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Section D - Training Procedures
Commission Procedure D-2

Continuing Professional Training and Perishable Skills


2-1. Continuing Professional Training (CPT), Advanced Officer Course, and Perishable Skills/Communications

This Commission procedure provides the recommended CPT topics, Advanced Officer Course requirements, and alternative methods for satisfying the CPT requirement, and content and instructional methodology requirements established in Regulation 1005(d) for Perishable Skills.

CPT Topics and Advanced Officer Course Requirements

2-2. Recommended CPT Topics and Advanced Officer Requirements

The Commission recommends the following topics be considered for CPT, but not required, for officers assigned to enforcement duties:

  • New Laws
  • Recent Court Decisions and/or Search and Seizure Refresher
  • Officer Survival Techniques
  • New Concepts, Procedures, Technology
  • Discretionary Decision Making (Practical Field Problems)
  • Civil Liability‑Causing Subjects
  • Ethics

The Advanced Officer Courses shall consist of time blocks of not less than two hours each, regardless of the subject matter, with an overall minimum of no less than 24 hours.  The maximum time period for presenting an Advanced Officer Course is 180 days.  Completion of an Advanced Officer Course satisfies the Continuing Professional Training requirement.

2-3. Non POST-Certified Courses

The successful completion of the following non POST-certified courses satisfies the CPT requirement:

Course  Presenter
Special Weapons and Tactics Entities of the United States Armed Forces
FBI National Academy Federal Bureau of Investigation
FBI National Executive Institute Federal Bureau of Investigation
Hazardous Devices School, AL Federal Bureau of Investigation
Post-Blast Investigative Techniques Federal Law Enforcement Training Center
Anti-Terrorism Course Federal or State Agency, approved federal contractor
Weapons of Mass Destruction Course Federal or State Agency, approved federal contractor
National Sheriff's Institute National Sheriffs Association
Traffic Accident Reconstruction 1 Northwestern University Public Safety Center
Traffic Accident Reconstruction 2 Northwestern University Public Safety Center
School of Police Staff and Command Northwestern University Public Safety Center
Senior Managers Leadership Program Northwestern University Public Safety Center
Senior Management Institute for Police Police Executive Research Forum (PERF)
Dignitary Protection Service United States Secret Service
Forensic Video Analysis, Level I University of Indianapolis
Forensic Video Analysis, Level II University of Indianapolis
Forensic Video Analysis, Level III University of Indianapolis

Perishable Skills/Communications

2-4. Content and Instructional Methodology Requirements

In accordance with Regulation 1052(e), the following content, testing, and instructional methodology requirements shall be met for the perishable skills/communications topics required by Regulation 1005:

Driver Training

One or more of the following shall be included as content:

  • Psychomotor Aspects
  • Judgment/Decision Making in Driving
  • Agency Policies
  • Scenario Practices
  • Driving Attitudes
  • Testing to Determine Effectiveness of Learning

One or more instructional methodologies shall be used in the instruction:

  • Behind-the-Wheel
  • Driving Simulator
  • Classroom Interactivity (Any exercise(s) in which trainees are required to interact with written, video, or instructor-provided prompts)

Tactical Firearms

Minimum content and exercises shall include:

  • Judgment and Decision Making Exercise(s)
  • Student Evaluation and Testing
  • Safety Guidelines/Orientation
  • Sight Alignment, Trigger Control, Accuracy
  • Target Recognition and Analysis
  • Weapons Clearing
  • Live Fire Tactical/or Simunitions Tactical
  • Policies and/or Legal Issues
  • Use of Force Considerations
  • Moral Obligations

One or more of the instructional methodologies shall be used in the instruction:

  • Tactical Situations
  • Judgment
  • Applications

Basic Marksmanship and routine qualification do not satisfy this requirement.

Arrest and Control

Minimum content and exercises shall include:

  • Safety Orientation and Warm Up(s)
  • Class Exercises/Student Evaluation/Testing
  • Search - In Exercise(s)
  • Control/Take Down - In Exercise(s)
  • Equipment/Restraint Device(s)
  • Verbal commands - In Exercise(s)
  • Use of Force Considerations
  • Body Physics and Dynamics (suspects response to force)
  • Body balance/stance/movement patterns - In Exercise(s)
  • Policies and Legal Issues
  • Recovery/First Aid (as applicable)


Minimum content and exercises shall include:


  • Tactical Communications - Officer to Officer/Suspect/Citizen/Victim
  • Officer Safety
  • Communications Elements
  • Questioning Techniques
  • Intentional/Unintentional Contact Escalation vs. De-Escalation
  • Inappropriate Language
  • Class Exercises/Student Evaluation/Testing


  • Interpersonal Communications - Officer to Officer/Suspect/Citizen/Victim
  • Communications Elements
  • Listening Skills
  • Dealing with Difficult/Dominating People
  • Persuasion
  • Inappropriate Communication
  • Class Exercises/Student Evaluation/Testing

* Latitude is provided for these courses to be presented separately or combined into single course.

Procedure D-2 adopted and incorporated by reference into Commission Regulation 1005 on April 15, 1982, and amended January 24, 1985, July 1, 2000, September 11, 2000, November 11, 2000, January 1, 2002, September 12, 2002, May 7, 2003, August 7, 2003, January 29, 2004, September 12, 2005, August 26, 2006, and January 29, 2011, is herein incorporated by reference.

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