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New research helps shape law enforcement’s response

A new round of officers shares their stories

MCPA’s Statewide Award Recipients Recognizing officers and agencies for bravery, dedication and innovation

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Hatten Retires Outgoing MCPA President Dan Hatten was recognized during the Statewide Awards Banquet as both his term came to an end and he retired as the chief of police in Hutchison.

Build-a-Bike Gaylord Chief of Police Charlie Eichten and Officer Corey Pudil take part in the annual Build-a-Bike event at Thomson Reuters in Eagan. Police agencies helped build and distribute 100 bikes to deserving children this spring.

St. Charles Parade St. Charles chief of police Ken Frank helps lead the annual Senior Parade down Whitewater Avenue on May 30, the last day of school. In the photo above, Sgt. José Pelaez greets students as they walk home. Pelaez is currently featured in MCPA’s Wear the Badge series. Watch the video at www.WearTheBadge.org.


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IN THIS ISSUE 10 Executive Director’s Report

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Bright Ideas in Policing

12 President’s Perspective Our goals for MCPA 14 Chaplain’s Message Fill your tank 25 ETI in St. Cloud Photos from our 2019 conference 34 Meet the New Directors Two chiefs join MCPA’s Board 36 Wear the Badge In the field with new officer stories 37 Stand with Honor Minnesotans at the National Law Enforcement Museum

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17 HERE COMES THE MEDIA A new MCPA training session takes you inside a local newsroom


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Newsies is a first-of-its-kind, behind-the-scenes, in-depth examination of how the mainstream media covers law enforcement in the 21st and how local law enforcement can build relationships.


Law enforcement, cybercrime support organizations, and corporations consider new ways to coordinate assistance As the number and impact of cybercrime incidents continues to grow each year, individual and small business victims struggle to find the help they need. A new Minnesota collaborative aims to help guide them to the best resolution in each case.


MCPA highlights the concern at an upcoming Critical Issues Forum As some states consider new resources to help recognize and treat law enforcement posttraumatic stress disorder, Minnesota municipal and law enforcement leaders consider what the response should look like in our region. SUMMER 2019


Executive Director’s Report

Bright Ideas in Policing The MCPA has a unique ability to share information and ideas among police chiefs and law enforcement leaders in Minnesota. We have direct connections and contact with more than 300 police chiefs and another nearly 200 Command staff at agencies across the state. With that in mind, we are always looking for the best ways to connect this network and share new ideas and developments in law enforcement. This summer, we are introducing a new program called Bright Ideas in Policing. This initiative will use our existing communications channel, the MCPA Twitter feed, but add the modern dimension of live streaming video. The idea is to provide compelling, live content to our members and to social media followers with the goal of better educating our members and the ANDY SKOOGMAN EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR MINNESOTA CHIEFS OF POLICE ASSOCIATION

general public about some of the great work being done by Minnesota municipal police agencies. There is also a member benefit associated with this, particularly for the chief and agency selected each month. A police chief can promote within his or her own community the fact that their agency is being singled out by our statewide association for great work. The profession, as a whole, will also benefit from the positive stories the association tells.

We are always looking for the best ways to connect our network and share new ideas and developments in law enforcement. Once-a-month we will we will conduct an interview with a police chief about a program he or she has implemented in their agency. That interview will be streamed live on the MCPA Twitter feed. The interviews will be around more than 3 minutes in length. If you cannot join a live session, the program will be archived and available to view anytime on our website, just as we have done with our ChiefsCast training sessions. When we met a few weeks ago for ETI in St. Cloud, peer-to-peer education and networking provided through programs like Bright Ideas was once again reinforced as a top reason our members attend the conference and engage with MCPA. We received great feedback regarding the conference and you will see photos from the event and learn more about our statewide and innovation award recipients in the pages of this magazine. This summer we are also back in the field producing our popular Wear the Badge series. We have shot stories in Big Lake, Elk River, St. Charles, St. Peter. Before the end of the summer we will also visit northern Minnesota. More importantly, a number of agencies have stepped forward (Belgrade, Champlin and LaCrescent) to share written testimonials from officers about



Bright Ideas in Policing will better educate our members and the general public about some of the great work being done by Minnesota municipal police agencies.


