Course Descriptions



Basic Police Law and Professional Orientation

Credit(s): 7

This course exposes students to Idaho POST approved and required topics regarding the human dimensions of the police profession, including ethics, professionalism, effective communication, health and fitness, first-aid, and crime prevention. Students will gain a basic understanding of federal, state, and local laws and learn how to apply that knowledge as a police officer on patrol through more than 40 hours of basic police law related to the U.S. Constitution and Idaho Codes, rules of evidence, criminal law, arrest, and search and seizure. This knowledge will allow graduates of the program to determine traffic offenses, probable cause for arrest, and how to process criminal cases, while understanding the human element of public service and the importance of mental and physical well-being.


Police Procedures and Investigations

Credit(s): 8

This course covers basic, routine patrol procedures and techniques for responding to calls for service and crimes in progress. This includes response to routine calls for service, armed robberies, prowler calls, hostage situations, and domestic disputes as well as conducting unknown-risk, high-risk, and felony traffic stops. The investigative component of this course provides theory, techniques, and procedures for the investigation of traffic crashes, auto theft, burglary, sexual assault, financial crimes, juvenile crimes, allegations of child abuse, DUI situations, traffic situations and control, and suspicious deaths. It also includes techniques and procedures for drug identification and investigation, protection and processing of crime scenes, collecting evidence, fingerprinting, interview and interrogation, death notification, and emergency water safety.


Enforcement and Field Skills for Patrol Officers

Credit(s): 7

This course provides students the opportunity to practice and use skills learned throughout the academy lecture and practical exercises. Simulations and exercises include emergency driving, officer survival, crime scene investigation, search warrant application, traffic stops, arrest situations, building searches, and domestic disputes. Students will also receive hands-on training in handgun retention, defensive tactics/arrest and control techniques, handcuffing techniques, use of force, baton training, pepper spray training, Conducted Energy Device, people searches, firearms liability, safety, inspection and maintenance, basic marksmanship, day and night range practice, and handgun, rifle, and shotgun qualifications.