Field Training Officer: Basic

Presented by: Kevin Kelleher, Field Training Solutions

Monday-Wednesday, December 5-7, 2018, 8AM - 4PM.   $295

28 hours (POST Board Approved)

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Our San Jose-based field training officer course prepares newly appointed FTOs for the important and challenging role they have in shaping the future of today’s modern law-enforcement agencies.

This course develops FTOs to be the best trainers possible. It focuses on how to teach, how to coach, how to address training problems, and how to evaluate performance. Upon completion of the three-day classroom portion of this course, participants will return to their agencies for an orientation to the field-training program used by their agency. Your FTO coordinator, using our guide, will instruct the participants in the format, forms, timeline, capabilities and limitations of your particular program.

No matter what field-training program your agency uses, this course will meet your FTO-developmental needs


Field training philosophy
The role of the field-training officer
Communication skills
DISC personality profile
Adult learning
Learning preferences
Generational differences
How to create training opportunities
Performance documentation
Performance appraisal
Evaluation exercises


Kevin Kelleher served many assignments with the Chisholm (MN), Bloomington (MN), and Wayzata (MN) Police Departments, including patrol, SWAT, investigations, sergeant, K9 supervisor, and oversaw field-training programs for over ten years before retiring as chief of police. He is an alumnus of the Southern Police Institute’s Administrative Officers Course and the Senior Management Institute for Police. Kevin holds a Master’s Degree in Education and teaches at St. Mary’s University of Minnesota, in Minneapolis, and is an instructor and course director for Northwestern University’s Center for Public Safety in Evanston, Illinois.


Internal Affairs & Professional Standards for Law Enforcement

Presented by: Greg Anderson, On-Target Solutions Group

November 14  - 15, 2018, 8 AM - 4 PM.
14 hours (POST #10444-0004)

$249/ officer
$225/ if 3 or more from same agency

To view the course announcement, and to register, click here: 

South Metro IA 11-14-18


Who should attend: This nationally acclaimed course is for law enforcement executives, supervisors, internal affairs investigators, human resource personnel and anyone who desires to understand law enforcement professional standards and internal affairs investigations.



The professional standards model is a must for law enforcement and government officials to be prepared before a critical incident occurs. This course sets the stage for law enforcement professionals to create an agency wide practice of professional standards for all agency operations. In the covered material, attendees will understand "best practices" including how to avoid the problems before they occur and properly address issues that do arise.

This is a comprehensive course covering the entire internal affairs process through final discipline. Participants will learn the skills necessary to review, investigate and complete internal affairs investigations based on sound investigative techniques and within legal guidelines.

Topics Include:

• Current climate between public and police

• Breaking the cycle of mediocrity

• The professional standards model

• 5 root causes of discipline problems

• Stakeholders and their perceptions

• Types of internal investigations

• The complaint process

• The investigation process

• Officer involved shootings and major incidents

• Applicable case law

• Employee rights

• Appropriate discipline procedures

• Workplace searches

• False Complaints

• Official hearing requirements

• How discipline is determined

• The effect of untruthfulness


On-Target Solutions for Law Enforcement Supervisors

Presented by: Greg Anderson, On-Target Solutions Group

October 3 - 4, 2018, 8 AM - 4 PM
14 hours (POST #10444-0002)

$249/ officer
$225/ if 3 or more from same agency

For more information and to register, click here:

South Metro Supervision 10-03-18

Who should attend: Anyone who supervises or manages employees from the executive level to experienced or new front line supervisors, or those who desire to understand impactful supervisory practices.


This dynamic two day course is a career development tool to enhance and refine the leadership skills of law enforcement supervisors across a variety of organizations. Good supervision transcends agencies and provides the core principles of quality supervisory techniques. It also lays a strong groundwork of knowledge for those striving to be promoted to supervisory positions. Concentrating on the idea that people are the true assets of their agency, participants will understand the importance of their role in maximizing employee performance through strong supervision techniques. You will understand the value in developing flexibility in your leadership approaches to garner peak performance and meet organizational goals.

