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Law Enforcement Training

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To sign up for a course, contact the host coordinator.
 
To host a training course, contact DWItraining@state.mn.us​

Please review the list of sponsor responsibilities. SFST Sponsor Responsibilities.pdf

Information on OTS Training Requirements 
Requesting POST credits for on-line training Instructions for entering POST credits.pdf

 

SFST participant manual:

 

ARIDE participant manual: 

 
 

Drug Evaluation and Classification (aka: DRE School) - 72 POST credits

Drug Evaluation and Classification (DECP) training is a very comprehensive course that utilizes classroom, hands-on, and practical exercises to insure that Drug Recognition Evaluators candidates are well prepared to use the skills necessary to perform the duties of a DRE.  Certification training dates are pending.  All equipment, supplies, housing, and travel costs are paid.

Next School: April 24-28 and May 1-4: Maple Grove, MN

DRE School Application.pdf

DRE Class Details.pdf​ 

DRE training and certification.doc


Standardized Field Sobriety Testing (SFST) - 16 POST credits

This 16-hour course will guide police officers through the traffic stop, the face-to-face interview, SFSTs, processing, report writing, and courtroom testimony. By incorporating classroom, dry run, and practical exercises, officers will be better prepared to detect and remove impaired drivers. 

Class Schedule  


Date: March 13-14, 2023

Time: 0830-1630
Location: Otter Tail County Sheriff's Office Operations Center (469 W Main St., Ottertail, MN)
Contact: ​Lori Windels - lwindels@co.ottertail.mn.us - 218-367-6301

Other: Lunch will be provided, students are being asked to provide a $10 donation for lunch each day


Date: May 8-9, 2023

Time: 0800-1600
Location: Benson Fire Hall - 1410 Kansas Avenue, Benson, MN 56215
Contact: ​Kristin Molden - kristen.molden@city.co.swift.mn.us - 320-843-4790




SFST-DWI Update - 4 POST credits

This four-hour course will discuss the ever changing DWI law, the newest and most relevant court cases affecting law enforcement procedures, tips on solidifying your DWI case, and a refresher of SFST skills and techniques.

This is a refresher for those officers that have previously attended the 16-hour SFST course.

Class Schedule​​

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Date: March 13, 2023

Time: 1600-2000
Location: Minneapolis Parks - 2117 West River Road, Minneapolis, MN 55411 
Contact: ​Sergeant Berdahl - 612-499-9313 - Cberdahl@minneapolisparks.org


Date: March 14, 2023

Time: 2000-0000
Location: St. Paul Police Department - 600 N Lafayette Road, St. Paul, MN 
Sign-up Link: https://forms.gle/R5hEYx12kcekf3PA9


Date: May 10, 2023

Time: 0800-1200
Location: Benson High School Performing Arts Center - 1400 Montana Ave, Benson, MN 56215
Contact: ​Kristin Molden - kristen.molden@city.co.swift.mn.us - 320-843-4790



 

Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE) "Day Three" - 9 POST credits

This course will instruct officers on the difference between alcohol and drug impaired drivers; how they are detected and what can be expected. Officers will learn the observable signs of seven major drug categories, medical conditions that mimic drug influence, and what they will see when they encounter drivers under the influence of specific drugs. This course is a prerequisite for those attending DRE School.

This course is taught in conjunction with SFST training. If SFST is not taught immediately preceding this course, ARIDE "Stand Alone" should be the course instructed (see below). 

Class Schedule


Date: March 15, 2023

Time: 0830-1730
Location: Otter Tail County Sheriff's Office Operations Center (469 W Main St., Ottertail, MN)
Contact: ​Lori Windels - lwindels@co.ottertail.mn.us - 218-367-6301

Other: ​Lunch will be provided, students are being asked to provide a $10 donation for lunch each day​



Date: May 10, 2023

Time: 0800-1700
Location: Benson Fire Hall - 1410 Kansas Avenue, Benson, MN 56215
Contact: ​Kristin Molden - kristen.molden@city.co.swift.mn.us - 320-843-4790​



ARIDE Refresher

This course will instruct officers on the difference between alcohol and drug impaired drivers; how they are detected and what can be expected. Officers will learn the observable signs of seven major drug categories, medical conditions that mimic drug influence, and what they will see when they encounter drivers under the influence of specific drugs. This course is self-paced and takes approximately 4 hours. For POST Credits, please send your certificate and POST number to Sgt. Tyler Milless at Tyler.Milless@state.mn.us. Post rosters will be sent once a month.


 

Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE) "Stand Alone" 14 POST credits

This course will instruct officers on the difference between alcohol and drug impaired drivers; how they are detected and what can be expected. Officers will review the SFSTs, and will learn the observable signs of seven major drug categories, medical conditions that mimic drug influence, and what they will see when they encounter drivers under the influence of specific drugs. This course is a prerequisite for those attending DRE School.

