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 8 - 12, 2017

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 24th 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

2016 LEEDS Class!

2016 LEEDS Attendee's Course 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 9, 2016. 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.


Graduate credits:

Criminal Justice 589, Current Problems and Issues

Criminal Justice 650, Independent Study

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: $1125.03*

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 (2016 LEEDS)

2016 Brochure (2016 LEEDS)

Dates:   May 8-12, 2016

Times: The conference will begin with registration at 7:00 a.m. followed by breakfast on Monday, May 8th.  The conference will adjourn at noon on Friday, May 12th.

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. 


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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.

Special Agent Joseph Malhoit earned a BS in Pastoral Studies from North Central University and a MA in Psychology from St. Mary’s University. SA Malhoit has been an FBI Agent for 19 years. Previously assigned to White Collar Crime, Domestic Terrorism and Violent Crime with an emphasis on Child Prostitution. For the past three years, SA Malhoit has been the Training Coordinator for the Minneapolis FBI Office. During his FBI career, SA Malhoit has been a Crisis Negotiator, the Employee Assistance Coordinator, a Relief Supervisor and the Crimes Against Children Coordinator. SA Malhoit has given numerous Active Shooter Presentations over the past three years in a wide variety of settings, including schools, colleges, businesses, and community groups.

Sergeant Ciara McCormack has served with the Irish Police Service (An Garda Síochána) for over 15 years.  In 2011 she was awarded a Masters of Arts in Criminal Justice at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York.  While studying in New York she undertook a six month operational internship with the New York Office of the Chief Medical Examiner completing various courses including Advanced Forensic Investigations for Hazardous Environments.  She has spent the past 4 years working in the Garda Technical Bureau as a Forensic Support Manager for National Crime Scene Investigators and coordinating Annual CSI Seminars.  Her primary function has been the development of expert forensic training and best practice guidelines including Standard Operating Procedures for Crime Scene Investigation and Crime Scene Management.  Sergeant McCormack has recently transferred to the newly established Strategic Transformation Office where she actively promotes An Garda Síochána’s renewal programme Policing and Security with TRUST which aims to modernise and reform the Organization over the next five years.

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.

John Nolan Detective Superintendent John Nolan has over 30 years of law enforcement experience in An Garda Síochána, the Irish National Police Service. He is the Head of the Garda Technical Bureau and Scientific Support Manager with responsibility for the strategic management of specialist forensic units. In conjunction with his role as Head of the Technical Bureau, he also represents An Garda Síochána on a European Level on both the Law Enforcement Working Party (LEWP) and the European Multidisciplinary Platform Against Criminal Threats (EMPACT).  John holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Police Leadership from University College Dublin and is currently undertaking a European Joint Master's  Programme in International Policing.

Andy Skoogman was appointed the Executive Director of the Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association (MCPA) in April 2014.  Skoogman has extensive experience working with law enforcement and the military in a variety of roles for more than 10 years.  He has been  the public information officer for the Saint Paul Police Department; the Communications Director for the Minnesota Department of Public Safety; an instructor at the BCA Senior Management Series, St. Paul’s Professional Development Institute, Metro State University and SKILLS.  He’s been a communications and media subject matter expert/consultant with the Department of Defense, the Defense Intelligence Agency and the Federal Emergency Management Agency since 2004.  Skoogman began his career as a journalist where his reporting earned him three regional Emmy Awards.  He lives in St. Paul with his wife and their four children.