Minnesota Police Chief, Winter 2016

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Contents WINTER 2015-16


Executive Director’s Note

Exciting ETI enhancements, new training opportunities and great policing ideas


President’s Perspective Developing officer leaders and community relationships

14 Chaplain’s Message

Making the crisis call before the crisis

16 Legal Update

Crossing your cyber Ts with online investigations

18 CLEO Certification

A professional development path

20 A “Global” Perspective for Local Policing


At the 2016 Executive Training Institute (ETI), you’ll hear from the CLEO in the center of it all, St. Louis

24 ETI Updates Get a preview of all ETI 2016’s

Ferguson Can Happen Anywhere County Police Chief Jon Belmar. In this edition, the Association also talks to a chief who thought a Ferguson-type event would never happen in his town, Madison Chief Michael Koval.





Working to get the most out of a compact 2016 Legislative session Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association (MCPA) is working on a multi-pronged approach to make the Association a go-to source on public safety issues for legislators. The Association has instituted a Legislator Recognition Award, which was presented for the first time this fall, met with key lawmakers ahead of the session, and reached out to members in a more formal and systematic manner for their legislative priorities.



Q & A with new Minnesota Chiefs of Police Foundation President Barry Shaul

enhancements, including our new Excellence in Innovation Award

32 Great Ideas Adapt and excel off-the-shelf strategies 34 Department Profile An exercise in developing an understanding of our partners across the ocean

38 Vendor Profile Q and A with MCPA’s Academic Partner Hamline University

40 Take the Polar Plunge Find out when “the Plunge” is coming to your area

42 Ad Index

Advanced CLEO and Command Seminar, Officer Leadership Development also rolling out this year Since wrapping up in St. Cloud last year, the ETI and professional development committees have been working hard planning this year’s event as well as other leadership development opportunities. In addition to our lineup of nationally renowned law enforcement leaders, ETI will feature breakouts for small agencies on human resources and crisis intervention in rural areas. A Wednesday breakout will provide commanders and supervisors with the tools they need to be more effective in their current role and move up the ranks.



MCPA highlights its CLEO compensation survey results From take home cars to contract information, the Association asked chiefs to share their benefits packages in an effort to help determine compensation trends. About a 120 CLEOs provided informative and insightful feedback on a number of these elements.

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Executive Director’s Note

Exciting ETI Enhancements, New Training Opportunities and Great Policing Ideas Historically, when the winter edition of this magazine arrived in your mailbox, we’d be just starting a new legislative session. But this year, thanks to construction at the State Capitol in St. Paul, lawmakers won’t reconvene until March. The delayed start to the session allows staff at the Association more time to concentrate on the ANDY SKOOGMAN EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR MINNESOTA CHIEFS OF POLICE ASSOCIATION

2016 Executive Training Institute (ETI), which we believe will look and feel a lot different this year. This edition of Minnesota Police Chief magazine will detail the exciting new enhancements to the annual training conference, starting on page 22, but here are a few changes I’d like to share with you.

ETI is the pinnacle of the Association’s training and networking opportunities but not the Association’s only professional development enhancement this year. First, the ETI planning committee responded to your feedback from the past couple of years and developed breakout sessions aimed directly at smaller agencies and command staff. We’re also offering a special group rate for command staff on the final day of the conference. Second, we anticipate a more dynamic Expo Hall and a higher profile for private sector partners who are committed to helping the profession. Finally, for the first time, we will present the Association’s Excellence in Innovation Award to both a large and small agency that implement an innovative program or initiative that enhances the effectiveness of law enforcement and the communities they are sworn to protect and serve. For more information on this new award and to nominate an agency, go to mnchiefs.org. ETI is the pinnacle of the Association’s training and networking opportunities but not the Association’s only professional development enhancement this year. At ETI we’ll unveil the new Advanced CLEO and Command Academy. Professional Development Director Todd Sandell is also working hard to keep our existing academies timely and impactful. For more on the Association’s efforts to advance police executive training, read Todd’s column on page 12. Minnesota Chiefs of Police President Hugo McPhee has been instrumental in helping jumpstart the Officer Leadership Development course, which we’ve held in St. Paul and will hold in Staples. His report on page 8 discusses what it took to create the curriculum and what the Association is doing to attract, retain and promote officers from diverse backgrounds. 6


The Minnesota Chiefs of Police Foundation is a significant underwriter for many of the Association’s professional development initiatives, including ETI. Late last year, the Foundation elected a new president, Barry Shaul, who’s on the global security team at General Mills. Before transitioning to the private sector, Shaul was a special agent with the U.S. State Department and a street officer. Learn about his professional passions and vision for the Foundation in our Q&A on page 20. You can also listen to our Podcast with Barry at on our website at mnchiefs.org/podcast-multimedia. While the shortened legislative session provides more professional development and ETI planning time, there are several important capitol issues we’re hoping to advance, including making sure chiefs have clear guidance around how body-worn camera data is classified. A key legislative ally for the chiefs on this issue and others has been Sen. Ron Latz (DFL-St. Louis Park). We recently presented him with the Association’s inaugural Legislator Recognition Award. Read Legislative Committee Co-chair Chief Jeff Potts’ column on page 10 for an update on how the Association is raising the voice of law enforcement at the capitol. As we search for common ground across an ideological aisle, one department found common ground across an ocean. This edition’s department profile recounts Columbia Heights’ officer exchange with its Polish sister city. Find out what passions and frustrations officers share worldwide on page 34. Information sharing is critical to our professional success, and, as we all know, there are some great ideas we’re generating right here in Minnesota. On page 32 we roll out our Great Ideas column, highlighting three easily adaptable strategies departments have implemented to improve community relationships, policing services and crime fighting and prevention. We hope this ongoing column, the enhanced ETI, our expanded professional development opportunities and all the other new services we are offering provide real value for you and your departments in this new year.

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President’s Perspective

Developing Officer Leaders and Community Relationships Sometimes we just know the officers in our departments who will eventually lead a police agency. It’s great to have them, and we need to develop their skills and talents to maintain and grow their passion for the profession. However, all of our officers can be leaders in some way, whether it’s on the beat, during a critical incident or as a mentor. It’s up to us to build their sense of self efficacy as leaders. That’s why I’m proud to say the Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association (MCPA) is helping you accomplish this with our new Officer Leadership Development course, which also moves MCPA closer to our strategic goal of enhancing leadership skills for all levels of law enforcement. CHIEF HUGO MCPHEE PRESIDENT MINNESOTA CHIEFS OF POLICE ASSOCIATION THREE RIVERS PARK DISTRICT

Chief McPhee and the Association extends gratitude for the leadership demonstrated on this important training to the following members: Dr. Laura Pendergrass Martin-McAllister Superintendent Wade Setter BCA Chief Dave Bentrud Waite Park Police Department Chief Matt Clark University of Minnesota Police Department Chief David Ebinger Moorhead Police Department Chief John Harrington Metro Transit Police Department Colonel Matt Langer MN State Patrol Chief Steph Revering Crystal Police Department Chief Paul Schnell Maplewood Police Department


A small group of chiefs took it upon themselves to build a seminar that addresses aspects of personal leadership, communication and ethics, along with preparing officers for a potential promotional opportunity and the challenges of supervision.

