The SPD Training Division includes the Academy, In-Service Training, the Police Officer Training Program, the Cadet Training Program, and the Citizens Police Academy. Captain David Kane is the Commanding Officer of the Training Division.  Training Division personnel ensure officers are prepared and educated for their work.

The Training Division is dedicated to providing officers with up-to-date training and ensuring they are informed on new law enforcement issues and trained in emerging technology.

Officers are trained in line with state requirements and year-round training includes legal updates, police interactions with people with mental illnesses, multi-agency response to active shooter, defensive tactics, Integrating Communication Assessment Tactics (ICAT), firearms, and medical. Officers also complete EPIC (Ethical Policing is Courageous) training, a peer intervention training program that advocates for active bystandership and aims to prevent mistakes or misconduct by training officers to intervene, and Implicit Bias training.

In addition, the Training Division provides new recruits with the skills and education necessary to be effective police officers. The SPD Training Division officers bring a wealth of experience and training to their positions.

    • Incorporate the philosophy of Community Policing in all curricula.
    • Adopt the values driven model of police training.
    • Integrate training with education. Doing with understanding.
    • Train for character.

    • Increase available training.
    • Increase the total staff.
    • Increase the Training budget, including future grant awards.

    • Applied Patrol Procedures
    • Emergency Vehicle Operation
    • First Responder
    • C.P.R.
    • Diversity
    • Use of Force
    • Firearms Training
    • Legal Update

Educational model of police training based upon the four components of:

    • Community: Community Policing, Problem Solving, Volunteerism, Community Runs History
    • Law: Criminal, Motor Vehicle, Constitutional
    • Ethics: Professionalism, Integrity, Team building, Fair Access, Public Trust, Safety and Security, Objectivity and Discretion
    • Health and Wellness: Stress Awareness, Police Suicide, Nutrition, Fitness

Based on a progressive organization model

    • Foundation: Law, Ethics, History
    • Formation: Community, Patrol Procedures, Defensive Tactics
    • Application: Applied Patrol Procedures, Role Playing
    • Policies and Procedures


Philosophy of Change
“The premise is that people do not change people – environments change people. One needs to change the environment and then assist people in adapting to it. The importance of environment can be demonstrated by the situation. “Sit someone in a dirty room and they will act unkempt. Put someone in a clean room and they will act refined.” John Salo 1/17/97