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ON THE COVER Challenging Chiefs to Strive for Wellness The MCPA hopes the inaugural Chief’s Challenge 3K at ETI is a starting point for law enforcement leaders who’ve yet to implement a personal and agency wellness plan. This edition of Minnesota Police Chief explains the Chief’s Challenge and offers a number of ideas to help maintain physical, mental, and spiritual wellness.





Officer recruitment trends Quality recruits applying for open officer positions are down. Is it the economy, negative narratives around policing, or something else? Find out how chiefs are reacting to the trend based on MCPA’s latest survey results.



Advanced CLEO and Command lessons learned After several months of research guided by traditional and distance learning, MCPA’s Advanced CLEO and Command cohort units are preparing to present their work at ETI. Get a preview of what they discovered and how to apply it in your agencies.

22 ETI PREVIEW Wetterling debrief, body camera debate, social media for small agencies ETI 2017 has something for every law enforcement leader in the state, from managing protests to small agency body camera implementation to an inside look at the Jacob Wetterling investigation. The conference will provide the insight necessary to “Lead in Turbulent Times.”

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Exploring critical issues Minnesota’s law enforcement leaders face


I’m a firm believer that high functioning, successful organizations take the time necessary to examine what’s going on in their field. With so much of law enforcement’s work in the spotlight, the Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association’s Executive Committee proposed hosting two Critical Issues Forums this year. We held the first in early February at the MCPA Training Facility in New Brighton and will host a second at Ruttger’s Bay Lake Lodge in early June. The forums’ objectives are three-fold: • Gather input, ideas and insight from MCPA members at agencies of all sizes and locations across the state on some of the most critical issues facing the profession • Learn from a diverse group of MCPA members about what critical issues are TRULY impacting their jobs and their agencies • Use the information gathered to help shape the direction of the MCPA for the next 3-5 years when the MCPA Board develops its new Strategic Plan in June 2017 It was crucial to ensure wide representation from across the state, including departments large and small. I’m pleased to say, with a special outreach effort from staff and the board, chiefs from all corners of Minnesota attended the February forum, providing honest and thoughtful insight on the topics. While dozens of issues impact the profession, the MCPA Board of Directors chose two on which to focus for the February forum: • Mandated training in the areas of crisis intervention, de-escalation and recognizing and valuing community diversity. • Whether police officers should have the right to review body-worn camera footage before giving a formal statement following a use of deadly force incident.

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MCPA Executive Director Andy Skoogman opens the February Critical Issues Forum


Chiefs in attendance agreed that peace officers across Minnesota would greatly benefit from the training in the areas being proposed. They shared their concerns about the challenges of meeting mandates under the current training model and within their department budgets. Chiefs generally agreed that if a mandate was put in place two elements were necessary: increasing the per-officer training reimbursement and continuing to improve overall distance learning opportunities. The MCPA highlighted that the 21st Century Policing Platform, a legislative initiative the Law MINNESOTA POLICE CHIEF

Enforcement Coalition and the POST board are proposing, and our recent investment in audio/visual technology would help meet these requirements. The bill (which was working its way through the Legislature at the time of this writing) more than triples the state's annual per officer reimbursement from about $300 to a $1,000 per officer. In exchange for the funding increase, CLEOs will be required to provide their officers with 16 Continuing Education (CE) credits over the 3-year licensing cycle with at least one CE in each of the categories outlined above, which are taken directly from the POST Board’s pre-service learning objectives.

To view or not to view BCA Superintendent Drew Evans spoke to forum attendees on the topic of whether police officers should have the right to review body-worn camera footage before giving a formal statement following an incident involving the use of deadly force. There was much discussion on the pros and cons of allowing officers to view the video. Superintendent Evans shared some of the science behind the BCA’s new policy which does not allow viewing and the Department of Justice’s stance on the issue. Evans understands why some departments disagree with the BCA policy and went on to further note that the BCA policy does allow a peace officer to view the video following the voluntary interview if they request to do so to assist in clarifying any portion of their statement, which he believes is a reasonable compromise. MCPA is dedicating a General Session at the 2017 ETI to this topic of whether police officers should have the right to review body-worn camera footage before giving a formal statement following an incident involving the use of deadly force. Two national experts will discuss the pros and cons of viewing or not viewing the footage. Please take a few moments to read the full Critical Issues Forum report, which is available at


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GREATER MINNESOTA CRITICAL ISSUES FORUM If you are interested in attending the June 4, 2017 Critical Issues Forum at Ruttger’s Bay Lake Lodge, please contact your Regional Representative. If you can’t make it, the MCPA still wants your input. We will be

The MCPA’s Board of Directors will use the information gathered at the February and June Critical Issues Forums to build its new Strategic Plan. That plan will likely include new programs and initiatives that will be implemented over the next 3-5 years. The new Strategic Plan will be the blueprint for our Association as we evolve our services and resources to help you meet the challenges that go along with being a police chief in the 21st century.

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President’s Perspective

Steady leadership in changing climate As I look back at my last 11 years as a police chief for the City of Savage and the past 7 years as a member of the MCPA board, I think of the many changes that have taken place. Regardless of your agency’s size, we have all witnessed, and in many cases experienced, tragedy at some level. We have watched national trends and have prepared our departments for them. We are all aware of the tragedy my good friend Chief Carl Dabadie of the Baton Rouge Police Department experience when a gunman killed two of his officers and a sheriff’s deputy. I’m proud to welcome Chief Dabadie to Minnesota for ETI 2017. He will share his experiences following that incident and discuss how he guided his department and community through turbulent times. CHIEF RODNEY SEURER PRESIDENT MINNESOTA CHIEFS OF POLICE ASSOCIATION SAVAGE POLICE DEPARTMENT

(Chief Dabadie and I met four years ago through the Law Enforcement Torch Run Program and he is currently the Torch Run State Director for Louisiana.)

