Rotary Club of Minneapolis University
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Minneapolis University

A small and mighty group of local professionals and a global network of 1.2 million Rotarians.

We meet Wednesdays at 12:00 PM
The Graduate Hotel Minneapolis, formerly Radisson
615 Washington Avenue Southeast
Upper level
Minneapolis, MN  55414
United States
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Meeting Date: June 6, 2018

sheriff richard stanek 

The Opioid Crisis in Minnesota

As a 33-year veteran of law enforcement, Sheriff Stanek began in the Minneapolis Police Department, rising through the ranks from Patrol Officer to Commander of Criminal Investigations. While serving as a police officer, Sheriff Stanek was elected five times to the Minnesota State Legislature, where he served as Chair of the Crime Prevention and Public Safety Committee. In 2003, the Governor appointed him Commissioner of Public Safety & Director of Homeland Security for Minnesota. Upon taking office in 2007, Sheriff Stanek redirected the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office mission to include fighting violent crime, leveraging technology to prevent crime, and enhancing outreach with diverse communities. These initiatives are conducted in partnerships with federal and local law enforcement agencies, and they have contributed to an historic decrease in violent crime countywide. Sheriff Stanek created new crime-fighting units at the Sheriff’s Office that serve law enforcement agencies and communities countywide. The Hennepin County Violent Offender Task Force conducts focused investigations on the county’s most violent offenders. The Criminal Information Sharing & Analysis unit works with law enforcement partners to provide analysis on crime trends and criminal activity in an effort to prevent and solve crime. Sheriff Stanek has brought new awareness to several emerging public safety threats. He coordinated town hall meetings and legislative advocacy to target the heroin epidemic, prescription drug abuse, and human trafficking.

In Minnesota, he has led the effort to improve treatment for inmates with mental illness by expediting medically-appropriate care. On the national level, Sheriff Stanek participated in President Obama’s law enforcement working group that addressed the intersection of mental illness and gun violence, and at his direction, the Sheriff’s Office was named as one of 15 demonstration sites for the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing Throughout his career, Sheriff Stanek has created opportunities to connect at-risk kids with positive role models. He founded the Hennepin County Sheriff Foundation, which provides programs for disadvantaged youth and support Sheriff’s Office volunteers. He also serves in leadership roles for local non-profit groups that help youth including Treehouse and the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities Sheriff Stanek is past-president of the Minnesota Sheriffs’ Association. On the national level, the U.S. Secretary of Commerce appointed him to the board of FirstNet, which is developing a wireless broadband network for public safety. He is the 2nd Vice-President of the National Sheriffs’ Association, and the Vice-President of the Homeland Security Committee for the Major County Sheriffs’ Association.


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615 Washington Avenue S.E., Minneapolis

Washington Avenue is open for limited vehicle access. If traveling by car, take I-94 (from either direction) to the Huron Blvd. exit and turn left on Washington Avenue. Proceed to the corner of Washington and Walnut. Turn right on Walnut and an immediate left into the Graduate Minneapolis Hotel valet parking.

The Green Line is now open for service and the Graduate Minneapolis Hotel is easy to access from either downtown Minneapolis or St. Paul. Green Line trains arrive and depart every 10 minutes throughout the day. Take the Green Line to the East Bank rail stop which is less than 1 block away from the Graduate Hotel. Fare: $1.75

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