It is critically important that we, as law enforcement professionals, continue to find ways to meaningfully interact with diverse groups in our communities While we initially aimed to start the seminar in 2017-2018, several Association members wanted to get this goal off the ground sooner and volunteered to do the initial heavy lifting. They designed a one-day pilot training, which was held in December in conjunction with the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, from which, a more in-depth multi-day training will be designed. Not only have these professionals committed time to create the curriculum but they are volunteering to instruct the course sessions. The next Officer Leadership Development course is set for April 7 in Staples. Thanks to the help of MCPA board member Chief Eric Klang of Pequot Lakes, the Association was able to partner with the regional government services co-op in that area for free admission. Along the lines of officer development, several board members have continued their involvement with the various diverse officer associations. In the fall, those associations invited us to join them at important events and community celebrations in diverse neighborhoods and towns. It is critically important that we, as law enforcement professionals, continue to find ways to meaningfully interact with diverse groups in our communities to not only build rapport, but to enhance understanding and respect for our roles and partnerships together. In the recently released Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Ferguson After-Action report, which examined the response to the protest in the days following the


shooting, several findings identified the lack of relationships with the African-American communities as a factor in the protest growing violent and out of control. Lastly, an initiative the board has endorsed is the broad concept of building a greater partnership with the Somali law enforcement community in the greater metro area. Very early discussions have broached the idea of sharing law enforcement expertise with Somali law enforcement-possibly as part of an officer exchange program with the Somali National Police or hosting Somali officers in our communities so we can learn from each other and understand our differing cultures better. We are also looking at grants to allow chiefs from communities with large Somali populations to travel to Somalia and learn directly about issues faced by these new immigrants to our communities. If you have a law enforcement related expertise and are interested in sharing this knowledge within this fledgling partnership, please let me know and I can share more on this evolving concept. All of these efforts are being conducted as part of the established Association goals and are consistent with the 21st Century Law Enforcement Task Force report. We are striving to give our members the tools and potential staff that will help us do our jobs safely and professionally in an ever changing world.

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Legislative Committee Update

The MCPA is in the Political Game…


Imagine playing a game that never ends. There would be successes and setbacks, and intermissions and halftimes where you’d restrategize and re-think your game plan. Generally, though, few scores would ever be fully settled. That’s politics. At the State Capitol, most successes (and setbacks) are hard fought and emotional, like a playoff hockey game that goes into overtime. Long-standing law or policy can easily come back into play with a shift in power, public opinion, demographics and even technological advances. For law enforcement leaders, it can be a frustrating process. It’s also extremely important we are deeply involved in the game, creating our own offensive strategy and keeping our poise on issues where we’re playing defense.

From Left Sen. Ron Latz (DFL-St. Louis Park) with MCPA Legislative Committee Co-chair Chief Jeff Potts, Bloomington

Sen. Ron Latz (DFL-St. Louis Park) receives MCPA Legislator Recognition Award from Chief Jeff Potts (Bloomington) Leg Committee Co-chair

Part of the Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association’s (MCPA) overall vision and strategy for the future is to raise our profile at the Legislature. There are several ways in which we’re currently doing that. One is with our new Legislator Recognition Award. This fall the Association presented our first-ever award to Sen. Ron Latz, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Last session, he worked tirelessly and proactively to help move several key pieces of legislation that will give us the tools to make our communities safer and grow community trust in our officers. Sen. Latz’s leadership, along with Rep. Tony Cornish, ensured we were able to retain Automated License Plate Reader (ALPR) non-hit data for up to 60 days. Latz’s work also helped put us in a better position for the debate around body-worn camera data classification, which we’re expecting this legislative session. He also worked with a wide array of diverging stakeholder groups to find a workable compromise on firearms legislation that criminalized straw purchasing and the possession of ammunition by a person not legally authorized to do so. Recognizing those who commit to advancing public safety issues is a signal to lawmakers that we’re paying attention to how they handle issues important to law enforcement. Those willing to champion the MCPA’s issues will benefit from our support. 10


Another step we’ve taken this year is putting in place a more comprehensive pre-session strategy that includes meeting with legislative leaders on key issues and better anticipating which issues will arise. I’m happy to report that our members seem extremely engaged. For our first legislative committee meetings back in the fall, the Association considered nearly 20 legislative ideas and proposals. They ranged from how to best classify body-worn camera data to more mental health training funding to driver diversion programs that improve traffic safety. Despite our enthusiasm, legislators will likely only consider a few of these proposals this year. With the capitol shut down for construction, the session will be a brisk eight to ten weeks. Our lobby team tells us that legislation lacking broad consensus from both chambers will likely get sidelined until next year. Some of the big public safety issues to be heard in 2016 involve body-worn cameras, a solution for the prison population and what to do with those potentially released from the Minnesota Sex Offender Treatment Program.

Many of these lawmakers are looking to you as the public safety policy or subject matter expert. While we are planning and preparing our strategy for the session far in advance, the nature of the legislature tends to be spur-of-the-moment. There will be times we need to mobilize our efforts in just a day or two and in some cases within hours. Please pay attention to the email alerts and talking points that come from MCPA staff during the session. Many times we’ll need you to call or email your lawmakers by the end of the day. While it’s sometimes hectic, the strategy is effective. Last session, during the Senate floor debate on ALPR, several senators mentioned that they received a call about the technology from their local police chief and why it was important to hear from him or her. Many of these lawmakers are looking to you as the public safety policy or subject matter expert. Remember, at the end of last session more than 1,000 bills were active in each chamber. Most lawmakers understand only the issues going on in their particular committee, and look to their party caucus leadership, lobbyist, or leaders in their community (you) to guide them through topics with which they are unfamiliar. Your call or email will help MCPA achieve our strategic goal of raising the police chiefs’ voice at the capitol. As a way of encouraging more chiefs and commanders to become active in the legislative process, we’ve introduced a legislative basics class to the CLEO and Command Academy, which Department of Public Safety Commissioner Mona Dohman and I teach. Finally, I’d like to give kudos to the Region Region 6 chiefs meet with area lawmakers 6 chiefs out in west-central Minnesota who, with the help of our lobbyist Tom Freeman, organized and hosted a meeting with several legislators in their area. I’m looking forward to a fast-paced, but positive session that moves public safety issues forward. Winter 2015-16


Professional Development

Small Agency Breakouts, Commanders Day Just Two of Many Exciting Professional Development Enhancements at Executive Training Institute 2016 Ferguson, implicit bias, 21st Century Policing Task Force, Crisis Intervention Training and deescalation have become law enforcement buzz words over the last 18 months. They will all be key topics when the Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association (MCPA) meets in April for our annual Executive Training Institute (ETI). Since we left St. Cloud last spring, at the end of another successful ETI, the conference planning TODD SANDELL PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR MINNESOTA CHIEFS OF POLICE ASSOCIATION

committee and MCPA staff have been hard at work planning for this year’s training.

