Training

Click here for grant-sponsored training -- National Initiatives:

On Line Training -- Introduction to Human Trafficking

Human Trafficking Training

Native American Training Series

TOT De-Escalation Strategies for Military Veterans in Crisis

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Additional Public Safety Training
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“De-escalation Strategies for Minnesota EDPs in Crisis” Training
(8-hour course, 8 Minnesota POST Credits)

This grant-sponsored class is FREE training for public safety personnel:


Public safety personnel routinely provide the first line of crisis response for situations involving persons classified as special populations.  These calls for service constitute between seven and ten percent of all police contacts and pose operational challenges for public safety personnel.  Recently, military veterans in crisis experiencing stress-related disorders while reintegrating to civilian life have been included in  these special populations.

If first responders can recognize various types of mental illness and behavioral disorders along with any underlying conditions or addictions, they can be better equipped to protect themselves and those involved.  When it is possible to diffuse situations without the use of physical force, all parties benefit.

The purpose of this course is to support all persons in crisis by training public safety professionals to use adaptable crisis intervention techniques to help manage the unique needs of special populations, including military veterans in crisis.  

Training Content:

  • Identify and discuss common mental illnesses, behavior disorders, and other stress related conditions that may lead to crisis
  • Recognize factors that contribute to a military veteran’s potential for crisis: challenges resulting from military training and combat experience, effects of  severe and repeated trauma, and Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
  • Identify strategies to assess and effectively manage the outcomes of EDPs (emotionally disturbed persons) in crisis
  • Learn de-escalation tactics when encountering EDPs in crisis
  • Learn de-escalation tactics when encountering veterans in crisis situations
  • Utilize case studies and videos to demonstrate successful de-escalation strategies
  • Identify Minnesota resources for veteran and non-veteran populations in crisis and their families

UMCPI is honored to have received funding from the State of Minnesota, Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST) Board to deliver this training initiative in locations throughout the State of Minnesota.

Training Scheduled:  


Date:  June 7, 2016
Location:  Edina, MN -- South Metro Public Safety Training Facility
Hosted by:  Bloomington Police Department

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Date:  June 21, 2016
Location:  Virginia, MN
Hosted by:  The St. Louis County Sheriff's Office

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Date:  June 22, 2016
Location:  Duluth, MN
Hosted by:  The Duluth Police Department and Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans

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Date:  June 29, 2016
Location:  Spring Lake Park, MN

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Contact Bill Micklus for addtional information

Contact Bill Micklus, Associate Director, at wmicklus@umcpi.org or 651-287-7443 if you are interested in hosting this class.

"This project is supported by the Minnesota State Legislature 2015-2016 appropriation through the Minnesota Office of Justice Programs and MN POST Board. The opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the MN POST Board or the Department of Public Safety.”


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Internal Affairs Investigations (24-hour course)  Click here for more info

This NEW three-day course is designed to give officers assigned to conduct internal affairs investigations the knowledge and skills they need to conduct fair, thorough and impartial investigations.

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Internal Affairs Investigation Update (one-day course)
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This course is designed for chiefs, public safety administrators, and investigators.  It will provide an overview of the Internal Affairs Investigation process, legal updates, current trends and issues, workplace searches, and other contemporary policies and practices.

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Combatting Sex Trafficking in Hotels (4-hour course)

This four-hour, hotel employee course will familiarize persons in the hospitality industry with the existence, appearance and resistance of sex trafficking in hotels. Please contact Dennis Cusick at dcusick@umcpi.org for more information.

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Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Skills Training for Law Enforcement  

This training is designed to build capacity for law enforcement and equip officers with skills for:

·       proactive conversations with citizens

·       dispute resolution

·       “pre-escalation” techniques

Common among many of the dramatic news stories involving violent police-citizen encounters is that these incidents often start with low level, routine interactions that evolve into conflicts, and sometimes even escalate into use of force incidents. “Alternative Dispute Resolution Skills Training for Law Enforcement” is a program that will prepare officers to manage combative encounters with citizens and achieve compliance... reducing violent incidents between police officers and citizens and enhancing public trust between law enforcement and the communities they are sworn to serve. 