I’m proud to welcome Chief Dabadie to Minnesota for ETI 2017. He will share his experiences following that incident and discuss how he guided his department and community through turbulent times. Bringing in national speakers, like Chief Dabadie, is just one of the many ways the MCPA has worked to guide Minnesota agencies through this ever-changing public safety climate. Through change, the MCPA’s values and mission have remained constant. The Association is our lighthouse, guiding us with the support, information and resources to manage the tough times and maintain the right course. Minnesota Gophers new head football Coach P.J. Fleck’s “Row the Boat” mantra1, means among other things, a commitment to the process of building towards greatness one stroke at a time and to never give up. I foresee the assistant coaches and the players working collectively towards these goals by rowing their boat in that direction. The values, integrity, culture and environment of the University of Minnesota create the compass which leads them in the right direction. The MCPA’s compass holds the directions and values that the association has adopted. Among those directions are: “keeping of the values and tradition of the profession,” that the association is, “dedicated to the ideals of professional policing,” and “bringing the highest quality police services and leadership to the people of Minnesota.” However, several factors have placed a strain on the law enforcement profession and continue to have a detrimental impact on the recruitment of officers and the morale of those on the street. Officer involved shootings, both in Minnesota and throughout the nation, false social media narratives, the statements of misinformed public figures, as well as an increase in mental



health calls have inadvertently affected the quantity and quality of police officer applicants. The process of navigating these turbulent times has become significantly more challenging than simply pointing the ship’s bow in the right direction.

The Association is our lighthouse, guiding us with the support, information and resources to manage the tough times and maintain the right course. I am proud to say that the light beaming from the MCPA has grown brighter and brighter. Police chiefs across the state gathered to set the course at strategic planning sessions in 2011 and 2014 where they identified the markers and buoys along the way, which would ultimately assist us in navigating the Association in the right direction. As a result, the association has entered the 21st Century with enhanced technology, increased partnerships with numerous sponsors including the MCPA Foundation, and an increase in police chief engagement throughout the state. The Association has provided Social Media Training, Officer Leadership Development, Leadership Academy, CLEO Certification, the Peer Support and Outreach System, CLEO & Command Academy and recently the Advanced CLEO & Command Academy. There are also numerous committees within the Association where chiefs represent their fellow colleagues on various association initiatives. Since our last strategic planning session almost three years ago, approximately 100 new police chiefs have been sworn in throughout the state. Some moved from smaller to larger WE WORK IN THE SERVICE OF OTHERS departments and some were newly minted chiefs being appointed from various agencies. They are all relying on the lighthouse of our Association for guidance in order to become successful both professionally and personally during these turbulent times. The guidance they receive will in turn assist them as they provide leadership to their respective officers. Being President of the Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association has been an honor and privilege that I will never forget. Even after being a police chief for 11 years, I still reach towards the light of the Association for guidance and direction. This same light extends to all CLEO’s throughout the state of Minnesota and it is brighter than ever thanks to your involvement and commitment and the partnerships that we have forged. 1

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Number of Quality Recruits Dwindling Over the past year, chiefs have been commenting about dwindling officer applicant pools. This past fall, the MCPA conducted a nonscientific survey to see if this was a broad trend and what might be causing a decline. The survey asked about trends in the number of candidates applying for open positions, the quality of those applicants, changes in recruitment strategy, and reasons for declining applicant pools. The following graphs are a snapshot of that survey.



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Formalizing physical, mental and spiritual wellness With the Chiefs Association launching so many new professional development opportunities, it has been a busy and exciting time in this position. Thanks for the opportunity. One initiative that has been especially fulfilling on which to work is the new Peer Support and Outreach System training. As we’re discovering, there is no template for these efforts; we are breaking new ground! (Read Chief Goldstein’s article on the Peer Support and Outreach System and how it’s being implemented.)



No chief will be alone during a time of need. The system’s focus and goal of the training is to ensure no chief will be alone during a time of need. The training includes personal stories of chiefs going through tough times and how peers were helpful (or not so helpful) through the crisis. It shows chiefs how to establish a more formal peer support team and how chiefs on the team should respond when needed. The Peer Support and Outreach System is one of several wellness concepts the MCPA has launched. The efforts also include the inaugural 3K Chief’s Challenge run/walk at this year’s Executive Training Institute in St. Cloud. This run (roughly 1.8 miles long) starts near the Convention Center and winds near the St. Cloud State University Campus. It’s for beginners as well as serious runners and demonstrates our commitment to member wellness. The Association believes increasing mental, physical and spiritual wellness is a key supplement to tactical and policy preparation in facing the difficult tasks to lead law enforcement agencies in the 21st century. On the more traditional side of professional development, we’ve added two unique opportunities for 2017: Social Media as a Communications Force Multiplier and the City Administrator’s Guide to 21st Century Policing. If you would like to coordinate training for your Region, please contact Bob Jacobson at bob@ or at 763-350-4175. Or go to mnchiefs. org/training.


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Advanced CLEO and Command Academy: Minnesota police researching real world solutions A special thanks to Advanced CLEO and Command exclusive training partner St. Cloud State University’s Public Safety Executive Leadership program. For the last several months, two dozen of Minnesota’s top law enforcement leaders have been busy working on real world solutions to modern policing challenges. Their work – involving traditional in-class and distance learning combined by academic style research – has been guided by the six pillars in the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing report. They will present their findings at a special ETI breakout session on Monday at 1:30. Here is a preview of each presentation and learning objectives. OFFICER WELLNESS Officer wellness was identified as a critical component by the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing. As such, wellness strategies, resources and best practices were identified and explored for agencies to consider, adopt and implement into their culture to best support their personnel’s needs. Learning Objectives: • A Comprehensive Resource List • Physical, Mental and Spiritual Programming Options • Implementation Strategies ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE This session will focus on the ways in which police culture and the demands of community can come into conflict along with the leadership challenges to manage both. Learning Objectives:

COMMUNICATIONS Clear and transparent communications within the criminal justice system is paramount if we are to be successful in partnering with our communities. The Communications subgroup will explore various ways to cultivate and share relevant communications with our communities. Learning Objectives: TECHNOLOGY The public and our employees expect police departments to keep pace with technology advances. We will explore challenges, and resources, as well as managing the change itself. Learning Objectives: • Starting a body worn camera program • Handling internal and external expectations • Incorporating change management as a part of the process

• Enhance and implement social media tools within our agencies • Cultivate and disseminate crime data in a timely manner to our constituents • Improve communication within our agencies and governing bodies BUILDING COMMUNITY TRUST In all parts of Minnesota, communities are growing more diverse. As law enforcement leaders we are faced with new opportunities and challenges when our officers interact with new community members.

• Participants will be able to articulate an operational definition of organizational culture - police culture specifically.