Based on your 2015 feedback, we’ve also developed a small agency breakout track You can find a more detailed ETI program on page 26, but here are some highlights. St. Louis County, Missouri Police Chief Jon Belmar will join us to explain the challenges of keeping the

MCPA 2016’s Academy and Training Schedule CLEO and Command Academy June 6-10, 2016 (Camp Ripley) Advanced CLEO and Command Seminar September 11-13, 2016 (Breezy Point Resort) Leadership Academy March 8-11, 2016 (Camp Ripley) August 23-26, 2016 (Camp Ripley) November 15-18, 2016 (Camp Ripley) Officer Leadership Development Course April 7, 2016 (Staples) Executive Training Institute April 17-20, 2016 (River's Edge Convention Center, St. Cloud)


calm during Ferguson’s protests. Madison, Wisconsin Chief Michael Koval’s presentation will outline the community and media relationships he developed to prevent mass chaos following a fatal office-involved shooting in his city. We’ve packaged both of these speakers with a morning commanders’ breakout on Wednesday, allowing chiefs participating in the full conference to take advantage of a special one-day rate for their supervisory staffs. Based on your 2015 feedback, we’ve also developed a small agency breakout track on Tuesday. It will cover Crisis Intervention Training and HR and discipline issues for departments with fewer than 15 sworn officers. Back this year is the Sunday evening pre-session featuring a critical incident case study. New Hope Chief Tim Fournier developed an extremely interesting program based on his town’s recent city hall shooting. Following the presentation, MCPA will roll out the details of our new “Peer Support System” for chiefs dealing with the many facets of a critical incident. I’d strongly encourage all to attend this don’t miss session. Other highlights of the 2016 ETI include presentations from members of President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing and the Police Executive Research Forum’s Chuck Wexler on re-thinking use-of-force training. Go to MNChiefs.org today to register for ETI 2016.

In other professional development news… MCPA’s Professional Development Committee is putting the final touches on the new


Advanced CLEO and Command Academy, which kicks off with a two-day session at Breezy Point Resort in September and concludes at the 2017 ETI. This cohort academy will address real issues facing attendees’ departments and have them develop solutions to implement at their agencies. We’ve limited the academy to 20 attendees. The application process will be on MCPA’s website this spring. After several months of planning, MCPA’s President Chief Hugo McPhee, with the help of many others, unveiled the Association’s Officer Leadership Development course to help build line officers’ leadership skills. The initial December class, held in conjunction with the BCA, had more than 90 officers registered at the time of this writing. We will hold the same course in Greater Minnesota on April 7 in Staples, which will be free to most departments in that area. For more details on this training, see the President’s Report on page 8. In 2016, MCPA will feature three sessions of our popular Leadership Academy and one CLEO & Command Academy. All will be held at Camp Ripley, whose new housing and catering have received great reviews. Since there is only one CLEO & Command Academy, I would encourage everyone to register early. For a full MCPA academy and training schedule and to register for these professional development opportunities, go to MNChiefs.org.

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Chaplain’s Message

Making the Crisis Call Before the Crisis If one of your officers died in the line of duty or a critical incident monopolized your agency’s resources, what other CLEO would you want to call you and lend peer support? What are the first things you’d want him or her to do? Think about it. Now, does that other person know they’re your go-to during the crisis? Do they have some idea what kind of support you’re looking for? Who would you call for personal guidance or support through the situation? PASTOR DAN CARLSON CHAPLAIN EX-OFFICIO BOARD MEMBER MINNESOTA CHIEFS OF POLICE ASSOCIATION

If you didn’t have a clear answer to these questions, keep reading and stay tuned for more details about the Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association’s (MCPA) new “Peer Support System,” which we’ll roll out at this year’s Executive Training Institute (ETI).

The chiefs need a comprehensive support system, a system that identifies all of the resources available to ensure quality personal care and support. I wrote about the importance of chiefs having a strong peer support system in the fall edition of this magazine. The idea is rooted in MCPA’s strategic goal of “Providing strong professional and personal support to CLEOs.” The Association believes turning this generally informal idea of creating and implementing a peer support system, into a more formalized plan will ensure chiefs actually follow through with it and that it’s customized to meet each chief’s personal needs. Since proposing this idea, what it looks like in practice has evolved. I started with the premise that quality peer support is critical for a chief’s personal and professional health. But I also realized that peer support is only part of the solution. The chiefs need a comprehensive support system, a system that identifies all of the resources available to ensure quality personal care and support. That’s what takes this plan beyond just making sure your peer knows how to respond in crisis to helping you identify and reach out to those who’ve been in your shoes and know how to help. Well, that’s the theory anyway. As I re-read the paragraphs above, I hear a former chief (yeah, me) speaking in his best chief “hrumph” voice, promoting his newest initiative. So, what’s the plan in reality? It starts with gathering real stories, from real chiefs, who have experienced real critical incidents, in real life personal and professional situations. This project is about gathering these stories that have changed the lives of our chiefs and the lives of their departments, then taking the lessons they learned and sharing them in a way that



can benefit all chiefs. We need to give our chiefs quality resources to stay strong in their everchanging responsibilities. We are already starting to gather and share these stories. New Hope Chief Tim Fournier will share his city hall shooting experience at Sunday night’s ETI special session, Crisis Response Seminar, where we’ll also introduce the full Peer Support System. Chief Stephanie Revering of Crystal has done a wonderful job sharing her Barway Collins case study at MCPA’s CLEO and Command Academy. The stories they tell and the lessons they learned are great examples of how we can learn from the experiences of others. My partner in this project, former MCPA President and New Brighton Public Safety Director Bob Jacobson, and I will be sharing what we learn from other stories we gather at the ETI session. We’ll use the case studies to identify how a chief’s personal support resources impacted the event, and discuss what worked and what could have worked better. If you have a story that you think would be helpful to our project, or if you’d like to get involved with our efforts, please give me or Bob a call! Take care. To share your story contact Chief Bob Jacobson, bob.jacobson@newbrightonmn.gov or Pastor Dan Carlson, dan.carlson@publicsafetyministries.org.

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Legal Update

Crossing Your Cyber Ts with Online Investigations The internet has allowed people to watch television shows without television, buy clothes without going to a store and now solve crimes without staking out the suspect. Using the internet can solve crimes and find men who want to prey on young girls. But using the tool correctly so the evidence can be introduced in a trial takes knowledge. Let’s start with old-fashioned robberies and assaults. Here at the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office, we have had a number of cases where the suspects filmed themselves as they beat or threatened victims with weapons. They then post the video on YouTube or their Facebook page or MIKE FREEMAN HENNEPIN COUNTY ATTORNEY

other social media platform. Your job, as an investigator, is to find those posted photos or videos in the hours or days after the crime is committed. Once you find it, preserve it so you have it even if the defendant suddenly realizes showing the crime might not be a smart idea and takes it down. And, of course, like any other evidence, write good reports about how it was obtained, where it was stored and who had access to it. We prosecutors rely on police officers to be more familiar than we are with the various social media that criminals are using but once you find them, we are happy to incorporate that information into our criminal complaint and trials. As you know, the internet has replaced many of the old businesses. For instance, we successfully prosecuted an Edina man we charged with 22 counts of theft by swindle and securities fraud. Twenty years ago, the defendant in this case would have taken out a classified ad to entice investors to give him money on the promise that he knew how to make enormous profits as an options trader. In this case, our defendant, Jeffrey Peterson, went online and posted on Craigslist. Investigators for the Minnesota Department of Commerce, who had already talked to several of his victims, saw the listing. The investigator called, listened to his pitch and then agreed to meet Peterson at his office and provide him with a check for $25,000. From there, it was old-fashioned police work, tracking the money and arresting him two days later. Again, in this case, there was no problem with the investigator posing as an investor or replying to the Craigslist ad.

