South Dakota Highway Patrol car


As a new trooper, you must undergo 24 weeks of rigorous academy training before being assigned to a duty station. The academy consists of thirteen weeks of basic law enforcement certification training and the Highway Patrol portion of the academy is eleven weeks long. The academy training takes place at the Law Enforcement Training Center in Pierre. The academy will teach you all the necessary skills to become one of South Dakota's finest. The curriculum includes:

  • Patrol Procedure
  • Accident Investigations
  • Highway Safety
  • Motor Vehicles Code
  • DUI Enforcement
  • Firearms Training
  • Emergency Vehicle Operations
  • Motor Carrier Enforcement
  • Criminal Procedures
  • Criminal Investigations
  • Drug Interdiction
  • Physical Fitness
  • Public Relations / Speaking
  • Officer Safety
  • Self Defense Tactics

Upon completion of the academic training, recruits are assigned to ten weeks of field training with a veteran trooper. At this time, all of your training, education, and experience will come together.

For more information about the qualifications and a study guide, please click here.