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MACPO's 2018 Scholarship Winner is...
Tori is currently attending school at St. Cloud State University studying several Criminal Justice areas. She is currently an intern for Stearns County Community Corrections. With this position she has gained an extensive knowledge on how probation works, domestic violence courts, and resources available in the community that can help people. Tori also continues to volunteer her time with a non-profit organization that assists female victims of assault and battery.
She has put in a lot of time and effort into learning more about criminal justice avenues and shows a desire to help others.
MACPO is honored to award this scholarship to Tori.
MACPO would like to announce that Jessica Miller of Wright County has been awarded the 2018 Spotlight Award.
Jessica has worked with Wright County Court Services for over 5 years and has gone above and beyond her job duties to improve, change, and move the department forward.
She is a member of the CSTS Standards Committee and helps implement and crate the best standard for a system used state wide. Jessica has helped moved the office into a more "paperless" direction, allowing agents to work remotely more often. Jessica is part of the following committees: Vending Committee, SharePoint User Group Committee, and Web Committee.
Not only is she caring in her career, but also in her free time. She participates in several organizations in the community to help others. Congratulations Jessica and thank you for all the hard work that you do!!
MACPO would like to congratulate the following
2018 MACPO Award Recipients:
Excellence in Corrections Award: Brown Nicollet Watonwan Drug Court
Outstanding Performance: Marnie Humeniuk - Chisago County
Rookie Agent of the Year: Rachael Beckman - Isanti County
MACPO Superior Service Award: Deanna Ruffing - Nicollet County
Al Reker Award: Traci Green - Wabasha County
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
Hello MACPO Members!
As your MACPO President, I would first like to invite all corrections staff across the state to not only join this unique organization, but also to get involved on a committee. For me, getting involved with MACPO has led to close friendships and great opportunities for growth. Our members, volunteer board, and committee members are the best in the business!
Mark your calendars now for the 2019 MACPO Spring Conference. With your help, we have made some adjustments, so this next Spring Conference will be one week earlier on May 15, 2019, through May 17, 2019 (Breezy Point). The MACPO Spring Conference is a dynamic way to get your training in and network with other professionals with your stories and struggles. Also new is our Evidence-Based Practices (EBP) Track. Although academic research shows evidence-based practice to offender rehabilitation works, academic research does not always translate into practice. MACPO is working hard to partner in the training and implementation of such practices. Please join us at our next spring conference so that you can get your EBP training booster and stay up to date on the latest practices.
MACPO recognizes that correctional work is stressful and can place all employees, to include support staff, with high-risk individuals and in high-risk situations. This stress, caused by both critical incidents and cumulative job stress, has the potential to jeopardize work performance, safety, health, and relationships.
Further, if we expect agents to effectively engage in evidence-based practices, they need to be engaged and healthy. There is significant evidence that suggests that staff need to be healthy if there is to be successful implementation of EBP. This year, MACPO is doubling down on our efforts to deliver this skill to all members by sending three talented MACPO members to Phoenix, AZ to be trained to deliver these strategies to you. Along with an EBP track, we will be offering peer support and stress management sessions at regional trainings and at the MACPO Spring Conference.
MACPO and MCA have been working toward more collaboration. These discussions are going to make MACPO and MCA stronger and help bring our members more and better representation. Stay tuned for more combined trainings, communication, and representation.
Finally, I would like to invite each and every one of you to contact me personally if you have any suggestions.
Let’s move forward together!
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