Minnesota Police Leadership Students Visit NBWA to Learn About Advocacy

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A group of graduate students who are police officers and managers in the Police Leadership Program at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota, and the Director of the Police Leadership Program, William Carter, III reached out to the National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) to coordinate a visit with staff to learn about the role business associations play in shaping public policy and how it relates to the police officers’ work. 

As part of the officers’ graduate program in police leadership, the group was on a week-long visit to a wide range of offices in Washington, D.C.  Over the course of their visit, the group met with legislators, lobbyists, law enforcement and other policy agencies. 

On July 21, NBWA hosted the group of 17 officers at NBWA headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia, where Chief Advocacy Officer Mike Johnson and Vice President, Communications and Public Affairs Rebecca Spicer spoke with the group about current issues facing the beer industry.

Johnson spoke to the officers about their role in the regulation of alcohol and their work in the field.  From this discussion, Carter noted that “the officers were able to gain a better understanding of the regulation of alcohol and the importance of having checks and balances in the manufacture, distribution and sale of alcoholic beverages.”

Carter stressed the importance of a business association in the federal policymaking process, which is one of the topics the officers are studying. 

“The students were able to see how technology and the internet are pushing access to alcohol and consider future public policy surrounding it,” Carter said.

The officers rounded out their trip with a visit to the United States Holocaust Museum to participate in the police training program.

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