Art Aplan

Art is the Advanced Training Coordinator for Law Enforcement Training, a department within South Dakota's Division of Criminal Investigation. After several years of being a contract trainer for the LET Basic Academy, he was recruited to become a full time staff instructor and later, the Basic Academy Coordinator. He is a certified law enforcement officer and served as a firearms instructor, video simulator instructor and member of a Motorcycle Theft Task Force. His last uniform assignment was with the Sturgis Police Department located in the Black Hills of South Dakota.

In May of 2009 he traveled over 1,500 miles by car to attend the Problem Based Learning Instructor's Course in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada. He describes the class as one of the best things that he has experienced. An ongoing staff exercise utilizes the PBL training to examine South Dakota's basic training and teaching methods. He is currently planning to host the PBL Instructor's Course at the state's new academy in Pierre, SD.