MN Highway Safety & Research Center

Officers train for a police chase on the MHSRC course.

Law Enforcement Driving Programs

The EVOC refreshers include a PIT refresher. This course meets and exceeds minimum standards of the POST Board 5 year licensing requirement.

hold harmless agreement (PDF) must be on file. E-mail mhsc@stcloudstate.edu or call 888-234-1294 or 320-308-1400 to schedule your course.

Covid-19 Update:

In recognition of Governor Walz’s executive orders and guidelines from the Office of Higher Education, we have approved COVID-19 mitigation practices in place and class sizes are limited. Please contact our office to register or if you have questions. Thank you.

Due to COVID mitigation, all training will be done in single occupancy vehicles. PIT classes and PIT refreshers are limited to 10 persons. Please call and check availability regarding PIT.

Law Enforcement-Licensed (EVOC) 5 Year Refresher

8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
8 POST credits: 1.5 hours classroom and 6.5 hours in vehicle.

NOTE: PIT-certified officers 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 and control
  • Emergency-vehicle cornering
  • Intersection management
  • Highway-response driving
  • Effectiveness of emergency warning equipment
  • Case law of EVOC and pursuit driving
  • Physiological and psychological aspects of driving code and pursuits
  • Pursuit-driving tactics

Law Enforcement-Licensed (Hybrid EVOC) 5 Year Refresher

8:30 a.m.– 2:30 p.m.
8 POST credits

This Hybrid EVOC is a blended course with 2 hours online and 6 hours in vehicle. It is designed to cut down on officer’s overtime.

In order to register for this course, we must have the officer’s full name, POST# and valid email. The officer will receive an email with instructions for logging into the online portion. The online portion must be completed prior to attending class. The day of the class will be 6 hours of driving and no classroom.

NOTE: PIT-certified officers 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 and control
  • Emergency-vehicle cornering
  • Intersection management
  • Highway-response driving
  • Effectiveness of emergency warning equipment
  • Case law of EVOC and pursuit driving
  • Physiological and psychological aspects of driving code and pursuits
  • Pursuit-driving tactics

Pursuit Intervention Tactics (PIT)

8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
8 POST credits
Courses are April-October, 2 hours classroom and 6 hours in vehicle

PIT: This stand-alone course does not meet the POST 5 year mandate as an EVO refresher.

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

Pursuit Intervention Tactics (PIT) Hybrid

8:30 a.m.– 2:30 p.m.
8 POST credits

This stand-alone course does not meet the POST 5 year mandate as an EVO refresher.

This course consists of an online learning component and behind-the-wheel training.

In order to register for this course, we must have the officer’s full name, POST# and valid email. The officer will receive an email with instructions for logging into the online portion. The online portion must be completed prior to attending class. The day of the class will be 6 hours of driving and no classroom.

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

Evening EVOC with Low Light Code 3 and PIT 5 Year Refresher

3 – 11 p.m.
8 POST credits: 1.5 hours classroom and 6.5 hours in vehicle

This EVO refresher has a heavier emphasis on the PIT refresher, with a daylight PIT refresher and low light PITS. Non PIT certified officers experience a low light Code 3.

Exercises include

  • Night vision techniques
  • Emergency equipment
  • Code 3 runs
  • Pursuits
  • Braking
  • Acceleration and cornering techniques
  • Collision Avoidance
  • Controlled brake
  • Skid control
  • Serpentine
  • Backing

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.

Evening EVOC with Low Light Code 3 and PIT 5 Year Refresher Hybrid

5 – 11 p.m.
8 POST credits

This course consists of an online learning component and behind-the-wheel training.

In order to register for this course, we must have the officer’s full name, POST# and valid email. The officer will receive an email with instructions for logging into the online portion. The online portion must be completed prior to attending class. The day of the class will be 6 hours of driving and no classroom.

This EVO refresher has a heavier emphasis on the PIT refresher, with a daylight PIT refresher and low light PITS. Non PIT certified officers experience a low light Code 3.

Exercises include

  • Night vision techniques
  • Emergency equipment
  • Code 3 runs
  • Pursuits
  • Braking
  • Acceleration and cornering techniques
  • Collision Avoidance
  • Controlled brake
  • Skid control
  • Serpentine
  • Backing

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.

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