Law Enforcment Training

kpsoaThanks to the generous support of our sponsors and 5K and 10K run/walkers we are able to fund and train active duty police officers with the vital training they need. Most of the training is focused of officer safety and teaching officers the tactical skills they need to survive their careers. We are especially grateful for the monetary support of Kalamazoo Public Safety Officer's Association (KPSOA) who has partnered with us to bring quality law enforcement education to the Kalamazoo area.

The Michigan Tactical Officers Association will be hosting their annual Great Lakes Law Enforcement Training Conference May 22-24, 2018 in Kalamazoo Michigan. This is the 30th year for the organization, and the second year for the conference to be held in Kalamazoo. Last year’s conference brought in one of the largest number of attendees at approximately 250 for the classes and approximately 350 for the first day of the national incident debriefs and vendor show. The conference is intended for all law enforcement officers, EMS personnel, correction officers, or military, regardless of rank or assignment, to come and develop better safety skills and greater knowledge.

Last year, the Eric Zapata Memorial Foundation donated $7500 towards the conference. This money was used to help bring in instructors from around the country to provide some of the best training the officers had ever experienced.

In 2018 the Eric Zapata Memorial Foundation will donate $10,000 for scholarships to area offices so that they can attend the conference. The money allows agencies, who may not otherwise have the means to get their officers this type of training. Tuition, lodging, food, and class supplies (i.e. ammunition for a class requiring it) will be covered for each officer receiving the scholarship. Total cost per scholarship, per officer, including ammo, is approximately $810. The plan is to offer 8 departments scholarships for two officers each for a total of $12,960. The Michigan Tactical Officers Association will pay the remaining $2,960.