The Professional Law Enforcement Assistants Association was established in 1999 and is a nonprofit professional organization for support staff of Minnesota law enforcement agencies. There are over 225 participants representing 71 law enforcement agencies. PLEAA’s objective is to provide specialized law enforcement training and networking opportunities for administrative assistants and support staff working in this unique profession. Participation in PLEAA sponsored functions is aimed at providing a means of developing stronger skills and peer associations to enable members to better serve their Chief Law Enforcement Officers, their departments and their communities.

PLEAA is guided by an Executive Board made up of nine members from various Minnesota law enforcement agencies who strive to meet the needs of the membership.

PLEAA generally holds two training sessions each year in April and November. Every other year, the April training is a two-day training conference.

PLEAA was started with the support of the Hennepin County Chiefs of Police Association.