It is legal to set up a Facebook page or engage in chatrooms while pretending to be a young boy or girl. Using the internet to pursue those interested in having sex with young girls or getting them to be prostitutes provides challenges, but it is what good police departments do. The primary statute that guides your work is Minnesota Statute 609.352, solicitation of children to engage in sexual conduct. In these cases, the “victim” must be 15 years old or younger. 16


The victim does not have to be an actual child. Certainly, we have charged cases where a parent becomes aware of an adult writing sexually inappropriate messages to his or her child over the internet or sending lewd photos. In those cases, if more evidence is needed, including finally setting up a meeting, a police officer can take over for the child and respond to the suspect so that the child no longer has to be harmed by the criminal behavior of the older man. Of course, all of the messages between the two people must be preserved. However, this statute does not prohibit an investigator from taking on the persona of a child 15 years or younger. It is legal to set up a Facebook page or engage in chatrooms while pretending to be a young boy or girl. In fact, if you do that, you will want to explicitly say you are 13, 14, 15 or whatever age the suspect seems to be looking for. It eliminates the possibility of the defendant later claiming in court that he did not know the child was underage. Finally, if you are pursuing a suspect online for possible charges under sex trafficking or attempted sex trafficking statutes, you must have an actual victim under 18 years of age. That means it cannot be an undercover officer, but rather a juvenile who someone has been forcing to work as a prostitute or trying to turn them into a prostitute. We thank you for working on these difficult crimes.

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CLEO Certification

CLEO Certification: A Professional Development Path With the latest round of chiefs attaining CLEO Certification, the Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association (MCPA) is now up to 35 law enforcement leaders who are certified or eligible for certification upon being appointed as a Chief Law Enforcement Officer (CLEO). These men and women from departments large and small, rural and metro have demonstrated leadership in the areas of formal education and continued executive training, community service and contributions to the profession. For those unfamiliar with this credentialing initiative, CLEO Certification provides a road map for chiefs to continuing education and professional development and serves as a measuring stick to stay ahead of the curve on the evolving challenges in their careers and in their communities. Here’s why the most recent CLEO Certified chiefs felt the process was an important career tool:

Chief Roger Pohlman Red Wing Police Department I sought certification to ensure I possessed the basic skills to perform the job of chief and to support my individual development plan (IDP). Similar to building a house, you have to begin with a solid foundation. With law enforcement under constant observation by the community and regulatory agencies, such a consistent set standards helps ensure we’re meeting these expectations. Red Wing city leaders support my participation in the CLEO Certification process because it helps us fulfill the Community Connections pillar in our strategic plan.

Similar to building a house, you have to begin with a solid foundation. The certification process also contributes to chiefs being well rounded leaders and expanding our comfort zones, not just focusing on our strengths. This also ties back to another city strategic goal of Organizational 18

Culture and the ability to be a progressive, creative and competitive employee within the law enforcement profession. Lastly, certification provides a road map for my captains and sergeants as they prepare for managerial positions in law enforcement.

Chief Keith Hiller Owatonna Police Department This process outlines a standard of prerequisites that allows me to compare and contrast my skills and community commitment to what CLEOs as a whole should be striving toward.

My city supports my CLEO certification because it promotes a culture of excellence It also demonstrates my commitment to the law enforcement profession and my community. The re-certification requirements motivate me to stay involved and active in my community,

and keep me focused on life-long learning. My city supports my CLEO certification because it promotes a culture of excellence and demonstrates a commitment to life-long learning. It captures my professional and practical experiences, and my level of passion for a position that’s so vital in our community.

Chief Laura Eastman Bayport Police Department The certification process afforded me the opportunity to evaluate my career and involvement with the community, as well as assess areas I need to improve upon in order to be the most effective. As I completed the program, it became apparent that all required categories of the certification program are equally essential. This certification program provided excellent examples of what a well-rounded CLEO needs to successfully lead. It illustrates the significance of connecting with all areas of our community. As a valuable part of the MINNESOTA POLICE CHIEF

community, the importance of education, training, serving on community boards and volunteering, go hand in hand. Our City Administration and the City Council encourage staff to continuously grow and expand their knowledge related to their specific function. Participation in the CLEO Certification is a prime example of a program that directly improves service delivery to my community.

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A “Global” Perspective for Local Policing: Q & A with New Foundation President Barry Shaul

Still a beat officer at heart, the Minnesota Chiefs of Police Foundation’s (MCPF) newly-elected president is Barry Shaul. He currently works on global security issues for General Mills. While his long career took him all over the world, the South Minneapolis native is happy to have wound up back in the Twin Cities. The Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association (MCPA) staff is excited to have Shaul at the Foundation’s helm. We hope this Q & A provides a better insight into his professional background, leadership philosophy and vision for the Foundation as it relates to supporting the Association.


Tell us a little bit about your law enforcement career and your current role at General Mills. My law enforcement career has included positions at municipal and federal agencies. I began my career as a police officer for the city of Orange in Orange County, California. I then became a special agent for the U.S. Department of State – Diplomatic Security Service, or DSS, the law enforcement arm of the U.S. Department of State. Its two-prong mission is domestic and international protection services and passport fraud investigations. During my tenure with DSS, I had multi-year assignments at the Washington, D.C. field office, the former U.S. Secretary of State Condolezza Rice’s Protection Detail, the U.S. Embassy – Rome, Italy, and the Minneapolis, Minnesota field office. At General Mills, my job is to provide risk mitigation guidance to General Mills stakeholders regarding local and global security issues.


What attracted you to the Minnesota Chiefs of Police Foundation board? Two things attracted me to the MCPF board. First, having been in law enforcement for nearly 15 years, law enforcement is in my blood. It is a part of my DNA. Being part of the board allows me to keep my connection to what I believe is one of the noblest professions that exists.

Second, my experiences as a street cop as well as a supervisor of special agents provide me with a unique “tactical” and “command” understanding and cultural perspective to the civilian-led MCPF board.


Now that you're the board president, tell us about the board's goals for moving the Foundation forward and how that relates to our work here at the Association? I have learned something important from our senior leadership at General Mills, and that is, no more than three objectives should be used for strategic planning. Now, my three goals are: 1. Evaluate the board’s mission, vision and membership; 2. Engage the chiefs’ Association and learn how the board can assist with their strategic success; and 3. Encourage more board partnerships with corporations/companies outside the Metro area.


When I think of the Association and the board, I am reminded of the following quote by Martin Luther King, Jr.:


“In a real sense all life is inter-related. All men are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be, and you can never be what you ought to be until I am what I ought to be...This is the interrelated structure of reality.”

The Association and the board are inter-related. The outcomes of the above goals will directly affect the board and ultimately impact the services the Association can provide its members. The Association can never fulfill its own potential until the board fulfills its own potential.


You've made the transition from the government to the private sector. Both have their strengths, what can each learn from the other? The most successful private sector companies are those who are proactive. That could be with product development, consumer insights, or leadership development. If a company is reactive, they may not be as successful as if they were proactive and “first to market.” Perhaps the government could benefit by becoming more proactive as opposed to reactive. Now, I understand that is a difficult cultural shift, but we may be at a stage in time that the level of difficulty does not matter, it simply has to be done.

The government, especially law enforcement, excels at command and control in times of crisis. Conversely, during crisis in the private sector, command and control may not be optimized because they are not used to dealing with crisis and operating in the unknown on a daily basis. Therefore, it is not uncommon for individuals with government experience, specifically those from military or paramilitary organizations, to give leadership and decision-making presentations to company leadership teams.


What does the law enforcement community need to anticipate in the next 3-5 years so it doesn't get blindsided by a major transformation, or swept up in a temporary trend? That is the proverbial million dollar question. Now, there are many things the law enforcement community can try to anticipate. For example, how will America’s changing “generational culture” affect modern law enforcement? Or, one day when in a court of law, the integrity of an officer’s word is immaterial without video evidence. Either way, it seems that we will be in reaction mode…reacting to temporary trend.

