contributed by Laurie Rosas, Criminal Justice Instructor
Waite Park Chief of Police David Bentrud recently visited the Minnesota School of Business-St. Cloud campus’ Criminal Justice Administration class. Formerly a St. Cloud police officer, Bentrud has been with the city of Waite Park since 2008 and is also an adjunct professor at St. Cloud State University.
Instructor Laurie Rosas said, “his responses [to students] were those of a CJ professional who possesses great integrity, fairness, and concern for community safety.”
Bentrud discussed hiring practices, budgeting concerns, personnel issues, conflict resolution, and a number of other issues related to the role of a Criminal Justice Administrator. According to Rosas, he provided great insight into the need for the CJ professional to, first and foremost, possess a passion for the work. Bentrud stressed that a CJ professional must be a “people person,” mediator and one who can display a “command presence,” when encountering potentially explosive situations.
Chief Bentrud demonstrated that education, dedication, honesty, and integrity goes a long way in the Criminal Justice profession. With patience, passion, and tenacity, goals and dreams can be achieved, so set the bar high!