Document Type

Restricted Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts


Human Services


Police officer training in the United States is well below the average compared to first-world countries. In Minnesota, the average number of hours needed to obtain a peace officer license is below the national average. With no current legislation to address this, it is incumbent upon law enforcement organizations to address this issue by increasing effective police training hours. Criminal justice organizations have an ethical and moral duty to provide police officers with practical training. Police training must be balanced with many other public safety efforts expected by society. When implementing a police officer training program, considerations need to be made for rules set by the state and federal governments. These potential legal issues are discussed by analyzing set by the Minnesota State Legislature and the Minnesota Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training. This was followed by a discussion on liability for criminal justice organizations on decisions set by the United States Supreme Court.