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Faith Community Crime & Safety Symposium - CANCELLED


Where: Concordia University St. Paul, Buenger Education Center (Free Parking)
When: Friday, April 27, 2012 (Event Cancelled)
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Safety within the faith community is an important issue of our times. Education about safety, along with a broader understanding of the spiritual community, benefits all faiths. Concordia University, St. Paul seeks to build a better relationship and trust between all denominations of faith communities and the criminal justice system. Mainstream churches, synagogues, mosques and all faith communities are dealing with complex issues associated with crime and safety. There are many questions and uncertainties that face religious decision-makers and other key leaders in the area of crime and safety. The 2012 Faith Community, Crime and Safety Symposium will address these critical issues.


8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Registration (coffee, juice and rolls provided)
9:00 a.m. Welcome
9:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Session One — Recognizing and Initial Response to Crisis
10:30 a.m. Break
10:45 a.m. – Noon Session Two — Crisis Management, Best Practices, Whose Role is It
Noon Lunch (provided)
12:45 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Session Three — Duty to Report and Hiring Practice of Policies of
Employees and Volunteers in the Faith Community
2:15 p.m. Break (refreshments)
2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Panel — Symposium Speakers
3:30 p.m.

The Prevalence of Crime in Faith Communities:
Criminal statistics involving religious institutions in the United States in 2009:

  • More than 1,200 crimes against churches in 2009
  • 12 homicides
  • 38 other violent incidents
  • 3 sexual assaults
  • 3 kidnappings
  • Nearly 100 arsons
  • 700 burglaries
  • $24 million in property lost
  • Several other hate related crimes


Session One: Recognizing and Initial Response to Crisis
Pastor Dan Carlson - Founder of Public Safety Ministries, Chaplain for the Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association and Retired Eden Praire, MN Chief of Police

This session will identify the various types of crisis that faith communities and their members may experience. Crisis examples range from natural disasters, criminal acts, bias hate crimes, burglary, thefts and inappropriate criminal behavior of paid and/or volunteer church workers.

Session Two: Crisis Management and Best Practices - Whose Role is It?
Senator John Harrington - Retired St. Paul, MN Chief of Police

This session encompasses how faith community leaders and members would handle crisis management (working with law enforcement, other social services and victim advocacy organizations), best practices to follow (background checks, policy and protocol, data privacy) to who is responsible for taking the lead when these crisis' occur.

Session Three: Duty to Report and Hiring Practice and Policies of Employees and Volunteers in the Faith Community
wight G. Rabuse - Rabuse Law Firm, P.A. - Minneapolis, MN

Legal ramifications are explored in the areas of hiring practices, duty to report and whistle blowing in this session.


John Harrington

John Harrington was elected to the Minnesota State Senate in 2010.  He represents Minnesota’s 67th district, Saint Paul’s Far East Side. 

Senator Harrington is in his first term as a state senator.  He currently serves as a member of the Education Committee, Local Government and Elections Committee, and Judiciary and Public Safety Committee.  In addition he was appointed to the Senate Ethics Committee and Redistricting Committee.

Senator Harrington authored several pieces of legislation including: the Police Pursuit Crime bill and the Full Service School Zone bill.  He was the lead Democratic author on the Saint Paul Saints and Minnesota Viking bills as well as several other bonding bills.  Senator Harrington was also instrumental in defeating the Shoot First bill.   

Senator Harrington joins the Minnesota State Senate after serving as the 39th Police Chief for the city of Saint Paul.  He began his police career in 1977 the Saint Paul Police Department.  As Chief of Police, he tackled some of Saint Paul’s most difficult problems resulting in numerous successes, including the development of innovative programs that have greatly reduced domestic violence and gang involvement.  He also increased the diversity of the police department by 40% and worked with the private sector to increase police resources. 

Aside from his law enforcement career, Senator Harrington has been a faculty member at metropolitan State University since 1986, teaching Community Oriented Policing and Gangs.  Senator Harrington also serves on a variety of community boards including the Metropolitan State University, DeLaSalle High School, the Minnesota Humanities Commission, and the Upper Midwest Community Policing Institute

John attended DeLaSalle High School in Chicago, received his Bachelor of Arts Degree at Dartmouth College in Religion with a minor in Chinese, and earned a Masters Degree from the University of St. Thomas in Education.  He has also graduated from the FBI National Academy, the National Executive Institute, and the Harvard Senior Management Institute. 

John resides on Saint Paul’s East Side.  In what spare time he has, he enjoys dabbling in martial arts, philosophy, and ballroom dance.  He also enjoys spending time with his seven children and six grandchildren. 

Dwight G. Rabuse

Dwight Rabuse focuses his law practice in civil litigation and dispute resolution. He also offers broad-based general counsel support to commercial clients in Minnesota and around the country. He has secured substantial victories for his clients in construction law, employment law, intellectual property, and personal injury cases.

Since 2001, Dwight has secured more than $25 million in recoveries for his clients via verdicts and settlements.

Following graduation from law school, Dwight practiced for several years with the United States Department of Justice in Washington, DC. Initially he supported the Attorney General and senior Justice Department officials on judicial selection and legal policy matters. He also served as a speechwriter for Attorney General Meese and as a Special Assistant in the Civil Division, where he briefed and argued more than 25 federal appeals and authored numerous certiorari petitions and briefs to the United States Supreme Court.

In 1990 Dwight returned to the Twin Cities and joined the firm of Fabyanske, Svoboda, Westra, Davis & Hart, P.A. As a shareholder in that firm's construction law department, he represented clients from all sectors of the industry, including general contractors, subcontractors, design professionals, and sureties.

In 1994 he joined Honeywell as Senior Counsel for the Home and Building Control business unit, becoming the company's lead lawyer for construction law activities. In that role he lead efforts to reform and improvement contract documents, practices, and training. He managed outside counsel and served on the business' North American Field Board, where he assisted senior managers in formulating and implementing strategic initiatives.

Then, in 2000, Dwight returned to private. Since then, he has built the firm’s practice to serve regional, national, and international clients across a broad spectrum of civil law matters.  The Rabuse Law Firm has an active practice in litigation, other forms of dispute resolution, construction, intellectual property and employment law.

Outside the office, for several years Dwight hosted a locally produced political news and commentary program radio program. He continues to make regular guest appearances on local and national radio programs and contributes to a variety of legal and academic publications.

Dwight is a past president and current board member of the Twin Cities Chapter of the Federalist Society, an active member of the Construction Law section of the Minnesota State Bar Association, and a member of the Energy and Transportation Policy Committees of the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce. An Eagle Scout, he works in a variety of volunteer and leadership roles in the Boy Scouts and church organizations.

Questions can be directed to: Erv Weinkauf, Criminal Justice Department Chair, or at 651-603-6277. 



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