BISMARCK, N.D. — The North Dakota National Guard along with the North Dakota Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Board recently announced a partial training waiver for U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps-trained military police personnel who want to become North Dakota law enforcement officers.
The waiver would allow those qualified as a military police professional to attend a 2-week course − rather than the full 12-week course − prior to the examination required to become a licensed North Dakota peace officer.
“The military police training that Soldiers and Marines receive is federally accredited by the Federal Law Enforcement Training Accreditation Board, (FLETA)” said Lt. Dan Haugen, North Dakota Highway Patrol training director. “Because of that accreditation, North Dakota Administrative Code allows us to offer these military police-qualified individuals a waiver for a portion of our training.”
According to the North Dakota Administrative Code, “an individual having peace officer experience or having completed an equivalent basic full-time peace officer training course conducted in another state or by a federal law enforcement agency may qualify for a partial waiver of basic full-time peace officer training requirements”.
“This is a great opportunity for our North Dakota Soldiers, as well as Marines interested in becoming peace officers within our state,” said Maj. Gen. Al Dohrmann, North Dakota National Guard adjutant general. “This is another example of how valuable skills are obtained through military training and education that can later be transferred to civilian occupations. The military partnering with the POST board benefits not only those service members who served as military police personnel, but will expedite their transition to the state’s civilian law enforcement agencies who, in turn, will receive trained, experienced individuals.
In May 2010, FLETA granted accreditation to the U.S. Army Military Police School − which also houses the Marine Corps Police School − and the U.S. Army Civilian Police Academy, located at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.
The North Dakota National Guard is a trained and highly motivated force of about 4,000 Citizen-Soldiers and Citizen-Airmen. We are always prepared to provide ready units, individuals and equipment in support of our communities, state and nation. Always ready, always there.