Earlier this spring, Don Winger, program director of the B.S. in Police Science program at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, was inducted into the Association of Training Officers of Minnesota (ATOM) Hall of Fame.
ATOM is Minnesota’s professional organization for law enforcement training and development. As listed on their website, their mission is “To promote the professional standards of peace officer training and education.” ATOM inducts one law enforcement professional each year, and Winger’s commitment to the education of law enforcement professionals throughout his career was an important factor in his induction to the Hall of Fame.
Since 2002, Winger has served as a program director at Saint Mary’s University. His career at Saint Mary’s started after a successful career as a St. Paul Police Department detective, and as the Maplewood Police Department Chief of Police. His success with the Police Science program is due to his consistent attention to the program’s quality, coupled with the outstanding academic advising he provides all of his students. For over 14 years, Winger has worked tirelessly to provide a quality educational experience for his police science students.
As stated on ATOM’s website, “It is safe to say that Don’s name and reputation are familiar to the majority of law enforcement in Minnesota and we are pleased to have him join the ranks of other esteemed individuals who have received this award.”