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. 


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 Region 5 members

$20 for Region 5 non-members

$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 members

$20 for Region 5 non-members

$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 21stCentury 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 members

$20 for Region 5 non-members

$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 members

$20 for Region 5 non-members

$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