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 sworn and certified local or state law enforcement officer.

Special Notes

Officer's 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. Officer's 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). Officer's 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. Officer's must either download or print class materials to be allowed to attend.

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