MCPA - For a third year, the Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association is recognizing a Minnesota lawmaker who has helped lead and support important legislation impacting law enforcement and public safety.  This year's recipient of the Legislative Recognition Award is Rep. Nick Zerwas of Elk River.  Now in his third term, Rep. Zerwas authored legislation to enhance the penalties for impersonating a police officer.  He also was instrumental in helping secure additional funding for law enforcement training and helping define requests to transcribe body-worn camera footage.

Rep. Zerwas has an inspiring story to share about his public service which will be profiled in the Winter issue of Minnesota Police Chief.  He was first elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2012 and serves on the Public Safety and Security committee as well as the committees on Higher Education and Health and Human Services.

MCPA's Legislator Recognition Program recognizes members of the Minnesota House or Senate or the state’s Congressional delegation for their leadership and support on important legislation impacting law enforcement and public safety.


A current Minnesota Senator or Representative qualifies for recognition if he or she does at least one of the following:

  • Authors bills that address the legislative priorities identified by the MCPA Legislative Committee  
  • Supports bills that are consistent with MCPA’s positions as identified by the MCPA Legislative Committee  
  • Displays a desire to better understand and take action to solve the public policy challenges of law enforcement
  • Develops a thoughtful and persuasive argument that shapes the public narrative around an important issue facing local and/or national law enforcement

Nomination and Selection Process

A current MCPA Voting member can nominate a legislator to be recognized by the association by filling out a nomination form and submitting it to the MCPA. The legislator must be in elected office at the time of the nomination to be eligible for recognition.
The annual deadline to submit nomination forms is June 1. The nomination forms can be found in the "Members Only" section of the MCPA website.