Topics Include:

• Qualities of excellence in supervision

• Developing the leader within

• Leadership, management and supervision strategies

• Making a difference in your agency

Communicating effectively both up and down the chain of command

• DISC personal profile system

Goal setting and implementation – the supervisors role

• Preparing meaningful performance evaluations


S.T.O.R.M. Combatives- Team Arrest & Control Instructor

Presented by: STORM Combatives

Strategy & Tactics on Redirecting Movement, for the purpose of lawful control & effective self defense

Monday-Friday, July 9-13, 2018

Tuition: $700

To register, click here.


As law enforcement officers we rarely respond to a dangerous incident without the aid of backup. So why do we so frequently operate as individuals when controlling an aggressive suspect? This course will teach specific, easy to learn methods for two or more officers to safely control fully assaultive suspects. These are time tested and proven techniques for keeping officers safe. This system is also effective at mitigating the use of higher levels of force which can lead to unnecessary injury, emotional stress and civil liability.
This course can easily be integrated with other tactics or systems. These physical skills are grounded in basic human kinetics with a focus on effective subject control. The secret of the success of our methods come through universal application. This allows officers to learn a minimal number of techniques, but have an ability to apply them under a wide array of circumstances. Officers attending this course can expect to develop improved ability to control dangerous suspects regardless of their existing skill set.
Course objectives include but are not limited to:
· Enhance subject compliance with the use of verbal de-escalation and soft-empty hand techniques
· Appropriately react to an assaultive subject at close quarters
· Develop skills in handcuffing and controlling resistant subjects
· Perform multiple-officer and single-officer takedowns on resistant subjects
The foundation of this course is built on empty-hand control techniques while integrating a holistic approach to the use of all force options. The principles taught in this course are not only easy to learn and effective, but also compliment tactics officers may already be using.
· BDU style pants
· Tennis/athletic type shoe or duty boots
· Duty belt
· Training weapon (i.e. "blue/red/orange" gun) - We will have Glock 17 and Smith M&P 9mm training guns are available for use during this course.

For more information, email or call (651) 245-5525.


Scenario Based Instructor Certification

Presented by: Randy Clifton, Real Life Training Solutions

Monday - Wednesday, June 18th - June 20th, 2018.
Tuition: $425

24 training hours.

To register, click here.

Once you are registered, it is also required to also complete a registration form for Northeast Wisconsin Technical College.

Click here: FOF Reg Form-Police and email to

For more information, please call Nicole Fonder at (800) 422-6982 Ext. 5526
or email Randy Clifton can be reached at 612-799-5845 or


Instructed by Randy Clifton, with years of experience training law enforcement on Force On Force techniques, this course is created for law enforcement and military training instructors. It prepares them to train their personnel using accelerated learning methods and technologies that are simple to understand and use, yet take reality- based training to a new, more efficient and effective level. Through this course, instructors will become certified to use non-lethal training ammunition and protective gear. The reality-based instruction will allow instructors to create a realistic training curriculum that maximizes hands-on learning and enables their own students to successfully master tactics and techniques that focus on survival on the street.

Topics covered:

  • Safety protocols
  • Non-lethal training ammunition
  • NLTA conversion kits
  • Isolation exercise and scenario development
  • Officer rehearsals
  • Effective debriefs and selection of remediation techniques
  • Evaluation methods and documentation of performance
  • Effective and proven methods

MN CIT Certification

Presented by: MN Crisis Intervention Training

Monday - Friday, April 30 - May 4, 2018, 8 AM - 5 PM.

Tuition: $700

40 Training Hours

To register, click here.



This 40 hour CIT certification course is very intense and interactive. It gives an in-depth look at mental illness and its implications for law enforcement. We cover: schizophrenia and psychotic disorders, mood disorders, cognitive disorders, personality and substance disorders, suicide assessment, adolescent & elder issues, PTSD, excited delirium, suicide by cop, and mental health courts. Advocates and people living with mental health issues speak on their experiences, there are site visits to mental health hospitals and service providers in your area and extensive role play exercises with professional actors.
MN CIT Officers’ Assoc 40 hour Certification Training goals include providing advanced mental health awareness, communication techniques and de-escalation skill to help law enforcement when dealing with a person in a mental health crisis.


-Define the difficulty responding to crisis calls involving someone with a mental illness.

-Develop an understanding of their struggle in the mental health system and the role of the police and the risk factors involved.

