The two largest law enforcement issues that the federal government is dealing with today are police/public relations, and protection of the public against violent criminal activity. Over the past several years crime prevention programs have been proven effective in building relationships with the communities that we serve. And, as a result police/public relations are improved and criminal activity decreases. Unfortunately it is difficult for agencies to fund these programs, when faced with budget constraints. By working with Senator Klobuchar the MCPA is hoping to identify funding sources that can be accessed by law enforcement agencies, which can be used for continuing and growing effective crime prevention programs.
In the past year alone the MCPA has organized, sponsored, and financially supplemented training and programs for its members and their departments. We do know that these programs are both effective and cost efficient.