Praetorian Group Expands Online Training Division with Acquisition of LocalGovU
Praetorian also Announces Technology and Content Partnership with LocalGovU’s former parent company, U, Inc.
San Francisco, CA – The Praetorian Group, Inc., the leading online media company in the public safety and security market, announced today it has acquired LocalGovU from Kansas-based U, Inc, one of the leading online training companies serving local governments and risk pools nationwide. The acquisition of LocalGovU significantly expands Praetorian’s online training portfolio and strongly complements the depth of content and services it offers first responders through Police1, FireRescue1, EMS1 and Corrections1.
More than 200 courses are offered through LocalGovU, covering all facets of local government ranging from law enforcement and corrections to HR, management and IT. As part of the Praetorian Group, LocalGovU will remain a standalone brand, product and service. Over time, it will also be offered as an additional product option alongside the PoliceOne Academy, which provides an online training and records management platform consisting of 600 online training videos and 70 online courses to more than 150 departments. While the PoliceOne Academy will continue to be available to departments by annual subscription, LocalGovU will continue to offer online courses for purchase through its learning management system.
As part of the acquisition, Praetorian has entered into an ongoing partnership with U, Inc. to support technology development and content delivery for the LocalGovU platform. The partnership will allow Praetorian to continue delivering the customer experience and accredited content that has made LocalGovU a leader in the local government market.
“We are very excited to expand Praetorian’s mission more broadly in the government space and to build upon the reputation of customer service and quality that LocalGovU and U, Inc. have been delivering for years,” said Alex Ford, CEO of Praetorian Group. “LocalGovU is a profitable, growing business that provides us with an incredible platform to continue to enhance our online training division and offer a wider array of online training resources to both our current law enforcement clients and the government risk pools LocalGovU currently serves.”
LocalGovU was launched in 2007 by U, Inc., which provides online training to a number of general industry segments including automotive. Of the training that LocalGovU offers to city and county governments, 60 percent of courses delivered consist of law enforcement and corrections content and the remainder address local government functions, from water works to administration and HR.
“The Praetorian Group shares our philosophy and passion for delivering great training products and customer service to clients. We set a high bar for ourselves to meet in terms of taking care of our clients and the Praetorian Group does the same,” said Sharon Holt, Vice President of U, Inc. “We are confident they will be a great partner to our current and growing customer base of risk pools and government departments nationwide.”
Together, the two entities offer 270 full length courses and more than 600 training videos, and qualify for accredited law enforcement training in 22 states. Combined, they provide best-in-class content to more than 50,000 individual users each year across all aspects of local government and create one of the largest content footprints across local government departments, including police, corrections, fire and EMS.
To learn more about LocalGovU, visit www.localgovu.com.
About Praetorian Group
The Praetorian Group is the leading online media and technology company in the public safety and security market. Our properties are visited by more than 3 million public safety professionals every month and count over 1 million first responders as members. Praetorian owns and operates Police1, FireRescue1, EMS1, Corrections1 and www.Military1.com, as well as more than 15 topical public safety websites providing resources ranging from online video to grant assistance. We are deeply committed to providing resources and cutting edge information that help first responders and military personnel stay safer, become better informed and more effectively protect their communities. For more information, visit www.PraetorianGroup.com.
LocalGovU is one of the leading providers of online training for local government nationwide and works directly with cities, counties and risk management groups to provide high quality, accredited training that reduces liability and mitigates risk. The LocalGovU system consists of more than 200 courses covering topics ranging from law enforcement and corrections to HR and environmental safety. LocalGovU law enforcement and corrections courses have been approved by POST agencies in Idaho, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, Minnesota, New Mexico, Nevada, Oklahoma, and South Carolina, and recognized by Georgia, Kansas, Nebraska and TCLEOSE in Texas. For more information, visit www.LocalGovU.com.
About U, Inc.
U, Inc. was founded in 1999 and has been at the forefront of eLearning for more than twelve years. U, Inc. provides online training to more than one million individuals annually from more than 18,000 organizations. Our mission is to provide online training that is affordable and available to markets that have been underserved in the past due to budget constraints or logistical issues. U, Inc. is located in Overland Park, Kansas, and is a past recipient of the Kansas City Ethics Award and the Best Places to Work in Kansas City. For more information, visit www.PoweredByU.com.