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Law Enforcement Training

DPS Law Enforcement Training Courses

To sign up for a course, contact the host coordinator. 

To host a training course, contact  Lt. Don Marose at 651-297-7132 or at Don.Marose@state.mn.us . Please review the List of Sponsor Responsibilities.

 

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.
 
September 21 - October 1
0800-1700 (daily)
Contact: Lt. Don Marose  don.marose@state.mn.us
Location: White Bear Lake Public Training Facility 

 

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

April 22-23
0800-1700
Contact: Deputy Nick Donahue  Nicholas.Donahue@CO.STEELE.MN.US
Location: Owatonna Fire Department
 
 
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
April 20
0800-1200 AND  1300-1700
Contact: Officer Nick Schultz Nicholas.schultz@moorheadpolice.com
Location: Moorhead PD
 
April 21
Contact: Sgt Eric Sullivan  esullivan@baxtermn.gov
Location Baxter PD
 
April 23
1300-1700
Contact: Deputy Tom Coulter  tom.coulter@bluearthcountymn.gov
Location: Blue Earth County Justice Center - Mankato
 
April 27
1300-1700
Contact: Sgt. Doug Rekstad dougr@co.morrison.mn.us
Location: Morrison County - Little Falls
 
September 8
1200-1600
Contact: Officer Tanis Ford tanis.ford@mspmac.org
Location: South Metro Public Safety Training Facility
 
September 9
1200-1600
Contact: Officer Tanis Ford tanis.ford@mspmac.org
Location: South Metro Public Safety Training Facility
 
September 10
1200-1600
Contact: Officer Tanis Ford tanis.ford@mspmac.org
Location: South Metro Public Safety Training Facility
 
 

Drugs That Impair Driving (DTID) — 6 or 8 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 and what they will see when they encounter drivers under the influence of specific drugs.
 

Class Schedule

April 24
Contact: Deputy Nick Donahue Nicholas.Donahue@CO.STEELE.MN.US
Location: Owatonna Fire Department
 
May 12
1300-2100
Contact: Chief Karen Johnson  Winthroppd@mchsi.com
Location: Winthrop PD
 
 

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. 
 

Class Schedule

April 24
Contact: Deputy Nick Donahue Nicholas.Donahue@CO.STEELE.MN.US
Location: Owatonna Fire Department
 
 
 

Basic Lidar Operator — 4 POST credits

This 4 hour class is broken down into two phases designed for the officer to learn basic LIDAR operation.  The first phase is a 3-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.
 
For inquiries regarding the training please contact Todd Merwin at todd.merwin@state.mn.us   
  

 

Basic Radar Operator — 4 POST credits

This class is 4 hours consisting of classroom instruction designed for the current operator to refresh their skills in basic radar operation. 
 

For inquiries regarding the training please contact Todd Merwin at todd.merwin@state.mn.us 

 
 

Commercial Motor Vehicle Training — 4 POST credits

The four-hour course offered by the Commercial Vehicle Section of the State Patrol deals with making “probable-cause (PC)” traffic stops of large commercial motor vehicles. 
 
Minnesota’s regulatory scheme regarding CMVs can be a complicated minefield for an officer. This course provides easy-to-follow tips for wading through regulations. Course also makes it easy for officers to interact intelligently with CMVs and their drivers. It can be delivered anywhere and requires very little technical setup. 
 
Contact: Sgt. Jay Sletten, Minnesota State Patrol Commercial Vehicle Section, (651) 405-6198.  
 
 
 

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.