Let’s look at the question differently and control what we can. Planning for expected outcomes is easier than trying to predict the future. Recently, I attended a leadership development course at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. A former CEO of a major pharmaceutical company led discussion on leadership. He made a comment that struck me like a bolt of lightning. I am going to paraphrase, but in essence, he stated: There are no true surprises in life – work or personal. There may be frustrations or disappointments but no true surprises. So, for example, if we fail to train our law enforcement leaders how to manage the fiscal responsibilities of operating a police department, are we truly surprised when a fiscal crisis appears?

The law enforcement community needs to implement programs, procedures and policies that better allow for expected outcomes as opposed to anticipating something that may never happen.

If the Association can help with providing leadership and development resources to the chiefs of police within our great state of Minnesota, our communities will be better prepared to handle any unanticipated major transformation or temporary trend.

To hear more about Barry Shaul and his plans for the Foundation, listen to MCPA Executive Director Andy Skoogman’s podcast with him at MNChiefs.org/multi-media.

Winter 2015-16


2016 Executive Training Institute

Elements of Ferguson Can and Did Happen Here BY JOE SHEERAN, MCPA COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR

Madison Police Chief Michael Koval didn’t expect a Ferguson-type outcry to happen in his city. The department has diverse well-trained officers, implemented sound, current policies, especially on use of force, and worked to build better community relationships.

could never happen in our community were happening in real-time.” Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association’s (MCPA) Executive Training Institute (ETI) planning committee is proud Chief Koval will join us to share his experience during this incident at our April conference.

“Within 24 hours, it was as if the media circus had descended upon my community,” However, last March, less than a year as chief, one of Koval’s officers was in a police-involved shooting. Issues he had seen in the Ferguson media coverage were playing out on his streets. “Within 24 hours, it was as if the media circus had descended upon my community,” he says. “The things that I may have minimized or rationalized

Chief Koval kicks off our Wednesday discussions on handling the protests and civil unrest following a critical incident. Our final speaker of the conference is St. Louis County Chief

Jon Belmar who oversaw the Ferguson protests. (We’ll profile Chief Belmar in our spring magazine.) In the days and weeks following the shooting, Chief Koval worked hard to defend his department and the officer involved, who was later cleared of any wrongdoing, as well as the rights of protesters to assemble for their cause. At one point, he had sharp criticism for his city alders (or council people). The week following the shooting saw an onslaught of baseless criticism

Madison Chief Michael Koval is part of an insightful set of Wednesday sessions,





featured presentation from St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar, who oversaw the Ferguson protests. The ETI planning committee feels these chiefs’ presentations have value for all upper level law enforcement leaders.


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against the police department as a whole. Madison’s city council said or did little publicly to defend they city’s officers or correct the record. After a council meeting designed to receive only public comment, Koval had enough. “It is unacceptable for elected officials to remain silent while an institution like the Madison Police Department is sullied with drive-by disrespect,” Koval wrote in a letter to the council about a week-and-a-half following the shooting. “[Our officers] needed to hear the voice of someone who represents their best interest to say what they can’t say,” he told MCPA in a November interview for this article. As a defacto public official, who has the protection of Wisconsin state law to speak his mind, Koval felt he needed to say “enough is enough”-- that the 461 dedicated men and women of the Madison Police Department who swear to protect their community do a great job of it. He refused to let the department get characterized by this one incident. At the same time, Koval opened

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his books and invited a review of his department’s procedures and policies, including its use of force policy. It wasn’t that tough of a decision he says. We “must have a mechanism to protect the practitioners” of the profession. He wanted the community to see the benchmarks his department lives by. Koval also wrote a letter to the decedent’s parents, expressing his regret for the incident. His department worked with protest groups to ensure they received recognition for their cause. The City of Madison has a long history of defending citizens’ rights to civil disobedience, called the “Madison Method.” They see it as crowd management as opposed to crowd control. To conduct this effectively, the department tried to identify the protest leaders ahead of time through social media, old fashioned kiosks and billboards or at the event. “Let’s make this a win-win for your cause in the sense that you get the recognition and exposure and sense of urgency your cause merits,” he explains. “But that’s also balanced with

the interest to facilitate the move of traffic and other’s constitutional rights to move about freely.” This generally means there’s a flexible last straw. If a group’s mission is to shut down an intersection for 15 minutes, police protocol is generally not to stop it, but to figure that out ahead of time and more efficiently move traffic away from that shut down intersection. A circumstance’s totality dictates flexibility’s limits. Koval says he’s generally not going to give the same leeway (if any at all) when protestors want to shut down all outbound lanes during Friday’s rush hour. When Chief Koval comes to Minnesota for ETI, beyond some of the tactical and strategic decisions he made in the days and weeks following Madison’s officer-involved shooting, he wants our law enforcement leaders to understand their duty to stand up for the officers carrying out their philosophy and for the principles in policing that matter.

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Apply for MCPA’s Inaugural Excellence in Innovation Award

Apply for MCPA’s Inaugural Excellence in Innovation Award BY MINNESOTA CHIEFS OF POLICE ASSOCIATION STAFF

Minnesota breeds innovators, from the U of M to our 17 Fortune 500 companies to the hundreds of other businesses on the cutting edge of their fields. These big thinkers aren’t just in the private sector. Our policing agencies devise creative ways to prevent crime, catch criminals and deliver public safety services every year. That’s why the Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association (MCPA) is proud to announce our inaugural Excellence in Innovation Award, recognizing one large agency and one small department that have implemented a creative or revolutionary initiative to enhance the effectiveness of law enforcement and the communities they are sworn to protect and serve. Since this is the first MCPA award of its kind, here are some ideas to think about based on winning submissions from other states with a similar recognition. Has your department instituted an administrative innovation, such as policy or procedural change?

Are you evaluating or training your staff in a more efficient and effective manner to respond to internal or community changes? Has your agency incorporated new strategies on foot patrols or repurposed existing resources? Other award winning ideas have included programs that offer crime prevention services and scam alerts to seniors and public awareness campaigns to prevent child deaths from being left in a hot car. While there is no requirement your innovation include technology, consider how you might be using your agency’s equipment differently to deliver greater efficiency. MCPA’s Executive committee and experts from private industry will evaluate the applications based on all four of the following criteria: 1. Level of innovation 2. Effectiveness 3. Ability to replicate 4. Overall impact MCPA will be accepting submissions

for this award through the beginning of February. Please check MNChiefs.org for the official deadline and application details. The award will be presented at the Executive Training Institute’s special Innovation Awards luncheon on Wednesday, April 20th at St. Cloud’s River’s Edge Convention Center. In addition to the Excellence in Innovation Award, MCPA will be handing out our traditional service recognitions at the annual ETI Awards Banquet on Tuesday night, April 19. Awards include: The Richard W. Schaller Award Police Officer of the Year Medal of Honor Distinguished Service Award Meritorious Service Certificate Lifesaver Award Citizen’s Valor Award President’s Award Service Award For more information on the criteria for these awards and deadlines to apply, visit MNChiefs.org.

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When a gunman opened fire at New Hope city hall during a council meeting, the department went into immediate crisis response, taking out the gunman before he could kill anyone and securing the scene. Chief Tim Fournier will discuss what he and his officers experienced in the moments, weeks and months following that shooting. While neighboring agencies handled New Hope’s regular calls and others stepped into help with the investigation, Chief Fournier believes a number of personal peer support issues generally went unaddressed. Following Chief Fournier’s presentation Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association’s (MCPA) Chaplin Dan Carlson will talk about the work he, Chief Bob Jacobson, New Brighton Public Safety, Chief Fournier and others are doing to establish a structured “Peer Support System” for chiefs in times of crisis. The goal is to help develop a simple and defined plan for peers to step in and support the chief when a major incident hits their department.

