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. 


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, promotional interview strategies, post-promotion actions, and the value of mentorship. Attendees will earn 7 POST credits. **Lunch will be provided**

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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.

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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**

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July 11th, 2017               8:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Resolving Conflicts Successfully 

Conflict is a normal and natural aspect of work relationships.  Learn to address conflict directly and assertively, yet with respect and diplomacy.  Conflict, handled effectively, can be an opportunity for learning, growth, and positive change.  Learn techniques and steps to address areas of conflict and move them toward improved relationships and higher productivity.

Free for attendees in Region 5

$20 for attendees outside of Region 5

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July 18th, 2017               9:00 AM - 3:30 PM

Do's & Don'ts of Government Personnel Data (IPAD)

This workshop offers:

  • Background information on data about government employees and data related to employee investigations and discipline
  • Advice on requirements related to data breach investigations and notifications
  • Discussion about recent MN Supreme Court cases related to personnel data
  • An opportunity to apply your knowledge in hands-on exercises

**Lunch will be provided**

Free for attendees in Region 5

$20 for attendees outside of Region 5

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August 24th, 2017               8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

MCPA Social Media and Law Enforcement

The MCPA's eight hour social media course is aimed at CLEOs, command-staff, and supervisors in agencies that are either using social media or intend to use it in the near future.  The course will help students develop a comprehensive social media strategy, generate interesting and compelling content, and manage the work flow needed to keep the social media platforms current.  More specifically, students who attend will:

*Understand the benefits and drawbacks of most widely-used social media platforms

 *Learn techniques and strategies to grow following and increase engagement on their social media platforms

 *Learn best practices on developing and managing social media platforms

 *Review key policy considerations to address data practices and first amendment issues

 **Lunch will be provided

 Free for attendees in Region 5

 $20 for attendees outside of Region 5

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September 21st, 2017               8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Managing Diversity

This workshop is for supervisors of work groups whose members are different from each other in many aspects, including ethnicity, gender, age, lifestyle, and other areas of difference. 

This training will embrace discussions surrounding the following:

 1. Discovering the benefits of a diverse workforce

 2. Setting the expectation of positive and respectful communication and interactions with others.

 3. Holding people accountable for exhibiting positive and respectful behaviors.

     a. Redirecting disrespectful interactions and other actions that detract from productivity.

 4. Learn the value of getting to know others' backgrounds.

      a. Showing interest

      b. Asking questions

      c. Sharing part of yourself

 Free for attendees in Region 5

$20 for attendees outside of Region 5

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October 24th, 2017               8:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Generations in the Workplace

Age diversity is a central theme in today's complex, evolving workplace.  And with four generations working side-by-side, tensions may be inevitable.  A few academics and popular authors attribute these tensions to profound generational differences related to historical events and trends in the formative years of each generation.  Yet, are different age groups really that different?  Or does the human tendency to generalize paint a distorted picture of entire generations, as it once did of genders or ethnic groups?  In fact, the vast weight of serious research in this area underscores fundamental similarities across age groups.  Rightly understood and leveraged, these similarities can become the basis for reduced tensions, collaborative effort, and bottom-line results.

Free for attendees in Region 5

$20 for attendees outside of Region 5

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November 9th, 2017               8:30 AM - 12:30 PM

MCPA Peer Support & Outreach Initiative

The MCPA is implementing a Peer Support and Outreach Initiative that includes four hours of POST approved training.  The training will focus on the background and history of Peer Support for the MN Chiefs, define Peer Support, review why it is important, and discuss the President's 21st Century Policing Report, including Pillar Six, Officer Wellness, and Safety.  Participants will learn how to be proactive in creating resiliency in the areas of physical, mental, and spiritual wellness, as well as how Peer Support can support and prepare law enforcement leaders for times of need.  Participants will receive an overview of expectations in choosing and serving in a Peer Support capacity.

Free for Region 5 attendees

$20 for attendees outside of Region 5

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November 9th, 2017               12:30 PM - 4:30 PM

MCPA Body-Worn Cameras

The issues of police use of force, working with diverse populations, and community relations are all intertwined in law enforcement’s continuing quest to provide high quality law enforcement services.  One of the tools that is recommended in the 21st Century Policing Report are the use of body worn cameras for law enforcement officers.  This tool has created significant policy and implementation questions.  The goal for law enforcement in our 21st Century Policing approach is to retain, improve, and/or earn the communities' trust, yet provide for a balance of adequate privacy and respect for citizens and law enforcement officers alike.    The use of body worn cameras needs to be implemented with community input keeping data practice and privacy concerns, budgetary restraints as it relates to the storage of this data, transparency and timeliness of video release, and law enforcement officers' rights and concerns as to the ability to view and/or use body worn camera data, especially in use of deadly force situations.    This training will provide an overview of issues to include current MN State law, data practice and policy issues, community support and input, and practical uses and limitations of body worn cameras.  The class will earn four hours of POST continuing education credit. 

Free for Region 5 attendees

$20 for attendees outside of Region 5

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December 5th, 2017               8:30 AM - 11:30 AM

How to Run an Effective Meeting

Meetings fill an increasing number of hours in the work day, and yet most employees consider them as a waste of time.  According to a survey of U.S. professionals by Salary.com, meetings ranked as the number one office productivity killer.  There is help!  Learn techniques to help your meetings be more effective and more energizing.

Free for Region 5 attendees

$20 for attendees outside of Region 5

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       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.


FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:

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Anna Gruber, Manager of City & County Solutions

anna.gruber@NJPAcoop.org | 320-292-4046