-Meet a panel of consumers of the mental health services in the area in an effort to promote communication and understanding by having interaction when the individual is doing well and not in crisis. Discussion is encouraged on what works well for them when they are having issues with their medications and what doesn’t work well.

-Define the concept of CIT and its origins. Compare it to traditional police response. Officers benefit from the advantages of building partnerships in the community.

-Introduction to the practice of active listening skills and techniques that aid law enforcement when dealing with an individual in a mental health crisis.

-Attendees are given the opportunity to practice and demonstrate these listening skills and techniques in realistic role play exercises using professional actors.

-Provide contact with community mental health professionals giving presentations on adolescent issues, elder issues, suicide prevention, excited delirium, suicide by cop, prepetition screening, commitment, medications, and military reintegration. This community contact helps us achieve our goal of familiarizing law enforcement with the community resources available to them.

-De-escalation techniques are taught to be combined with their active listening skills in order to achieve our goal of using verbal communication before using force when confronting an individual in a mental health crisis.

For more information:
Contact: Jerry Hutchinson -Training Director
PH: 763-607-7667


De-escalation & Smarter Policing

Presented by: Greg Anderson, On-Target Solutions Group

April 4, 2018, 8 AM - 4 PM.
7 hours (POST Board Approved)

$149/ officer
$125/ if 3 or more from same agency

For more information and to register, click here:

South Metro De-escalation 04-04-18


Who should attend:

Sworn police officers from the rank of Chief of Police/Sheriff to police officers and deputies. This course is taught by active/retired chiefs of police. This is the training that is sweeping the nation with 1000’s of law enforcement professionals trained in the last year alone!


Nothing is as important to government services as the relationship between law enforcement and the public that is served. Recent inflammatory actions and news stories have had a severe impact and the perception of law enforcement. Agencies and individual employees must understand their role and that every action and statement that is made reflects on the profession as a whole. This training will focus not only on individual employee attitudes and beliefs, but also organizational concepts that either enhances trust or perpetuates a lack of trust with the communities that are served.

This class is not: Redefining policing, Critical in NATURE, Political correctness

This class is: Critical in PRACTICE, Thinking differently, Protecting our valued profession

Topics Include:

• The concept and foundations of Blue Courage

as they apply to law enforcement authority;

• Service, justice, legitimacy and fundamental

fairness as they apply to the Nobility of Policing;

• Resilience and apply techniques designed to

enhance ability to function in peak capacity;

• Civil and Human Rights

• De-Escalation Techniques

• Policing using influence and control

• The concepts of Procedural Justice

• Cultural Competency




Interview & Interrogation: Basic & Advanced

Presented by: William P. Schreiber, REID & Associates, Inc., Chicago, IL


Tuesday - Thursday, March 20 - 22, 2018, 8 AM - 4:30 PM

Tuition: $445

MN POST training hours: 24


Friday, March 23, 2018, 8 AM - 3 PM

Tuition: $130

MN POST training hours: 8

* Participants who have previously attended the three-day basic course are eligible to attend the advanced session only. 

To register, click here. 


Objectives for the basic course are 1) to provide the fundamentals necessary to conduct a proper interview and interrogation, 2) to provide a structured frame of reference for those interviewers who have some experience but also may not have had any formal training in the area and 3) to improve the efficiency of all participants in obtraining the truth from suspects, witnesses and victims in a legally acceptable manner.

Objectives for the advanced course are 1) to provide additional tactics and techniques designed to obtain confessions from the deceptive suspect in more expedient manner, 2) to provide finesse tactics dealing with the psychology of interrogation to enhance the investigators ability to acquire confessions that might not have otherwise been obtained and 3) to provide a logical guideline that may be used to profile out any type of suspect for interrogation.

More than 300,000 professionals in the law enforcement and security fields have attended these programs since it they were first offered in 1974. Participants come from both the private sector (retailing, finance, health care, manufacturing, etc.) and the public sector, including all levels of law enforcement and government; from every U.S. State and Canadian Province, as well as countries in Europe, Asia and the Middle East.


