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News Release

Contact: Kimberly J. Evans
555 Wright Way
Carson City, Nevada 89711
Office: (775) 684-4554
Pager: (775) 861-5897

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 30, 1999
NEWS FROM: Training Division 99-158


Media Invited to Attend DMV & PS Training Division Open House

The Department of Motor Vehicles and Public Safety's Training Division is hosting an open house this Thursday, September 30. Members of the media are invited to participate in a tour of the facilities from 10:00am-noon. Tours will include Training Division classrooms, dormitory, firing range and fire arms training simulator (FATS).

The DMV&PS Training Division is responsible for the basic law enforcement training and the continuing education of all the Department's peace officers. Public Safety Divisions for the DMV&PS include Nevada Highway Patrol, Capitol Police, Nevada Division of Investigation, Parole and Probation and the State Fire Marshal. All peace officer cadets are trained to Category I standards, regardless of their eventual status as Category I or II. Category I peace officers are the familiar urban police officers, sheriff's deputies or state troopers. Category II peace officers are officials such as court bailiffs, parole and probation officers, gaming control board agents, arson investigators, school police, armed government security guards and others who have arrest powers and may or may not carry a weapon. Category III peace officers are officials whose authority is limited to correctional services. DMV&PS does not currently train or employ any Category III officers. The Training Division also provides programs for non-sworn employees and career enhancement opportunities for all Department employees.

Cadets in the Training Division's Basic Law Enforcement Academy stay in Carson City for 16 weeks and receive 587 hours of classroom and field instruction. Subjects include: Criminal Law, Firearms, Use of Force, Arrest Procedures, Emergency Vehicle Operation, Officer Survival, Search and Seizure, Domestic Violence, Child Abuse, Crisis Intervention and more.

The DMV&PS Training Division was mandated by the 1999 Legislature as a result of the separation of the Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST) from the DMV&PS to a Cabinet level Commission which reports directly to the Governor. POST now operates a law enforcement academy to train peace officers from rural jurisdictions. The new DMV&PS Training Division staff is made up of employees from many Public Safety Divisions within the Department.