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Information for Corrections Officers

LELS is Minnesota’s largest labor union specializing only in the representation of Law Enforcement Personnel.
Dues stay in Minnesota, working for you! LELS is NOT affiliated with a national organization.

We Represent:

  • 4752 Licensed Peace Officers
  • 1339 Non-Licensed Corrections and 911 Dispatchers
  • 367 union locals across the state of Minnesota

What We Offer That You Can’t Get Anywhere Else:

  • Legal Defense Fund (LDF) which provides legal representation in criminal and civil matters which arise in the course and scope of your employment.
  • Membership with the Minnesota Police & Peace Officers Association (MPPOA) which looks out for the interests of our members by lobbying and advocating for members’ economic, social and professional advancement at the state legislature and in Washington D.C.
  • Local in-house staff attorneys, business agents and support staff that focus exclusively on your behalf.

Accomplishments Past & Future

  1. View the settlements we reached
  2. View the contracts we negotiated
  3. Continue to propose changes to the Corrections Officer Bill of Rights. 

Membership Comes with Responsibility

  1. Ask questions.
  2. Spread the word.
  3. Vote

Star tribune Article – Arbitrator rules Hennepin County must back pay $300,000 for ranking deputies

Hennepin County administrators withheld critical salary information during a contract arbitration with a group of ranking sheriff deputies, a move that will now cost the county more than $300,000, an arbitrator ruled.  For more information click Hennepin County Arbitration – News Story

2018 LELS Annual Meeting

The 2018 Annual Meeting was held at Arrowwood Resort in Alexandria MN.  The meeting was held in conjunction with the MPPOA.

Important business was conducted and lots of fun was had by all.

Save the date:  2019 Annual Meeting will be held June 8-11, 2019

2018 Lou Jeska Steward of the Year Award

Michael McDougall (Spike)

St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office






2018 LELS Distinguished Service Award

Ryan Sinclair

Clay County Sheriff’s Office





2018 Law Enforcement Labor Services Scholarship Recipient

Kyler Nesbit

LaCrescent, Minnesota

Nominated by:  Officer Christopher Frick



MPPOA recognized La Crescent Police Department Officers

Ryan Quanrud and Christopher Frick.







Jake Ayers

President of LELS










2016 Steward Training

We had a wonderful turnout for the Steward Training, our first in outstate Minnesota. This all day event featured training for new and experienced stewards covering a number of topics relating to representing members.

Isaac Kaufman, General Counsel, discussing issues with Internal Affairs


2016 Annual Meeting – Arrowwood Resort, Alexandria

Jake Ayers, President
Opening Speech

Fidelity Blueline Mortgage Presentation
by Matt Hodapp

Dave Lovass with Plaque for his service to LELS and their members

Ready to start the Golf Tournament

LELS Golf Tournament

Steward of the Year Presentation to
Jeff Haanson, Lakeville Police Department
LELS Local #128