Upon being hired, new merit patrol officers will complete the following training:
1. Indiana Law Enforcement Academy Pre-Basic Course
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.
2. Indiana Law Enforcement Academy Basic Training – Tier 1 (No Prior Police Experience)
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
3. 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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