MN Explorers Competition
2017 Minnesota Law Enforcement Exploring Program (MLEEA) Annual State Conference | Rochester, MN
The MCPA continues to be a sponsor of the Crime Prevention scenario that takes place during this annual conference that benefits hundreds of Minnesota youth interested in law enforcement careers. Several members of the MCPA Board of Directors participate in the annual MN Law Enforcement Explorers Competition which traditionally occurs yearly in April.
The MCPA Board Members judge the crime prevention scenario which can be one of two scenarios. In even numbered years the scenario consists of a crime prevention quiz and a "Neighborhood Watch Start-Up Meeting" on neighborhood watch/operation identification before the judges who are acting as a group of concerned citizens who are interested in forming a neighborhood watch in their community. In odd numbered years the scenario consists of a crime prevention quiz and a home security survey presentation to judges who are acting as a resident whose home had been burglarized and was interested in learning if there were any specific security improvements that could be made in order to make them less likely of becoming a victim of burglary again.
The Crime Prevention quiz usually consists of a 15 point quiz on a variety of Crime Prevention topics. The quiz includes multiple choice, true/false, and fill in the blank. The team average on the quiz is then added to the final team score for their presentation. A maximum of 50 points is possible.
The 15 point quiz will include questions based on general crime prevention concepts (including Operation Identification), the history of crime prevention, and information found in the booklet, "What to do Before the Burglar Comes".
This competition is not only designed to teach police explorers about crime prevention programs but also to help them develop their public speaking skills.
The MCPA once again donated $600 ($200 for 1st, $150 for 2nd, $100 for 3rd, $75 for 4th and 5th) in Visa Gift cards to the top five finishers of the competition. The gift cards were given directly to the winning teams in order to help them support their Explorer Program.
MCPA Members interested in helping to plan for next year’s event should watch for e-mail notification of the first planning meeting to revise the scenario and materials.
Winning teams in the 2017 Crime Prevention competition were:
|1st Place||31A||Edina-Eden Prairie Police Department|
|2nd Place||12B||Chaska Police Department|
|3rd Place||18A||Crystal Police Department|
|4th Place||26A||Maple Grove Police Department|
|5th Place||35A||New Brighton Police Department|
MCPA Annual Conference
The MCPA hosts an annual statewide conference in October of each year. This conference features; educational breakout sessions, exhibitors, silent auction, Bingo, and several networking opportunities. The conference is a great way to learn about crime prevention topics and network with a variety of officers from many different agencies throughout Minnesota.