I would like to start by saying thank you to everyone for the tremendous work that went into the conference in Duluth in January. The evaluations were reviewed and the board has looked at them to see where we can improve for a better 2018 conference, which will be held again in Duluth.
I am excited and a little nervous to step in as President of the Minnesota Juvenile Officers Association. We have had many good things happen with our organization over the past year. Thanks to the hard work of our past President Adam Gau, and the Executive Board, we have partnered with AAA for the Seat Belt Challenge and also with NASRO in hopes of sharing resources. We were also able to give out a $1000 scholarship in our organization's name, which I believe is a great thing. The scholarship will continue to be part of our goal as an organization. It is my goal to continue these relationships and to make our 2018 conference even better.
As I said at the close of our conference, we as a board welcome at any time your input on speakers, presenters, at any time. . This organization would not be where it is today without input from all of our members. We all work towards a common goal of helping juveniles and keeping them out of the juvenile justice system.
I bring to this position an eagerness to make Minnesota Juvenile Officers Association a place for all of us to learn new things, share new ideas, and to have a place where we can reach out to one another for help when needed. As an SRO I know how frustrating it can be sometimes be to deal with juveniles, school administrators and parents, all while trying to make your schools and communities a safer place.
I am looking at 2017 as a year of challenges for the Executive Board, the organization, and myself. We are looking forward to obtaining a more secure financial future, that will assist us in planning future training and the 2018 conference. Our organization is available to all who work with juveniles. Feel free to contact me or any member of our Executive Board with any questions.
North Branch Police Dept.