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why they wear the badge. You can find these posts along with the videos at www. WearTheBadge.org and on our Wear the

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Badge Facebook and Instagram pages. We continue to receive great feedback from both those who work in law enforcement and the general public. There is great curiosity about what it’s like to serve. Best of all, our Minnesota law enforcement partners have also begun using the stories and videos to connect to their programs. More than once while we are in the field, an officer will tell us how they used Facebook and other social media channels to learn more about the profession and checkout agencies that are hiring. We take your ideas and feedback very seriously, so please do not hesitate to reach out to me with any questions and recommendations. Thank you for your support of the work we do. I hope you have a great summer.


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President’s Perspective

Our goals for MCPA I would like to introduce myself as the new MCPA President. I am Jeff Potts, Chief of Police in Bloomington. Thank you for allowing me to serve as president. I am following in the footsteps of some great leaders and it is my sincere hope and desire to keep our association moving forward with continuous improvement throughout my term.


As your president I am committed to working hard for all of our members. Regardless of the size or location of your agency, I pledge to work hard for the betterment of law enforcement agencies across Minnesota. The entire Board of Directors is a group of extremely dedicated individuals committed to serving our Association.

As your president I am committed to working hard for all of our members. Regardless of the size or location of your agency, I pledge to work hard for the betterment of law enforcement agencies across Minnesota. My goals for the year are to continue moving forward with laser focus on the MCPA Strategic Priorities that were reaffirmed in 2018. They are listed below along with some work that is either underway or planned for this coming year:

MCPA will build a comprehensive branding platform to promote a positive image of our profession (and to counter the negative images), to yield an enhanced view of policing as a career path:


The Wear the Badge branding and recruiting campaign is a great example of this work. Several videos have already been produced with amazing results so far. We are seeing a tremendous amount of interest from members, stakeholders and the general public. Please follow our Facebook and Instagram pages.

I plan to launch the Bright Ideas initiative by highlighting new initiatives on a monthly basis. This would be done via social media - possibly by live streaming an interview with the Chief of the Department who has developed and is implementing new and innovative ideas.

Continue to look for ways to deliver valuable training to our members. Specifically targeting training opportunities that will fulfill the new POST training requirements in the areas of de-escalation, dealing with the mentally ill and cultural competencies/implicit bias.


Increase engagement and participation of smaller agencies through mentoring, quality training opportunities, professional growth, and geographic reorganization/re-mapping. •

For starters, I would like to form a group of Chiefs from agencies serving 3,000 or fewer residents to help identify ways the MCPA can be more helpful. After hearing from these Chiefs we will have better ideas of their needs with the goal of delivering some new programming more in line with those needs by the end of the year.

MCPA would like to hear directly from members all over the state. To accomplish this we will reach out to each of the 11 regions and coordinate a current board member to attend a regularly scheduled regional meeting.

MCPA will continue to look for ways to utilize the recently upgraded technology in the office and training space located at MCPA headquarters. This technology allows MCPA to live stream meetings and offer more online training opportunities to all of our members regardless of their location.

Create a comprehensive staffing plan •

Developing an organizational plan for succession, support, and training.

Developing a compensation philosophy and plan that attracts and retains talented staff.

“Right-sizing” staff time to focus on the best use of their time to move the organization forward.

For our current and perspective members I want to assure you it is the intention of all MCPA staff and board members to stay focused on these strategic priorities as we believe they will help you and your agency’s efforts to provide excellent police services to your community. I will be following up with some additional thoughts soon. I wish you all a safe and fun summer.

CHIEFS RESOURCES Read more about the MCPA Strategic Priorities in the Resource setion of www.mnchiefs.org.

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Chaplain’s Message

Fill Your Tank My mom was raised on a farm in central North Dakota. After she left for college in the Twin Cities, my grandparents “moved to town,” that being the county seat, a city of now less than 400 population. For many years, we visited each summer and the small-town atmosphere was vastly different than the metropolitan environment of my upbringing. More than a half-century later, my mom still receives the weekly newspaper from her hometown delivered via U.S. Mail. It is always a good read about rural life.


One of my favorite news reports was a couple of decades ago when the town bank was robbed. Rightfully so, this was front-page material. The Sheriff’s office, located in the basement of the county courthouse, is only one block away. But before the Sheriff gave chase after the suspect vehicle that was last seen headed out of town, he had to stop and fill his gas tank at the local convenience store.