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Officer Wellness and Safety


Being in the middle of a TV-style gun battle as a law enforcement officer is rare—and even rarer when you are a chief. Nonetheless, Chief Tim Fournier of New Hope, Minnesota, found himself in the thick of one when a gunman opened fire in a crowded city hall following a swearing-in ceremony, injuring two police officers. In the

days that followed, Chief Fournier was there for his troops. Surrounding departments were there operationally to take calls and fill in for officers who needed time off or who were placed on post-shooting mandated leave. However, there was no formalized system to guide Chief Fournier through this incident on a personal level: no checklist was in place to see if he needed anything; no peer to talk to; or even someone to drive him around so he could help manage the actual incident, while also focusing on his agency’s day-to-day operations. 16

Chief Fournier recalls: For me, experiencing this type of event in real-time (along with the officers) triggered a strong combatrelated hyper-vigilant mind-set that took months to subside. Day-to-day operations took a back seat to my officers’ well-being and preparations for whatever new crisis may occur.1

Even before this incident took place, the Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association (MCPA) had been working on a peer support system. But this case and other critical incidents in Minnesota that followed were the catalysts to get the initiative moving forward with greater alacrity. The MCPA established a subcommittee including member chiefs, staff, and the association’s chaplain who possessed previous experience in developing a spiritual health care system for members and their departments. The goal was to craft a comprehensive peer support

and outreach system that aligned with Pillar Six from the President’s 21st Century Policing Task Force report, but with one distinct caveat: this system was specific to chief law enforcement officers.2 While many departments have established wellness programs for their personnel, this effort was to provide defined services to chiefs by pre-selected and trained peer chiefs, as that specific type of outreach was nonexistent. The subcommittee first developed its mission to provide training, support, and response capabilities to law enforcement leadership in the state of Minnesota in preparation for and during times of need. The MCPA Peer Support and Outreach System created a sustainable and long-term structure for peer support, crafting proactive approaches for attaining a high level of physical, mental, and spiritual health care for the state’s law enforcement leadership. Simply put, the chiefs would not be alone. In this vein, the subcommittee crafted a carefully vetted curriculum inclusive of physical, mental, and spiritual health care components to aid chiefs in their time of need; to help build resiliency; and to ensure that the system had the affected chiefs’ best interests in mind. With the curriculum defined, a distribution and implementation plan was created, and sub-committee members are in the process of training participating MINNESOTA POLICE CHIEF

chiefs within each of the MCPA’s state regions.

and responsibilities, and to eliminate any surprises.

The training block is four hours long, and the curriculum is specific to what peer support is and what it is not. Clear delineations were made to distinguish the differences between peer support and counseling or therapy—participants understand they can do more harm than good if they overstep their training and abilities. Peer support members are there to care for and guide a fellow chief, but not to override their work or to provide services outside of their professional capacity. Peer support members have referral access through the MCPA to additional professional services if needed (e.g., mental health professionals, clergy).

While this program is in its infancy, it has been well-received and appreciated by the membership. Thus far, chiefs are selecting their peer networks within the regions where the training has occurred and are calling upon one another for support.

Once trained, the next step for a chief is to establish their peer network. It is suggested for each chief to select two to three peer chiefs that they have a constructive and trusting working relationship with and who are in relatively close proximity to their jurisdiction. This proactive network or “buddy system” will then be available to respond in the event of a crisis or if any of the participating members should seek assistance. Within the group, permission is granted for those to self-deploy to aid their fellow chiefs. Once deployed, the peer support members are to focus their energy on the chief’s needs and, unless requested to do so, are not to directly engage in operational issues—the peer chiefs are not called in to usurp a chief’s command staff. Another important aspect is for chiefs to explain this program’s purpose to both their direct reports and to their superiors to establish expectations, to develop a clear understanding of roles Spring 2017

Conscientious chiefs typically focus their energy on the welfare of their personnel, yet they neglect their own well-being. As Chief Tim Fournier and others have learned, that neglect can be debilitating especially when your leadership is needed the most: “It certainly wasn’t hard to wear myself out; and I did. But I believed in placing everyone else’s needs above my own. With most of my command staff affected by the incident, having an outside trusted perspective on matters would have made me even more effective in the post-incident recovery phase.”3 As the Final Report of the President’s

Task Force on 21st Century Policing noted “Officers who are mentally or physically incapacitated cannot serve their communities adequately and can be a danger to the people they serve, to their fellows officers, and to themselves.”4 If this is true for officers, it is also true for chiefs. As such, the Peer Support and Outreach System is a viable solution to help chiefs navigate their way through a crisis or to help manage other ongoing concerns where a trusted peer is present and focused on the chief’s needs, so that prudent and effective outcomes result. 1

Tim Fournier (chief, New Hope, MN PD) email interview November 28, 2016


President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing, Final Report of the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing (Washington, D.C.: Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, 2015), 61–68, http:// finalreport.pdf (accessed January 5, 2015).


Fournier, email interview November 28, 2016


President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing, Final Report, 63.

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Chaplain’s Message

In Turbulent Times, Choose… As I looked at this year’s Executive Training Institute program, one phrase kept jumping out at me, in Turbulent Times. Clearly there is a lot of conflict and controversy in our world and in our professions. Saying we’re in a time of turbulence, could be an understatement. The impact of these times on our profession is even greater, due to the volume of social and mainstream media highlighting these conflicts. But we must remember that this turbulence isn’t something new, it’s been around for a very long time. And there are ways to calm it.


Turbulence isn’t something new, it’s been around for a very long time. And there are ways to calm it. As I embark on my sixth decade of life (I’m still in my 50’s, just starting my sixtieth year), I look back on the turbulence the world has experienced in my lifetime. As a “Boomer” born in the 1950’s, life was built on the personal experiences of those who faced the challenges of the Great Depression, World War II and the Korean War. During my childhood in the 1960’s and 1970’s, we were fed images of the Vietnam War, the Russian invasion of Afghanistan, the Iran Hostage Crisis and the warming of the Cold War.

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As I moved through my adult life, the wars did not cease, global conflicts did not go away, and a War on Terror had only just begun. These global conflicts shook the world. Closer to home, unrest and divisiveness were visible and present. Poverty, segregation, discrimination, bad politics undermining sensible policy -- all of societies woes -- presented public safety challenges to those in our professions. Turbulence. But there is a way to calm it.