This two-day, interactive class utilizes law enforcement scenarios and case studies to support each training module.  Course topics include:

 ·      Tools of Influence – Getting What we Want

·       Alternative Dispute Resolution

·       Interest Based Negotiation vs. Distributive Negotiations

·       On-the-Ground, Street-Level Mediation

·       Rational Choice Model

·       Effective Interpersonal Communication

·       Conflict Analysis

·       Removing Emotions from Problem Solving

Officers who attend the course will learn to:  1) use alternative dispute resolution tools, 2) increase their capacity to understand interests and develop options, 3) learn to build relationships through informal mediation when speaking with citizens, 4) guard against implicit biases, 5) use problem-solving techniques,  and 6)  apply pre-escalation strategies and tactics.
Contact Bill Micklus, Associate Director, at wmicklus@umcpi.org or 651-287-7443 for additional information or to bring this training to your agency.

Additional Courses Available to Host Agencies:

Introduction to Community Policing
This training focuses on community policing --  a philosophy that promotes organizational strategies, which support the systematic use of partnerships and problem-solving techniques, to proactively address the immediate conditions that give rise to public safety issues such as crime, social disorder, and fear of crime.

What does community policing mean?
Community policing is a department wide philosophy of full-service, personalized and decentralized policing, where citizens feel encouraged and empowered to work in proactive and equal partnerships with the police to solve problems of crime, fear of crime, disorder, decay and quality of life.

Community policing broadens the nature and number of police functions compared with traditional policing. It emphasizes organizational transformation, proactive collaboration, problem solving, and external partnerships to address the issues that concern both the police and community members. Community policing shifts the focus of policing by placing equal emphasis on crime control, order maintenance and service. It requires the police to work with community members and other governments and community agencies in initiatives to increase the overall quality of life.  (Length of course can be adapted to agency request.)


Police Training Officer Certification (40-hour course)

This training program prepares a field trainer to teach using the new PTO standard. Successful PTO’s gain both leadership and instructor skills. Newly-hired Officers trained to PTO standards emerge from the training with greater self-confidence in their decision making skills and the ability to develop community ties with greater ease; an essential part of community oriented policing practices.  PTO training prepares recruits to exercise discretion, evaluate their choices, and assess their performance based on their own analysis, along with the feedback from seasoned training officers. Recruits trained in the PTO method will respond to complex situations with creativity and confidence; entering the field with the problem solving skills required in policing today.


Franklin Covey Diversity Centered Leadership
This two-day, facilitator-led program taught onsite at your organization helps participants learn to manage an increasingly diverse workplace and customer base. The workshop covers such topics as: valuing the differences in others, demographic changes and their impact, communication skills, equal employment opportunity (EEO) vs. diversity, stereotyping, racial profiling, high performance teams, developing an awareness of personal belief systems, and personal leadership.


Advanced Community-Oriented Policing Strategies (5-day course)
This 5-day intensive course includes training on the following topics: The state of policing today, advanced community policing and problem solving strategies, coaching, mentoring and performance expectations in a community policing environment, crime analysis and intelligence-led policing, and the practice of intelligence-led policing and preventative policing.  


Advanced School Resource Officer Training (3-day course)
The purpose of the training is to prepare the School Resource Officer to facilitate a safe learning environment to foster student achievement and well-being.  This includes recognizing, analyzing, planning for, and effectively respond to challenges that disrupt the learning environment.  Using a holistic approach, the course has three learning objectives for team members: 1) Develop the capacity of the School Resource Officer to improve the level of professional services provided to the educational system, 2) Increase the knowledge of educators, administrators, and SROs on today’s school-based public safety issues, and 3) Build the skills of School Resource Officers and their support teams to plan for, prevent and respond to critical incidents on campus.