Filling your tank is different for each one of us. Similarly, what drains us can be equally dissimilar. Yet it is important to know this about yourself. What fills your tank? I laughed then at that statement but twenty years later just shake my head. A simple lack of preparation by law enforcement gave the getaway car a significant advantage in the pursuit and, while the vehicle was eventually located, the suspect was never identified. As a young patrol officer, I was always leery of letting the gas tank needle fall below even half-full, in case I too needed to give chase. Stopping at the gas pump first would not be an option. But aside from having adequate fuel in the tanks of our squad cars, how are we doing as individuals in being ready for the daily challenges of law enforcement? Are we coming to work each day running on empty, or nearly depleted of energy? Are we adequately prepared for the intense physical, mental, and even spiritual impacts that moments of our policing profession can have on our human bodies? Maybe your immediate subordinates are the ones who should be answering these questions about you! Filling your tank is different for each one of us. Similarly, what drains us can be equally dissimilar. Yet it is important to know this about yourself. What fills your tank? For me, I call it the three “Rs”: reading, writing, and running. Starting the morning with a cup of coffee while reading is how 99% of my days begin. On really good days, I accomplish all three, and sometimes am able to read, write, and run before I even get to work. For some Minnesota chief law enforcement officers, summertime does not afford many extra moments to focus on individual healthcare, whether it be of body, mind, or soul as their policing responsibilities increase during warmer weather. Given the recreational environment in our state as the “Land of 10,000 Lakes,” many police departments experience a seasonal uptick in calls for service, with increased populations taking advantage of the outdoor opportunities in local jurisdictions. It is easy for a police officer’s physical, mental, or spiritual tank to run empty during such seasons of busyness.



THIN BLUE LINE SPECIAL EDITION 24 KARAT GOLD Yet just like the basic requirement for fuel to be in the tank in order to respond to an emergency, all law enforcement, and especially chiefs, need to be individually “filled” to adequately serve the residents of their local communities. Likely all CLEOs can identify a member of their department or another law enforcement agency who allowed the needle on their personal gas gauge to fall below the “E” mark. Similar to a stalled vehicle on the side of the road that has run out of gas, that individual’s forward progress was abruptly halted and they had to focus on the immediate need to refill the tank before engaging in further activities. Workplace performance, family relationships, financial health, and many other aspects of life can be affected by running out of fuel. The impact of an empty tank can inflict not only temporary inconvenience but permanent damage to one’s engine components, whether they be of a physical, mental, or spiritual operating nature. Please pledge to yourself, those under your command, and ultimately the community that you are sworn to protect and serve, that you will fill your tank first before the start of your work day. You never know when you might be called upon to respond. Don’t start from empty!

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Training Overview

Training Overview MCPA will add a new course to its schedule to kick off the Fall training season. For decades, cops have referred to reporters as “newsies’ but, the truth is, police officers have little understanding of who journalists really are, how they think and why they report the stories the way they do.

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TRAINING CALENDAR MCPA LEADERSHIP ACADEMY A multi-day course for middle management personnel in law enforcement. Participants will develop skills on how to make a distinct transition from street officer to supervisor. September 17 - 20 | New Brighton December 3 - 6 | Camp Ripley

NEWSIES What law enforcement needs to know about news reporters but are afraid to ask. One day course include local newsroom tours, journalist panel and scenario-based media training. September 24 | MCPA Training Center New Brighton

Taught by current and former journalists, Newsies is a first-of-its-kind, behind-thescenes, in-depth examination of how the mainstream media covers law enforcement in the 21st Century. This course will provide unprecedented context and perspective into the journalism profession and will include a tour of a Twin Cities newsroom. It will help law enforcement agencies better work with online, print, radio and TV reporters on a day-to-day basis and during critical incidents. September will also include the debut of MCPA’s “Commuter” Leadership Academy which will be held at the MCPA Training Center in New Brighton. It is designed to be convenient for agencies close to the metro area but open to anyone across the state. Both the September and December academies will include the new scenario-based training that meets the

