Courses



MACNLOW training courses provide relevant, practical information you will take back and use immediately in the workplace! Utilizing a combination of lecture, small and large group exercises, personal assessment tools and role play, we actively involve attendees in the learning process. Because our class sizes are limited, your personal questions and concerns will always be addressed.

In addition to the courses shown below, MACNLOW has many other options from which to choose.  If you don't see something you're looking for, please contact us for assistance or to host a course at your agency.  We also provide customized in-service training programs to address the specific needs of your agency.
Our calendar is updated weekly, so please check back often for more information or contact us at info@macnlow.com or at 517-410-0825 to be added to our mailing list.

Please note that all classes run from 8 am to 5 pm unless otherwise noted in the course description. Pricing information is included in the course description.

Cancellation/Refund Policy (as of 9-1-17):  All course cancellations must be in writing and sent via e-mail to register@macnlow.com. Cancellations made within four days of registration will be fully refunded or not billed to the agency, provided the initial registration occurs more than two weeks prior to the class start date. Cancellations made after four days of the initial registration date and up to two weeks prior to the course start date will be refunded less a $50 processing fee.  Cancellations made with less than two weeks notice prior to the course start date will be refunded less a $100 processing fee as MACNLOW has already committed those funds for the course.  No shows are non-refundable.  For special circumstances regarding cancellations, please contact Kristen at 517-410-0825 or send e-mail to kkemp@macnlow.com.


January 25, 2021

Basic 40-Hour Dispatch School

This course will utilize a virtual classroom with LIVE instruction and an interactive virtual classroom with two-way audio and video interaction amongst participants and the instructor(s).  This is a great way to participate in a MACNLOW course while avoiding travel and travel-related expenses ... More Info

February 01, 2021

Advanced 40-Hour Dispatch School

This course will utilize a virtual classroom with LIVE instruction and an interactive virtual classroom with two-way audio and video interaction amongst participants and the instructor(s).  This is a great way to participate in a MACNLOW course while avoiding travel and travel-related expenses ... More Info

February 01, 2021

Handling Domestic Violence Calls

This course focuses on helping telecommunicators learn innovative ways to capture information, frame effective questions, understand the psychological dynamics of domestic violence, and methods to keep their officers safe.  SNC approved with Module II(a) endorsement; MNA200608E. ... More Info

February 02, 2021

Suicide Calls: Helping the Caller & the Telecommunicator

Attendees will assess their listening skills, learn to apply the skills and "thinking patterns" to help handle a suicide call successfully, assess psychological considerations, keep the caller talking, ask critical questions, and gain call handling methods proven effective for ot... More Info

February 03, 2021

911 Dispatch Liability

Utilizing 911 cases which pinpoint various types of liability, this course analyzes liability issues, examines common elements of liability, looks at why people sue, examines the typical process of a lawsuit, develops measures for reducing and/or preventing liability, demonstrates courtroo... More Info

February 04, 2021

Homeland Security for the Telecommunicator

A comprehensive overview to define “terrorism;” identify the similarities and differences between “Domestic” and “International” terrorism; identify common misconceptions related to terrorists; discuss potential terrorist targets; identify and define eig... More Info

February 05, 2021

Stress Management

Attendees will complete a Stress Response Profile to analyze their individual stress levels with an emphasis on the challenges of a dispatching career, both in terms of tasks and toxic people, utilize the Thought Reframing and FIT/S/ACE approaches to handling stress, and examine individual appr... More Info

February 08, 2021

Police Supervision (law enforcement) aka Achieving Supervisory Excellence (dispatch)

East Lansing MI

Police Supervision (aka Achieving Supervisory Excellence) is a three-day course designed specifically for first-line supervisors who direct, motivate, lead, appraise and discipline others.  As a result of coaching, role play, exercises, self-assessments, group discussions and lecture,... More Info

February 16, 2021

Active Shooter Incidents for Dispatch

Active shooter incidents are dynamic situations that pose many unique challenges for public safety communications.  These situations require an enormous response from law enforcement, fire, EMS, various support entities and communication centers.   As with any other type of ... More Info

February 25, 2021

Inmate Classification Training

Inmate classification is one of the highest areas of liability for any jail or lockup and jail lawsuits are on the rise in this state and across the nation. An effective, well-defined classification system along with properly trained classification staff will help reduce escapes and escape attempts,... More Info

March 01, 2021

Basic 40-Hour Dispatch School

This course will utilize a virtual classroom with LIVE instruction and an interactive virtual classroom with two-way audio and video interaction amongst participants and the instructor(s).  This is a great way to participate in a MACNLOW course while avoiding travel and travel-related expenses ... More Info

March 10, 2021

Staying on Top of Your Profession (New Course!)

SECOND SESSION ADDED DUE TO DEMAND!  This course is designed to keep experienced telecommunicators abreast of best practices and call handling techniques in difficult suicide calls and volatile domestic violence calls, examine cultural diversity and how bias may affect their job performance, di... More Info

March 10, 2021

Advanced Supervision

East Lansing MI

This course is registered with MCOLES and is eligible for 302 funds as well as SNC approved for dispatch training funds (MNA201902A).  
Agencies insured by MMRMA should also check with their agent on partial reimbursement for qualifying courses.
The cost is $375 per personMore Info

March 11, 2021

Incident Debriefing (8 am to noon)

Incident Debriefing is an essential part of learning, improving and identifying the steps in a given incident. This course will highlight the need for Incident Debriefing and will focus on providing an overall plan for post-incident management. Upon completion of this course, the participa... More Info

March 15, 2021

Advanced 40-Hour Dispatch School

This course will utilize a virtual classroom with LIVE instruction and an interactive virtual classroom with two-way audio and video interaction amongst participants and the instructor(s).  This is a great way to participate in a MACNLOW course while avoiding travel and travel-related expenses ... More Info

March 15, 2021

Suicide Calls: Helping the Caller & the Telecommunicator

Attendees will assess their listening skills, learn to apply the skills and "thinking patterns" to help handle a suicide call successfully, assess psychological considerations, keep the caller talking, ask critical questions, and gain call handling methods proven effective for ot... More Info

March 16, 2021

Handling Domestic Violence Calls

This course focuses on helping telecommunicators learn innovative ways to capture information, frame effective questions, understand the psychological dynamics of domestic violence, and methods to keep their officers safe.  SNC approved with Module II(a) endorsement; MNA200608E. ... More Info

March 17, 2021

911 Dispatch Liability

Utilizing 911 cases which pinpoint various types of liability, this course analyzes liability issues, examines common elements of liability, looks at why people sue, examines the typical process of a lawsuit, develops measures for reducing and/or preventing liability, demonstrates courtroo... More Info

March 18, 2021

Homeland Security for the Telecommunicator

A comprehensive overview to define “terrorism;” identify the similarities and differences between “Domestic” and “International” terrorism; identify common misconceptions related to terrorists; discuss potential terrorist targets; identify and define eig... More Info

March 19, 2021

Stress Management

Attendees will complete a Stress Response Profile to analyze their individual stress levels with an emphasis on the challenges of a dispatching career, both in terms of tasks and toxic people, utilize the Thought Reframing and FIT/S/ACE approaches to handling stress, and examine individual appr... More Info

April 07, 2021

Critical Supervisory Issues

East Lansing MI

This two-day course is designed specifically for supervisors who direct, motivate, lead, appraise and discipline others.  Topics covered in the third and final course in MACNLOW’s Capstone Award/Supervisory Series include supervisory responsibility, procedures to investigate citizen ... More Info