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Published July 21, 2010, 04:10 PM

Officers in Training

They patrol the streets and highways of North Dakota every day. Where they get their training and how they become proficient in what they do is in part thanks to the Grand Forks police department.

By: Jen Dame, WDAZ

They patrol the streets and highways of North Dakota every day.

Where they get their training and how they become proficient in what they do is in part thanks to the Grand Forks police department.

Students from Lake Region State College in Devils Lake and Police Officers from Grand Forks are joining forces for the first ever week long Peace officer training in Grand Forks.

The week long program combines skills in defensive tactics, high risk traffic stops and firing on the pistol range.

The North Dakota Post Board dictates what officers must learn and academies like this are required by the state to provide real life experience for the officers.

Some scenarios participants acted out included felony traffic stops and domestic disputes.

"Certainly we don't have a lot of officer involved shootings in the state but in the last ten years we have seen a number of them across the state and we've got to make sure the officers are proficient with their firearms and with their tactical ability, defensive tactics, high risk traffic stops and things like that," says Lloyd HalvorsonPeace Officer Training Director.

According to Halvorson...most of the officers trained here will stay in North Dakota.

The Academy will wrap up on Friday, July 23rd.

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