CONFLICT MANAGEMENT PERSONAL & PROFESSIONAL RESILIENCE A two-day course led by Marie Ridgeway, an experienced mental health training specialist. Day 1 focuses on helping officers learn the origins and basics of mental illness. Participants will learn about why individuals don’t access appropriate care and ways to effectively respond to and manage persons who are in crises and conflict. Day 2 focuses on mental wellness and resiliency for officers and leaders within organizations. Topics will include brain science of trauma exposure and cumulative stress, common mental health concerns for law enforcement, and barriers to receiving help. October 9 | MCPA Training Center New Brighton October 10 | MCPA Training Center New Brighton

STRENGTH & RESILIENCY: A TACTICAL APPROACH TO WELLNESS The course is led by Dr. Paul Nystrom who provides an overview of physical wellness including challenges specifically related to law enforcement such as lifestyle, stress, sleep patterns, shift work, diet and exercise. Dr. Nystrom also covers resources, suggestions and recommendations on how to live an overall healthy lifestyle and increase longevity. September 10, October 8, November 12 MCPA Training Center New Brighton

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Cybercrime Network

Minnesota and the National Cybercrime Victim Support Initiative An innovative solution to aid victims of cybercrime Editor’s note: The following article is a followup to a presentation made by the Cybercrime Network at ETI 2019 in St. Cloud Cybercrime and online fraud are reprehensible crimes that prey on vulnerable populations. They are stealth crimes -- that leave struggling

victims with few resources for economic or emotional recovery. The need to support cybercrime victims is great. In 2018 alone, over 350,000 complaints from individuals and small businesses were filed with the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) for monetary losses of over $2.7 billion. Experts estimate that these figures represent only a small fraction of the cybercrime that actually occurs. The National Cybercrime Victim Support Initiative is an innovative solution to aid victims through a partnership between United Way Worldwide, 2-1-1 Call Centers and the Cybercrime Support Network. Utilizing DOJ Victim of Crime Act Funding, the partners are building a victim hotline to provide information and referral to individuals and small businesses impacted by cybercrime and online fraud.

Partners are building a victim hotline to provide information and referral to individuals and small businesses impacted by cybercrime and online fraud


Rhode Island was the first state to prioritize cybercrime victims utilizing Victim of Crime Act funding, giving the Cybercrime Support Network an opportunity to demonstrate the ability to utilize the existing national 2-1-1 infrastructure as a platform to support cybercrime and online fraud victims. United Way Rhode Island 2-1-1, the Cybercrime Support Network, and law enforcement partners, including the Rhode Island State Police, worked together to launch the 2-1-1


cybercrime support program in May 2019. This program responds to the U.S. Department of Justice Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) Vision 21 Final Report challenging the field to “become more knowledgeable about the reach and impact of crimes new to the victim services landscape.” Upon calling 2-1-1 in Rhode Island, victims will be connected with trained call specialists who can assess the situation and place them in touch with organizations ready to help. Cybercriminals can strike from anywhere, so law enforcement is not always best positioned to provide aid after a cyber incident. In cases where a crime is confined to cyberspace – for example, in a case of ransomware or some other kind of computer virus – the operators will be able to point to information technology services that may be able to restore a victim’s computer or mobile phone. Victims of cyberbullying or stalking will be put in touch with government and nonprofit support groups who can provide counseling and other services. People who have had their identities stolen will be able to access free federal, state, and local resources to protect themselves from additional fraud and help recover their identity. Rhode Island is the first state in the country to have one number for cybercrime and online fraud victims to call and reach the appropriate resources for help. Orlando, Florida and West Michigan will have the service starting late July, and North Carolina and Mississippi will be next. By 2021, it is the hope of all partners that 2-1-1 will be the national number used by all American cybercrime victims to find help. 20

In support of this national initiative, Comcast is also partnering with Cybercrime Support Network (CSN) to deliver the tools and expertise to help law enforcement officials and the public fight back. With Comcast’s support, CSN was provided a vital opportunity to discuss their resources at the recent Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association’s 2019 Executive Training Institute (ETI) & Law Enforcement Expo, held April 14-17 in St Cloud. Until National Cybercrime Victim Support Initiative is nationwide,

victims of cybercrime across the country can access FraudSupport. org, a national resource database for cybercrime victims. As a publicprivate nonprofit, Cybercrime Support Network (CSN) built FraudSupport. org as the first nationwide initiative developed specifically to help cybercrime and online fraud victims through a process of “report, recover, and reinforce” after an incident occurs. At FraudSupport.org, CSN provides guidance on where to call and how to reach the appropriate resources to report and recover from the crime and reinforce their own cybersecurity.