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MONDAY MORNING FEATURED SPEAKER Phillip Atiba Goff, Center for Policing Equity, University of California-Los Angeles


Co-founder and president of UCLA’s Center for Policing Equity, Phillip Atiba Goff will bring his engaging, sometimes humorous style to discuss a serious issue facing 21st century law enforcement leaders: Implicit bias. Sometimes our brain processes certain biases without us even realizing it. Dr. Goff will explain the latest research in this area, how it impacts decision-making in a law enforcement context and ways to address it. Police departments nationwide have recruited Dr. Goff because of his vast research and study in this area.


Enjoy a buffet lunch in the expo hall and visit with exhibitors for an extended time. The Expo is free to all public safety and government IT professionals! The buffet lunch is included with full ETI registration. Expo only attendees can purchase a $25 lunch ticket.

AFTERNOON GENERAL SESSION Laurie Robinson, Professor, George Mason University

THE PILLARS OF 21-CENTURY POLICING: A REVIEW OF THE PRESIDENTIAL TASKFORCE REPORT To strengthen trust among law enforcement officers and the communities they serve—especially in light of recent events around the country—President Obama commissioned a task force on 21st Century Policing, comprised of law enforcement leaders, public safety researchers and community stakeholders. The task force’s final report recommended six pillars to strengthen police-community relations. Task force co-chair Professor Laurie Robinson, from George Mason University, will discuss the conversations that lead to these six pillars.



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SPECIAL EVENING SESSION Paul Mellor, Memory expert

HOW TO REMEMBER ANYTHING This fun, highly interactive, entertaining, seminar will give you techniques for remembering information to make you more productive and efficient law enforcement leaders. At the end of the session, participants will have the ability to remember names and faces, the confidence for getting through a day without the fear of forgetting and the knowledge and application for retaining information.

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TUESDAY MORNING FEATURED SPEAKERS Chuck Wexler, Executive Director, Police Executive Research Forum

RE-ENGINEERING TRAINING ON POLICE USE OF FORCE Minnesota law enforcement has reported in recent years seeing an increase in mental illness-related calls, some of which have ended in officer-involved shootings. At its most recent conference, the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF), decided to re-examine use-of-force training as it relates to people with mental illness who pose a threat with an edged weapon. PERF executive director Chuck Wexler will discuss the misuse of the “21-foot” rule and how departments must begin re-thinking use-of-force training to highlight de-escalation on certain types of mental health-related calls.


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Extended Expo Time! Police department specialty staff, retired chiefs, EMS, corporate and private sector professionals are invited to visit with exhibitors during this extended expo time.


10:30 A.M.

Recognition of retired chiefs, Board of Directors election and presentation of MCPA’s Advanced CLEO & Command Academy.


11:15 A.M.


Attendees and retired chiefs can see the latest technology and products in the Law Enforcement Expo while enjoying a delicious buffet lunch.


12:30 P.M.

Following the new buffet lunch in the Law Enforcement Expo, retirees will gather in the ETI Hospitality Suite to catch up with former colleagues and friends.

AFTERNOON: BREAKOUT SESSIONS HR FOR SMALL AGENCIES Aimed at chiefs with fewer than 15 officers, this session will mainly focus on the challenges of termination and discipline in small agencies. Laying down the law with someone who’s covering your back during critical incidents day-to-day is tough. This class will feature a combination of chiefs who have success stories in this area and legal experts chiefs can turn to.

NEW WELLNESS AND WELLBEING This breakout will discuss the steps departments need to implement to have an effective, holistic mental wellness program. Captain Brian Nanavaty will talk about the program he helped implement at the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, which considers a myriad of factors from steps post hire to financial planning to retirement preparation. The program there has resulted in fewer cases of discipline and an increase in officers seeking personal and professional assistance.

CRISIS INTERVENTION TRAINING (CIT) FOR SMALL AGENCIES Forty hours is a long time for a small agency to dedicate to any training, that’s why former detective Linda Flanders, condensed her crisis intervention training into a more manageable timeframe. Her mental health crisis overview covers creating community networks for localized intervention, understanding that mental illness is a brain disorder and learning de-escalation steps for crisis calls. Visit the MCPA website, www.mnchiefs.org, for more information on ETI breakouts and featured speakers.

MCPA AWARDS BANQUET 7:00 P.M. Please join us to honor the state’s most heroic police officers who went above and beyond the call of duty in 2015.

WEDNESDAY MORNING The morning features a breakout for command staff and the day’s keynote speakers include the chief on the front lines of the Ferguson protests and a chief who thought a Ferguson-type event would never happen in his town.

REGISTER WITH THE SPECIAL GROUP RATE to send members from your department. FEATURED SPEAKER Chief Michael Koval, Madison, WI Police Department

INVESTING IN COMMUNITY RELATIONS TO CASH IN DURING CRISIS After less than a year as Madison’s police chief, a fatal officer-involved shooting thrust Michael Koval into the national spotlight. In the face of great criticism and many baseless accusations about his agency, Chief Koval tirelessly defended his department’s integrity and the officer involved in the shooting, who was later cleared of any wrongdoing. In the days following, Chief Koval invited a review of his policies, especially his use-of-force policy. At the Executive Training Institute, he will discuss the relations he built with community members prior to the incident, how he effectively leveraged traditional and new media to help influence public perceptions of his department and other leadership strategies to guide his department through this difficult time. He’ll also briefly discuss how the Madison Police Department’s long history of progressive public safety initiatives and work to promote social justice and peaceful protests played into the situation.


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The MCPA Excellence in Innovation Award recognizes Minnesota municipal police agencies and their CLEOs for superior achievement and innovation. This award program is designed to recognize exceptional, innovative and extraordinary achievement in law enforcement program, efforts or initiatives that benefit law enforcement as a profession.

AFTERNOON FEATURED SPEAKER Chief Jon Belmar, St. Louis County Police Department

FERGUSON MISSOURI: LESSONS LEARNED The events in Ferguson, Missouri marked a major shift in how many Americans perceive police, and began a call for more transparency and accountability in the profession. St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar, who had a major role in restoring order following Michael Brown’s death, will talk about the lessons learned during the ordeal and how police leaders can prepare for similar events in their communities. His presentation includes ensuring officers are given clear instruction on their demeanor during protests, leading from the front in critical incidents, and trainings’ short comings in dealing with these situations. He’ll also talk about the socioeconomic conditions leading to the unrest and cover the role politicians and media play during highly publicized events.

Executive Training Institute (ETI) Registration April 17-20, 2016

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Special Requests: It is our goal to make your ETI experience enjoyable; please let us know of any special needs or requirements (ADA, dietary, etc.) you might have via the special request line on your Registration Form. The Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association will do its best to meet these needs. Full ETI Registration Includes: • Access to sessions Monday-Wednesday • Access to Law Enforcement Expo • Access to the following social/networking functions: Monday-Wednesday lunch Monday President’s Reception Tuesday Evening Awards Social & Banquet Separate registration is required for the Sunday evening Case Study, Hospitality Suite and the Association Prayer Breakfast. NOTE: Members of the Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association, other state Chiefs of Police Associations and the Minnesota Sheriffs’ Association may register under the member rate. New member applications can be obtained from the Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association Administrative Offices at 651-457-0677 or online at www.mnchiefs.org. Daily Registrations Include: Must have at least • Monday: Access to the day’s ion one full registrat sessions, the Law enforcement ent rtm pa de ur from yo Expo, lunch and President’s er to be able to regist reception. r de un ff sta any • Tuesday: Access to the day’s the daily rate or sessions, the Law Enforcement group rate. Expo and lunch. • Wednesday: Access to the day’s sessions and lunch. Group Rate: • Up to three individuals can be registered under a one-day group rate. • Available Mon-Wed for the day’s sessions and lunch, law enforcement Expo and President’s Reception (if used on Monday)

ETI Law Enforcement Expo Only Includes: $35 $40 • Access to the Law Enforcement (Fee covers Sun, Mon, & Tues nights) Expo only.

