Highway Patrol Training

As a new trooper, you must undergo 23 weeks of rigorous academy training at the Law Enforcement Training Center in Pierre.

The academy consists of 13 weeks of basic law enforcement certification training and 10 weeks of Highway Patrol training. 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 undergo 10 weeks of field training with a veteran trooper and are then assigned to a duty station.

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