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Handmade conference notecards made with Strawberry Jude Stamps

This year’s OJP conference was a blast. My colleagues and I got to attend multiple breakout sessions. I learned about: Advocating for victims with criminal records A new program providing follow up services to DV related 911 calls Finding help for those who are cyber stalked A new community corrections program to help women abusers, and How the DOC is working to keep victims informed. Keep checking This Side for the in-depth… Read More

Next month, Linda Flanders a retired San Fransisco police officer is giving my colleagues and I a crash course in de-escalation for mental health crises. If you want to check out what she is teaching, you can buy a copy of her book: Crisis Intervention 101: De-escalation Steps for Law Enforcement, First Responders and Everyone Else. For those less inclined to buy a book, stick around. I’ll post a quick summary of what I learned.

I’m really excited to be joining everyone at the OJP conference next month. This year’s conference is titled Justice for All:  Moving from Disparity to Equity. For more information, or to register please visit Minnesota’s Office of Public Safety: Office of Justice Programs website. See you there.  

Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not. Dr. Seuss, The Lorax