended. What happened next would soon turn a routine arrest in to a national news story. Tony’s life would be forever changed.


Every day in America, law enforcement officers face frustration and stress that accompany the seemingly thankless job of upholding the law.

  Regional Representative Meetings

ANY chief may contact their Regional Rep to propose an agenda item for their upcoming regional meeting. See MN Chiefs list of meetings, minutes, contacts and locations.

The next quarterly meeting is 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, January 14, 2009 at the Elk River PD.

  Upcoming Training Opportunities              
  PATROL Online Training Update

PATROL delivers web-based, POST-accredited courses on timely legal issues specifically designed  for Minnesota officers. 

PATROL is offered by the League of Minnesota Cities Insurance Trust (LMCIT), Minnesota Counties Insurance Trust (MCIT), Chiefs of Police Association (MN Chiefs), and Minnesota Sheriffs’ Association (MSA).  


The Police Accredited TRaining OnLine (PATROL) January topic is Interrogation of Suspects.  This course addresses the legal issues surrounding interrogations and reviews recent court decisions on the topic.  The course reviews Miranda v. Arizona as it is applied in the 21st Century, including when a suspect is considered to be in custody and what constitutes a custodial interrogation in the eyes of Minnesota courts.  The course also addresses juvenile-interrogation concerns and offers practical advice on complying with the Scales recording-requirement.  The lesson concludes with an in-depth look at Minnesota statutes and cases addressing interrogations of non-primary English speaking suspects and offers guidance on when interpreters are required.

Please contact Laura Honeck, LMCIT Program Assistant, at [email protected] or (651) 281-1280 or (800) 925-1122.

  UMCPI Training Classes Available

January through April 2008: Supervisors and Complaints

February through September 2008: Internal Affairs – Complaint Investigations

May 19-21 - Management of Criminal Investigation Units

March 16-20 - Police Training Officer

CLICK HERE for details.

  February 11-13, 2008 2nd Annual Minnesota School Safety Conference

See registration info.

School Climate=Climate + Planning + Policy + Facility (CPPF)

Those who would benefit from the conference sessions include:  emergency managers, law enforcement including School Resource Officers, school leadership including administrators and board members, school student support staff (counselors, social workers, psychologists, nurses), school emergency planners, and other interested emergency response and health agencies.



May 18-21, 2008
Annual Law Enforcement Information Management Training Conference and Exhibition in Dallas, TX

See info on registration, scholarships and presentation proposals.
The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Law Enforcement Information Management (LEIM) Section invites you to participate in the 33rd Annual LEIM Training Conference and Exhibition. The conference will be held May 18-21, 2009 at the Hyatt Dallas Regency in Dallas, TX.  The LEIM conference is unique given it is the only international law enforcement conference in the United States designed for practitioners by practitioners. Agenda topics will include:

  • CAD, RMS, ALPR, and mobile technology programs;
  • Systems integration and interoperability;
  • Information sharing and technology standards;
  • Federal funding opportunities, grant management, and effective project management techniques

MN Chiefs CLEO and Command Academy

 curriculum and registration.


MN Chiefs Leadership Academy

 curriculum and registration.

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CLEO & Command Academy


Camp Ripley
1500 Highway 115, Little Falls, MN 56345-4173

CLEO & Command Academy (CLEO) is a 5-day course for chief law enforcement officers and their command staff. This course provides the necessary training that addresses duties and administration that chiefs and high-ranking supervisors use daily.

click here for the february 2020 schedule

Questions: Contact the MCPA Office at 1-800-377-4058, 651-457-0677 or [email protected].

Class Curriculum (approx. 33 POST credits):

CLEO has been approved by the Minnesota POST Board as essential training for Minnesota police chiefs. The training Academy is taught by seasoned instructors with experience in police leadership or legal expertise in Minnesota.

Key topics include:

  • Budgeting Mandates: State and Federal
  • Human resources
  • Branding/crafting your department's image
  • Diversity inclusion
  • Media relations
  • Data practices
  • The politics of being a chief, how departments get sued and how chiefs get fired
  • Policy development and strategic planning
  • POST board requirements








Association Chaplain Services


Tony Paetznick

MCPA Chaplain
[email protected]
Director of Public Safety, New Brighton


The Minnesota Law Enforcement Memorial Association (LEMA) is dedicated to assisting the families and home agencies of those law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty. LEMA board members are police officers, survivors and friends of fallen officers who volunteer their time.

LEMA is able to provide assistance both at the time of death, as well as into the future. LEMA honors the families and fallen officers during National Law Enforcement Memorial Week.

MCPA supports the Minnesota National Guard Beyond the Yellow Ribbon initiative. Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Initiative.

Contact MCPA Chaplain Dan Carlson or 612-554-4405 with questions regarding Military Reintegration programs in Minnesota.


The Law Enforcement Family Support Network (LEFSN) provides information for law enforcement administrators who seek best practices resources for integrating family preparedness in their department training.

  • Free web based training
  • Email updates and reading materials







2006 Committees 


Following is an excerpt from the Association's By-Laws.  Is it in the Article that set the Committee Structure.


Article XIII - Committees


Section 1.  Duties.  Each committee shall keep regular minutes of their proceedings and report the same to the Board of Directors directly, or through

the Executive Director.


Section 2.  Types.  There shall be two types of committees:  standing and special.  The standing committees are:  Executive, Rules, Nominating and other such committees as may be designated from time to time by the President with the approval of the Board of Directors.  Members of the standing committees shall be appointed by the President subject to ratification by the Board of Directors.  Members of special committees shall be appointed by the President who shall appoint a Chair and establish the purpose of the committee.  Special committees will dissolve upon completion of their stated purpose.  Except as otherwise provided in these bylaws, any person can be a committee member.


Section 3.  Executive Committee.


(a) Authority and Responsibilities.  The Executive Committee may be authorized by the Board to act in place and stead of the Board of Directors between Board meetings on all matters, except those specifically reserved to the Board by these bylaws.  Actions of the Executive Committee shall be reported to the Board by mail or at the next Board meeting, and are subject to approval by the Board.


(b) Composition.  The Executive Committee shall consist of the Officers, Immediate Past President and the Executive Director who will serve without a vote.  The President shall be the chair.


(c) Quorum and Call of Meetings.  A majority of the Executive Committee shall constitute a quorum at any duly called meeting of the Committee.  The President shall call such meetings of the Executive Committee as the business of the Association may require, or a meeting shall be called by the Executive Director on the request of three (3) member of the Executive Committee.


Section 4. Rules Committee.   The Rules Committee shall be charged with all matters relating to these bylaws and any other duties imposed by the Board of Directors.




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