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Companion Program Includes: Access to the following social/ networking functions: $45 $50 • Monday President’s Reception (One banquet ticket is included in a full ETI registration.) • Tuesday buffet lunch in the Law Enforcement Expo • Tuesday Evening Awards Social & Banquet

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Visit www.mnchiefs.org and click on ETI Register Now for online registration. Make checks payable to the Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association. Mail payment and registration to: 1951 Woodlane Ave, Woodbury, MN 55125 651-457-0677 •  info@mnchiefs.org •  www.mnchiefs.org

Cancellations: Cancellation requests must be in writing and received by the ETI Management Office no later than March 18, 2016. Cancellation requests received by March 18, 2016 will be assessed a $50 cancellation fee. Refunds will be processed after May 16, 2016. Transferring Registrations: Registrations may be transferred if the transfer request is in writing and bears the signature of the original registrant.

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Salary Survey

Chiefs Salary and Compensation Questionaire Is my salary competitive and fair for the duties my city or governing body expects of me? Is it in line with similarly situated Minnesota agencies? Several chiefs have looked to the Association to help answer these questions in recent months. In response, Association staff conducted a Fall 2015 survey asking chiefs to tell us about their overall compensation packages and how those packages are determined. Thanks to the nearly 120 responding CLEOs. Their feedback presents a snapshot to start your compensation research. Before outlining salaries, let’s look at some of the benefit trends.


YES 27%

NO 73%

Only 27 percent of chiefs are working with a contract or employment agreement. For some chiefs, not having a written agreement is by choice and provides employment flexibility. However, for those interested in some written protections, the Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association is willing to work with you on ways to approach city leaders around a written employment agreement.

DO YOU HAVE A TAKE HOME VEHICLE? At least 75 percent of responding chiefs have a take-home vehicle, with most restricted to work use only. However, ten percent of those responding chiefs have unlimited personal 24% No use with no reimbursement back to their governing body. These chiefs tend to be Yes, unlimited use, including located in the metro, but at least three are 10% personal, with no reimbusement from Greater Minnesota agencies. A modest to city or governing entity. number of chiefs had personal use privileges with a reimbursement to their government agency.

64% Yes, to be used for only work-related travel.

HOW DOES YOUR CITY DETERMINING YOUR SALARY COMPENSATION? 3% Compatibles of other MN agencies Based off other department 13% heads within your city or governing body 36% Based on the rank-and-file's latest Collective Bargaining Agreement 50% Compatibles of other agencies in the Upper Midwest

When it comes to salary, generally rural chiefs whose departments cover fewer than 3,000 people reported making less than $70,000. Toward the other end of the scale, those cities with populations of 30,000 to 60,000 reported making in the $120,000 to $129,000 range, with some outliers. The other general trend is that Greater Minnesota chiefs reported lower salaries when compared to counterparts in similarly populated metro towns. While this is by no means an exhaustive salary and compensation study, it provides a first step for comparison research. For the full compensation table, please email info@mnchief.org.

Winter 2015-16


Great Ideas

Great Ideas in Minnesota Law Enforcement From Greater Minnesota to the metro, this state’s public safety agencies have put in place hundreds of great ideas over the years. These have enhanced community relations, fostered better crime prevention techniques and improved the way officers respond to calls.

Don’t think of it as bragging. Instead, think of it as helping fulfill Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association’s goal of information sharing, or like bringing your hot dish to the potluck. If you or a neighboring department has implemented a “Great Idea” other agencies can use, please share them with us. (Send your idea to info@ MNchiefs.org.) Don’t think of it as bragging. Instead, think of it as helping fulfill Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association’s goal of information sharing, or like bringing your hot dish to the potluck. We want other departments to learn from and adapt proven strategies to their agencies. Here are a few for our first Great Ideas column.

Bike Share from Kenyon Chief Lee Sjolander The last few years the, Kenyon Police Department has been taking bikes that 32

are either recovered as found property and never claimed or donated to us and finding them new owners. We have worked with some wonderful local people who do the minor repairs needed to get bikes back into riding shape. Things like new tubes, tightening seats and handlebars, etc. We then advertise these bikes at local events like National Night Out, our city festival and through our Facebook page, and give them away. This has worked very well for us and it’s a great way to help build relationships with our youth, their families and the people who donate their time to help go through the bikes beforehand. We ask if it’s ok to take a picture of the bike with its new owner. We do that for a couple of reasons. It’s a nice way to show us helping our community and if the bike is ever stolen or left unattended, it helps us return it to the owner.

Why community advisory meetings are a good idea from Hopkins Chief Mike Reynolds The City of Hopkins has been growing in diversity. At only four

square miles, we have nearly 20,000 residents. More than 65 percent of which reside in multi-housing structures and over 48 languages are spoken in the community. Because of the challenges we were experiencing with the new population, the Hopkins Police Department chose to become part of the Joint Community Police Partnership (JCPP) in 2008. The JCPP was originally developed about 10 years ago between the cities of Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park and Hennepin County as a collaborative effort to enhance communication and understanding between law enforcement officers and multicultural residents of those cities. It’s evolved to include six more cities (Bloomington, Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, Hopkins, Richfield and St. Louis Park). As part of the JCPP, each community has its own Multi-Cultural Advisory Committee (MAC). The City of Hopkins’ MAC meets monthly to discuss important community topics. It provides the opportunity for twoway communication and to enhance mutual understanding between police and the community. We open committee membership to anyone interested in applying. We also allow the MAC to serve as a steering committee for how we deploy resources in the community and develop outreach programs to better serve our community needs. With our diversity, having a MAC has been extremely beneficial navigating MINNESOTA POLICE CHIEF

through some of the community issues. When I reflect on how the MAC has been utilized and the large amount of positive investments we are making in our community, I cannot help but think of how beneficial something like this can be in all communities across the State of Minnesota – large or small, metro or rural. The benefit of your citizens having a feeling they have a voice in how your police department delivers services to the community can be extremely valuable when you truly need your community’s support. For further information on community advisory committees, please contact Chief Mike Reynolds at 952-938-8885 or mreynolds@ hopkinsmn.com