CHIEFS RESOURCES Connect to more information about the Cybercrime Network and efforts to establish a program in Minnesota in the Resource section of www.mnchiefs.org.

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Critical Issues Forum

Recognizing and responding to police PTSD MCPA plans December event focused on this emerging issue From small rural agencies close to home to larger, metropolitan police department’s across the world, law enforcement and municipal leaders are working to better understand and respond to police officer Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. PTSD among police officers in the United Kingdom is far more common than was ever thought, according to a new survey reported by the BBC. It found that among 17,000 officers surveyed, 95% had been exposed

Officer wellness and PTSD will be the focus of this fall’s MCPA Critical Issues Forum which is scheduled for Wednesday, December 11.

This spring some state legislatures around the country have considered bills that would provide PTSD coverage for police and firefighters. Connecticut lawmakers debated various proposal for six years before reaching a compromise a few weeks ago. “I think we should recognize that post-traumatic stress is an actual condition that can be treated and if treated can return someone to work, and that's what ultimately workers comp is all about,” said Democratic State Senator Catherine Osten during a debate. The Connecticut bill was especially driven by concern for first responders who witnessed the deadly Newtown school shooting in 2012.

to work-related trauma. Two-thirds of those with PTSD were unaware they were suffering from it, according to the research conducted by the University of Cambridge. Officer wellness and PTSD will be the focus of this fall’s MCPA Critical Issues Forum which is scheduled for Wednesday, December 11th at the Bloomington Schneider Theater. “In the recent years we have hosted this event, we have found the forums to be an excellent way for us to come together as an association, confront common challenges and work with the state partners who can help us develop solutions,” says MCPA executive director Andy Skoogman. Skoogman says the topic been raised more frequently in meetings this year with chiefs of police and other public safety leaders. “There is genuine concern about officer wellbeing and getting people the assistance they need. We will be able to highlight treatments and intervention that is working well,” he says. “But we must also look at this as a workforce challenge and identify how communities will also be able to respond and address PTSD claims.” SUMMER 2019



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New Jersey is another state that has looked for ways to respond to the concerns. A 2009 state task force report on police suicides led to increased availability of peer counselling and other changes that made it easier for officers to come forward with problems. But state leaders want to consider new levels of support.

Skoogman says more information about the Critical Issues Forum be available later this summer as MCPA works with state and national experts to develop the program. Details and registration will be available in both the C-notes newsletter and at www.mnchiefs.org.

Police officer willingness to accept help and utilize employee support services has long been a concern. But the new research suggests more work also needs to be done to identify and recognize PTSD. That was the case in the UK where the Home Office, which is responsible for law and order, recently helped fund a national wellbeing initiative. The hope is the increase in support will help with a new understanding of the various forms of PTSD and specialized treatments available.

CHIEFS RESOURCES More information on MCPA’s Critical Issues Forum is available in the Training section of www.mnchiefs.org.

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Statewide Awards

MCPA’s annual Statewide Awards Banquet took place during ETI in St. Cloud. During the program the following officers and their law enforcement agencies were recognized for their exemplary service in the line of duty.

Distinguished Service Award

Detective Casey Buck with fellow members of the Burnsville Police Department.

Burnsville Police Detective Casey Buck

We live in a time when officers are called not just to protect and serve but also connect with their diverse communities. Burnsville Police Detective Casey Buck has become the agency ”go-to” investigator. Fellow officers point to her case work and dedication to crime victims as her greatest attributes. In two notable child abuse cases, she not only

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handled the investigation but led officer fundraising drives to support the families. In 2018 alone, Detective Buck led more than 75 “person crime” cases, including a criminal sexual conduct case that had remained a secret for 30 years. In addition to receiving MCPA’s Distinguished Service Award she was also named Burnsville’s Officer of the Year.


Lifesaving Award

The award recipients photographed along with Bemidji Chief Mike Mastin and Captain David LaZella

Beltrami County Sheriff’s Deputy Lee Anderson Bemidji Police Sergeant Jaegar Bellows Bemidji Police Office Justin Erickson

911 callers driving along Highway 2 near Bemidji last summer could not agree on what they saw. When officers arrived, they discovered a young woman in the midst of a mental health crisis ready to jump off of a bridge overpass. As the woman screamed at them to stay away the officers


put their de-escalation training to work. Deputy Anderson began a conversation with her and used non-verbal cues with Sergeant. Bellows and Officer Erickson. When the opportunity presented itself, the officers sprang to action and pulled the woman to safety.