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As many of you know, my Dad died this past fall at 92. His WWII experiences defined more of his life then we will ever know. As I was going through Dad’s history that I collected over the years, I discovered a short video of him sharing a story about his military service with a few of his adult grandkids. As the kids asked questions, he described himself as a 19-year-old Marine fighting on small islands in the South Pacific. The story was quite sanitized considering the realities of what he had experienced, but the darkness and death in the story were still very present. After a few minutes, I could tell it was getting hard for him to continue. His voice changed and he struggled with the words. Darkness and the death were getting in the way of his story. As he ended a bit abruptly, I suggested he could share more another time. He agreed and followed with “We should talk about the other stuff, the good stuff, talk about the guys I was with over there!” And he proceeded to rattle off the names of several of the guys, his voice strong, clear and light.

As I moved through my adult life, the wars did not cease, global conflicts did not go away, and a War on Terror had only just begun.

So there you have it, from the voice of a man who experienced the life changing traumas -- physically, mentally and spiritually -- of devastating darkness and death. But a man who survived and endured to live a long life of giving, of caring, of serving and leading in the public safety professions. Because he calmed the storm, he lead his life focusing on the other stuff, the good stuff. In Turbulent Times, Choose Light, Choose Life… Choose the Good Stuff!

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Fact vs Fiction: Changing the police-community narrative

Jason Riley The national and local narratives that shape perceptions of policing have had a profound impact on the profession at agencies large and small across the nation. Jason Riley’s work has helped agencies counter this negative narrative

with research and best practices to move the profession past these turbulent times. Riley is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute and frequently appears on Fox News programs and occasionally on C-SPAN.

BREAK - LOBBY A/B . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10:15-10:30am

To view or not to view: The great body-worn camera question

Eric P. Daigle

Dr. Bill Lewinski

Daigle Law Group, LLC

Force Science Institute

One of the most debated topics around bodyworn camera implementation is whether to allow officers to view the footage in use-of-deadly force cases prior to giving a formal statement or writing a report. Those advocating against viewing the video say

it creates a false memory and will compromise the investigation. Those advocating for viewing the video argue officers should not be put in a “gotcha” position. Two leading national experts on the topic will provide the pros and cons of each side of the argument.



MONDAY MORNING TOWN HALL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10:30am–NOON

EXCELLENCE IN INNOVATION AWARDS LUNCHEON . . . . . . . 12:15-1:15pm Sponsored by 3M and Taser/Axon


Featured Guest Speaker Michael Johnson University of Minnesota’s Technological Leadership Institute

This awards luncheon celebrates the MN Law Enforcement innovations that have resulted in more efficient ways to deliver public safety services. The association recognizes the great ideas of both a small (15 or fewer sworn officers) and large agency. 2016 Large Agency Winner: Duluth 24

Police Dept. and Chief Mike Tusken for their innovative partnership with St. Louis County that embeds a social worker into the department to help handle mental health calls. 2016 Small Agency Winner: Breezy Point Police Dept. and Chief Kevin Merschman for their police-paramedic program. MINNESOTA POLICE CHIEF

MONDAY MCPA BOARD ELECTIONS - GLEN CARLSON. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1:15-1:30pm MONDAY BREAKOUT SESSIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1:35-3:05pm

ADVANCED CLEO & Command Academy Lessons Learned (Exclusive Academy Training Partner – SCSU) Since September, 25 police chiefs and commanders representing a diverse mix of Minnesota agencies have been working in small groups to research and develop solutions to real world challenges their agencies are facing as outlined in the President’s Task Force Report on

21st Century Policing. Select groups will present their findings and implementation plans at this breakout session. This session is a chance to for all attendees to learn from their peers about how some agencies are addressing the biggest challenges facing law enforcement across our state.

Small Agency Track: Body Camera Implementation From complying with the public comment section and independent audits to setting internal policy on how officers should use this evidence gathering and transparency tool, many police chiefs have a number of questions around the

new body camera law. This breakout session will provide an overview of the law and best practices in implementing body cameras with an emphasis on the issues facing agencies with fewer than 15 officers.

“When Seconds Mattered” - Technology Can Make the Difference

Presented by Chief Presenting Sponsor Thomson Reuters December 2, 2015. A day that forever changed the city of San Bernardino, California. We all know that on that day two individuals struck terror in the hearts of millions in the name of ISIS. We all know the chaos that followed as law enforcement moved to end the threat. And we all know how many innocent lives were lost. However, one question that may never be answered is…how many lives were saved by the actions of law enforcement? In this session, you will hear

how with the assistance of technology, many more lives may have been saved than we’ll ever know. Of all the resources available to the SBPD, Thomson Reuters CLEAR was the ONLY one that provided the distinct address at which Syed Farook and his wife were found leaving the exact moment undercover officers arrived. Speed, Accuracy, Currency. These are more than words with Thomson Reuters CLEAR. They are our foundational differences…when seconds matter.


Meet and greet more than 150 vendors representing a wide variety of industries important to your local agencies.

PRESIDENT’S RECEPTION - TERRY HAWS EXHIBIT HALL B & C . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3:30-4:30pm

Join us at the MCPA’s Booth to recognize the Chief Presenting Sponsors, hear the MCPA Board election results and enjoy complimentary food and beverages.

AWARDS BANQUET - GLENN CARLSON WEST. . . . . Social time at 6:30pm, 7:00pm start An evening honoring Minnesota’s men and women who have gone above and beyond the call of duty in 2016.

HOSPITALITY SUITE Sponsored by Aladtec, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9:00-Midnight BEST WESTERN PLUS KELLY INN, POOLSIDE Spring 2017



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GRAND RE-OPENING OF LAW ENFORCEMENT EXPO WELCOME BREAKFAST . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7:00-8:15am REGISTRATION - COMMONS AREA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7:00am-4:30pm MORNING FEATURED SPEAKER Sponsored by AAA - TERRY HAWS A . . . . . . . 9:30-11:00am

When the Headline is You

Jeff Ansell Social media’s instantaneousness along with traditional media’s widening reach has helped put critical incidents in even the most remote places in the national spotlight in minutes. What happens when you and your department are the headline?

