ATOM is looking for a few (two) good men or women to serve as volunteer board members. The only qualifications are that you are a licensed peace officer, working for an organization that supports ATOM as a member and you want to support quality training. We currently have two openings on our board, two 2-year positions. If you are interested, please contact us via email or phone. A listing of the current board members can be found on our website, http://www.mnpolicetraining.org.
Here is a little background on our organization.
The Basics: Our Mission
To promote the professional standards of peace officer training and education.
To achieve this purpose, Association of Training Officers of Minnesota may conduct the following activities:
- Promote the development and exchange of training methodologies materials and resources with and for members and others interested in peace officer training and education.
- Enhance, support and cooperate with existing organizations that are involved with peace officer training and education.
- Develop, coordinate or sponsor training programs utilizing partial or total financial funding from either private or public sources.
History: ATOM was created in 1974 by a group of law enforcement professionals who determined that there was a need for quality training for all Minnesota police departments. These individuals all volunteered to serve on the board and developed and taught training in the areas of use of force, professional development, hostage negotiation and personal development. Fast forward to 1991, the board contracted with Darlyne Erickson to manage the business of the association, and in 1993 applied and received a 501C3 Non-profit status.
ATOM’s bylaws state that there shall be 11 board members, plus the past president and an ex-officio liaison from MN POST. Each board member serves two years and included in the 11 are three individuals who act as an executive committee. First/Second VP and President. We meet once a month generally board member agencies, 10-Noon on the 4th Thursday of the month. Summer meetings are called as needed
It is difficult to determine how many police officers have been trained, but our electronic records show that since 2002 we have facilitated the training for 9100 individuals, which equates to innumerable hours. From 1991-2003 we can estimate another 4800 individuals trained, and from 1974 to 1991, it’s impossible to say how many walked through the doors of ATOM training.
Suffice it to say that ATOM, with the support of the many individuals who have voluntarily served on the Board of Directors over the years, has made a difference in Minnesota.
CONTACT US AT 952-922-2324 or email firstname.lastname@example.org