“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

Grant Writing Training

July 6-7, 2023
Billings, Montana

Billings Police Department and Grant Writing USA will present a two-day grant writing workshop in Billings, MT – July 6-7, 2023.  This training is for grant seekers across all disciplines.  Attend this class and you’ll learn how to find the funding sources and write winning grant proposals. 

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Beginning and experienced grant writers from city, county and state agencies as well as healthcare organizations, nonprofits, K-12, colleges and universities are encouraged to attend.

This training is approved for 16 POST credit hours. Discounted tuition for all Law Enforcement is $44with the discount code “Law“.  Price includes two days of terrific instruction, workbook, and access to our Alumni Forum that’s packed full of tools, helpful discussions and sample grant proposals.

More information including learning objectives, class location, graduate testimonials and online registration is available here.


Tammy Pitts
Grant Writing USA
888.435.7281 toll free

Samantha Puckett
Administrative Sergeant

More than 40,000 agencies across North America have turned to Grant Writing USA for grant writing and grant management training.

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

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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