Continuing Education and Advanced Training
To maintain a basic certification, a South Dakota law enforcement officer must complete 40 hours of training in a two-year period.
The continuing education hours are calculated on a calendar year basis. Each officer must have 40 hours of continuing education to Law Enforcement Training during the following time frames:
- January 1, 2013 - December 31, 2014
- January 1, 2015 - December 31, 2016
- January 1, 2017 - December 31, 2018
The training must be in the following areas, in order to meet the requirements:
- Annual firearms requalification on a certified shooting course with a passing score of at least 75 percent;
- Completion of courses sponsored by Law Enforcement Training or courses approved and documented by the law enforcement's agency in the subject areas of: program administration; police practices and procedures; legal aspects; human behavior; and domestic violence.
In addition, a law enforcement officer must attend training on the following issues pertaining to domestic abuse: enforcement of criminal laws in domestic abuse situations; availability of community resources; and protection of the victim. After initial training, an officer shall attend further training at least once every four years.
To help in the professional development of South Dakota law enforcement officers, Law Enforcement Training maintains a working relationship with local law enforcement agencies throughout the state in order to deliver high quality, relevant training. On an annual basis, Law Enforcement Training delivers, or assists in the delivery, of over fifty training courses. These courses are held state-wide and cover over thirty-five specialized topics in the areas of police traffic management, firearms, officer survival, tactics, professional development, leadership and supervision, telecommunications, criminal investigations and other technical skills. The vast majority of this training is offered at NO COST to the attendees or to their departments.
Law Enforcement Training partners with state, regional and federal agencies, national and international associations, commercial vendors, and individual subject matter experts to ensure that South Dakota law enforcement officers receive the best, most current training available. Click here to view LET training calendar.