Advanced CLEO and Command Academy

Addressing 21st Century Public Safety Challenges in Minnesota Communities


Exclusive training partner and Co-host of MCPA’s Advanced CLEO and Command Academy

Opening instructional & networking session kicks off with high marks

Twenty-five law enforcement leaders from a wide range of agencies (rural, metro, state and tribal) took part in the Association's inaugural Advanced CLEO and Command Academy kick-off session.

The cohort-style program is rooted in the six pillars of the President's report on 21st Century Policing. At this first session, national leaders in law enforcement and business held classes on implementing body cameras, enhancing communications within departments and among community members, organizational change and best practices in staff development.

Click here to read more about the opening session.

Here's the Academy Schedule

  • October—January: Two distance learning sessions
    (In coordination with St. Cloud State)
  • February 9, 2017: Half-day session @ MCPA Training Center, New Brighton
  • ETI April 2017: Small group presentations


September 11


September 12


September 13

Distance Learning Sessions

Online via
St. Cloud State

Welcome and Introduction

21st Century Community Policing

1630-1700 -- Break

Implementing Body Cameras


Organizational Change

1200-1300 -- LUNCH

Building Community Trust

Overview of Distance Learning


Human Resources for Law Enforcement Leaders

1200-1230 -- LUNCH

Cohort Groups are assigned and meet

1315-1400 Takeaways, next steps

October 26
Technology: Methods of Research

November 30
@ 1400

Officer Wellness

1800-1845 Dinner, Announcements

Dinner, Networking


Law Enforcement Type Sorter/
Managing Communication Styles



Classroom discrimination policy

Academy Format

  • Cohort/professional learning group
  • 25 participants (max.) per Academy
  • Small groups of 4-to-5

Participants will:

  • Address a “real-world” issue in their agencies
  • Learn cutting-edge, research based strategies to address challenges outlined in the President’s Task Force Report on 21st Century Policing
  • Build professional and personal connections with peers
  • Obtain POST Board credits & points toward CLEO Certification and/or renewal

*Thanks to a generous matching grant from General Mills and Land-O-Lakes, MCPA has been able to offer a significant tuition discount.

Academy Application and Admission Guidelines (2016-2017)

The MCPA’s Advanced CLEO and Command Academy is designed for experienced police chiefs and commanders at local and state law enforcement agencies in Minnesota and neighboring states.

Applicants must have a minimum of 2 years of experience in a leadership role at their agencies and be looking to address a real-world issue in their departments. The issue must align with one of the six areas of study or course topics that make up the core curriculum of the academy.

The MCPA Professional Development Committee  (PDC) will review each application and select applicants annually based on these criteria:

1. Aptitude to clearly articulate the issue they are facing, how it falls into one of the Advanced CLEO and Command Academy’s six areas of study and why exploring research-based solutions in a professional learning group setting will help them address the issue

2. Experience in a leadership role

3. Ability and commitment to complete all requirements of the academy  (requirements listed on this application)

There are no pre-requisites for the Advanced CLEO and Command Academy. However, students are encouraged to attend the MCPA’s CLEO and Command Academy before enrolling.