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MACPO wants to thank all of those who attended our 60th Annual Spring Conference this week. We greatly appreciate all the support from our members, speakers, and vendors.

A special thank you to all the Past MACPO Presidents for joining us this year to ring in the 60th year.  



Changes ahead as DVS transitions to MNLARS

Minnesota criminal justice agencies will soon obtain driver and vehicle data from a new system. The Department of Public Safety Driver and Vehicle Services (DVS) will replace its mainframe system with the Minnesota Licensing and Registration System, or MNLARS. DVS designed the new system to be more efficient and secure. The transition to the new system will begin on July 25.

What does this mean for you?

Because you use the BCA’s Law Enforcement Message Switch (LEMS) to access DVS driver and vehicle data, this transition will mean minimal changes for you. No action is needed on your end, but you may notice some differences in how information from the system looks.

Vehicle information will move to the new system on July 25, 2017. DVS will provide some additional functionality in the fall. You will receive additional information about that as the date nears.

Driver information will move to MNLARS in phases beginning in 2018.

Questions and feedback

Please pass this information along to all appropriate personnel at your agency. Please send any questions about MNLARS or your access to DVS data to the BCA Service Desk at bca.servicedesk@state.mn.us.

As of 7/25/2017 the transition to MNLARS is complete. 


For an updated list of residential treatment programs across the state of Minnesota please click on the PDF provided below. This document provides contact information for juvenile and adult programs.

Residential Resource Directory 2017.pdf

Please join MACPO in congratulating the following 2017 award winners:

*Al Reker Distinguished Service Award : Brian "Abe" Abrahamson

*Outstanding Performance Award: Bryan Harris

*Rookie Agent of the Year: Kaylee Henson

*Excellence in Corrections Award: Otter Tail County DWI Court Program

*MACPO Superior Service Award: Evonn Westcott

The Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee (JJAC) works hard to advance protections for youth in Minnesota.  Below is a report that JJAC has put together to describe what it is they do and how they assist juveniles in local communities.


JJAC Annual Report 2016.pdf 

Please enjoy the article posted below provided by Star Tribune.

"Yes, Minnesota has a low prison population, but that's not the whole story"




Congratulations to our 2016 scholarship winner 

Nicole Seymour

Williams Diamond Center of Mankato, MN, has partnered with MACPO for our 2017 Spring Conference by donating a beautiful 14K white gold pendant with 19 diamonds, situated on a 14K white gold chain. Retail priced at $898.00; a stunner! This item will be given away during our grand prize drawing at the conference! Be sure to attend!


MACPO and American Probation and Parole Association (APPA) Partnership 


The APPA Leadership Institute provides community corrections professionals with a fundamental understanding of leadership within the community corrections area. This course serves those from all different backgrounds and cultures. For more information on what this course has to offer, as well as other information about APPA please visit their website at




 MACPO President

Eric Johnson


We hope everyone had a great Fourth of July!  The 60th MACPO Spring Conference was dubbed by many, “The Best MACPO Ever.”  Conference attendees enjoyed superb training, lots of networking, and fun activities at night.  The conference started with Carmen Rodriguez, who encouraged us to discover our 5 “Cs,” and wrapped up with Dick Beardsley inspiring us in our work with our clients. We honored past MACPO Presidents by offering a fantastic boat ride.  These folks had such a great time, you would have thought the boat actually left shore.  Congratulations to all the award winners, scholarship recipient, and coin finders (from Carver County- shocker).  A huge thank you to all who attended the conference, as well as our vendors, who provided information and hospitality throughout the conference.  

As President-Elect the past year, I became familiar with the inner workings of MACPO.  I admit, albeit sheepishly, my MACPO committee service is quite far removed.  I forgot the time spent and many decisions made for the purpose of bringing training and opportunity to corrections personnel around the state of Minnesota.  Along with the hard work and dedication from the E-Board, all members of MACPO are dedicated to ensuring MACPO continues to be a leading organization in the field of corrections.  This coming year will be no different, as we continue to lead with the same dedicated committee chairs.  Only minimal changes will occur in this regard.  Carter Diers will transition from Treasurer to President Elect, and Alex Hirman will take Carter’s role as Treasurer. 

In late July or early August, the MACPO Executive Board Steering Committee will meet for the purpose of charting the course for the next year.  As we enter in this discussion, we use the groundwork already laid by outgoing President Jon Schiro and outgoing Past President Neal Huemoeller. Many thanks to those two gentlemen for their work and dedication to their respective offices. 

I’m looking forward to a very successful and collaborative 2017-2018 MACPO! 








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