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Training

Individuals who are hired as a Highway Patrol trooper will attend the Law Enforcement Training Academy. The LETA is located at 1320 Schafer Street in Bismarck.

Officers will stay at the LETA from Sunday night through Friday. Room and board are provided at no cost to the officers.

In addition to the formal classroom instruction, each recruit will complete a field training program. Physical fitness will be a daily part of the training. Recruit troopers will be required to achieve minimum performance standards for sit-ups, pushups, flexibility test and run prior to completion of the Highway Patrol Academy. Applicants should inititate a regular fitness program to prepare for the Highway Patrol Academy.

The Highway Patrol Academy includes, but is not limited to, the following training:

  • Traffic law enforcement
  • Criminal investigations where the NDHP has limited authority and jurisdiction
  • Pursuit driving
  • Weapons training
  • CPR
  • First aid
  • Defensive tactics
  • Officer-violator relations
  • Stopping and approaching violators
  • Felony vehicle stops
  • Roadblocks
  • Vehicle inspections
  • School bus inspections
  • Motor carrier weight enforcement
  • Use of emergency equipment
  • Crash investigation
  • Mock trial

Written and/or practical examinations are administered in the majority of courses presented at the academy. All students are expected to perform satisfactory in all activities. Any student failing to do satisfactory work or found cheating will be dismissed from the LETA.

Students must obtain a 70 percent grade on the weekly examinations. Students below 70 percent will be required to meet with the training director. All students must pass a final examination to be issued a certificate of completion, when applicable. Students will participate in a physical fitness program at the LETA.