About Personal Defense Training
Kelly Park has been a licensed Minnesota Peace Officer since 1997. He is a Minnesota BCA Certified Permit to Carry Instructor and a former member of the Crisis Negotiation Team for the Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office.
Originally from the Iron Range in northern Minnesota, Kelly is a lifelong resident of Minnesota and has lived in the Brainerd Lakes area and been in law enforcement for over 25 years. Kelly has been a full-time deputy with the Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office for the past 20 years. He also currently serves the City of Cuyuna as a part-time police officer. He has previously served as a police officer in the cities of Staples, Crosby, and Baxter. Kelly and his wife, Jill, have three adult children and reside in the Brainerd Lakes area with their two dogs, Bella and Charlie.
Personal Defense Training was founded by Ben Rudrud in 2013 with the purpose of providing a quality Minnesota permit to carry class taught from a law enforcement officer’s perspective. In December of 2018, Kelly Park became the owner, continuing the tradition of training and educating people on gun safety.