Active peace officers and active part-time peace officers must complete use of force training every year. This training must be based on the employing agency’s use of force policy and the learning objectives provided by the POST Board (see item 1 below).
Active peace officers and part-time peace officers must complete an eight-hour course in emergency vehicle operations and in the conduct of police pursuit every five years. This training must be based on the employing agency’s pursuit policy and the learning objectives provided by the POST Board (see item 2 below)
On January 25, 2018, the Minnesota POST Board approved learning objectives for training in crisis intervention and mental illness crises, conflict management and mediation and recognizing and valuing community diversity and cultural differences, to include implicit bias, as required by Minn. Stat. 626.8469.These objectives were developed through the board’s training committee with the assistance of subject matter experts and other interested parties, and vetted against state and national resources. (see item 3 below).
Yearly training for each active peace officer and part-time peace officer is required and training records must be maintained by the employing agency. The instruction must be based on learning objectives developed by POST and on the agency’s policy. The number of hours of training is not specified.
a.In-service Use of Force Learning Objectives
All officers not declared exempt on the Police Pursuit Training Exemption Form must complete an 8-hour course in emergency vehicle operations and in the conduct of police pursuits every five years. Training is to be based on the agency’spolicy and on learning objectives developed by POST. In-Service Police Pursuit & Emergency Vehicle Operation
a.In-Service Police Pursuit & Emergency Vehicle Operation Learning Objectives
Minnesota statute requires officers complete at least 16 hours of continuing education in the three areas: 1) crisis intervention and mental illness crises, 2) conflict management and mediation, and 3) recognizing and valuing community diversity and cultural differences to include implicit bias. (16 hours total - not 16 hours in each topic) Four hours of training in each of two of the topics areas,and 8 in the third would meet the requirement as would any other combination that totaled at least 16 hours as long as it included all three areas.
a.Crisis Intervention and Mental Illness Crises In-Service Learning Objectives
b.Conflict Management and Mediation In-Service Learning Objectives
c.Implicit Bias, Community Diversity, Cultural Differences In-Service Learning Objectives
In reference to our policies, we use Lexipol, a state-of-the-art and nationally recognized system that provides the only unified solution—content, policies and training—for law enforcement agencies. Their law enforcement solution provides a full library of customizable, state-specific policies as well as thousands of hours of online learning content—all accessible 24/7 through in-vehicle computers or smartphones. This application continuously updates policies and training that follows best practice guidelines.
Our deputies and correctional officers are required to complete DTB’s (Daily Training Bulletins) from Lexipol for each day of the year. This means there are 365 scenario-based questions that need to be answered correctly. This gives our staff daily, on-going training to understand our policy manual and prepare themselves for the right response before incidents happen. New policy acknowledgements and DTB’s are audited semi-annually to make sure our staff is keeping up with our requirements.
These policies will be updated semi-annually as continuous changes are being made to adhere to best practices and updated laws.
At Washington County Sheriff’s Office, we know wearing a uniform and carrying a badge is a symbol of public faith and trust. We want to make sure every interaction with our citizens comes with a high degree of professionalism and integrity. We want to hear from our citizens if at any time our service may fall short of our high standards. We will fully and vigorously investigate each and every complaint of service or conduct. We would also like to hear from you when our service goes above and beyond