Tackle skills training

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Tackle skills training

Three students arrest a suspect after a mock chase on campus.

For 10 weeks this summer, 38 St. Cloud State students and graduates responded to domestics, dealt with intoxicated drivers, tasered suspects and conducted traffic stops, vehicle searches and high speed chases – all part of skills training needed to take the Minnesota Peace Officer licensure test. The training in St. Cloud, formerly available only in Alexandria, Hibbing, Thief River Falls, Rochester and Minneapolis, was made possible by a new partnership with Alexandria Technical College.

The 485 hours of training for potential peace officers included classroom sessions on such topics as traffic law, radio communications, report writing, testifying in court and computer crimes. The trainees also participated in simulations on defensive tactics, night building searches, firearms safety, driving techniques, crime scene investigations, fingerprinting, booking and transporting prisoners and other peace officer skills.

Simulation sites included the driving range at the University’s Minnesota Highway Safety & Research Center and Benton Hall on campus, where trainees executed search warrants and responded to a mock domestic situation.

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