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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Helpful Links

An Inver Grove Heights firefighter duty crew 
is pictured here with Chief Judy Thill.
Photo courtesy of Kathryn Forss.
Fire Duty Crews
We are seeing more cities augmenting their paid on call or volunteer fire department with duty crews or paid staff. The use of a duty crew helps lower response times while helping to address the lack of traditional volunteers. A recent copy of the League’s Minnesota Cities magazine has a feature article on this trend.

Did You Know?
The titles are interesting and the videos are relevant. “Procedural Justice”, “Alzheimer’s”, “Diplomatic Immunity”, “School Violence”, “Mental Health”, “Dispatcher Stress”, “Complacency and Domestic Violence.” The titles are part of the California POST Board’s “Did You Know?” online training series. They explore current law enforcement topics and safety issues in professionally produced three- to ten-minute, high-quality productions.

The videos work well for department meetings and roll calls. They can also be very effective for public presentations and citizen’s academies, as they shed light on the difficulties officers face daily—and there is even a little “cop humor” in a couple of scenes. Here’s the link.

Additional Resources
The California Post Board has additional online training available, including their “Safe Driving Series.” In the video entitled, “Remembering 5th and Wall,” they revisit the tragic loss that occurred when two Los Angeles police cars collided.

Up next: Parade Season is Here: Tips for Firetruck Parade Safety (a guest blog by Troy Walsh)

Stay safe,

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Super Bowl Contract Reviews

Minneapolis will be hosting Super Bowl LII (52) this coming February and will be asking for law enforcement assistance from throughout the region. Securing the ten days of events around the Super Bowl will require a tremendous number of police personnel.

Before your city enters a contract to provide officers for this effort, be sure to have the contract reviewed by the League’s legal staff before it is signed.

The contract review is free to member cities! And the LMCIT legal staff is familiar with these agreements, as well as with the unique liability issues that may be associated with the Super Bowl. The review will make sure both your city and the contracted entity have the proper coverage for any claims that could arise.

For more information on this contract review, contact:

Chris Smith
Risk Management Attorney
(651) 281-1269
(800) 925-1122

Up next: Helpful Links

Stay safe,

Monday, April 10, 2017

Report from the Workshops

The 2017 Safety & Loss Control Workshops are underway. In addition to the content in the classes, the workshops are a wonderful opportunity to both connect and reconnect with our members. We have staff from all the LMCIT departments on site, and it is an excellent time to ask about a topic that is not on the agenda or to get some one-on-one time to talk about how to avoid a potential problem.

The police track is in its normal morning time slot, and attendees will earn three POST credits. I have also noticed a large number of officers taking in the afternoon sessions in both the Administrative and HR & Leadership tracks. Those sessions too are approved for POST credit.

SPPD Sgt. Brian Casey
In the morning police track, Saint Paul Police Department (SPPD) Sergeant Brian Casey’s session entitled “What to Do When Officer D. Stress Asks for Help” is generating lots of conversation both during and after the class. Sergeant Casey heads up the SPPD’s employee assistance unit and looks at the impact of dealing with critical incidents, traumatic events, and the general mental and emotional distress that goes with the job. The session also covers how to respond to officers who are in a behavioral health crisis. His passion for his work and concern for the well-being of “the cops” is evident.

We thank Sergeant Casey for his contribution to this year’s workshops and to SPPD Chief Todd Axtell for making Sergeant Casey available.

Up next: Super Bowl Contract Reviews

Stay safe,