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Recruit Camp Basics

The Basic Recruit Camp is the place where men and women are turned into Nebraska State Patrol Troopers. This resident 24 week course is an intense arena where the fundamentals of being a Trooper are taught. The list below is representative of the core learning areas.

  • Academics
  • A premium is placed on academic standards for all Basic Recruits. Over 1100 hours of classroom instruction is rigorously tested to assure recruits have the information needed to effectively enforce the laws of the State of Nebraska.
  • Physical Fitness (PT)
  • Being a Trooper is a highly physical job. To prepare candidates for a lifetime of physical fitness, a premium is placed on physical fitness which is reinforced daily in PT and at times deemed appropriate by the TAC (Teach, Assess, Correct) Trooper.
  • Paramilitary Structure
  • Each day of being a Trooper demands a high level of self-discipline. Whether it is completing paperwork proficiently or confronting a combative motorist, troopers must always maintain control of their actions. To help recruits acquire this skill, a paramilitary environment was established for training camps beginning in the 1930s. This model serves as an effective way to learn how to positively deal with situations that are uncomfortable as well as to strengthen the ideal of teamwork. Weekly inspections serve to reinforce the high standards of the academy and Nebraska State Patrol.
  • Firearms Training
  • Most law enforcement officers hope they never have to use their service weapons; but the reality is that an urgent requirement to efficiently use their weapon could happen daily. For this reason, significant time is spent on weapons proficiency. Recruits are taught how to load, discharge, carry, and care for a service weapon. Live-fire exercises are regularly administered on the range as well as non-lethal simmunition exercises conducted on various areas of the campus
  • Vehicle Operations
  • Troopers are on the road in their patrol unit daily. To ensure they are able to use their vehicle as an integral part of their gear, time is spent on the driving track for EVOC (Emergency Vehicle Operations Course) where recruits learn and practice the basics skills of police driving. This includes high speed driving, defensive driving, tactical driving techniques and others.
  • Defensive Tactics
  • Defensive tactics are used in hand to hand encounters with combative or non-compliant subjects. Value is placed on physical techniques that can disarm, subdue and incapacitate violent individuals that may be encountered while on duty.
  • Commercial Motor Vehicle Training
  • A significant number of the vehicles on the road are large commercial trucks. Drivers of these trucks are scrutinized at a much higher level than the average driver. They are subject to routine inspections of their equipment, driving record, as well as having to abide by a more stringent set of Federal and State Motor Carrier rules for the operation of their vehicles. A portion of the training a recruit receives focuses exclusively on the rules and enforcement of Motor Carrier Law.
  • Accident Investigation
  • Troopers are called regularly to investigate motor vehicle accidents. There are several aspects of an accident scene that are critical to a proper investigation. Considerable time is spent learning how to properly document an accident scene. A recruit is taught to use various investigation tools to determine the cause and assess the responsibility of an accident.
  • Patrolling
  • Routine traffic stops are anything but routine – ask any Trooper. Recruits are exposed to the many aspects of a traffic stop in this part of training. Recruits learn how to properly use RADAR, safely approach a stopped vehicle, transmit and respond to radio transmissions and many other important details that keep them (and their stopped vehicle) safe; skills they will use daily.
  • Building Search
  • A suicidal suspect has hidden himself in a large, abandoned warehouse. You've got to go in and get him. How do you do it? Part of the training recruits receive is how to properly enter a building utilizing safe search tactics.
  • Nebraska Law and Courtroom
  • As a Trooper you are going to appear in court regularly. Part of your job is representing the interests of the State of Nebraska as a law enforcement officer. Understanding what to expect during your court appearance and the study of case law are included in this portion of recruit training.

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