Criminal Apprehension for Patrol

Course Hours 40.0 Hours

Course Description

This course is intended for officers assigned to traffic, patrol, and interdiction duties with all levels of experience. Course attendance will result in improved legal and ethical decisions made by law enforcement officers during police - citizen encounters in accordance with federal and state law and appellate court decisions, an improvement in criminal conviction rates due to lawful search & seizure, and a reduction of risk to officers and citizens during roadside encounters, arrest situations, and use of force incidents. Key topics will include law enforcement ethics, the 2-3-4 Rule, a review of significant motor vehicle case law, searching motor vehicles, contraband interdiction, response to active shooters, conducting traffic stops, use of force, and a legislative and case law review.


Students must be a sworn certified law enforcement officer, certified peace officer, or employed by a law enforcement agency requiring their attendance. Each student must provide proof of completion of the GPSTC online course entitled Use of Force and De-escalation Options for Gaining Compliance. Course must have been completed within the last 12 calendar months.

Who Should Attend

Any local or state law enforcement officer.

Special Notes

Students should bring patrol or tactical clothing, body armor, tactical flashlight, and duty belt without any additional equipment. No firearms, knives, intermediate weapons or handcuffs are permitted. Students will participate in scenario-based training throughout this course. Majority of the scenario training is outdoors. It is suggested that students be prepared for the elements (i.e. heat, cold, rain). Students should also bring a water bottle, bug spray, and sunscreen. Night practical exercises will be conducted from 6 PM to 10 PM usually scheduled for Wednesday of the class week. Printed material will not be issued in class. Students must either download or print class materials to be allowed to attend.

Start Date End Date Location (Hover for more information) Time Course Number Status
01/14/2019 01/18/2019 GPSTC, FORSYTH 08:00 a.m. to 05:00 p.m. LPAA19020 Register
03/18/2019 03/22/2019 GPSTC, FORSYTH 08:00 a.m. to 05:00 p.m. TBA Coming Soon
09/16/2019 09/20/2019 GPSTC, FORSYTH 08:00 a.m. to 05:00 p.m. TBA Coming Soon
01/06/2020 01/10/2020 GPSTC, FORSYTH 08:00 a.m. to 05:00 p.m. TBA Coming Soon
03/09/2020 03/13/2020 GPSTC, FORSYTH
03/11/2020: 8a-10p 03/12/2020: 8a-10p
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11/02/2020 11/06/2020 GPSTC, FORSYTH
08/04/2020 Night Exercises 5p-10p
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11/30/2020 12/04/2020 GPSTC, FORSYTH
Night Exercises 5:00 pm-10:00 pm 12/02/2020
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