In this entertaining, interactive (there will be audience participation) presentation, Jeff Ansell uses his decades of journalism and crisis communication experience to help you: • Craft compelling messages that build trust • Avoid common interview traps and manage problematic questions • Present your agency in a positive, proactive manner


Securing the ten days of events around Super Bowl LII will require a tremendous number of police personnel. The extravaganza is expected to draw more than a million guests and 5000 media members from 130 countries. The Minneapolis Police Department, the lead

agency on the Super Bowl Public Safety Planning Committee, will host a presentation on the demonstration stage explaining what resources they will need and how your department can be of service in this SEAR Level 1 event.

MCPA BOARD MEETING - PRESIDENT’S ROOM KELLY INN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Noon-1:00pm Sponsored by Lexipol and Security Industry Alarm Coalition LUNCH IN THE EXPO HALL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Noon-1:00pm EXPO ONLY ATTENDEES CAN REGISTER FOR $30

RETIREE REUNION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12:30pm

Catch up with your former peers, learn about the latest in law enforcement trends and hear from national experts in policing. LAW ENFORCEMENT EXPO ENDS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1:30pm TUESDAY FEATURED SPEAKER - TERRY HAWS A. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1:30–3:00pm

Officers down: Keeping a department together after a deadly multi-officer ambush

Chief Carl Dabadie / Baton Rouge Police Department Chief Dabadie has continued working diligently and innovatively to improve police-community relations and officer safety and morale after the ambush attack that killed two of his officers and

a Sheriff’s deputy, which had been preceded by a deadly officer-involved shooting. He’ll talk about leading his department through turbulent times.

TUESDAY MCPA BUSINESS MEETING . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3:00 PM - 4:15 PM

The MCPA will provide a progress report on its new Peer Support and Outreach System, which is aimed at providing psychological, emotional and spiritual support mechanisms for chiefs, and ETI Mobile, which will make available a portion of the education offerings at ETI online for members who could not attend the conference. SUPERVISOR’S BREAKOUT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3:05-4:15pm

A 21st Century Approach to Mass Protests

Minnesota State Patrol & Saint Paul Police Department Co-presenters From protestors shutting down highways to occupying the street outside the governor’s mansion, Minnesota’s law enforcement agencies have been on the frontlines to keep demonstrations peaceful and safe. In many cases, commanders & supervisors coordinate and ensure these operations are

successful. In this session, aimed at supervisors, attendees will get an inside look at several of the region’s recent high-profile demonstrations, including the interjurisdictional coordination, pre-meetings with protest leaders and morale building for officers keeping the peace.

TUESDAY BREAKOUT SESSIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4:20-5:40pm

Building critical community relations before the critical incident Now more than ever, police leaders are focused on connecting with their communities. This experienced and diverse panel will provide details and answers on what has and hasn’t worked in building long lasting relationships and networks within diverse communities. One of the key takeaways from this session is

to build culturally relevant approaches for each group. Remember, there’s no one-size fits all approach to community building. Expectations of Hmong communities vastly differ from East African communities. Hispanic groups have different cultural norms than African Americans. DREW EVANS

Critical Incidents Panel

Drew Evans Superintendent MN Bureau of Criminal Apprehension Mike Freeman Hennepin County Attorney David Hauser Otter Tail County Attorney In the last 18 months, most instances of officers using deadly force in Minnesota and nationally have faced enhanced public scrutiny. The investigative experience and prosecutorial review that follows puts a tremendous amount of stress on a department, especially if it involves inordinate media coverage and public oversight.

This session provides chiefs and supervisors an inside look at the investigative process and factors prosecutors use in determining legal justification. It will also examine the mechanics around using grand juries versus a prosecutor’s authority to determine if charges are warranted.


Small Agency Track: Expanding tight resources through Social Media Wyoming Police Department

Every year, more law enforcement agencies start social media programs to establish stronger community relations and solve crimes. Many agencies who have not yet started using social media cite time and staffing restraints as a barrier to entry. This session aims to get agencies


re-thinking that paradigm, looking instead at online tools as a force multiplier. Two small agency chiefs will discuss how they’ve expanded their “follower” base, better connected with their communities and solved crimes using social media.

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CHIEF’S CHALLENGE 3K RUN/WALK . . . . . . . . 7:00–8:00am Promoting wellness and safety goes beyond just talking about it in a class or squad room. That’s why the MCPA is challenging chiefs and their supervisory staff to get more active. This inaugural run/walk coincides with the Chief’s Peer Support and Outreach System to improve your body, mind and spirit.


Located in St. Cloud, the route will start on 4th Avenue South, just south of 2nd Street South (Division Street) and is directly east of St. Cloud City Hall. ASSOCIATION PRAYER BREAKFAST . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7:30-8:15am BEST WESTERN PLUS KELLY INN, UNIVERSITY ROOM

REFRESHMENTS & NETWORKING Sponsored by LDV, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8:00-8:15am LOBBY A/B

WEDNESDAY MORNING SESSION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8:15–10:15am BALLROOM, BEST WESTERN PLUS KELLY INN

Jacob Wetterling Case: 27 years in the making For nearly three decades, the missing person investigation of Jacob Wetterling has captured the intrigue of Minnesotans. The final sessions of ETI are devoted to examining this case from several angles. We will take attendees back to the very

beginning with some of the original investigators and through the final months and days of this case as authorities closed in on Danny Heinrich. Investigators will share Lessons Learned that may help solve future missing persons’ cases and strategies to support victims and their families.

BREAK - LOBBY A/B . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10:15-10:30am

WEDNESDAY MORNING SESSION CONTINUED . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10:30–11:30am BALLROOM, BEST WESTERN PLUS KELLY INN

Q & A with BCA and FBI - Solving the Wetterling Case

CLOSING REMARKS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11:30–NOON TERRY HAWS A

Final thoughts with Patty Wetterling, Jacob’s mother Plus, closing remarks from New MCPA President Mike Goldstein













NEW FOR 2017

ETI ONLINE MINI-CONFERENCE Can’t make it to the Chief’s annual conference? We’ll bring a piece of the educational offerings to you (POST credit available).

MCPA PROUDLY INTRODUCES ETI ONLINE After the conference, the following three sessions will be available to view or listen to at thanks to the support of our exclusive ETI Mobile sponsor ScheduleAnywhere.