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Medal of Honor Award recipient Officer Robert DePaoli with MCPA President Jeff Potts and Crosby Chief of Police Kim Coughlin

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As Crosby Police Officer Robert DePaoli responded to an assault in progress at a senior living center, he learned he was headed into a dangerous confrontation. Dispatchers told him a man was stabbing a woman in the center’s kitchen. Once on the scene, Officer DePaoli found the woman lying in a pool of blood with her attacker just a few feet away.


DePaoli got him to lie on his stomach and handcuffed him. Then he started CPR on the woman while keeping an eye on her attacker. Unfortunately, the case resulted in Crosby’s first homicide in more than 20 years. But during the investigation officers learned more about the man’s plans to kill others and credit Officer DePaoli with preventing further bloodshed.


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2019 Statewide Awards

Medal of Honor

Minnesota POST Board approves LEOSA Trainers, Inc. for 6 credits of law enforcement continuing education With nearly 300,000 Minnesota permit to carry holders, plus armed visitors from other states the likelihood that there may be some contact with lawfully armed citizens by law enforcement officers is greater today than ever before. The award recipients along with MCPA President Jeff Potts and Gilbert Chief of Police Ty Techar.

Gilbert Police Officer Joseph Bradach St. Louis County Sheriff’s Deputy Derrick Deutsch

Just days before Christmas, Officer Joseph Bradach and Deputy Derrick Deutsch were serving arrest warrants in Gilbert. As they approached two individuals in front of a home, they spotted two men running from the back of it. In a chase down the alley, one of the men fell to the ground and pulled a gun. Deputy Deutsch also fell in the icy conditions. After Deutsch told him to “show his hands” they exchanged gunfire. The deputy was struck in the upper leg. At this point, both officers ordered the man to drop his gun. They fatally struck him after he sat back up and pointed his gun in their direction. Wounded and bleeding, Deputy Deutsch provided cover while Officer Bradach secured the weapon. Video shows the incident lasted just 44 seconds. A prosecutor wrote the officers’ actions “probably saved not only their own lives but possibly also the lives of other citizens.”

There is an expectation that all law enforcement officers know the laws, but without training, that is unlikely. So, training is now available statewide. At the end of this training, participants will: 1. Be familiarized with training offered to citizens who desire a permit to carry 2. Have a better general understanding about armed citizens 3. Be familiar with Minnesota’s permit to carry law and laws related to the lawful carry and possession of firearms 4. Be familiar with citizens use of judicious force training 5. Be prepared to interact with lawfully armed citizens 6. Have successfully completed a live fire exercise 7. Be prepared to apply for a MN permit to carry 8. Receive a copy of the book the Minnesota Guide For Armed Citizen, a $34.95 value.

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Medal of Honor

Awards recipients with Chief William Messerich and members of the South. St. Paul Police Department

South St. Paul Police Officer Dennis Brom

South St. Paul Police Officer Todd Waters

South St. Paul Police Officer Julie Bishop

South St. Paul Police Officer Derek Kruse

The call from a case worker seemed odd to Officer Julie Bishop. A man, who had earlier been reported missing from a group home, was back but now he was upset about possibly returning to St. Peter Security Hospital or being taken into custody. As officers stopped by the home to follow up, the man asked to retrieve a cigarette from his car and instead pulled a shotgun from the back seat. As police and the case worker took cover, Officers Waters and Kruse were struck by shotgun


pellets. The man continued to fire while officers radioed for help and worked to secure better positions. As Officer Brom arrived, police continued to return fire and prevent the man him from getting more ammunition from his car. He eventually dropped his shotgun and surrendered. All four officers received the South St. Paul Police Department Valor Award.