Distinguishing between interview and interrogation
Legal aspects of interview and interrogation
What makes an excellent interviewer
Factors affecting a subject’s behavior
Behavior symptom analysis (see detail below)
Five points to follow when evaluating behavior
Reid Behavioral Analysis Interview™
Baiting techniques

The REID Nine Steps of Interrogation (see detail below)
1. Behavior symptoms analysis
2. Evaluating Attitudes
3. Evaluating Non-verbal Behavior
4. Evaluating Verbal Behavior
5. Evaluating Paralinguistic Behavior
6. Reid Behavioral Analysis Interview™
7. The Baiting Technique
8. Analyzing Factual Information Prior to the Interview
9. Asking Behavior Provoking Questions

1. The Positive Confrontation
2. Theme Development
3. Handling Denials
4. Overcoming Objections
5. Procuring and Retaining the Suspect's Attention
6. Handling the Suspect's Passive Mood
7. Presenting an Alternative Question
8. Detailing the Offense
9. Elements of Oral and Written Statements


Advanced concepts in behavior symptom analysis, behavioral interview and REID approach to interrogation:
Difficult suspects that give the interrogator problems and specific tactics to get them to confess
Defiant, neutral and accepting suspects - how to move suspects out of a stage for best end results
Distinguishing elements which identify need, lifestyle, impulse and esteem criminal characteristics
Additional interrogation tactics.

L.E.A.D.S. Law Enforcement Active Diffusion Strategies

Presented by: Lt Kevin Dillon (ret), Police Combat.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018, 8 AM - 4:30 PM.

Tuition: $140 (includes lunch)

POST #10035-1111 (8 hours)

To register, click here.


This is a classroom based combat-confrontation avoidance course based upon the L.O.C.K.U.P. ® System. It teaches within a classroom setting how to recognize aggression and to not stimulate aggression. Students will learn communications skills and evidence based Active Diffusion Strategies that can avoid or resolve interactions by employing tactical de-escalation the techniques, conflict resolution methods and distraction techniques that promote successful tactical applications. The course also discusses tactical responses when diffusion tactics are inappropriate or ineffective. This program teaches officers how professional communication can protect officers in the field, reduce civilian complaints as well as civil litigation. Instruction uses lectures and demonstrations to facilitate learning and retention.

Understanding the principals of risk management for officer safety
Identifying indications of hostility through body language
Understand police “customer service” methods that yield positive relations
Identify professional benefits of active diffusion strategies
Learn methods of effective verbal de-escalation strategies
Understanding physiological changes during aggression
Learn to use cognitive limitations for active diffusion
Learn methods to re-direct the thought process through positive direction
Learn the importance of professional posturing
Identity different communications styles with appropriate response tactics
Learn methods of motivational interviewing skills
Learn methods of distraction to obtain tactical advantages
Learn communication and physical strategies to de-escalate situations
Learn how to avoid communications that may be negative
Learn how active strategies blend with a total law enforcement presentation


L.O.C.K.U.P. Ground Fighting

Presented by: Lt Kevin Dillon (ret), Police Combat.

Monday - Friday, March 19 - 23, 2018, 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM.

Tuition: $709.

POST #10035-1115 (40 hours)

To register, click here.



The L.O.C.K.U.P.® Police Ground Fighting is an in-depth presentation of police ground fighting arrest and control techniques that develop a solid foundation of law enforcement ground combatives. With a high estimated amount of fighting engagements going to the ground to secure a suspect law enforcement must be prepared to use tactics and strategies specifically focused on ground fighting tactics designed for law enforcement engagements, not sport orientated responses. L.O.C.K.U.P. ® orientation provides the base of the system with the course specifically focusing on grounded engagements.
Topics Include:
The L.O.C.K.U.P. ® Police Combat System
Environmental and Situational Awareness
Integration of standing arrest and control tactics
Understand the limitations of grounded combat
Multiple officers coordinated control tactics
Mount, Guard and Side Control Platforms
Police Ground Fighting vs. Sport Grappling
Counter Offense from the Guard Position
Counter Offense from the Mounted Position
Maintaining and Escaping the Side -Control
Submission Holds to Handcuffing positions
Weapon Retention from a Grounded Position
Instructor methodologies and concepts
Plus much more.
POST Credits Approved
BDU Style Pants · Boots with ankle support· Body Armor · Groin protection
Full duty belt · Red Gun · No shorts allowed officers wear gear!