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Candidate for 2010 IACP Office: Mark Dunaski

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Mark Dunaski
Chief of Police
Minnesota State Patrol, St. Paul, Minnesota
Candidate for IACP Fourth Vice President

he IACP is an organization that provides value and guidance to the law enforcement community. Nearly every member of our organization has faced challenges that are atypical to what we have witnessed in decades. Whether your agency has 2 members or 10,000 members, the economy and our rapidly changing environment have impacted all of us. At times like these, the IACP and its leadership are more critical than ever.

After serving in the United States Air Force, I began my career with the Minnesota State Patrol (MSP) in 1982. The 900 members of the MSP work hard to serve the state’s population and visitors. I’ve held a number of positions in the organization and have enjoyed all of them; however, I am particularly proud of my tenure as chief. The position has allowed me to interact with agencies across Minnesota and the country while furthering our mutual public safety goals. I am also proud of my current position as the general chair of the IACP Division of State and Provincial Police (S&P). This position and my service on the IACP Board of Officers have permitted me to expand my passion for collaboration beyond the borders of Minnesota and the United States.

I am a self-admitted workaholic who is energized by challenge and who demonstrates passion in whatever I do. Throughout my tenure as an officer, a chief, and an IACP board member, I have identified several central concepts that define both who I am and what I believe in.

Collaboration. Whether you work for a federal, state, local, or tribal organization, collaboration is critical. Effective collaboration goes beyond traditional public safety agencies to include many stakeholder groups and private industry partners committed to making our communities better. Each of us needs to work hard to remove remaining barriers in an effort to increase the effectiveness of our relationships. In my tenure with the MSP and the IACP, I have strived to create positive relationships across a wide spectrum of governmental and nongovernmental organizations in an effort to achieve individual and mutual mission successes.

Training. In our rapidly changing world, training and education are critical not only for law enforcement executives, but for all agency members. Moreover, law enforcement leaders around the world look to the IACP for timely, relevant, and professional training. I am a strong proponent of education as demonstrated by my commitment to advocating for traditional education as well as for the law enforcement skills necessary to keep our officers alive while increasing agency professionalism.

Leadership. Leadership is a hallmark of the IACP. The focus on leadership has never been more relevant than in our period of shifting economic priorities, generational differences within our agencies, and changing social norms. The IACP Leadership in Police Organizations (LPO) is a dynamic training program addressing many of our non-managerial challenges. It is a program that I believe will have a significant impact on law enforcement leadership in the future. After attending the entire course as a student, I have since completed the facilitator training and enjoy endorsing the program by proving its value to my agency and to others.

Strategic planning. Strategic planning provides the roadmap into the future for our agencies. It provides direction toward the achievement of our mission and vision in addition to providing feedback on our successes and challenges. These guideposts help keep organizations focused even during challenging periods. I am proud to say that I have been involved in both leading and participating in a number of strategic planning efforts. I am fortunate to have participated as an IACP board member in the current strategic planning process, which will enable the IACP to more effectively fulfill its mission of advocacy for police chiefs around the world.

Public safety. At some point, most of us took an oath to protect and serve. Regardless of who we work for, the safety of the citizens we serve is our paramount objective. The traditional and the emerging issues and challenges confronting public safety and law enforcement are too numerous to mention. The IACP will need to continue to advocate, support, and promote police practices that will ultimately enhance the quality of life for those we serve.

There are many more issues I’d enjoy discussing with you as you make your decision about who to vote for. I encourage each of you to visit my website,, to gain additional information about me and what I stand for. I welcome you to contact me through the website should you have any questions or concerns. Most of all, I assure you I will bring passion, commitment, and integrity to everything I do as your fourth vice president of the IACP. ■   



From The Police Chief, vol. LXXVII, no. 8, August 2010. Copyright held by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, 515 North Washington Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 USA.

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