2016 MAWP TRAINING CONFERENCE -- SEPTEMBER 21ST AND 22ND
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Conference Speakers and Biographies:
Erin Spruance- MN DOC and Tonja Tidgwell- MN DOC - Gang Trends and Dep. of Corrections Resources for LE.
Chief Stephanie Revering- Crystal Police Department - Case Study: Barway Collins Murder
Stephanie Revering was named Chief of the Crystal Police Department in October of 2012 following a three year tenure as the department’s Deputy Chief. She started her law enforcement career at the City of Crystal in 1997 as a Community Service Officer and advanced through the ranks serving in various assignments including Field Training Officer, Explorer Advisor, Background Investigator, General Investigator and Neighborhood Policing Coordinator.
Chief Revering holds a Masters Degree in Public Safety Administration from St. Mary’s University and a Bachelors Degree from Metro State University. In addition, she is a graduate of Northwestern Police Staff and Command, the CLEO Academy, the BCA Supervisor/Management School, and a FBI LEEDS graduate. Most recently, Chief Revering was elected to the Secretary position for the MN Chiefs of Police Association.
Chief Sjolander- Kenyon Police Department - Community Outreach and Connections
Lee Sjolander was born in England, but decided at a very young age that he liked coffee more than tea, so he moved to the US at the tender age of 2 years old. Lee lived with his mother and his siblings all over Minnesota until he was 13 years old. He and his siblings were placed into the foster care system where Lee spent his high school years in Fairmont MN.
Lee started working as a peace officer in 1995. He worked in Kenyon as a patrol officer until 1998. Lee worked for the Goodhue County Sheriff’s Office after that where he was a patrol deputy, crime prevention officer, school resource officer, and investigator where he was assigned to a narcotics task force and general investigations.
Lee has received a lot of different training in the areas of firearms instruction, crisis negotiations, Child Sexual Abuse Forensic Interview Training, Death Investigations, Interview & Interrogation, and Drug Enforcement Administration Training, just to name a few. Lee is more excited about his degree from the “School of hard Knocks” than he is about his formal education.
Lee has been Kenyon’s chief of police since 2007 and loves it. He has two full-time co-workers and a handful of part-time officers as well. Lee is very big on networking and knowing the people in the community. Lee started a Facebook page a few years back and now does a daily “blog” on it called “Thoughts from Chief Sjolander” which is very well received. The Kenyon Police Department’s Facebook page has the largest following of any police department in the state of Minnesota with over 28,000 followers.
Womens Leadership Panel-
Female leaders from across the state will be up front and asked numerous questions about promotions, career growth, mentorship, decision making as a supervisor etc. Some questions will be chosen in advance- however we will be taking questions from attendees!
So far our panel will consist of:
Chief Stephanie Revering- Crystal PD
Chief Penny Vought- Waseca PD
Lt. Kim Lund- Minneapolis PD
Commander Kris Mienert - Woodbury Police Department - Career Longevity, Mental Health, Physical Health
Commander Mienert is a 26-year veteran of the Woodbury Police Department, currently assigned as a police commander, with previous positions of SWAT commander and paramedic. She has been certified as a physical fitness specialist through the Cooper Institute for Aerobics Research and is an RKC/HCK kettlebell instructor. Mienert is also an adjunct instructor for LouKa Tactical LLC. She holds a bachelor's of science degree in criminal justice from Winona State University and a master's of arts degree in public safety administration and education from the University of St. Thomas. She is also the 2014 MAWP Recipient of the Carolen Bailey Mentoring Award.
Brent Richter (Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and Consultant) retired from the Minnesota State Patrol in 2009 with just over twenty years of service. Over the course of his career, he served as a trooper, field training officer, crash reconstructionist and taught at the MSP Training Academy from 1990-2007. In 1997 Brent was promoted to Technical Sergeant and served as a member of the Vehicle Crimes Task Force. After transferring to the Metro Crash Reconstruction Team in 2004 Brent finished his career as the Coordinator of the Statewide Crash Reconstruction Program.
Injuries sustained in a series of on-duty motor vehicle crashes that spanned his career necessitated Brent's retirement and he decided to continue providing service in the community by changing the focus of his work from helping to safeguard people's physical well-being to that of attending to their psychological and emotional needs.
With a Master of Arts degree in Counseling and Psychological Services from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, coupled with a deep desire to continue working with those who operate in public service, Brent’s 30 years of public safety experience allows him an unequaled opportunity to better understand the stressors, challenges, and uncertainties faced by emergency responders. He is an Army veteran, worked 5 years as an EMT-I with a local ambulance service, volunteered 13 years as a paid-on-call firefighter, fire captain, and district fire chief, and has been a Minnesota licensed police officer since 1981.
Activ8 Company- Activ8 Your Power: Practices for Powerful Action In a Complex World
In today’s complex and ever-changing environment, women officers have a
unique opportunity to create impactful and lasting change within the
institution of policing while supporting thriving organizations and
communities. This is no small task given the many internal and cultural
barriers facing the female officer daily.
From our several decades of work with athletes, military, police officers, organizations and communities, we know that high performing teams and organizations are made up of accountable, high performing individuals who find ways of performing effectively and sometimes exceptionally in complex and difficult conditions. Peak performing individuals weigh each domain of human experience (mind, body and spirit) with equal importance, implement
practices to support the type of ongoing behavior they desire, and use experiential learning to ensure that they are able to put their learning into action. High performance begins with increased awareness - the ability to understand and act upon stimuli in alignment with what one really cares about.
In this interactive session, we introduce high performance practices that support survival and thriving of the woman warrior within her organization and the communities she serves. We do this by creating the context and
experiences allowing you to reconnect with what you care about, and begin
to establish practices to support the outcomes you want in work and life.
-Experience powerful practices to generate higher performance both in life and at work
-Improved command presence and more effective decision-making in critical scenarios
-See new possibilities and achieve break through towards personal goals
-Develop deeper insight into building trust in complex environments
-Create a centering practice to manage stress and be your most powerful in the moment.
Minnesota Association of Women Police
Location: St. Cloud Police Department
Times: 0800- 1700
Cost: Law Enforcement $200 ; Students $100.00
*Price includes lunch both days.
Lodging: Holiday Inn & Suites for a rate of $92.95 before August 21st.
Call 320-253-9000 to reserve under the MAWP Block of rooms.
*Hotel provides complimentary breakfast.
*This is also the location of the hospitality room.
Hospitality Room Information:
September 20th and 21st: Holiday Inn & Suites Vikings Room
Unique networking opportunity to connection with female LEOs from across the state. Food and some beverages will be provided.