2019 Excellence in Innovation Award


Excellence in Innovation Award

Wyoming Police Department

As law enforcement pushes new frontiers in the 21st Century, leaders report one of the most satisfying aspects of their public service is finding new and innovative ways to serve communities and truly make a difference. MCPA developed the annual Innovation Award to recognize local agencies for their achievements and initiatives that benefit the law enforcement profession. In addition to judging their impact and effectives, entries are also rated based on the ability to replicate the program or idea. Wyoming Police volunteer Sean Sieleni puts on his uniform at the start of a new shift


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Growth Through Opportunity Cadet Program

When Wyoming Chief of Police Paul Hoppe’s mayor asked him how people with disabilities could volunteer, he discovered a gap and an opportunity in his department’s community outreach. The program is called Growth Through Opportunity and it serves young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Hoppe decided to pilot the program a year ago with 19-year old Sean Sieleni who has Downs Syndrome. As Sean explains, he regularly scans and shreds documents for the police and fire departments and helps with other computer work. “We realized we had so many tasks inside the controlled environment of the police department that Sean was capable of assisting us in our daily routine tasks,” said Chief Hoppe. Sieleni has a passion for law enforcement which Hoppe found was more than evident when he first showed up for duty. “The first time Sean put on the uniform, you could see an instant response of pride.” MINNESOTA POLICE CHIEF

Orono Police Department

Orono Police Officer Kyle Kirschner and Xerxes at the 2019 MCPA Awards Banquet.

Community Service Dog Program

Over the course of 50 years, K9 work has become a sought after specialty assignment at many larger police agencies. Another type of dog is sniffing out a new path at the Orono Police Department. Xerxes is Minnesota’s first Community Service Dog. He is often called into action to help comfort and connect with people impacted by trauma and experiencing a mental health crisis. Orono Police Chief Correy Farniok says Xerxes can help de-escalate tense and difficult situations.


“Xerxes and the handlers have done outstanding work in our community. It’s formed partnerships with individuals that we would not have formed otherwise,” Chief Farniok says. Xerxes is a graduate of the Can Do Canines dog therapy program. He lives with Officer Kyle Kirschner but knows what it means to go to work whether it’s out in the community or inside the walls of the police department.


Meet MCPA’s newest members of the board



Blaine Chief of Police

Wyoming Director of Public Safety

MCPA is at the forefront of policing in our state and it is imperative the association works hard to maintain and promote the ideals that professional policing is built upon, particularly integrity and respect. I am passionate about the work being done across our state and the constant drive to improve the standing and image of our profession. With extensive experience in law enforcement in various roles, I have a balanced approach and work hard at inclusion so that all of our voices matter in making decisions for the betterment of the association. I have built an extensive network that will be utilized to collectively advance Minnesota law enforcement in a collaborative way. Some of my core competencies include media relations as well as law enforcement service consolidation/amalgamation. My background will enable me to provide a fresh perspective to the association.

As I start my 28th year in law enforcement and my 10th year as a chief, I recognize the constant evolution our profession has faced and the challenges yet to be overcome. The voices of our law enforcement executives are essential as we embark on significant issues facing our profession. The changing attitudes toward legalization of marijuana, investigative authority over officer's involved in the use of deadly force, expanding the requirement for Chief's issuing permits to purchase, and the continued professional development of our staff. Working together as a unified voice we have the ability to influence the future of our profession, representing organizations of all sizes, from the suburban departments of the metro, to the smaller rural agencies and those who fall somewhere in between; we all face similar and unique challenges, as a team we support each other. The MCPA and the board represent the voice of our professional organizations to ensure we are represented when legislation is drafted, professional standards are developed and provide the necessary tools and guidance to succeed. I am applying for a director position to serve the values of our professional organization and to work in partnership to implement innovative solutions and diverse ideas that continue to evolve the professionalism of policing in Minnesota.

Blaine Chief of Police - 2017 - present Anoka County Sheriff’s Dept. - 22 years Boards Past & Present Peace Lutheran Church, Blaine Soccer Club, Youth Football, Backcourt Club, Bike Patroller, Ski Patroller AA - Law Enforcement Minneapolis Community and Technical College BS – Political Science- St. Mary’s University MS - Public Safety - St. Mary’s University

Wyoming Director of Public Safety - 2009 - present Police Officer & Sheriff’s Deputy Boards Past & Present: Lakes Area Youth and Family Service

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OFFICER TYLER SINCLAIR Big Lake Police Department Tyler Sinclair did not have a lot of doubts about what he wanted to do when he grew up. He spent a lot of time online researching law enforcement and specific police agencies. He found the Big Lake Police Department’s Facebook page months before he joined the force. It was there that he learned more about the specialty assignments, including one of his current responsibilities as a UAV pilot.

