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GPOD and Dale Carnegie Support Duluth Police and Community



Contact information:

Roz Randorf (Dale Carnegie), 218-443-8364, roz.randorf@dalecarnegie.com

Brian Convery (GPOD), 651-755-6589, brianc@significant-llc.com

Ken McMahon (GPOD), 612-860-8693, ken@significant-llc.com


GPOD and Dale Carnegie Support Duluth Police and Community


Monday November 6th, 2017 – Duluth, MN – "We are proud of the strong relationship the Duluth Police Department has today within the city and we want to continue to build on that foundation by committing to train our staff in ways to better communicate and build trust" said Duluth Police Chief Mike Tusken. 

Global Peace Officer Development (GPOD™) and Dale Carnegie Training are bringing some innovative training to the Duluth area to help law enforcement officers increase community confidence and trust. The customized program, entitled Dale Carnegie Training® for Law Enforcement, will begin in early 2018 starting with the new police officer recruits at the Duluth Police Academy. Launched and tested in 2016 by law enforcement and business leaders in Minneapolis/St. Paul, GPOD emerged in the wake of civil unrest around the country in response to police officer involved shootings, as well as Gallup research showing U.S. confidence in police officers had hit a 22-year low. The GPOD mission is to develop and support peace officers to help increase community confidence and trust in law enforcement from 50% to 75% and beyond.

Through its global partnership with Dale Carnegie Training, GPOD is leveraging more than 100 years of customer-focused training from the business world, delivered across 90 countries and all 50 states. Founded in 1912, Dale Carnegie has grown from one man’s belief in the power of self-improvement, to a global program with more than eight (8) million graduates in 25 languages.

"Law enforcement officers are well trained experts in tactical policing skills, but there is limited funding to support the human relations side of professional development training," said Brian Convery, co-founder of GPOD and a retired police sergeant with more than 20 years in Minnesota law enforcement. "A police officer’s job is more difficult today than ever. This training will enable them to enhance soft skills, increase emotional intelligence and cultivate a culture of customer service to further build community trust."

The Duluth Police Department is comprised of 154 sworn officers. We plan to utilize the GPOD/Dale Carnegie program to train this year’s 15 new recruits. "We are always trying to be innovative with how we utilize tax dollars to make DPD the best it can be but we need community support to help make this program happen. By combining this training with several other training courses we have planned in the coming year we hope to continue to be a department committed to and reflective of the community that we are honored to serve."

While Dale Carnegie Training is offering a substantial discount and pledging a number of GPOD related scholarships, a full 20 to 24 hours of accredited, high quality training still costs $1,500 per seat for the Dale Carnegie Training® for Law Enforcement course. The Duluth Police Department has committed to pay $500 per officer, thanks to an increase in state funding for this and other types of specialized training. To cover the remaining $1,000 per officer, businesses and benefactors are being called upon to show their strong support for police and the community. .

"GPOD depends on corporate sponsorships and was created so companies can support police and the community while receiving a tax benefit," said Ken McMahon, co-founder of GPOD and a business executive based in Minneapolis/St. Paul. "In this high stakes environment, business and law enforcement leaders are confident that professional, customer-focused training programs like Dale Carnegie can create positive change for police officers and the communities they serve."  

Fiscal sponsorship for GPOD is provided by GTS Educational Events, a federally tax-exempt 501c3 organization. Founded in 1976, St. Paul-based GTS serves the educational needs of government and civic professionals. "We look forward to supporting both law enforcement and the community at such a crucial time in history," said Mary Wynne, CEO and Executive Director of GTS. Financial support for GPOD is fully tax deductible and can be made in the form of a corporate sponsorship or charitable contribution.   



About GPOD

Global Peace Officer Development (GPOD™) was founded in early 2016 by a retired police officer and a business executive to help law enforcement officers enhance community relations through customer-focused soft skills training from the business world. The GPOD mission is to develop and support those who protect and serve to help increase community confidence and trust in law enforcement from 50% to 75% and beyond. GPOD is based in the greater Minneapolis/St. Paul area.

About Dale Carnegie Training

Founded in 1912, Dale Carnegie Training has grown from one man’s belief in the power of self-improvement to offices in 90 countries and all 50 states. Dale Carnegie has produced more than eight (8) million graduates in 25 languages worldwide. Every three minutes someone graduates a Dale Carnegie Training® course. The company is headquartered in Hauppauge, New York.

About GTS Educational Events

Founded in 1976 as a Joint Powers Association with support from the University of Minnesota, GTS Educational Events designs, convenes and supports government and civic sector educational opportunities that engage, inspire and inform. GTS is a federally tax-exempt 501c3 organization based in St. Paul, Minnesota.







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