About Us

The group

Public Safety Strategies Group was formed in 2018 by several public safety leaders who have experience that ranges from law enforcement and crisis management to public policy and issue advocacy. Our team is ready to work with you to achieve your goals by providing expertise and technical assistance.

Professional associations

We have been working with local and national public safety associations for decades and have the relationships, leadership and engagement experience that comes with those years of partnership. We are proud to be members of the following professional associations:

  • International Association Chiefs of Police (IACP)
  • Major County Sheriffs of America (MCSA)
  • American Correctional Association (ACA)
  • American Jails Association (AJA)
  • FBI National Executive Institute Assocaition (NEIA)
  • National Fraternal Order of Police (FOP)
  • National Sheriffs Association (NSA)
  • Police Executive Research Forum (PERF)
  • Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association (MCPA)
  • Minnesota Council of Non-Profits (MCN)
  • Minnesota Police & Peace Officers Association (MPPOA)
  • Minnesota Sheriffs Association (MSA)
  • Minnesota Special Operations Training Association (SOTA)
  • Small & Rural Law Enforcement Executives Association (SRLEEA)

Pro Bono work

Service to community is one of our guiding principles. Our team uses their passion and skill to help local and national organizations with a wide variety of projects. Pro Bono clients include:

  • Leadership International Counter-Terrorism (LinCt)
  • TreeHouse
  • Boys & Girls Clubs
  • Minnesota 100 Club

Rich Stanek

Principal Consultant

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Rich Stanek has a lifetime of public safety and public policy experience that his clients are able to benefit from. Upon retiring as Sheriff of Hennepin County, he established PSSG and Stanek & Associates so that he could continue to grow and share his public safety expertise.

More than 35 years of public safety experience

  • Three term Sheriff of Hennepin County
  • Retired Captain from the Minneapolis Police Department
  • Minnesota's former Commissioner of Public Safety & Director of Homeland Security

State and federal public policy experience

  • Vice Chair of the First Responder Network Authority FirstNet Board
  • Five term Member of the Minnesota House of Representatives
  • Chair of the MN House Crime Prevention and Public Safety Committee

Education that matches the experience

  • Criminal Justice Degree from the University of Minnesota
  • Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Hamline University