Wayne County, IN Sheriff's Office

Merit Officer (Patrolman) Training

Upon being hired, new merit patrol officers will complete the following training:
  • Indiana Law Enforcement Academy Pre-Basic Course
    • 40 Hours
    • Training consists of an overview of criminal and traffic law, firearms, emergency vehicle operations, domestic violence, mental health awareness, among other topics.
    • Completion of this course gives a new officer police powers until basic training can be completed (basic training at the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy must be completed within one year of pre-basic training).
    • Upon being hired, officers immediately attending the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy basic training may not be required to complete the pre-basic training course.
  • Indiana Law Enforcement Academy Basic Training Tier 1 (No Prior Police Experience)
    • 600+ Hours
    • Training consists of topics such as criminal and traffic law, firearms, emergency vehicle operations, physical tactics, EMS awareness and human behavior.
    • Upon completion of basic training, graduates become certified police officers in the State of Indiana.
    • Indiana Law Enforcement Academy basic physical standards
  • Field Training Program
    • Observation Phase 50 Hours
    • Phase 1 168 Hours
    • Phase 2 168 Hours
    • Phase 3 152 Hours
    • Shadow Phase 152 Hours
Merit Patrolman are required to attend at least 24 hours of accredited training per year.

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