Give your FTOs the tools to succeed

We have been training FTOs for over 25 years. Field Training Solutions uses the best practices in education and evaluation and we’ve also designed customized field-training programs for law enforcement agencies, university security agencies, and private security forces.

Kevin Kelleher, Trainer

Kevin KelleherKevin Kelleher, M.Ed., began his police career providing police, fire and ambulance services on northern Minnesota’s Iron Range. He later joined the Bloomington, Minnesota, Police Department and served in a variety of capacities, including patrol, SWAT, detective, patrol sergeant, K-9 supervisor, Deputy Director of Emergency Management, and ran the Office of Training and Development. In 1996, he became the Chief of Police in Wayzata, Minnesota. After seven years, Kevin went on to manage a state-of-the-art multi-agency police and fire training facility in the Minneapolis area for several years.

Kevin is an alumnus of PERF’s Senior Management Institute for Police and the Southern Police Institute’s 89th Administrative Officers Course. He holds a bachelor’s degree in police administration from the University of Minnesota and a master’s degree in education from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota.

Kevin is an Assistant Adjunct Professor at St. Mary’s University of Minnesota, where he teaches public safety courses. He is also an instructor for Northwestern University’s Center for Public Safety, in Evanston, Illinois, where teaches supervisory, command, and executive-level programs. He also serves as a course director for the School of Police Staff and Command. Kevin has taught throughout the United States, and lectured on American Policing at the Garda Síochána (Irish National Police) Academy.

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Richard A. Peterson, Trainer

Richard PetersonRichard Peterson is a 35-year veteran in law enforcement. His experience includes police service at municipal, county and state agencies. During his career with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, located in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area, Richard was assigned to every division and worked in a variety of assignments and administrative ranks. In 2006, he left the Washington County Sheriff’s Office with the rank of senior sergeant.

Richard then worked as a Special Agent with the Minnesota Department of Commerce in their Fraud Bureau, the only police investigative branch within the State of Minnesota that investigates white collar crimes.

In 1997, Richard graduated from Northwestern University’s School of Police Staff and Command, Class #110, and served as its president. In 2011, Richard graduated from St. Mary’s University, Minneapolis campus with a Police Science bachelor’s degree. Richard speaks to police officers and police administrators on PTSD and teaches for Northwestern University’s Center for Public Safety in its Executive Management Program, and its Police Staff and Command Program.

Selected as one of the first Technical Assistants with the Upper Midwest Community Policing Institute in 2001, Richard served as a full-time instructor for the federally funded program. He was the first trainer to introduce a Community Policing partnership to the White Earth Band of Ojibwa and the Mahnomen County Sheriff’s Office in Minnesota. Richard was instrumental in designing the first known partnership for a licensing agreement within the White Earth Tribal Police Department and the State of Minnesota.

In 2014, he was inducted into the Association of Training Officers of Minnesota Hall of Fame.