Center for Continuing Studies - Innovative Leadership for Lifelong Learning

Center for Continuing Studies - Innovative Leadership for Lifelong Learning - St. Cloud State University

Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar

May 11 - 15, 2015

St. Cloud State University

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The Minneapolis Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in conjunction with St. Cloud State University is pleased to announce the 22nd session of the North Central States Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar (LEEDS).

North Central States LEEDS was created to provide law enforcement executives in Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota with the same type of experience and advanced leadership training offered at the National Executive Institute and FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar held annually at the FBI Academy.

Who Should Attend?

  • Police chiefs and sheriffs from departments of 50 or fewer sworn officers.
  • Deputy Chiefs, Chief Deputy Sheriffs, Captains and Lieutenants from larger departments or agencies, who supervise a large number of people.
  • Ranks Sergeant and below may apply but will only be accepted based on availability of seats.

 Conference Topics

  • Leadership
  • Medial Issues for the Law Enforcement Executive
  • Legal Issues for the Law Enforcement Executive
  • Law Enforcement Ethics
  • Motivational Techniques for Law Enforcement Leaders

Click on the photo below for the 2014 LEEDS Class!

2014 LEEDS Group Photo

All classes are taught by FBI Academy Instructors and other recognized instructors in the field of leadership.

Academic Credit*

*Please note that due to Minnesota State Colleges and University (MnSCU) Records & Registration requirements, participants need to apply for Academic Credit by Monday, May 11, 2015. Please use the following Registration link for instructions :

In addition to receiving 36 hours of POST credits, attendees have an opportunity to earn 3 semester credits from St. Cloud State University .

Tuition for college credits is in addition to the seminar fee.

Undergraduate credits:

Criminal Justice 489, Seminar

Requirements: 36 - 40 hours of LEEDS attendance.

Post-conference assignment: Journal reflecting the material covered during the conference and a paper on a leadership topic of your choice. Credits: 3

Tuition: $770.43 (2013 rate)

Graduate credits:

Criminal Justice 589, Current Problems and Issues

Requirements: 36 - 40 hours of LEEDS attendance.

Post-conference assignment: Journal reflecting the material covered during the conference and a paper on a leadership topic of your choice.

Credits: 3 Tuition: $1146.30 (2013 rate)

Students registering for college credit will receive a course information packet with their conference materials.

*Based on rates established by MnSCU and approved by state Legislators.

Students registering for college credit will receive a course information packet with their conference materials.

Seminar Details

2014 Brochure (PDF) 2015 Brochure coming soon!

Dates:   May 11-15, 2015

Times: The conference will begin with registration at 7:00 a.m. followed by breakfast on Monday, May 11th.  The conference will adjourn at noon on Friday, May 15th.

Location: All seminar sessions will be held on the campus of St. Cloud State University .


The registration fee for the seminar is $395, which covers most meals and all training materials. Each participant also receives an official LEEDS shirt, portfolio and canvas briefcase with registration. The seminar fee does not cover cost of tuition for those who want to earn college credit. 


Please register via our online registration or PDF form below. In order to receive a t-shirt please register by Friday, April 10, 2015. Registration is open until Monday, May 4, 2015 but registrations received after Friday, April 10 will not be guaranteed a t-shirt.

A confirmation letter, map and additional conference information will be sent to all registered participants.

To register by phone, please call: 320.308.3081

Download the Registration Form (PDF)

Online Registration

* For Windows 8 users, please be aware there are two versions of Internet Explorer on your device - Metro and Desktop. To use our registration site, you must use the Desktop version of Internet Explorer, and not the Metro version. To start the Desktop version, click on or touch the Desktop tile on the Start screen. Then you will see the Internet Explorer icon in the task bar. This is the Desktop version which should be used for registration. If you are in Internet Explorer and the URL address is at the bottom of the screen, you are in the Metro version, should close it and open the desktop version following the instructions above.