OFFICER TOM CHAFFIN Elk River Police Department Tom Chaffin’s first days as a police officer were intense with a backlog of calls ready for his response as he started each shift with the Dallas Police Department. Chaffin loved his big agency experience but knew, as he started a family, he would want to live closer to home. He found that new home and challenge with the Elk River Police Department.

CHIEF CASEY JANSKY Belgrade Police Department If Casey Jansky got into trouble while he was growing up, hid dad, a chief of police, was bound to hear about it. Years later, friends helped him take another look at the profession and he eventually ended up working as a police officer under his father. No special treatment but a chance to grab lunch together now and then. Now, as the chief in Belgrade, Jansky still likes to run things by his dad who has retired.

DETECTIVE MATT GROCHOW St. Peter Police Department It’s not unusual for Matt Grochow to encounter clients or drug court graduates when he’s out and about. As a St. Peter Police Department Detective assigned to the region’s treatment court, he takes an interest in their recovery and helping them regain their former drug-free lives. It’s a community he knows well having been raised in town and working his way up through the department.


OFFICER JOEL RODRIGUEZ Champlin Police Department Joel Rodriguez initially considered a career in public health while studying at the University Minnesota but, after a police ride-along, he discovered he could have a more hands-on approach to helping people as a peace officer. It didn’t take long for him to experience that. In his first year on the job, Officer Rodriguez was recognized twice by his department for using CPR to save two lives.

SERGEANT. JOSÉ PELAEZ St. Charles Police Department If the phone rings in the middle of the night, it might just be a law enforcement buddy of Sgt. José Palaez looking for some Spanish translation while on a traffic stop. The St. Charles police sergeant grew up in Ecuador and emigrated to this country as a teenager. Knowing he wanted to serve his community, his school bus driver encouraged Palaez to get his start as a volunteer with Pickwick Minnesota Fire and Rescue.


50 Years Ago in Law Enforcement

A Minnesota law enforcement team in the National Law Enforcement Museum Step through the doors of the National Law Enforcement Museum in Washington, D.C. and you immediately get a sense of how police have helped America on its best and worst days. There is a police helicopter used to pluck airplane crash survivors out of the icy Potomac River, J Edgar Hoover’s desk, and call box officers could use to phone for back up. From exhibits to training simulators the museum promises a “walk in their shoes” experience.

I took out a map and wrote to all of the chiefs in the metro area and nobody had dogs back in the 60s. The chief in Anoka was the first one to write back and say, ‘we don’t have dogs either but we’re testing for police officers’

Revering got a job and calling. Before long, he and King were in demand on calls around the region. Their work led other agencies to get their own dogs and start K9 programs. “In the 60s, the dogs were initially trained to protect police officers, search buildings that had been broken into and do tracking,” Revering says. As drug use became more of a concern they become effective at sniffing out trouble.” By the time Revering made sergeant in the early 70s, King was ready to retire. Revering eventually found himself in the chief’s office but he never forgot the impact of his early work on both his career and the law enforcement profession. It is how his story made its way to the National Law Enforcement Museum. “It gave me an opportunity to get into more action kinds of stuff,” Revering says. “But it was just a fun job. It was the most fun I had on the police department.”

Retired Anoka chief of police Andy Revering is there too, along with the story of his K9 partner King. “It’s a firstclass museum anyone visiting would find very interesting,” Revering says. “I was so proud, humbled and honored to be in there.” 50 years ago, Revering and his partner King were just starting out as one of Minnesota’s first police dog teams. He had seen how effective dogs had been while serving the air police in the U.S. Air Force and he was bound and determined to bring his experience back home with him. “I took out a map and wrote to all of the chiefs in the metro area and nobody had dogs back in the 60s. The chief in Anoka was the first one to write back and say, ‘we don’t have dogs either but we’re testing for police officers.’”


Andy Revering and his K9 partner King photographed in the 1970s.



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Minnesota Police Chief - Summer 2019  

A quarterly magazine of the Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association featuring issues and events of interest to chief law enforcement officers...

Minnesota Police Chief - Summer 2019  

A quarterly magazine of the Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association featuring issues and events of interest to chief law enforcement officers...