The Law Enforcement Training Officers’ Association has played a critical role within Wisconsin’s criminal justice history. We have innovated, advocated, and trained officer safety for over 50 years. We have also worked hard to improve professionalism, compassion, and technical skill within our ranks to increase safety among the public we serve.


The mission of LETOA is to promote service, professionalism, and excellence throughout the Criminal Justice community. We are dedicated to improving the proficiency and safety of officers by participating in policy making processes and advancing cooperation among trainers, governmental bodies, and other organizations that enhance the quality of training for Criminal Justice professionals. Click Here to learn more about our mission, values, and purpose.

President’s Message

Welcome to the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Training Officers’ Association, affectionately known as LETOA (pronounced LEE-toe).  Our organization has been around since its inception in 1966 and has become the premiere law enforcement training organization in Wisconsin. Click Here to read the full message from LETOA President Chad Gruenstern.

Board of Directors

The LETOA Board of Directors is comprised of a President, Vice-President, Treasurer, Secretary, Historian, and multiple Directors. Each position can be filled by any current criminal justice professional involved in officer training. This includes patrol, corrections, and education. Terms are staggered and voted on at the annual training conference. Click Here to see a full listing of our current board members.

LETOA History

The history of LETOA begins in the fall of 1965, Albert D. Hamann of the UW Extension Institute of Governmental Affairs developed a program with the aid of a grant from the Federal Highway Administration-National Highway Safety Bureau through the State of Wisconsin Division of Highway Safety Coordination.  The program, “Training the Training Officer,” was intended to improve the communication skills of police training officers. Click Here to learn more out our history and the impact we’ve had in Wisconsin’s law enforcement community.

Association Sponsors

The Law Enforcement Training Officers’ Association has a growing online presence here on this website, as well as social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube. We actively reach out to trainers in police departments, sheriff departments, correctional facilities, state agencies, and educational facilities. Click Here to view and support current association sponsors. If you own or represent a business which supports law enforcement, Click Here to view advertising opportunities.