Police and Social Services Conference

Police with students

Services working together

Police and Social Services Conference

Sept. 28, 2017
Courtyard by Marriott, St. Cloud

The Department of Social Work in the School of Health and Human Services is excited to hold the 2nd annual conference on Police and Social Services.  

Police officers are eligible to receive POST credits and social workers are eligible to receive CEUs.

The Police and Social Services Conference was created by Dr. Sylvestor Amara Lamin and Dr. Consoler Teboh in partnership with the Center for Continuing Studies, Department of Criminal Justice Studies, Department of Public Safety, and the St. Cloud Police Department.  This conference will demonstrate the benefits of creating an opportunity for police, social services, and the community to work together.  It will also provide a better understanding of what police do and how social services can aid in times of crisis and need.

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
  • Anyone who wants to learn about police and social services agencies

Conference Agenda and Topics

Conference Agenda

Conference Topics:

  • Race relations with police in the USA
  • Acknowledging and dispelling distrust
  • Addressing racial profiling
  • Building partnerships between the police and social services
  • Myths about policing
  • Community policing in the 21st century
  • Addressing disrespect of law enforcement
  • Can killings on both sides be stopped?
  • Making everyone in the community count
  • Policing versus service provision


Conference Speakers

Wm Blair Anderson picture

Keynote Speaker

Wm. Blair Anderson, Chief, St. Cloud Police Department

Wm. Blair Anderson is Chief of Police of the St Cloud Police Department and has been a licensed peace officer for 20 years. He commands 108 sworn officers and 45 civilians with an operating budget of approximately $17.5 million dollars.

Prior to coming to St Cloud, Chief Anderson was the Chief Deputy Sheriff of the Carver County Sheriff’s Office. In that capacity, he managed a $16 million dollar budget, and oversaw the day to day operations of the sheriff’s office including 160 licensed and civilian personnel, Jail Administration and Sheriff’s Office Operations.

Before assuming his duties at Carver County, Chief Anderson served for 15 years at the Dakota County Sheriff’s Office, where he started as an intern. During his time at Dakota County his assignments included; court security, patrol, narcotics, detective, Supervisor of Detectives, Fraud Unit Supervisor, and stints as Commander of Operations as well as Detention Services.

During his tenure as Jail Commander at the Dakota County Jail, he developed and implemented mentoring, ex-offender re-entry, juvenile detention alternative initiatives, public safety, and crime prevention community outreach programs. His programming was recognized by the County Commission and placed on the County’s list of “Board Goals” for fiscal year 2008.

Chief Anderson is credentialed to teach by MNSCU (Minnesota State Colleges and Universities) and serves as an Adjunct Professor at St. Cloud State University.

Chief Anderson earned a Master’s Degree in Public Safety Administration from St. Mary’s University and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy’s 232nd Session.

Chief Anderson is an eight-year United States Army veteran, including active duty service during Operation Desert Storm.

 Community Service:

 Inver Hills Community College Alumni Association Board Member

  • First Judicial District Criminal Justice Council Member
  • Equal Justice Committee Member
  • Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative Member
  • MN Youth Leadership Academy Coordinator / Counselor
  • United Way of Central Minnesota Board of Directors
  • Minnesota State Guardian Ad Litem Board of Directors

Conference Details & Fees

Date:  Thursday, Sept. 28

Times:  Check-in is 7:30 a.m. Conference, including continental breakfast and lunch, runs through 5 p.m.

Conference Fee: $79, rising to $99 Sept. 16. Students and seniors are $29.

Location: Courtyard by Marriott, 404 West Saint Germain St., St. Cloud, Minnesota. A block of rooms is reserved. Call 320-654-1661 to make a reservation.


Registration closes Sept. 21, 2017

For logistical questions, contact Gail Ruhland at the Center for Continuing Studies at 320-308-5759 and gmruhland@stcloudstate.edu

For program-related questions, contact Sylvester Lamin, conference director, at 320-308-1608 and salamin@stcloudstate.edu.

Special Accommodations

To ensure full participation, inform us prior to your arrival about dietary requirements or physical challenges.

Conference Sponsorship

Sponsors registered by Sept. 21 will be listed in the program. 

$500 Gold Sponsorship

  • Seven event tickets, vendor booth, program listing

$350 Silver Sponsorship

  • Four event tickets, vendor booth, program listing

$200 Bronze Sponsorship

  • Three event ticket, vendor booth, program listing