Class Schedule

 

Occupant Protection Usage & Enforcement (OPUE) - 3 POST credits

This three-hour course will address seat belt, child restraint and air bag history and development. Officers will learn the engineering designs that make these safety devices an important part of motor vehicles. Officers will be guided through the specifics about these safety devices and how they are protected both when they are occupants as well as when they respond to crashes. Officers will discuss enforcement techniques and requirements.

NEW OPUE TRAINING PROGRAM NOW AVAILABLE  OPUE-UserGuide.pdf

 


Law Enforcement Phlebotomist - 32 POST credits

Phlebotomy is the act of drawing blood for either testing or transfusion.  The purpose of this training is to prepare POST licensed law enforcement  professionals to successfully obtain blood samples from DWI arrestees pursuant to Minnesota statutes.  the training consists of three sections; an 8-hour online course, a 24-hour classroom section, and a clinical section that includes 50 successful blood draws at an ambulatory care site.  all equipment, supplies, and housing costs are paid.

Next class: January 2023​
 

 

Initial LIDAR for Allied Agencies – 6 POST credits 

This 6 hour initial class is broken down into two phases designed for the peace officer to learn basic LIDAR operation.  The first phase is a 4-hour block of instruction given in a classroom environment.  This gives the officer basic operator information, court history and testimony, and familiarization with detectors and jammers.  Phase two is conducted in the field with hands on operation of the LIDAR unit, and includes operation and testing procedures.  Students will receive a certificate upon completion of the course. This course is offered by MSP free of charge, as a service to Allied Agencies. Students will have a one-hour break for lunch on the local economy.


Upcoming training dates

Brainerd/Baxter Regional Training, May 23, 2023 from 0800-1500 
MNDOT
7694 Industrial Park Road S
Baxter, MN 56425 
To register for this class contact Sgt. John Perrin, john.perrin@state.mn.us 
Deadline: March 23, 2023


Mankato Regional Training, May 23, 2023 from 0800-1500
Minnesota State Patrol District 2200
2171 Bassett Drive
Mankato, MN 56001
To register for this class contact Sgt. John Perrin, john.perrin@state.mn.us 
Deadline: March 23, 2023


Metro Regional Training, June 6, 2023 from 0800-1500 
Anoka County Sheriff's Office Patrol Division
13301 Hanson Blvd NW
Andover, MN 55304
To register for this class contact Sgt. John Perrin, john.perrin@state.mn.us 
Deadline: April 6, 2023

Initial RADAR for Allied Agencies – 8 POST credits 

This 8 hour initial class is broken down into two phases designed for the peace officer to learn basic RADAR operation.  The first phase is a 6-hour block of instruction given in a classroom environment.  This gives the officer basic operator information, familiarization with setup and installation, proper testing procedures, court history and testimony, and familiarization with detectors and jammers.  Phase two is conducted in the field with hands on operation of the RADAR unit, and includes operation and testing procedures.  Students will receive a certificate upon completion of the course. This course is offered by MSP free of charge, as a service to Allied Agencies. Students will have a one-hour break for lunch on the local economy.


Upcoming training dates

Brainerd/Baxter Regional Training, May 22, 2023 from 0800-1700 
MNDOT
7694 Industrial Park Road S
Baxter, MN 56425 
To register for this class contact Sgt. John Perrin, john.perrin@state.mn.us 
Deadline: March 22, 2023


Mankato Regional training, May 22, 2023 from 0800-1700 
Minnesota State Patrol District 2200
2171 Bassett Drive 
Mankato, MN 56001 
To register for this class contact Sgt. John Perrin, john.perrin@state.mn.us 
Deadline: March 22, 2023


Metro Regional Training, June 5, 2023 from 0800-1700 
Anoka County Sheriff's Office Patrol Division
13301 Hanson Blvd NW
Andover, MN 55304
To register for this class contact Sgt. John Perrin, john.perrin@state.mn.us 
Deadline: April 5, 2023


LIDAR Refresher – 4 POST credits 

This 4 hour class is designed for the peace officer who has been previously trained, and is returning to a patrol assignment or otherwise needs a refresher course in basic LIDAR operation.  The first phase is 2-hour block of instruction given in a classroom environment.  This gives the officer basic operator information.  Phase two is conducted in the field with hands on operation of the LIDAR unit, and includes operation and testing procedures.  Students will receive a certificate upon completion of the course. 

Upcoming training dates: TBD 
The POC for this course is Sgt. John Perrin, john.perrin@state.mn.us


RADAR Refresher – 4 POST credits

This 4 hour class is designed for the peace officer who has been previously trained, and is returning to a patrol assignment or otherwise needs a refresher course in basic RADAR operation.  The first phase is 2.5-hour block of instruction given in a classroom environment.  This gives the officer basic operator information, and proper testing procedures.  Phase two is conducted in the field with hands on operation of the RADAR unit, and includes operation and testing procedures.  Students will receive a certificate upon completion of the course.

Upcoming training dates: TBD 
The POC for this course is Sgt. John Perrin, john.perrin@state.mn.us

 

​Child Passenger Safety Training

Child passenger safety training is provided by OTS. Classes will be scheduled around the state, most frequently in the spring and early summer.​​​