Professional Development

2017 Professional Development & Training Schedule:

The below training events will all be held at our facility in Staples, MN.  Join us for valuable professional development opportunities, most are FREE to Region 5 entities! Courses are also available to non-Region Five members at a discounted rate.  Please register for each individual course by clicking on the applicable "register now" button. 

March 7th, 2017              9:00 AM-4:00 PM

MN Chiefs of Police - City Administrator Overview of Policing in the 21st Century

The Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association aims to broaden its leadership training offerings to civilian city leaders. This training will provide city managers, administrators, and council members a better understanding of police departments and their 21st century challenges, especially since law enforcement has come under such public scrutiny.  The six-hour session will cover use-of-force issues, body-worn cameras, dissemination of public information, training priorities, and setting expectations and a communications plan to facilitate a more cohesive chief-administration relationship. While the content is geared toward city leaders, chiefs are welcomed and encouraged to attend this training to assist in building a common community law enforcement vision using a global view of where a police department fits into the overall city structure. **Lunch will be provided**


March 7th-9th, 2017               8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

ICS 300 Intermediate Incident Command System for Expanding Incidents

This is an intermediate command-level course and is intended for managers and supervisors from the following response agencies from your community who would have to work together to handle a terrorism and/or WMD incident from an Incident command post or emergency operations center (or equivalent): fire (including hazmat, rescue); law enforcement; hospital / EMS response; emergency management; public health; public works. You are also encouraged to invite state government agencies (emergency management, state police, National Guard, etc.) as well as federal government agencies (FBI, FEMA, ATF, etc.) to send attendees.

To receive credit for the course, participants must do the following:

  • Pass the written test with a score of 70% or greater
  • Participate in the course activities and exercises
  • Attend at least 80% of the course

Course Prerequisites:

  •  All persons attending the IM/UC course are required to have completed the course prerequisites – ICS 100, ICS 200, IS 700 and IS 800
  • Those course attendees who have not completed the prerequisite will be allowed to attend the course but, they will not be issued a certificate of course completion until they successfully complete the prerequisite portion of the course


Federal Student Identification (SID) required for each student

DHS/FEMA has directed the implementation of the Federal SID for all HSNTP granted funded participants.

The procedure for obtaining their number:

Step 1: To register, go to

Step 2: Click on the "Need a FEMA SID" box on the right side of the screen.

Step 3: Follow the instructions and provide the necessary information to create your account.

Step 4: You will receive an email with your SID number. You should save this number in a secure location.



This link takes you to a registration page for HSEM. You must register for an account, and then register for this class from their site.

April 11, 2017               8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

MN Chiefs of Police - Officer Leadership Development

No matter your position in a law enforcement agency, all members of a department have opportunities to be leaders, whether you serve as a situational leader during a critical incident, a formal leader on a squad or shift, or you desire to move up the chain of command.  This one-day training will prepare line officers for the leadership challenges of 21st century policing.  The training includes classes on psychology of supervision, supervisory communications, support of department mission and vision, pro-motional interview strategies, post-promotion actions, and the value of mentorship. Attendees will earn 7 POST credits. **Lunch will be provided**


May 16th, 2017               8:30 AM - 12:00 PM

DiSC - Improve Work Productivity, Teamwork, Communication

Increase your self-knowledge: how you respond to conflict, what motivates you, what causes you stress, and how you solve problems.  Develop stronger sales skills by identifying and responding to customer styles. Manage more effectively by understanding the dispositions and priorities of employees and team members. Become more self-knowledgeable, well-rounded, and effective leaders.  Offered By: Central Lakes College, Eloise Thorson.


June 6th, 2017               8:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Phil Chalmers - Generation Death-How America Creates Teen Killers and Mass Murderers. 

Phil Chalmers is bringing his highly acclaimed seminar to your area.  Perfect for law enforcement, school administrators, corrections officers, counselors, probation officers, social workers, or anyone who works with juveniles.  Packed with first-hand accounts, crime scene photos, your culture, violent entertainment, and current trends. For further information, click here.  **Lunch will be provided**


Other Professional Development Opportunities:

  • MN Chiefs of Police Association Academies (MCPA) - in partnership with MCPA, NJPA will offer $300 off any of their Law Enforcement Academies.  This includes the Leadership Academy, CLEO & Command Academy, or Advanced Academies.  For more information, please check out MCPA's website.  Before registering, please contact Anna Gruber for the $300 discount code.
  • GTS Trainings- In a new partnership with GTS (Government Training Solutions), NJPA is offering access to Planning & Zoning training courses in Little Falls for Region 5 cities and counties for FREE!registernow.png
  • Internships – NJPA facilitates internships for local college students in everything from grant writing and public works to administration and social services. Interns connect on a semester basis and receive $12 an hour for up to 40 hours a week. To establish an internship, please contact Anna Gruber.  Please provide detailed information in regards to the desired internship, hours needed, and any other specific preferences. 
  • Mentorships - Regional mentorships encourage succession planning and recruitment to areas of workforce shortage.  With retirement on the horizon for many in the current workforce, local government entities searching for specialized staff are looking for innovative recruitment strategies. The NJPA mentorship program gives organizations an opportunity to transfer knowledge, appeal to new audiences, and create smooth transitions.  Local government positions from clerks and administrators to wastewater operators and law enforcement are prime areas for mentorship opportunities.  Mentees receive $12/hour for up to 40 hours per week. To establish a mentorship, please contact Anna Gruber.



Anna Gruber, Manager of City & County Solutions | 320-292-4046