“If you can’t think to do it in training, what makes you think you’ll think to do it in the street.” – T. Blauer

We know that different agencies provide a variety of training to their officers, but for some agencies—especially in rural Montana—the accessibility, affordability, and proximity of training opportunities can sometimes present barriers to officers pursuing trainings. Not only does the Montana Police Protective Association advocate in the Montana State Legislature for additional state and local funding for training and education for officers, but we also pay for members to attend certain trainings, and are constantly updating this page with new trainings and opportunities. That said, if you see or hear about a training or educational opportunity you’d like to share, please let us know and we are more than happy to share it with all out MPPA members!

Upcoming Trainings

Defensive Edge SLR15 Rifle Armorer Trainings

June 27-July 1, 2022
Helena Police Department, Helena, Montana

  • June 27: Bolt Action Sniper Rifle Armorer Course
  • June 28-29: AR15/M16/M4/AR308 Armorer Course
  • June 30-July 1: Law Enforcement Shotgun Armorer Course
Bolt Action Sniper Rifle Course: Law Enforcement Snipers & Marksman need to be able to maintain and inspect their rifles to keep them in working order. The course covers the Precision Sniper Rifle systems of the Remington 700 series, Savage 10/110 series, and Winchester/FN 70 series type rifles. All students will have the opportunity to inspect their rifles and make any corrections in class to ensure their rifle is in top working order. This program is to train Licensed Peace Officers in the maintenance, care, and repair of these weapons systems. This program follows the Manufacturer’s guidelines and is taught by FBI and NRA Certified Instructors. AR15/M16/M4/AR308 Armorer Course:Law Enforcement Agencies are deploying or are in the process of issuing carbine rifles to Field Supervisors, Field Officers, and Tactical Units. With that comes the need of having qualified Armorers or Rangemasters to service and maintain these weapons on a regular basis. This course covers all AR15/M16/M4/AR308 type carbine weapons systems made and their variants. Armorers will be certified in the proper maintenance, care, and repair of these weapons systems, including semi-auto and select-fire trigger systems. This program follows the Manufacturer’s guidelines and is taught by FBI and NRA Certified Instructors.
Law Enforcement Shotgun Armorer Course: Law Enforcement Agencies that deploy Shotguns need qualified Armorers or Rangemasters to service and maintain these weapons on a regular basis. This is a hands-on course that will teach Armorers to maintain, diagnose problems, inspect for wear, and repair their agencies shotguns. This program follows the Manufacturer’s guidelines and is taught by FBI and NRA Certified Instructors.

The Shotgun Armoring Course covers the Law Enforcement Duty type pump shotguns of the Remington 870, Remington 1100 / 1187, Mossberg 500/590, and the Semi-Automatic Benelli M1- 90/M2. Everyone will have the opportunity to go hands on with each of these Shotgun Weapon Systems.


  • June 27: Bolt Action Sniper Rifle Armorer Course ($250)
  • June 28-29: AR15/M16/M4/AR308 Armorer Course ($450)
  • June 30-July 1: Law Enforcement Armorer Course ($450)
  • Discount for attending multiple courses ($50 per course)
  • Cost to attend all Armorer week trainings and activities ($1000)


  • Complete the Law Enforcement Training application at, or
  • Contact: Greg Sullivan “Sully” at (763) 712-0123 or


  • Click here to view Armorer Week PDF
  • Click here for LE Shotgun Armorer Course PDF

2022 Western Regional Joint Threat Assessment Training

April 25-27, 2022
Montana State University, Strand Union Building
Bozeman, Montana

The Western Regional Joint Threat Assessment Training strives to help our local communities and neighbors extend their knowledge of current practices in threat assessment and threat management. The 2022 Western Regional Joint Threat Assessment Training (formally MTAC) will have two and a half days packed full of presentations on the biggest issues in threat management, topics will include:

