Thank you to everyone who participated in the recent Northwest Chapter conference held in Rapid City, SD. Great training and networking opportunities were had by all!
Members joined in-person and virtually, including newer graduates such as Josh Phillips, NA Session 277, and more senior members including Richard Kotasek, NA Session 92, who is tied for the chapter’s second most senior member! Winning unofficial recognition for having traveled furthest is Dave Rash, NA Session 246, of the Oregon Chapter.
While the weather was cool, everyone enjoyed our annual pistol shoot on September 11th, hosted by the Minneapolis Division of the FBI. Thanks to wonderful support from Panasonic, the shoot was followed by a catered barbecue lunch!
The open law enforcement division was won by Nick Dahlberg of the Ramsey, MN Police Department and the FBINAA member division was won by Darin Hill, NA Session 245, of the Hopkins, MN Police Department. Congratulations to our winners!
Secretary/treasurer Dave Kvam, NA Session 231, was the lucky winner of a pistol provided by CZ-USA.
A special thank you is owed our sponsors, including Panasonic, Sanford Health, Verizon, CZ-USA, Extra Duty Solutions, First Tactical, and Off Duty Management, for without their support the conference would not have been possible.
Deputy Police Chief Erika Scheider, NA Session 262, was promoted to chief of the Roseville, MN Police Department September 1st, with the retirement of Chief Mathwig the day prior. Erika joined the Roseville Police Department in 1997 as a patrol officer. Since that time, she has served as a detective, sergeant, lieutenant over several divisions, and deputy chief. Erika holds a master’s degree from the University of St. Thomas, is an adjunct faculty member at the same institution, and also instructs for the MN Chiefs of Police Association Leadership Academy.
When announcing Erika’s promotion to Chief, City Manager Trudgeon said of her, “Erika’s years of experience and relationships within the Roseville community provides a valuable asset, and her commitment to community-based law enforcement will serve the community well as the role of law enforcement evolves.” Congratulations Erika!
Chief Rick Mathwig, NA Session 227, retired after 31 years with the Roseville, MN Police Department on August 31st. During the course of his career Rick served as a patrol officer, investigator, sergeant, lieutenant, captain, and was named chief in 2010. Of Chief Mathwig’s tenure as police chief, City Manager Patrick Trudgeon said in part, “During his tenure, Chief Mathwig has made the Roseville Police Department a leader in Minnesota for police department transparency and accountability,” and “Chief Mathwig’s service to Roseville for 31 years is greatly appreciated and the community will greatly miss his expertise and approach.” Well done, Rick, and congratulations!