Coffee with a Cop from Columbia Heights’ Captain Lenny Austin and Officer Jackie Thurmes Originally started in Hawthorne, California, Coffee with a Cop offers an informal opportunity for positive, quality community communication with little budget impact. The Columbia Heights Police Department (CHPD) adapted the program in November 2013, and since then has hosted over 25 events, with the goal of at least one per month. Originally hosted at more conventional locations, such as fast food restaurants and coffee shops, CHPD now hosts them in less traditional locations, such as assisted living facilities, schools, churches, libraries and pre-existing community events. Times also vary to reach as many citizens as possible. Community stakeholders have been happy to partner with us and often donate the refreshments. Citizens were receptive to the idea of casual conversation with police over a cup of coffee. It did not take long for the

department to see the positive effects of this outreach program. While starting out as a way to develop more opportunities to connect with the community, Coffee with a Cop is now integrated into the CHPD strategic plan. From our experience it can be easily implemented in agencies looking for a simple and straightforward outreach opportunity in a relaxed setting. The US Department of Justice COPS Office has seen the program’s value and helps fund its spread to other departments. Recommendations for starting Coffee with a Cop • Select a casual, comfortable location in the community for the event. • Look to your strategic partners (schools, businesses, places of worship, community groups). Chances are they will be very happy to assist and will welcome the opportunity. • Look for unique opportunities, such as unconventional locations to host an event in order to reach

different groups within your population. • Consider your audience by varying times and days for greater attendee mix. This also allows officers on different shifts to participate. • Be consistent. Have one event a month; this also helps with getting out the word. • Create a communication plan advertising the event, which includes social media, neighborhood and local business flyers, mailings, cable access, e-billboards, church bulletins. • Have takeaway information available (i.e. flyers on other community programs or current issues/crime trends). • Get all department members involved. It’s important that all members have the opportunity to make connections within the community they serve. • Invite/include community leadership (city council, civic leaders) and encourage them to spread the word.

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An Exercise in Developing an Understanding of Our Partners Across the Ocean BY CHIEF SCOTT NADEAU, COLUMBIA HEIGHTS POLICE DEPARTMENT

I think it all started with my attendance of the FBI National Academy in the summer of 2014. This was one of the greatest training and personal development opportunities of my career, and it exposed me to not only world class instructors and speakers, but to a student population that included 48 states and 23 different countries. I had been somewhat naive in thinking that policing in our nation, and in some respects around the world, was probably pretty much the same thing with some regional and cultural differences. In some ways I was right, as we often do a similar job, but in many significant ways I was also very wrong about how policing is different around the world. I learned a great deal during these 10 weeks and at the same time developed both a better appreciation and respect for some of

our international brothers and sisters, as well as an interest in how policing worked in different countries. The City of Columbia Heights has an active Sister Cities International group that partners with another city in Lomianki, Poland. The Sister Cities relationship was formed after an American WWII bomber was shot down while dropping relief supplies to Polish citizens during the Warsaw uprising as they battled the Nazis, and one of the crew members had ties to Columbia Heights. In the past decade the two cities have exchanged elected officials, members of the Sister Cities groups and high school students. When I started to discuss a police officer exchange, both communities strongly supported it as a great way to exchange information between police professionals and strengthen the bond

between our communities. After almost a year of planning, I, along with two sergeants and an officer, took the long flight to Poland and eventually our sister city, Lomianki, a Warsaw suburb. Lomianki’s chief and one of his officers, who was working as a translator, met us at the airport. Although most Polish officers I encountered understood at least some English, we still required a translator for the more in-depth conversations. Our Polish counterparts welcomed us warmly. They brought us on tours of police facilities, training facilities and shared with us experiences of numerous interactive demonstrations including riot control, K-9 patrol tactics, command and control centers, water patrol and other areas of Polish policing. We were so warmly received in Poland by everyone, from their top police commanders to their honor guards, it quickly became clear the immense respect they had for both us and American law enforcement.


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American law enforcement seemed fairly accurate, although somewhat shaped by movies and media. They were also aware of the debates occurring in our country around recent protests and had questions relating to how we, as the police, manage those types of conversations.

Differences Like many European nations, the Polish police are a national police force, highly centralized and paramilitary in its approach to command structure. It’s similar to the traditional American police structure with a heavier lean into the military hierarchy and makeup. The role of the police has

continued to evolve since the nation of whom lived in fear and repression freed itself from communist influence under the former communist in 1989. Naturally after only 26 years government. The progress in policemany Polish citizens are still distrusting of their police. Having MCPA Academic Partner toured a concentration camp and areas where the Nazi’s and then No matter where you go to learn... the communists removed or killed dissenters, this is not difficult to understand. Since 1989, the Polish police have worked hard to establish a Concordia University, St. Paul offers flexible options to dialogue and trust start or continue your criminal justice education. with its citizens, many

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Columbia Heights officers with Lomianki Chief, the Stroz Miejska and the deputy chief.

community relations in Poland is undeniable. Another issue we discussed was local communities wanting to have more

say in the activities of their police operatives, and a more open dialogue with the police. Really, it appears to be the beginnings of Community

Oriented Policing, ensuring that the police and community are in active conversations in order to understand each other and to progress towards the problem solving of community and crime issues. They are also actively involved in speaking and forming relationships with youth in the schools, much like we are. Perhaps the biggest difference is pay and the funding of their police activities. While they are competent in their duties and very proud of their service, the average Polish police officer makes the equivalent of about $5,000 per year, compared to that of $48,000 for an American officer. Senior command staff makes considerably more, but still far less than their American counterparts, and are expected to work up to sixty hours per




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week. The equipment of the Polish police continues to improve, but squad cars are small (often a Kia or similar style European sedan) and it appears that there can be challenges in obtaining equipment and/or supplies.

The Differences Seem Small Take away the differences in language and geography, as well as some cultural dissimilarity, and the Polish police who hosted us did not seem very different at all. They not only did their jobs to the best of their ability, but they were proud to be police officers and to serve their communities, just as we do here in America. During our visit they captured some bank robbers after a massive search, and I recognized the grin on their faces as being the universal look of a police officer who had just protected their community – and caught the bad guy. They also love America. As the representatives of the Columbia Heights Police Department laid a wreath at the memorial to the American bomber mentioned earlier, both Lomianki’s city officials and police officers stood at attention, under the flags of both of our nations, celebrating our countries’ shared sacrifices and undeniable bonds. Later at a dinner hosted in our honor, we spoke of our countries’ futures, both shared and apart, and of how difficult but beautiful democracy was.


In Conclusion As our 747 raced the sun back to America, I pondered on what it is to be a police officer and how the difficulties follow us as cops anywhere in the world. And yet in any country you will find the best and brightest willing to step up and serve because they understand it’s a higher calling. In America we are fortunate to have the equipment, pay, training and public support that come from decades of difficult conversations and societal struggles. Struggles that continue today but even in these times when public support seems to be low, and our job is made less popular if not more difficult, let us remember that many have more challenges than we do. Our position in the world necessitates that we continue to lead courageously in our communities both for our citizens and as an example for others, both foreign and domestic. And like me, if you are curious about policing outside your community and country, take the time to educate yourself. I suspect that you will find a world full of heroes, heroes who may look and speak different than the cops you share a cup of coffee or squad car with, yet they are heroes with whom we all share the undeniable bonds of knowing what it is to make the honorable and difficult decision to protect and serve their communities each and every day. Winter 2015-16

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What specific skills do students attending Hamline’s Public Administration programs gain that can be applied to law enforcement? First and foremost, students develop the expertise necessary to take on the evolving issues that emerge in serving the public. For instance, students develop the practical know-how to address issues around cultural competence as it relates to serving increasingly diverse communities. Another key take away for our students is the development of their leadership, management and best practices and innovations in the field. Students also explore many aspects of public administration that impact their workplaces and prepare them to better serve in their current roles and build the knowledge and skills to move into positions of leadership. Why did you choose to partner with MCPA? Hamline School of Business is thrilled to partner with MCPA because both of our organizations are dedicated to helping educate and train individuals to be the best possible public servants they can be. Hamline’s public administration programs have several distinguished current students and graduates in Minnesota law enforcement agencies, and many in the profession who frequently serve as guest speakers and on the School of Business advisory board.

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