The goal of the Peace Officer Training Program is to provide the most highly/licensable Peace Officer candidates to law enforcement administrators in North Dakota. The Peace Officer Training Program is a one semester ND POST approved basic police academy that results in license eligibility for the graduate.
The program is offered fall semester at our main campus in Devils Lake, ND, in Minot, ND during the spring semester and during the summer months in Fargo and Grand Forks, ND. The application process is the same for all students regardless of the program's location. Lake Region State College does not have access to food service or housing for the sessions in Minot, Grand Forks, or Fargo, therefore students must have a place to stay within commuting distance of the training location.
Minimum Qualification to Apply:
- Applicant must be of good character.
- Applicant must have an acceptable driving record, have held a valid driver's license for at least 2 years prior to making application and must be able to have zero points against his or her driver's license by the time they will graduate.
- Applicant must meet the drug use and criminal history guidelines for admission (these guidelines may also be found in your application packet).
- Applicant must have at least a 2.0 GPA in their most recent semester of college or have an overall GPA of 2.0 or higher.
Criteria for Admission:
- Complete the Peace Officer Training Program Application
- Complete a ND POST approved psychological exam
- Devils Lake, ND: This test can be taken by appointment in Devils Lake by calling the Director of Peace Officer Training at (701) 662-1526 or (800) 443-1313 ext. 526. The non-refundable fee for this exam is $135 and must be paid for at the time the test is administered. Checks must be payable to North Dakota POST Board.
- Fargo and Grand Forks, ND: One fall (December) group opportunity will be provided in Fargo and a spring (March) group opportunity will be available in Fargo and Grand Forks each year to take the psychological exam. Students with applications on file for these locations will be notified by email of the exact testing dates. An email reply necessary to confirm your intention to test. The testing will take place at the Fargo Regional Training Center, 2802 North University Drive, and in Grand Forks at the Public Safety Center, 1220 South 52nd Street. The cost is $160 and will need to be paid for at the time the test is administered. Checks must be payable to Dr. Phillipi.
- Minot, ND: One fall (December) testing session will be offered in Minot for students planning to attend the spring course. Students with applications on file for the Minot location will be notified by email of the exact testing date. An email reply is necessary to confirm your intention to test. The testing will take place at the Minot Rifle and Pistol Club, 1600 62nd Street SW. The cost is $160 and will need to be paid for at the time the test is administered. Checks must be payable to Dr. Phillipi.
After steps 1 and 2 are successfully completed, the following steps must be completed in any order:
- Medical Physical Exam Form: Certification by a physician that the candidate is in good health and physically able to complete the rigorous nature of the Peace Officer Training Program. Applicants must turn in the completed form to the Director of Peace Officer Training when the exam is completed. Applicant is responsible for the cost of the exam and may schedule the exam with his or her family physician, a walk-in clinic, or other medical facility that provides this type of service.
- Complete all requirements for admission to Lake Region State College as mentioned on the How to Apply page on the website.
- Submit a copy of his or her birth certificate.
- Background Investigation: An extensive social history and criminal background investigation is conducted on those applicant who pass the psychological examination. The investigation may include interview with current and former employers, teacher and neighbors. An extensive criminal history and driving record check is also conducted. The student will be required to be fingerprinted and screened through the national and state background investigation systems.
- Acceptance: Applicants who have successfully completed steps 1 through 6 listed above and meet the Drug Use and Criminal History Guidelines will be offered a roster position in the academy session and location of their choice. Acceptance into the program is NOT competitive based on qualifications. Applicants are considered and accepted based on their file completion date.
Once accepted to the program, the applicant must be fingerprinted by a law enforcement agency that uses a "live scan" machine. Most of the major police and sheriff agencies in the state, and all with a long term jail facility, have said machines. The one page acknowledgement form must be sent to officially complete your student file. The Peace Officer Training Program does not accept actual fingerprint cards.