The Minnesota Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) is the licensing agency for all Minnesota law enforcement officers. There is a mandatory 48 hours of continuing education required every 3 years to maintain a peace officer license. Over the years our department has sent officers to ‘train the trainer’ classes to become instructors for a specific area of required training. We currently have instructors for Taser, rifle, handgun, SFST (standard field sobriety testing) and PPCT, which is our defensive tactics training. We also have our firearms instructors trained as Glock technicians so they can work on our Glock issued handguns should the need arise for a repair.
The metro police departments have also worked on and adopted the same rifle and handgun qualification course. This allows officers from the other metro departments to make up their range shoots should they miss the assigned training at their respective departments.
Although much of our training is done within the department with our instructors, some of the required training and other specialty training requires us to go to other departments or locations within the state to complete the training.