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Professional Development Institute
                                                                                                                              THOMAS E. SMITH, CHIEF OF POLICE

                   Saint Paul Police Department

                                                                                                                    PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE

Saving my partner: The day my warrior instincts kicked in.

 Brotherhood was a big reason Officer Brian Wanschura wanted to be a cop; it's also a big reason his partner is still alive... (More)

Lt. Kevin Dillon (Ret), L.O.C.K.U.P. , L.E.A.D.S. and PDI:

L.O.C.K.U.P.: Overcoming Size Differences for Female Enforcers - 73 Attendees in October!!!

"Best Course I have taken in all my 13 years of experience!"  Eagan PD Officer

"I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed the LOCKUP training! It was amazing information on techniques that make sense! You are a great instructor that obviously knows her stuff AND knows how to teach it. That combination isn’t as common as many think. Thanks for doing what you do and taking the time to share your knowledge with others that want to learn. I remember you saying you teach self-defense classes to young females." DNR-Enf Officer

L.E.A.D.S. Evaluation Summary (More)

Sgt. Ed Lemon,

I was covering an officer I was training on a call in which he was attempting to pick up a party on a parole violation warrant... (More)  

Sgt. Ed Lemon-

I am writing this letter to you about my impressions of the training program (L.E.A.D.S.) which I attended on July 9, 2013, presented by Lt Kevin F. Dillon...(more)

Judith Hanson
City of St Paul Atty's Office- Litigation

Sgt. Ed Lemon-

I wanted to take a minute to express my gratitude to you personally and to the St. Paul Police Department's Professional Development Institute (PDI). (More)

Sgt. Ed Lemon-

I and other officers, of the Brooklyn Park Police Department, that have participated in St. Paul Police Professional Development Institute (SPPPDI) trainings would like to extend our appreciation... (More)

Sgt. Ed Lemon-

I have been a MACP (Modern Army Combatives Program) instructor for almost a decade in the Army National Guard.  Prior to meeting Kevin DIllon... (More)

PLEASE NOTE:  Once registered, failure to cancel at least 45 days prior to the class
will result in a CREDIT ONLY towards that or other PDI Courses in the future because of incurred set-up expenses.


Minnesota BCA Courses
SPPD'S Professional Development Institute provides premier quality courses that have been rated excellent by active police and correction officers!  We strive to set the Trends, not follow them!
 Sergeant Amanda Heu,
 SPPD Training Unit
 Phone:            (651) 266-5652

Course Evaluations

Date of Course Title of Course Lead By:
December 1  Lifeline/Calibre Press: The Warrior's Edge (FULL)  Calibre Press Staff
December 1-5 Soulis Shooting: Advanced Firearms Instructor (FULL)   Pete Soulis and LOCKUP Staff
December 2-3  Grant Writing Course  Grant Writing USA
December 8-12  Technical Crash Investigation   Sgt Greg Gravesen and SPPD
December 19  Law Enforcement Report Writing   SPPD Staff
December 19  Tactical Search and Seizure   Cmdr. Neil Nelson (Ret)
Jan 23, 2015  Calibre Press: TNT-Tactics in Traffic   Calibre Press Staff
Jan 26-30, 2015  LOCKUP Intermediate Instructor Course  Lt Kevin Dillon (Ret) and Staff
Feb 18-19, 2015 Grant Management Course   Grant Writing USA
March 2, 2015  Basic K-9 Handler - Must Apply Directly to K-9 Unit  SPPD K-9 Staff
March 9, 2015  Calibre Press: Female Enforcers  Calibre Press Staff
March 10, 2015 Report Writing for Law Enforcement  Officer Terry Erdman - SPPD
Mar 24-25, 2015  LOCKUP: Overcoming Size Differences for Female Enforcers  Lt Kevin Dillon/Lt Toni Weinbeck
March 26, 2015 MN Data Practices  Cmdr Dan Malmgren-SPPD
April 1-3, 2015  Vice/Prostitution/Human Trafficking Investigation  SPPD Staff
April 6-17, 2015 Use of Force Instructor Course (Description to Follow)  SPPD Staff
April 7, 2015  Inside the Tape: Homicide Scene Management for Patrol   Det. David Newman (Ret)
April 14-16, 2015  Essentials of Investigation   Gary Graff (FBI-Ret) / Iris Dalley
April 22-23, 2015  Background Investigations  SPPD Staff
April 27-28, 2015  SWAT School Firearms Prep Course   SPPD Staff
Apr 27-May 8, 15 Police Motorcylce Operator  SPPD Staff
April 29-30, 2015  Pistol Skills for Plainclothes Assignments   SPPD Staff
May 5, 2015  Sovereign Citizens for Law Enforcement   Rob Finch
May 13-14, 2015  Calibre Press: Street Survival  Calibre Press Staff
May 18-22, 2015 LOCKUP: Basic Instructor Course  Lt Kevin Dillon (Ret) and Staff
May 26-29, 2015  Police Cyclist Course  SPPD Staff
June 8-9, 2015  Pistol Skills 100  SPPD Staff
June 8-10, 2015  AR-15 Basic Armorer Course  Ken Elmore
June 10-12, 2015  AR-15 Advanced Armorer Course   Ken Elmore
June 15-19, 2015  SWAT Basic Operator Course   SPPD Staff
June 23-24, 2015 Aerko OC Instructor Course  Aerko Staff
June 24-25, 2015  Pistol Skills for Female Enforcers  SPPD Staff
June 29-July 1  Street Safe NEW 3-Day with Add'l Counter Ambush   SPPD Staff
July 14-16, 2015 NW3C: Financial Records Examination and Analysis (FREA)  NW3C Staff
July 27-31, 2015 NASRO: Basic School Resource Officer  NASRO Staff
July 28-29, 2015  Carbine / Rifle Skills   SPPD Staff
Aug 17-21, 2015  Basic Under-cover Operations   SPPD Staff
August 18, 2015  GLOCK Basic Armorer  GLOCK Staff 
Aug 19-20, 2015  GLOCK Advanced Armorer  GLOCK Staff
Sept 15-16, 2015  Calibre Press: The Ultimate Field Training Officer  Calibre Press Staff
Oct 6-8, 2015  Inside the Tape: Homicide Investigation  David Newman (Ret)
Nov 3-4, 2015  Interviewing and Interrogation - Maximizing the Opportunity  Neil Nelson
Dec 4, 2015  Calibre Press: Anatomy of Force Incidents  Calibre Press Staff
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