Forty-four students will graduate this Friday, Nov. 17, from the state Basic Law Enforcement Certification Course as they complete a 13-week training program and become fully qualified law enforcement officers in the state.
Graduates are required to complete 520 hours of coursework that includes instruction in the law, arrest control tactics, firearms, vehicle handling, and criminal investigations. The training program is taught by full-time staff from the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation and adjunct instructors from law enforcement agencies from across the state.
Friday’s graduation starts at 10 a.m. at the George S. Mickelson Criminal Justice Center in Pierre. South Dakota Highway Patrol Superintendent Col. Rick Miller is the guest speaker.
Two of the members of the 187th Basic Law Enforcement Certification Course include Luke Hill from the Madison Police Department and Izaak Hoey with the Lake County Sheriff’s Office.