Peace officers ahead
Monday, September 1, 2008
For 10 weeks this summer, 38 St. Cloud State students and graduates responded to simulated domestics, dealt with intoxicated drivers, taser’d suspects and conducted felony traffic stops, vehicle searches and high speed chases _ all part of skills training they needed in order to take the Minnesota Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) 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 (ATC). The collaboration relieves crowding at ATC, which in recent years had run as many as seven sections of students, requiring instructors to teach 12-hour days.
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, executing search warrants, booking and transporting prisoners and other peace officer skills.