Basic Officer Certification
All full-time and part-time law enforcement officers are required to be certified within their first year of employment, including elected officials. Certification is obtained by successfully completing Law Enforcement Training's Basic Certification Course (520 hours).
Law Enforcement Training hosts three Basic Courses per year at the George S. Mickelson Criminal Justice Center located in Pierre, South Dakota.
Officers may also receive certification by meeting all requirements for reciprocity or by attending a refresher course, as approved by the commission.
Law Enforcement Training offers four Basic Courses annually, certifying law enforcement officers from police departments, sheriffs' offices, tribal agencies, universities, state agencies (Highway Patrol, Motor Carrier, Game, Fish & Parks, Department of Revenue, Department of Criminal Investigations, Brand Board) and special assistants to the South Dakota Attorney General.
Students in the Basic Course receive training on police practices and procedures, legal aspects, and human (social) behavior and must demonstrate proficiency in firearms, emergency vehicle operations, use of force, and defensive tactics.
If you would like more information concerning the Basic Course, please email Greg Williams or call (605) 773-2568.