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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.

Information on OTS Training Requirements
 
 

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.  
DRE School application.pdfDRE School application.pdf    
class details memo.docOverview of DRE training curriculum.doc
SCHOOL activities.docDRE training and certification.doc

There are plans for a Spring 2017 class.  Stay tuned for details.
Contact: Lieutenant Don Marose  don.marose@state.mn.us


Certification location and dates TBD.
 
 

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 5-6
0800-1700
Contact: Tami Larsen   Tami.Larsen@northstpaul.org
Location: North Saint Paul Police Department

May 2-3
0800-1700
Contact: Deputy Geoff Dowty     Geoffrey.Dowty@co.sherburne.mn.us
Location: Sherburne County S.O.

June 14-15
1200-2100
Contact: Deb Fields dfields@southmetro.training
Register: HERE
Location: South Metro Public Safety Training Facility - Edina
 

 

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 11
1500-1900
Contact: Sergeant Ryan Morris   rcmorris@duluthmn.gov    218-730-5655
Location: Duluth Public Safety

April 11
1300-1700
Contact: Shannon Riggle    sriggle@co.ottertail.mn.us   218-332-5538
Location: Fergus Falls Police Department

May 2
1500-1900
Contact: Sergeant Ryan Morris   rcmorris@duluthmn.gov    218-730-5655
Location: Duluth Public Safety


 


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

March 29
0800-1800
Contact: Anne Klaers  Anne@ci.medina.mn.us
Location:
Medina Community Center


April 7
0800-1800
Contact: Tami Larsen   Tami.Larsen@northstpaul.org
Location: North Saint Paul Police Department


May 4
0800-1800
Contact: Deputy Geoff Dowty     Geoffrey.Dowty@co.sherburne.mn.us
Location: Sherburne County S.O.


June 16
0800-1800
Contact: Deb Fields dfields@southmetro.training
Register: HERE
Location: South Metro Public Safety Training Facility - Edina
 


 

ARIDE On-line - 6 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 may be used as ARIDE refresher.
 
 


 

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.

Access OPUE Training HERE

 


 

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.
 

Class Schedule

April 4
1300-1700
Location: 1110 Centre Pointe Curve - Mendota Heights
 
For course registration please contact Eric Zastrow at eric.zastrow@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.
 

Class Schedule

April 4
0800-1200
Location: 1110 Centre Pointe Curve - Mendota Heights
 
For course registration please contact Eric Zastrow at eric.zastrow@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.