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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: December 5-6, 2022 

Time: 0800-1700 
Location: Wright County Training Facility - 5577 County W-35, Maple Lake, MN
​Contact: Sgt. Josh Hinton  | Josh.Hinton@co.wright.mn.us 612-221-5724


Date: December 5-6, 2022 

Time: 0800-1700 
Location: Bemidji Police Department - 613 Minnesota Avenue NW, Bemidji, MN 
​Contact: Captain David LaZella  | dlazella@ci.bemidji.mn.us 218-333-8396


Date: December 12-13, 2022 

Time: 0800-1700 
Location: Aitkin Police Department - 109 1st Avenue NW, Aitkin, MN 56431
​Contact: Amy Dotzler  | adotzler@aitkinpolice.com |  ​218-927-2133


Date: December 19-20, 2022 

Time: 0800-1600 
Location: Emergency Operations Center - 5735 Old Miller Trunk Hwy, Duluth, MN  
Contact: Deputy Sean Cannon | 218-464-2490 | CannonS@stlouiscountymn.gov​​


Date: December 28-29, 2022 

Time: 1300-2200
Location: Moorhead Police Department -  911 11th Street N, Moorhead, MN 56560
Contact: Detective Nick Schultz | 218-299-5137 | nicholas.schultz@moorheadpolice.com​​




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​​


Date: December 7, 2022 

Time: 1300-1700 
Location: Watonwan County Human Services Building - 715 2nd Ave S, St. James, MN 56081
​Contact: Deputy Erik Gratz  | Erik.Gratz@co.watonwan.mn.us 507-375-2578



Date: December 7, 2022 

Time: 0800-1200 
Location: Bemidji Police Department - 613 Minnesota Avenue NW, Bemidji, MN 
​Contact: Captain David LaZella  | dlazella@ci.bemidji.mn.us 218-333-8396



Date: December 15, 2022 

Time: 0800-1200
Location: Aitkin Police Department - 109 1st Avenue NW, Aitkin, MN 56431
​Contact: Amy Dotzler  | adotzler@aitkinpolice.com | 218-927-2133​​




Date: December 19, 2022 

Time: 1200-1600 
Location: Mankato Public Safety Center - 710 South Front Street, Mankato, MN 56001
​Contact: Commander Adam Gray  | agray@mankatomn.gov | 507-387-8385


 

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: December 7, 2022 

Time: 0800-1800 
Location: Wright County Training Facility - 5577 County W-35, Maple Lake, MN
​Contact: Sgt. Josh Hinton  | Josh.Hinton@co.wright.mn.us 612-221-5724



Date: December 7, 2022 

Time: 0700-1700 
Location: Bemidji Police Department - 613 Minnesota Avenue NW, Bemidji, MN 
​Contact: Captain David LaZella  | dlazella@ci.bemidji.mn.us 218-333-8396



Date: December 14, 2022 

Time: 0700-1700 
Location: Aitkin Police Department - 109 1st Avenue NW, Aitkin, MN 56431
​Contact: Amy Dotzler  | adotzler@aitkinpolice.com |  ​218-927-2133​



Date: December 21, 2022 

Time: 0700-1700 
Location: Emergency Operations Center - 5735 Old Miller Trunk Hwy, Duluth, MN  
Contact: Deputy Sean Cannon | 218-464-2490 | CannonS@stlouiscountymn.gov


Date: December 30, 2022 

Time: 0800-1800
Location: Moorhead Police Department -  911 11th Street N, Moorhead, MN 56560
Contact: Detective Nick Schultz | 218-299-5137 | nicholas.schultz@moorheadpolice.com​



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.

Upcoming training dates: 

Metro Regional training, August 17, 2022 from 0800-1400 
MSP 4700 
1110 Centre Point Curve 
Mendota Heights, MN 55120 
To register for this class contact Sgt. John Perrin, john.perrin@state.mn.us 
Deadline: July 16, 2022 

Mankato Regional training, November 16, 2022 from 0800-1400 
MSP 2200 
2171 Bassett Drive 
Mankato, MN 56001 
To register for this class contact Sgt. John Perrin, john.perrin@state.mn.us 
Deadline: October 15, 2022

Camp Ripley Regional training, January 11, 2023 from 0800-1400 
EMTC 
15000 Highway 115 
Little Falls, MN 56345 
To register for this class contact Sgt. John Perrin, john.perrin@state.mn.us 
Deadline: December 10, 2022


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.

Upcoming training dates: 

Metro Regional training, August 16, 2022 from 0800-1600 
MSP 4700 
1110 Centre Point Curve 
Mendota Heights, MN 55120 
To register for this class contact Sgt. John Perrin, john.perrin@state.mn.us 
Deadline: July 16, 2022

Mankato Regional training, November 15, 2022 from 0800-1600 
MSP 2200 
2171 Bassett Drive 
Mankato, MN 56001 
To register for this class contact Sgt. John Perrin, john.perrin@state.mn.us 
Deadline: October 15, 2022 

Camp Ripley Regional training, January 10, 2023 from 0800-1600 
EMTC 
15000 Highway 115 
Little Falls, MN 56345 
To register for this class contact Sgt. John Perrin, john.perrin@state.mn.us 
Deadline: December 10, 2022​


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.​​​