TO VIEW OR NOT TO VIEW: THE GREAT BODY-WORN CAMERA QUESTION Featuring Eric P. Daigle, Daigle Law Group and Dr. Bill Lewinski, Force Science Institute A conversationon on whether officers should view body camera footage following a use-of-force incident.

BODY CAMERA IMPLEMENTATION A panel discussion featuring details of Minnesota’s new body camera law and smaller agency chiefs working through implementing body cameras

EXPANDING TIGHT RESOURCES THROUGH SOCIAL MEDIA Featuring a small agency chief who has gained national recognition for his agency’s social media engagement For more information on the sessions and how to attain POST credit, go to

BACK FOR 2017 The Executive Training Institute Mobile App! Stay connected and enhance your ETI experience with the conference mobile app APP FEATURES Customize your schedule Organize your list of vendors Use the social media function to engage during each presentation Available for Android and iPhone Users… go to your app store and search “MCPA”

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Department of Public Safety Update

New from the BCA: eSearch Warrants



I’m excited to tell you that the statewide rollout of the new electronic search warrants, or eSearch Warrants, is fully underway. This new system, developed by the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA), will allow you and your staff to complete and submit search warrant applications to judges around the clock. All judges will have remote connectivity to the system, so as soon as the judge in question receives electronic notification of your search warrant application, he or she will be able to either issue the warrant or reject it with comments. The eSearch Warrant system also includes several eCharging features you’re already familiar with, including secure document exchange, electronic signatures, document tracking and visibility to authorized users. It eliminates the need to scan and send the application or appear in-person to present it. The system also provides access to a search warrant “Receipt, Inventory and Return” form for your convenience. The BCA developed the eSearch Warrant in response to user interest, particularly for after-hours warrants related to DWI investigations. The BCA pilot tested the eSearch Warrant from October 2016 to January 2017 with Hennepin County District Court and eight Hennepin County law enforcement agencies. They got quite a bit of feedback from law enforcement and judges, which was instrumental in system improvements that led to the current software version. The feedback from all users so far has been very positive. Here’s what to expect in the near future: The State Court Administrator’s Office has begun training judges by judicial district. As judges receive their training, the BCA will notify law enforcement agencies that the system is available to them. In the meantime, you and your staff can train too. There are two 20-minute training videos – one for DWIs and one for general search warrants – on the BCA’s Launch Pad website. We ask that you and your staff watch the training videos before you submit your first warrant application. Once the eSearch Warrant rollout is complete, which we expect in May 2017, you’ll be able to submit a search warrant in any Minnesota county. It’s the BCA’s goal to provide smart, intuitive tools to meet your evolving needs, and we hope you’ll find this one especially helpful. Here’s the link to the Launch Pad portal: https://bcanextest.x.state.


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2017 BUYERS’ GUIDE a guide to law enforcement products and services Architects & Engineers BKV Group

e-Citation Solutions Brother Mobile Solutions

Associations, Organizations & Programs AAA Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota St. Cloud State University

Equipment – Supplies 2nd Wind Exercise 3M J.C. Arms & Ammunition Maverick Drone Systems Odyssey Battery STREICHER’S TASER / AXON

Attorney Referral Services The Blue Pages Booking Equipment/Booking Area Tools The Blue Pages Communication Equipment ANCOM Communications & Technical Center BAYCOM Motorola Solutions Communication Equipment Service & Repair ANCOM Communications & Technical Center BAYCOM HealthEast Vehicle Services Computer Equipment & Software Motorola Solutions ScheduleAnywhere WatchGuard Video Consulting Services Backbone Consulting BKV Group Martin – McAllister Consulting Psychologists, Inc.

Health & Wellness / Exercise 2nd Wind Exercise Identification Equipment IdentiSys Inc. Internal Investigations/Background Services THOMSON REUTERS Legal / Attorney Services Lockridge Grindal Nauen, P.L.L.P. Mobile Data Systems Emergency Automotive Technologies, Inc. Psychological Services Martin – McAllister Consulting Psychologists, Inc. Radar/Speed Tracking Equipment 3M

Surveillance Equipment & Drones IdentiSys, Inc. Maverick Drone Systems WatchGuard Video Tactical Storage CTECH Manufacturing – CopBox Cabinets Datum Storage Training Products & Programs AAA Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota St. Cloud State University Transportation Services North Memorial Air Care Vehicles, Warning Lights & Accessories 3M AmeriGas Propane CTECH Manufacturing – CopBox Cabinets Emergency Automotive Technologies, Inc. HealthEast Vehicle Services Odyssey Battery SoundOff Signal WatchGuard Video Weapon, Restraints & Accessories JC Arms & Ammunition STREICHER’S TASER / AXON

2017 Buyers’ Guide

The Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association is proud to present the 2017 Buyers’ Guide dedicated to bringing valuable products and services to the hands of law enforcement and safety professionals. In addition to the alphabetical listing of the companies and their products and services, categorical listings by specialty are provided as well. Please use this guide throughout 2017 to aid in your search for the perfect provider(s) for your needs.



2nd Wind Exercise Commercial Sales Telephone: 952-544-5249 Email: Website:

ANCOM COMMUNICATIONS & TECHNICAL CENTER Contact: Dean Daninger, Sales Manager Telephone: 952-808-0033 Email:

2nd Wind's Commercial Account Managers are committed to making 2nd Wind your one-source solution for all of your commercial fitness needs. From initial site inspection, gym design, custom proposal development, delivery and installation, and exceptional client care, our experienced professionals will ensure that your project gets its 2nd Wind.

COMMANDER SPONSOR 3M Contact: Gerarda Tobin Telephone: 313-575-4663 Email:

Direct: 763-755-3377 Website:

ANCOM has been servicing the Midwest Law Enforcement Community since 1991 as your Motorola Two-Way Radio Channel Partner & Service Elite Specialist. We’re proud to announce a new 2nd location in Rochester, MN, also offering Motorola Equipment, Parts & Accessory Sales, Service and Rentals. Motorola Certified Technicians, 800 MHz Statewide System Integration Experts, Maintenance Contracts, Airtime, Depot & In-House Repairs (FM Repair-Approved). We Provide Unmatched, Proven Partnering and a Commitment to Deliver Communications Solutions to you.


At 3M, we are dedicated to improving traffic safety and mobility so motorists can arrive at their destinations faster and safer. Our high performance materials combine with innovative systems and services to help you serve the driving public.

