John French

Director of Law Enforcement Education & Training


John French serves as the Director of Law Enforcement Education & Training. His passion centers around teaching, instructing, and consulting with professionals, law enforcement, government entities, schools, and private organizations to enhance their current skills and encourage individual and team performance to enrich communities.

A twenty-year law enforcement professional, John served as a Deputy Sheriff for the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office; Weapons of Mass Destruction Tactical Team Member for Hennepin County Sheriff’s / Homeland Security; Police Officer and Tactical Team Leader for the Brooklyn Center Police Department.

Throughout his career, John has engaged law enforcement agencies and officers through education and training. He has conducted Field Training, Crisis Intervention Training, Firearms Training, developed curriculum and casualty training for the Anoka/Hennepin School Districts, developed corporate security training programs, and administered continuing education with the Minnesota Board of Peace Officers Standards and Training. John has trained extensively locally and nationally on the following topics:

  • Effective Communication/Conflict Management
  • Communicating through Culture, Crisis and Conflict
  • Active Shooter/Threat Assessment/Critical Incident Response Planning
  • Basic/Advanced Tactical Firearms Training
  • Permit to Carry Certified Instructor, CPR/AED/EMS Certified Instructor (EMSRB, AHA)
  • Crisis Prevention Instructor(CPI)

In his free time, John enjoys spending time with his beautiful bride, family and friends. He also enjoys winter Caribbean cruises and golf in any region that doesn’t have snow!

Education & Admissions


Bemidji State University, Bemidji, Minnesota
– B.A.


F.B.I. Instructor Development Course, Camp Ripley, MNMN

Swat Supervisor and Command School, National Tactical Officers Association

Active Shooter Threat Assessment Critical Incident Response, National Tactical Officers Association

School Active shooter response, Secret Service, Department of Education

Counter Terrorism Training, Department of Homeland Security/LSU

Community Emergency Response Team (C.E.R.T.) Instructor, Anoka Technical College

CIT, Barbara Schneider Foundation

Crisis Prevention Instructor, Crisis Prevention Institute

Affiliations & Involvement

Professional Affiliations

International Law Enforcement Educators Trainers association (ILEETA)

Minnesota Peace & Police Officer Association

NRA Firearms Instructor Network

Minnesota Association Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors (MALEFI)

American Heart Association Instructor

Emergency Medical Regulatory Board (EMSRB)

Community Involvement

Anoka County Mental Health Advisory Counsel

Local Church Volunteer



Interpersonal Communication & Conflict Management Model

  • P.A.U.S.E.
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As educators, it is crucial we stay current and focused on purposeful, professional development & training that provides Law Enforcement with added tools to enhance an already highly trained skill set. Our goal is to constantly strive to achieve a perfect balance that creates a culture of safety & security for our Law Enforcement Officers and the communities they serve.
John French