Rasmussen College Opens Law Enforcement Training Facility

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  • Rasmussen College has announced the opening of a Law Enforcement Training Facility at its Eagan, Minn. campus. The new 8,000-square-foot location includes several modern, scenario training rooms in which students can practice situations they may encounter as a law enforcement officer. Training courses will be led by a faculty made up of currently working or recently retired officers from police departments and sheriff's offices in the metro area. Upon completion of the Rasmussen College Law Enforcement Skills program, students take the Peace Officer Standard and Training (POST) Board licensing exam and will be certified to practice law enforcement in the state of Minnesota.
  • Rasmussen College is also the first program in Minnesota to offer skills training on nights and weekends only. These options give individuals working toward a degree in law enforcement the ability to continue to work while fulfilling their training requirements. Students will begin using the new training facility in January 2014.
  • The opening of the Law Enforcement Training Facility will benefit both individuals seeking opportunities to study law enforcement and communities throughout the state. Job outlook data shows an estimated 445 law enforcement job openings throughout Minnesota in 2014. Coupled with an expected 3,000 or more openings for new officers through 2020, the need for qualified new candidates continues to grow exponentially. With this new facility, Rasmussen College offers a more accessible training program and curriculum to quickly prepare future police force members for duty throughout Minnesota.
  • The facility consists of seven (7) rooms — both hands-on training and classroom environments — dedicated to skills training. Facility components include:

    • A padded room for physical assessments and use of force training.
    • Scenario rooms that allow students to practice tactical maneuvers and operations they may encounter as an officer in areas such as a bank, bar/tavern, apartment, crime scene lab, and convenience store.
    • A simulator room featuring MILO, a video simulator that tests proper techniques and problem-solving skills and provides instructors and students with immediate feedback to aid instruction.
  • The training is conducted in two phases, with each session lasting three (3) months. The current faculty is primarily made up of law enforcement instructors from local police departments, sheriff's offices and state law enforcement agencies. In addition to serving students, local metro police forces and the military are also using the new facility for ongoing professional development and training.

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