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Pequot Lakes: Chief Klang to attend FBI National Academy

Pequot Lakes Police Chief Eric Klang will attend the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia, from October to December this year. The city council on Tuesday, March 7, authorized Klang to accept the invitation. Police Sgt. Chad Turcotte will b...

Eric Klang
Eric Klang

Pequot Lakes Police Chief Eric Klang will attend the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia, from October to December this year.

The city council on Tuesday, March 7, authorized Klang to accept the invitation. Police Sgt. Chad Turcotte will be acting chief in Klang's absence.

In a memo to the council, Klang said involvement in the FBI Academy is by invitation only through a nomination process. Participants are drawn from every state and from over 150 international partners with only 1 percent of law enforcement invited to attend.

"It's no easy feat," he told the council.

By phone Monday, Klang said he filled out an application to attend the academy several years ago.

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"It's a pretty big honor not just for me, but for the community as well. It's really about looking for those leaders who are making a difference in law enforcement," he said.

The FBI Academy is known for its academic excellence and is taught by the best instructors from across the FBI, Klang said in the council memo. The academy focuses on leadership development, critical thinking and legal issues, as well as the six pillars from the President's Task Force for 21st Century Policing, which are: Building trust and legitimacy; policy and oversight; technology and social media; community policing and crime reduction; training and education; and officer wellness and safety.

"The benefits from this academic experience will trickle down to the officers and community in many positive ways," Klang wrote in his memo.

By phone he said he looks forward to working on his master's and gaining knowledge from great instructors as it relates to critical thinking, leadership development, the 21st Century Policing task force and community policing.

"It'll be real practicable, real applicable," he said, noting he can share what he learns with law enforcement throughout Crow Wing County.

He also looks forward to seeing how others across the world provide police services and how local law enforcement stacks up with other agencies across the country. He hopes to bring back new ideas to implement.

The council agreed 3-1 to allow Klang to attend the academy, and to use funds in the police department budget to give Turcotte a pay hike while he serves as acting chief and to pay part-timers for extra work. Mayor Nancy Adams was opposed to that pay option.

She had proposed that Klang's salary be reduced while he is away, with the reduction going to Turcotte. She also suggested to set aside $3,000 for part-time officers to cover shifts while Klang is gone (estimated at once a week), saying any of that money not used would go back toward Klang's salary.

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The council voted 2-2 against that idea, with Adams and council member Mimi Swanson in favor, and council members Scott Pederson and Randy Loukota opposed. Council member Jerry Akerson was absent.

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Nancy Vogt is editor of the Pineandlakes Echo Journal, a weekly newspaper that covers eight communities in the Pequot Lakes-Pine River areas - from Nisswa to Hackensack and Pequot Lakes to Crosslake.

She started as editor of the Lake Country Echo in July 2006, and continued in that role when the Lake Country Echo and the Pine River Journal combined in September 2013 to become the Pineandlakes Echo Journal. She worked for the Brainerd Dispatch from 1992-2006 in various roles.

She covers Nisswa, Pequot Lakes, Lake Shore and Crosslake city councils, as well as writes feature stories, news stories and personal columns (Vogt's Notes). She also takes photos at community events.

Contact her at nancy.vogt@pineandlakes.com or 218-855-5877 with story ideas or questions. Be sure to leave a voicemail message!
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