For additional information contact Gail Ruhland at the SCSU, Center for Continuing Studies, (320) 308-5759 or or the FBI Police Training Coordinator, Joseph Malhoit III at 651.228.4246 or

Note: A block of rooms have been reserved at the government rate at the Best Western Kelly Inn in St. Cloud for attendees requiring lodging. Please contact the Kelly Inn (320.253.0606) directly for information and reservations.

Special Accommodations

To ensure full participation in this workshop, please inform us about any dietary requirements or physical challenges which should be addressed prior to your arrival.

LEEDS Faculty

John Adie is a retired FBI Special Agent and had been the FBI's Applicant Recruiter, Police Training Coordinator and Principal Firearms Instructor in Minneapolis and taught a variety of law enforcement courses.  John is also on Advanced FBI Instructor and recipient of the FBI Master Police Instructor Award.  John is an Adjunct Instructor at St. Mary's University of Minnesota and Century College.  John holds a Bachelor's Degree in Education, a Master's Degree in Educational Administration and an Educational Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership.

Don Gudmundson has been the Sheriff of Dakota County, Minnesota, since 1994. Don has been an instructor at the North Central States LEEDS for the past eight years and also instructs at the Tennessee LEEDS. Don is a graduate of the FBI Academy LEEDS and has been a guest speaker at law enforcement training events throughout the Midwest.

Steve Hennessy began his law enforcement career in 1966 as a Special Agent with the FBI, serving in Houston, Texas and Newark, New Jersey. He joined the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension in 1973 and retired as Assistant Superintendent in 1991. He then joined the Phoenix Police Department as their Training Administrator. After his retirement from Phoenix in 2003, Dr. Hennessy joined the faculty at St. Cloud State University in the Department of Criminal Justice where he teaches in the undergraduate program as well as in the Public Safety Executive Leadership Master's degree program. He holds a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from The University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota. He is the author of "Thinking Cop - Feeling Cop, A Study in Police Personalities", the lead author of "A Cultural Awareness Trainer's Manual for Law Enforcement Officers" and a chapter author in Dr. James Hendricks' "Multicultural Perspectives in Criminal Justice and Criminology." He was a Martin Luther King Living the Dream award recipient in 2003 and is immediate past president of The Society of Police Futurists International.

Larry "Nick" Nicholson has 24 years’ experience in law enforcement and is an instructor for Academy Leadership Associates in Alexandria, Virginia. Nick has a Ph.D. in Police Administration from St. John's University and teaches a variety of leadership and management courses. He has published three books and has written numerous technical reports and professional journal articles. Nick teaches at the FBI Academy and this is his seventh year instructing at the North Central States LEEDS.

Penny Parrish is a retired instructor from  the Law Enforcement Communications Unit at the FBI Academy, where she served as a full time instructor. Penny teaches media relations for law enforcement executives, presentation skills and communication strategies. Penny served as the Public Information Officer for the Minneapolis Police Department and as News Director at KMSP-TV in Minneapolis. This is Penny's tenth year as an instructor at the North Central States LEEDS.

Instructor from the FBI Academy's Leadership Development Unit. The FBI Academy is located on the Marine Corps Base, Quantico, Virginia, about 35 miles south of Washington, D.C.  The FBI Academy is responsible for training current and future members of the law enforcement community.  The Academy is viewed as one of the world's premier law enforcement institutions.

Special Agent Jay A. Brunn is the training coordinator for the FBI Minneapolis Division. He has responsibility for managing internal training for the division and the Police Training Program for this region which includes the National Academy Program, Law Enforcement Executive Development (LEEDS) and other specialized training courses. SA Brunn is also the team leader for the Minneapolis Division Evidence Response Team (ERT). SA Brunn graduated from Georgia State University with a degree in Criminal Justice. After graduation he served as a police officer in DeKalb County (Atlanta), Georgia for six years. Following graduation from the FBI Academy in 1986, SA Brunn was assigned to the Dallas Division where he worked white collar crime matters and drug/violent crime matters. In 2000, SA Brunn transferred to the Minneapolis Division where he has worked white collar crime, civil rights, and surveillance matters. SA Brunn was assigned as the training coordinator in 2011.

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