The mission of the Lakes Area Law Enforcement Association (LALEA) is to build a positive and mutually beneficial, long-term partnership between the community and law enforcement.
The Lakes Area Law Enforcement Association provides support for the Brainerd Police Department Citizen Police Academy and the Crow Wing Sheriff’s Academy. These programs provide 15 or more hours of instruction in the functions of various departments of each organization; completion of either of these academies will qualify a volunteer to join LALEA.
LALEA supports the Brainerd Police Department, Baxter Police Department, and Crow Wing County Sheriff's Department as volunteers. Members assist with traffic control at the Fourth of July parade, the Brainerd Police Department's Annual Halloween Safety Event, in-line skating events, triathlons, Susan Koman Race for the Cure, the Memory Walk, 4-H Fun House, etc.
Shop with a Cop
LALEA also assists the Brainerd and Baxter Police Departments with a Christmas project called Shop with a Cop. In early December, 60 needy children have a chance to eat breakfast with police officers and LALEA members, after which the officers and LALEA members help the children shop for Christmas presents at area businesses at no cost to the children or their families.
Crow Wing County Fair
Each year the LALEA has a booth in the Public Safety Building at the Crow Wing County Fair, where we hand out approximately 1,000 public safety coloring books and boxes of color crayons to school-age children. We also hand out additional public safety information brochures to others.
Funds for the above events are raised with grants from Crow Wing Power, Minnesota Power, Walmart, Fleet Farm, and Target, as well as from brat sales and annual dues.
If you would like additional information about the Lakes Area Law Enforcement Association, please contact Karon at 218-829-7278.