  1. Andre Simons, principal at Control Risks’ Crisis Security Consulting will present: Fear and Loathing- Threat Assessment at the Crossroads and how the current pandemic, hyper polarized political climate, remote learning and so much more, can corelate to increases in individual violent behaviors.
  2. Nawar Shora, Senior Advisor on the Department of Homeland security will discuss his two-decade effort to bridge Countering Violent Extremism and Cultural Demystification including his formula of Understanding + Communication = Trust. 
  3. Rachael Frost will explore the non-fatal domestic violence strangulation correlation with subjects who murder police officers and commit mass homicide. 
  4. Multiple case studies presented by the FBI Behavior Analysis Unit, Los Angeles Police Department, and other top experts in threat assessment.

Public Safety and State of Montana Public Employees: $75
Standard Rate: $395 
Virtual Attendance: $275



Click here to view the agenda

Death Investigation/Coroner Training

Last year POST did not host a December, 16-hour Death Investigation course in Great Falls, as had been done for the previous 7 years. In place of the in-person training for 2020 and now, for 2021, POST has identified and approved an online training course that will meet the statutory requirement for the 16 hours of continuing education that each Coroner/Deputy Coroner must obtain every two years. The training is open to all officers, not just Coroners and Deputy Coroners!

Each agency/officer is responsible for registering for the training. POST is not involved in the registration process at all. Class hours are 0900-1700 (Mountain Time) on Tuesday and Wednesday with a one hour lunch (7 credit hours each day) and 0900-1400 hours on Thursday with no lunch break (5 credit hours), totaling a total of  19 POST approved training hours. The cost to the agency is $250 and that would provide 3 links, one for each officer, up to 3 officers. The total cost of the training for 3 officers from an agency is $250 total, not $250 each!

The power point slide presentation of the training, certificate of completion and a pdf student manual are provided to each officer. The manual has over 250 pages available to the officer which he/she can print out or copy to a disc or thumb drive.

  • To view the “Homicide Investigation and Crime Scene Management” training brochure, click here
  • To register, click here
  • To apply for POST credit for this course, click here

Collective Bargaining Training

October 20-22, 2021
Las Vegas, NV

The MPPA is providing a training opportunity to attend Collective Bargaining for Public Safety. This training is put on by LRIS. The MPPA will pay the expenses (flight, meals, hotel, mileage) for you to attend this training if (1) You are able to use this training to benefit our members, (2) You are willing to help other agencies with collective bargaining in your area that are members of the MPPA, (3) You are able to get the time off, and (4) You submit a letter of request to attend the training and explain how you would use the training to benefit MPPA members.

Please submit all training letters to by August 31, 2021.

Honor Guard Training

Sept. 7-11, 2021 
Helena, MT—MLEA

This is First Responder Honor Guard training based on the book, The Honor Guard Manual, that isn’t offered anywhere else. Ceremonial units need to have a training program that has a solid foundation based on a national standard. This course and The Honor Guard Manual establishes the foundation for your team who will have the opportunity to learn every ceremonial element for a funeral as well as the standards and techniques for colors presentations and much more.

Students do not have to be from an established team to attend the training.  The class is applicable for those currently on a team and those who are in the process of developing a team (large or small). The training is open to Police Departments, Sheriffs Offices, and Fire Departments.

Training Resources

FTO Training

Kaminsky and Associates has been recognized as a leader in providing training in the Field Training Officer (FTO) concept since the mid 1970s. Click here to visit the Kamansky and Associates website. 

Reid Technique

John E. Reed and Associates are utilized by businesses, law enforcement, and government organizations to conduct law enforcement training programs. Click here to visit the Reed Associates website. 

Verbal Judo

This program focuses on Dr. George Thompson’s de-escalation education and teaching individuals ways to gently, yet powerfully, persuade and help them avoid, resolve, and manage resistance by using presence and words to resolve conflict. Click here to visit the Verbal Judo website. 

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