Minnesota’s Criminal Justice Associations

Posted April 25, 2014 | By csponline



Criminal justice is a demanding field, both mentally and emotionally. As a student or professional in law enforcement, corrections or the court system, you know firsthand that stress and challenges are often associated with your work. And because the criminal justice system is so complex, continued education and support are key for success in this dynamic discipline. Whether you are currently pursuing a degree in criminal justice or are already working in the field, joining a criminal justice organization is a great way to connect with other criminal justice professionals in your area while benefiting from training and the community. We’ve put together a guide to some of the most popular criminal justice associations in Minnesota and the Midwest to serve as a resource for Concordia criminal justice students and professionals.

Midwestern Criminal Justice Association 

This group aims to foster better communication and collaboration among criminal justice researchers, academics and researchers in the Midwest and beyond. They are affiliated with the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. The Midwestern Criminal Justice Association organizes an annual meeting to showcase some of the important criminal justice work being done throughout the region. They also sponsor the Journal of Crime and Justice as an outlet for high-quality articles related to the criminal justice field. For more information, visit the website.

Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association 

Founded in 1922, the MPPOA’s members include rank-and-file municipal police officers, county deputy sheriffs and peace officers employed by the state of Minnesota. It is the largest organization representing police officers in Minnesota. The mission of this association includes the following:

  • Organize and coordinate the activities of all police officers in the state of Minnesota.
  • Promote efficiency in police work.
  • Maintain the highest standards of ethics, integrity, honor and courtesy.
  • Encourage and support the effective, practical and thorough training of police officers.
  • Create a spirit of brotherhood.

For more information, visit the MPPOA website.

Professional Law Enforcement Assistants Association

This group is a nonprofit professional organization for support staff of Minnesota law enforcement agencies. PLEAA’s aim is to provide specialized law enforcement training and networking opportunities for administrative assistants and support staff working in the profession. The functions PLEAA sponsors strive to develop stronger skills and community relationships so that assistants can better serve their officers and departments. PLEAA holds two training sessions each year, in April and November. For more information, visit the website here.

Minnesota Association of Women Police 

This organization ensures that women experience an environment of equality in the law enforcement workplace. MAWP works to achieve this through utilizing, investing and celebrating the individual talents, skills and strengths of its members. It is an affiliate of the International Association of Women Police, which has members worldwide. The goals of MAWP are as follows:

  • Act as a strong, interrelated network and support system.
  • Serve as a comprehensive source of information and referral.
  • Provide professional and technical excellence.
  • Contribute leadership and planning through legislative participation.
  • Provide training opportunities.
  • Foster a standard of organizational and individual behavior and responsibility.

For more information, visit the MAWP website.

Minnesota Sheriffs’ Association 

The Minnesota Sheriffs’ Association seeks to propose, endorse and support legislation that better enables sheriffs to complete their duties effectively. This organization also opposes legislation that threatens to diminish the office of sheriff. It consists of 87 Minnesota sheriffs and their staffs, and represents multiple regions. For more information, visit the website here.

Minnesota Society for Criminal Justice

This group comprises approximately 50 criminal defense lawyers in Minnesota. It meets to discuss developments in Minnesota criminal law and DWI defense practice. Members contribute and benefit through sharing information, briefs, arguments and brainstorming. The Minnesota Society for Criminal Justice also supports changes in legislation when necessary to promote justice. The MSCJ is committed to protecting and advancing civil and constitutional rights. For more information, visit the website.

Criminal Justice at Concordia

The online Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice program at CSP consists of 40 credit hours and is designed for adult students who need the flexibility of attending class on their own schedule. We’ve designed this degree program for criminal justice professionals who want to advance their career through enhanced skill sets and knowledge. Our program will give you a deeper understanding of constitutional law and the administration and organization of the criminal justice system. This 7-week course gets you on track to meeting your professional goals faster while still benefiting from the quality of a Concordia education.


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