To help cities reduce losses related to police liability, LMCIT has developed PATROL, Peace officer Accredited TRaining OnLine. While PATROL delivers 12 new POST-accredited courses per year, subscribers can earn as many as 27 POST credits per year when they also take PATROL training on POST mandates, OSHA standards, and a five-part series on management and leadership.

New monthly continuing education courses

PATROL helps officers stay current on Minnesota legal issues, and is based on Minnesota case law. Content is developed with input from police liability experts, insurance defense attorneys, and local law enforcement agencies. Each month, a new course is available for one POST credit. Issues covered include topics such as:

  • Vehicle searches
  • Traffic stops
  • Search warrants
  • Misdemeanor arrests

View a list of all PATROL course titles (pdf)

Use of Force courses

A three-part series of training on Use of Force and Deadly Force helps law enforcement agencies meet some of the mandated POST training requirements.

The Use of Force series includes:

  • Use of Force Legal Issues
  • Use of Deadly Force
  • Readiness Aspects for Use of Force

OSHA courses

PATROL also helps agencies meet the following OSHA standards:

  • Employee Right-to-Know
  • Bloodborne Pathogens
  • HazMat Awareness Level 1
  • Hearing Conservation
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Respiratory Protection

Supervisory courses

In the fall of 2015, PATROL will also make available a five-part advanced supervision and leadership series. Topics include:

  • Leaders and Followers
  • Power and Influence
  • Human Behavior and Motivation
  • Mentoring, Goal Setting, and Performance Counseling
  • Liability Prevention and Risk Management

Pro-rated subscriptions recognize budget pressures

PATROL offers pro-rated subscriptions based upon when your agency subscribes. The web-based training format means officers can take training anytime and anywhere they have access to a computer and an Internet connection. The cost is $85 per officer per year for League of Minnesota Cities Insurance Trust and Minnesota County Intergovernmental Trust members.

Course materials available to officers, attorneys

Each PATROL course is supported by legal memos. Updates on developments and case law changes are automatically sent to enrolled officers. In addition, city and county legal advisors and prosecutors also can get PATROL legal briefs, allowing key staff to simultaneously be kept up to date with the same information from the same source.

PATROL partners with law enforcement and county organizations

PATROL is supported by the Minnesota Counties Intergovernmental Trust, the Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association, and the Minnesota Sheriff's Association.