The MPTC Committee approved the following mandatory in-service training standard for Training Year 2015 (July 1, 2014, through June 30, 2015):

• Every officer is required to have five days of training.

• The following topic, hours, and lesson plans are mandated:

o Legal Issues – a full day of training

o Human Trafficking – one-half day

o Police Interactions with Persons with Mental Illness – one-half day

o Defensive Tactics – a full day

o To meet the standard, these four classes must be taught using the respective MPTC lesson plan and MPTC-certified instructors who have attended the respective train-the-trainer class.  Train-the-trainer opportunities will be provided in late summer.

• The following topics are mandated, but no minimum hours are assigned:


o First Aid

o Firearms

That leaves two days of training that are mandatory, but the topics are at the discretion of the chief/department.  Any police-related training can count toward this two-day requirement, including, but not limited to online training, supervisory training, K9 training, SWAT training, specialized training, training furnished by other departments, E911 training, SRO training, et cetera.

If the recommended budget increase passes the legislature and is approved by the Governor, the MPTC plans to offer the Legal Issues, Human Trafficking, Police Interactions with Persons with Mental Illnesses, and Defensive Tactics classes in the classroom, not only at MPTC facilities, but also at other regional training sites to make them more accessible.  These classes will equal three days of training.  In addition, the MPTC will offer an additional day of training that will be local option, based upon the feedback derived from the local departments.  For example, in some areas, a day of first aid and CPR would be offered on a fourth day of training, while in another area, Critical Incident Response and Autism Spectrum Disorder may be included. 

Here is a graphic showing two examples:

AMLegal updateHuman TraffickingDefensive TacticsOptional:  CPR
PMLegal UpdateInteracting with the Mentally IllDefensive TacticsOptional:  First Aid
AMLegal UpdateHuman TraffickingDefensive TacticsOptional:  Critical Incidents
PMLegal UpdateInteracting with the Mentally IllDefensive TacticsOptional:  Autism Disorder

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