Level I

Certified, upon completion of the 15-day DTBIS, to instruct (within their own departments) all areas of Defensive Tactics Program.

  • Qualifications:  At least five (5) years full-time law enforcement experience.

Level II

Certified to assist the Lead Instructor in teaching all areas of the Defensive Tactics program for MPTC.  Level Two instructors assist in recruit training and in-service and reserve classes.

  • Must be a current full-time law enforcement officer.
  • Must have at least one year in grade as a Level I Instructor.
  • MPTC APP Coordinator
  • At least twelve (12) hours of working with a Lead Instructor.
  • Written evaluation/approval from Lead Instructor.

Level III

Certified to be the primary instructor at the recruit level, Mandated Professional Development [formerly in-service], reserve/intermittent and may lead specialty classes.

  • Must have maintained a current DT Certification.
  • Must be current full-time law enforcement officer.
  • Must have at least three years time in grade as an advanced instructor.
  • MPTC Firearms Instructor
  • Taser Instructor
  • Must have assisted in at least two recruit classes, one reserve academy and one year of in-service training.
  • Must pass written and proficiency test as well as a DT Instructor Trainer teaching evaluation.

Level IV

Certified to teach the 15-day DTBIS, and 3-day instructor re-certification; can re-certify lower level level instructors in all areas of the DT program; can teach MPTC Taser enhancement and Use of Force.

  • Must have maintained all certifications through re-certification.
  • Must be current full-time law enforcement officer.
  • Active lead instructor for at least two years.
  • Letter of recommendation from the State DT Coordinator.
  • Must complete and pass all written and proficiency testing associated with the position of Instructor Trainer.
  • Testing will be completed in front of a board of current MPTC Level IV Instructors.