Police and Social Services Conference


Services working together

Police and Social Services Conference

Sept. 8, 2016
Holiday Inn, St. Cloud

St. Cloud State's new Police and Social Services Conference will help police, social services and the community work together to get a better understanding of what police do and how social services can aid in times of crisis and need.

The conference is open to the public. Police officers who register and attend are eligible to receive POST credits. Social workers who register and attend are elegible to receive CEUs.

The Police and Social Services Conference was created by Dr. Sylvestor Amara Lamin in the School of Health and Human Services and Dr. Consoler Teboh in the Department of Social Work in partnership with the Center for Continuing Studies and the St. Cloud Police Department Campus Area Police Services team.

Who Should Attend?

  • Law enforcement of all levels, departments and agencies.
  • Individuals who work for a social service agency.
  • Anyone who would like to become more active in the community or learn about what police and social services do within the community.

Conference Topics

  • Collaborative Strategies for the Next 100 Years
  • Community Policing, Problem Solving and Collaboration.
  • Strengthening Community Trust and Collaboration with Police
  • Psychological First Aid for First Responders (Presented by Sandra Kruze of the American Red Cross)
  • Strengthening Relationships: The Importance of Community Policing Houses

Conference Speakers

Keynote Speaker

Dr. George Patterson

Associate Professor/New York State certified police instructor

Dr. George T. Patterson is an associate professor at the Silberman School of Social Work, Hunter College, City University of New York where he teaches courses in criminal justice and research methodology. He is a police social worker and New York State certified police instructor. After providing social work services to community residents for a mid-sized police department, Dr. Patterson’s clinical and research interests now focus on police stress and coping, and stress management for recruits and police officers. He has provided stress management training to recruits and police officers in numerous law enforcement organizations. His publications include the book "Social Work Practice in the Criminal Justice System;" "Police Social Work" in the Encyclopedia of Social Work; "Police Social Work and Community Policing" (forthcoming) in Oxford Social Work Bibliographies; and "Police Social Work Crisis Teams: Practice and Research Implications" in the journal Stress, Trauma and Crisis. A sample of his publications related to police stress include "Effects of stress management training on physiological, psychological, and behavioral outcomes among police officers and recruits" published by the U.S. Department of Justice; "Stress management intervention for police officers and recruits: A meta-analysis" published in the Journal of Experimental Criminology; and a forthcoming book chapter titled "The components of stress management interventions for law enforcement personnel." Dr. Patterson provided written testimony on stress management interventions that is included within the Officer Wellness and Safety topic of the May 2015 Final Report of the Task Force on 21st Century Policing established by President Barack Obama. 

Other Speakers

Dan Gregory Provost, St. Cloud State University
Monical Devers Dean, St. Cloud State University
Dave Kleis Mayor, St. Cloud, MN
Tim Gannon Chief of Police, Brooklyn Center, MN
David Bentrud Chief of Police, Waite Park, MN
Jim Hughes Chief of Police, Sartell, MN
Mike Tusken Chief of Police, Duluth, MN
Jeffrey Oxton Assistant Chief of Police, St. Cloud, MN
Greg Knoll Human Services Supervisor II (Social Services)
Nick Henderson Human Services Supervisor II (Corrections)
Peggy LaDue Executive Director, Central MN Sexual Assault Center
Sandra Kruse Child Protection Social Worker
David Singleton Chief Executive Officer, MN Community Policing
Sylvester Lamin Assistant Professor, Department of Social Work
Kevin Lindsey Commissioner of MN Department of Human Rights
Steve Bresnahan Executive Director for Catholic Charities
Consoler Teboh Assistant Professor, Department of Social Work

Conference Details & Fees

Date: Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016

Times: The conference will begin with registration/check-in at 7 a.m. followed by breakfast. The conference will adjourn at 5 p.m.

Location: Holiday Inn & Suites, 75 South 37th Ave, St. Cloud, MN, 56301

Conference Fees: $119, $69 for students and seniors.

Note: Rooms may be reserved under the St. Cloud State rate at the Holiday Inn & Suites in St. Cloud for attendees requiring lodging. Please contact the Holiday Inn directly for information and reservations at 320-253-9000.


  • Attendees (open until September 6 at 7:30 am) (Download registration form if paying by check.)
    • Registrations after September 2 at 3:00 pm will not include the meal.
  • Sponsors (open until September 6 at 7:30 am)

School of Health and Human Services Criminal Justice Students: Attendance is free with no registration needed, however no meal or certificate of attendace included.

For logistical information contact Tammy Anhalt-Warner at the Center for Continuing Studies at 320-308-4252 or tjanhaltwarner@stcloudstate.edu. For program related questions contact conference director, Sylvester Lamin at 320-308-1608 or salamin@stcloudstate.edu.

Special Accommodations:

To ensure full participation in this conference, please inform us about any dietary requirements or physical challenges which should be addressed prior to your arrival.