SUPPPORTING & KEYNOTE SPEAKER SPONSOR AAA Contact: Mark Peterson, Public Affairs Specialist Telephone: 952-210-5666 Email: Website: AAA was formed more than a century ago with traffic safety as its core mission. Nothing has changed and in fact, we have developed programs for specific age groups on our roadways – young passengers, teen drivers and senior drivers as well as specific topics – distraction, impairment, speed and seat belt use. Working with the law enforcement community is fundamental aspect of our efforts. Should you need any assistance in your educational efforts, feel free to reach out to us. AmeriGas Propane Contact: Tom Arseneau, Account Manager Telephone: 651-587-3956 Email:


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Law enforcement fleets, including police, security, and traffic enforcement vehicles require a versatile, reliable fuel. Propane can meet the performance needs of high-mileage, high-runtime vehicles that range from large, powerful police cruisers to smaller scooters. Fleet Managers nationwide turn to AmeriGas, America’s Propane Company – the country’s leading propane provider with locations in all fifty states for their AutoGas solutions.



TECH TALK SPONSOR Backbone Consulting Contact: Timothy Homstad, Senior Manager of IT Security IT AUDIT and Compliance Telephone: 612-568-7167 Email: Website:


Backbone Consultants provides premium quality Information Technology Risk Advisory and Security Services. Our industry certified consultants are proven IT Security, Audit, and Privacy professionals that can provide end to end services necessary to help protect your company's ‘Backbone’ (IT).

SUPPORTING SPONSOR BAYCOM Contact: Sam Colucci, BAYCOM's MN Panasonic Sales Representative Telephone: 800-726-5426 Email: Website: BAYCOM is the Midwest's leading provider of voice, video and data solution. We understand the needs of law enforcement and strive to fulfill our mission to make complex technologies easy for our customers. Featured solutions: Panasonic Toughbook laptops and tablets, Panasonic Arbitrator in-car and body worn video solutions.



HealthEast Vehicle Services Contact: Bryan Ackerknecht, Mgr of Vehicle Services Telephone: 651-232-1733 Fax: 651-232-1756 Email: Website:

BKV Group is a full-service firm founded in 1978, providing architectural, engineering, interior design and construction administration services. “Enriching Lives and Strengthening Communities” is the foundation of our work. With local offices and national experience our insight, innovation, and collaboration provides successful solutions for all of our clients’ projects.

HealthEast Vehicle Services is now offering emergency equipment service on all types of emergency vehicles. We are also a certified installer for Panasonic Arbitrator camera systems and also TOMTOM commercial GPS and tracking systems. We have years of experience maintaining our own vehicles to the highest standard. Let us help you with your system needs!

BROTHER MOBILE SOLUTIONS Contact: Mary Howard, Senior Manager Marketing & Communications Telephone: 303-464-6707 Email: Website:

IdentiSys Inc. Contact: Angie Lueschen, Regional Vice President Telephone: 952-294-1200 Email: Website:

Next-generation mobile printers for on-the-go workforces.The full-page Brother PocketJet printer is #1 in Public Safety, and RuggedJet 4-inch printer is a fast, tough and durable smaller-format ecitation printer. Easy to integrate, even easier to use. Mobile printers from Brother come in a range of high performance sizes engineered for rugged, infield use. Call 800.543.6144. Get one free: www.brotherdemo-publicsafety

IdentiSys Inc., North America’s largest full-service security, identification and card solutions provider, is committed to providing exceptional customer service, an expansive product line and on-site services. We are proud to provide Police Departments with Photo ID Systems, Access Control, Card Personalization, Visitor Management, Asset Tracking, Accountability Systems, Body Cameras and more.

BKV Group Contact: Bruce Schwartzman, AIA, Partner Telephone: 612-339-3752 Email:

CTECH Manufacturing – CopBox Cabinets Contact: Bryan Anderson, Product Line Manager Telephone: 715-355-8842 Email: Website:

JC Arms & Ammunition Contact: Nicole Aronson, Co-Owner/Director of Business Operations Telephone: 651-674-5878 Email: Website: Veteran, family owned and operated manufacturer of cleaner burning, more accurate and consistent factory new ammunition. At JCAA, we work to honor the integrity of the law enforcement community by offering superior quality products and excellent customer service that you can depend on for your agency's training programs.

CTECH Manufacturing specializes in lightweight aluminum storage solutions including: CopBox Tactical Storage, truck body drawers, garage cabinets, trailer cabinets, mobile storage carts as well as others. CTECH produces the most innovative aluminum storage solutions in the industry, utilizing our state-of-the-art engineering technologies and dedicated skillful employees to produce quality products.


Datum Storage Contact: Patricia Francis, Regional Sales ManagerProduct Line Manager Telephone: 800-345-4641 Email: Website:

Lockridge Grindal Nauen, P.L.L.P Contact: David Zoll, Partner / Ann Lenczewski, Government Relations Telephone: 612-596-4028 / 612-596-4029 Email: / Website:

Since 1968, Datum Storage Solutions® has been crafting state-of-theart storage systems to fit any need, design and budget. Engineered and constructed in the U.S.A. with high-quality and environmentally friendly materials and processes, Datum Storage Solutions® saves space, time and money. Our customer service team and worldwide network of dealers will work with you to create a custom solution for your law enforcement agency that conforms to your current and future space and storage needs.

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Maverick Drone Systems Contact: Adam Shaw Telephone: 612-248-4073 Email: Website:

ScheduleAnywhere Contact: Lucas Fritz, Account Executive Telephone: 701-235-5226 Email: Website:

Each and every day, law enforcement agencies are sent into harm’s way without knowing what possible danger lies ahead. But, what if there was a way to eliminate the risks and know exactly what these responders are getting into, prior to sending them into harm’s way? Drone technology is able to minimize the risks and negative outcomes associated with these potentially dangerous situations. Helicopter drones are equipped with a high-resolution video/still camera that is able to show instant visual feedback of emergency scenes. Want to learn more about how they can benefit law enforcement agencies? Contact us today to learn more!

