MN Highway Safety & Research Center

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Law Enforcement Driving Programs

The EVOC, PIT and Night PIT meet and exceed the minimum standards established by the Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Board.

Departmental permission is required and a Hold Harmless agreement must be on file. E-mail mhsc@stcloudstate.edu or call 320-255-3123 or 888-234-1294 to schedule your course.

Law Enforcement-Licensed (EVOC)

Law Enforcement-Licensed (EVOC) 8 a.m.–4 p.m., 8 POST credits: 1.5 hours classroom and 6.5 hours in vehicle. Blended courses with 1.5 hours online and 6.5 hours in vehicle may also be available. Call for details. NOTE: Officers PIT certified within the last five years will be given a PIT Refresher, at no additional cost.

Exercises include:

  • Collision avoidance.
  • Straight line brake.
  • Brake to steer combinations.
  • Serpentine.
  • Backing for emergency vehicles.
  • Skid prevention & control.
  • Emergency vehicle cornering.
  • Intersection management.
  • Highway response driving.
  • Effectiveness of emergency warning equipment.
  • Case law of EVOC & pursuit driving.
  • Physiological & psychological aspects of driving code and pursuits.
  • Pursuit driving tactics.

Pursuit Intervention Tactics (PIT)

Pursuit Intervention Tactics (PIT) 8 a.m.–4 p.m., 8 POST credits: Courses are April-October, 1.5 hours classroom and 6.5 hours in vehicle.

Officers will use the MHSRC's custom-designed vehicles to ensure safety. Upon completion, officers will be capable of maneuvering a suspect's vehicle to a specific targeted point, relative to the roadway. Each officer will work from basic pacing techniques up to and including the full PIT maneuver. Officers will experience this technique from the officers' position as well as the suspect's perspective.

Prerequisites

  • Participants must be licensed officers.
  • Officers must have been EVOC certified within the past five years.

Night PIT (PIT and EVOC refresher)

Night PIT (PIT and EVOC refresher) 3–11 p.m., 8 POST credits: Courses are in the spring and fall, 1.5 hours classroom and 6.5 hours in vehicle. This EVOC Course has a heavier emphasis on PIT and takes place at night, when most PITs happen. 

Exercises include

  • Night vision techniques, including reading car shadows.
  • Emergency equipment.
  • Timed Code 3 runs.
  • Pursuits.
  • Braking.
  • Acceleration and cornering techniques.
  • Evasive steering.
  • Controlled brake.
  • Skid control.
  • Serpentine.

Prerequisites

  • Participants must be licensed officers.
  • Officers must have completed a PIT or an EVOC with PIT refresher at the MHSRC within the past five years.

Advanced Driving Skills (ADS) for Non-Sworn Law Enforcement

Advanced Driving Skills (ADS) for Non-Sworn Law Enforcement: 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.:  Courses are 1.5 hours classroom and 5.5 hours of in vehicle. Designed for law enforcement professionals who respond to non-emergency calls. Officers responding to emergency calls should take the EVOC course.

Exercises include

  • Collision avoidance.
  • Straight line braking.
  • Control brake with special emphasis on brake types (e.g. air hydraulics).
  • Serpentine.
  • Backing.
  • Parking.
  • Skid control.

Traffic Incident Management (TIM)

An alarming number of emergency responders are struck, injured or killed, by passing motorists while working at roadway incidents. 

Our Traffic Incident Management course teaches a planned and coordinated multi-disciplinary process to detect, respond to, and clear traffic incidents so that traffic flow may be restored as safely and quickly as possible. Effective TIM reduces the duration and impacts of traffic incidents and improves the safety of motorists, crash victims and emergency responders. 

You can take our 3-hour course at the MHSRC facility or your own facility.

On-Duty Ride Along for Law Enforcement

Do you have an officer who is having problems that are not covered in our regular courses?

MHSRC-certified instructors will come to your location, on any shift, and ride with your officer.  Instruction will be offered to help the officer, regarding safe driving issues. You have the option of a written evaluation after the ride along.

This one-on-one evaluation will educate officers who are experiencing driving difficulties or have high accident rates.

Rates are hourly starting from the time the instructor leaves the MHSRC and ending when they return.

Contact us to schedule.

1 POST credit per two-hour session.

Pre-Licensed Law Enforcement (EVOC)

Pre-Licensed Law Enforcement (EVOC): Participants in this program must be sponsored by a partnering school. This course will cover entry-level skills needed for Law Enforcement Driving in Code 3 and pursuits. This course will meet and exceed the minimum standards established by the Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Board.

Additional education opportunities