CHIEF PRESENTING SPONSOR Motorola Solutions Inc. Contact: Carrie Oster, Account Manager or Pete Matthes, Account Manager Telephone: 612-834-4860 / 773-858-3042 Email: Website: Motorola Solutions connects people through technology. Public safety and commercial customers around the world turn to Motorola Solutions innovations when they want highly connected teams that have the information they need throughout their workdays and in the moments that matter most to them. North Memorial Air Care Contact: Rob J. Pearson, NRP Community Representative Telephone: 763-581-9929 Fax: 763-581-9901 Email: Website:

ScheduleAnywhere is the powerful 24/7 online scheduling software trusted by more than 2000 law enforcement agencies today. Manage daily rosters and schedules, build rotations and custom schedules, track certification and training, manage time-off requests and more. Instant communications through email, text message or the easy-touse mobile app. Visit for a Free Trial. SoundOff Signal Contact: Nick Strandlie, District Sales Manager Telephone: 608-438-1476 Email: Website: SoundOff Signal is a Hudsonville, Michigan - based manufacturer of LED lighting and electronic warning products for the emergency vehicle, amber and school bus markets. Our point-of-difference within the industry is our smartly designed products, superior customer relationships and rapid lead times. STREICHER’S Contact: Rick Seitz, Vice President, Sales Telephone: 763-546-1155 Email: Website: Protect. Enforce. Defend. Rescue. Since 1953, STREICHER’S, Inc. has proudly served public safety professionals with the goal of delivering the most trusted duty gear, tactical products and unmatched service. Dedicated to serving those who serve, STREICHER’S is a combat veteran owned small business and proud to be part of this community.

Air Medical Transport. Your one call for the fastest ship! Hospital to Hospital, Critical Care Transport, Auto-Launch to Scene Calls


Odyssey Battery Contact: Warren Twiehaus, Sales Engineer Telephone: 612-751-6561 Fax: 763-557-2826 Email: Website:

TASER / AXON Contact: Kurt Pfannenstiel, Regional Representative Telephone: 602-330-5338 Email:

Odyssey Battery is the “True Dual Performance Battery” that exceeds the electrical requirements of today’s squads giving dependable long life. Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota Telephone: 866-437-2788 Email:


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Founded in 1993, TASER International has remained committed to protecting truth and protecting life with innovative public safety technologies. Our TASER devices and Axon platform have transformed how members of law enforcement do their jobs. Our Axon platform offers agencies an end-to-end solution for managing digital evidence that connects mobile, cloud, and wearable technologies. Agencies have relied on us for the latest in law enforcement technology because they know that solutions like Axon's will make their lives easier and more efficient. To date, more than 158,000 lives and countless dollars have been saved with TASER's products and services.


SUPPORTING SPONSOR The Blue Pages Contact: Dustin Hanson, Vice President of Marketing & Sales Telephone: 763-404-1303 / 1-888-640-BLUE Email: Website: The Blue Pages is a directory of Criminal and DWI attorneys in the state of Minnesota. It is provided complimentary to all law enforcement agencies. The Blue Pages expedites the booking procedure by allowing the arrestee to contact an attorney right away. The Blue Pages thanks law enforcement for their service.

TURN-KEY PROPANE ALTERNATIVE FUEL SOLUTIONS FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT AmeriGas AutoGas will make the conversion, rebate and infrastructure process FAST & EASY!

CHIEF PRESENTING SPONSOR Thomson Reuters Contact: Katrina Anderson, Manger Customer Segment Marketing / Christine Billins, Minnesota Account Executive Telephone: 651-848-2126 / 612-221-3166 Email: / Website: solutions/clear-investigation-software/law-enforcement Thomson Reuters CLEAR is the next-generation online investigative platform designed speciďŹ cally to meet unique needs of investigative customers. CLEAR streamlines your research by bringing investigative content into a single-working environment. The customizable dashboard and intuitive, easy-to-navigate interface help you save time by allowing you to search data and view results in a layout that matches your work method. CLEAR is your transparent public records resource that provides the source information you can rely on to make conďŹ dent decisions. CLEAR makes it easier to locate people, assets, businesses, afďŹ liations, and other critical facts. With its vast collection of public and proprietary records, investigators are able to dive deep into their research and uncover hard to ďŹ nd data.

SUPPORTING SPONSOR WatchGuard Video Contact: Steve Doble, Regional Sales Manager Telephone: 800-605-6734 Email:



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WatchGuard Video is the world's largest manufacturer of law enforcement video systems, supplying in-car and wearable video solutions to nearly 1/3rd of all Law Enforcement agencies in the U.S. and Canada. WatchGuard conducts all engineering and manufacturing from the company's 68,000 square foot high-tech facility located in Allen, Texas.

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Rodney Seurer Chief of Police, Savage 952-882-2600 Michael Goldstein Chief of Police, Plymouth 952-882-2600

SECOND VICE-PRESIDENT Dan Hatten Chief of Police, Hutchinson 320-587-2242 THIRD VICE-PRESIDENT Jeff Potts Chief of Police, Bloomington 952-563-4901 SECRETARY

Stephanie Revering Chief of Police, Crystal 763-531-1010

TREASURER Cari Gerlicher Director, Minnesota DOC-Special Investigations 651-642-0419 SERGEANT-AT-ARMS

2nd Wind ............................................................ 7 3M ...................................................................... 20 AmeriGas Propane............................................ 41 Ancom Communications & Technical Center .....5 BKV Group ........................................................19 Campion Barrow and Associates.....................17 Crime Stoppers ................................................. 10 CTECH Mfg Cop Box Cabinets ......................... 7 Ford of Hibbing ................................................13 Gary L. Fischler & Associates, P.A. ...................42 Guardian Fleet Safety ........................................11 Granite Electronics ........................................... 10 HealthEast Emergency Vehicle Services ..........12 Hennepin Technical College Customized Training LE Services ...................18 Henricksen PSG ................................................13

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Joel Scharf Chief of Police, Big Lake 763-263-2500

• Pre-employment screening • Promotional and management assessments • Fitness-for-duty examinations • Validated by research • Psychological services for public safety since 1991 • Over 100 local, state and federal public safety agencies served

IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT Hugo McPhee Chief of Police, Three Rivers Park District 763-694-7730

DIRECTORS Dave Bentrud Chief of Police, Waite Park


David Ebinger Chief of Police, Moorhead


Eric Klang Chief of Police, Pequot Lakes


Mike Mastin Chief of Police, Bemidji


Michael Risvold Chief of Police, Wayzata


Jeff Tate Chief of Police, Shakopee


Eric Werner Chief of Police, Maple Grove






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