Under the direction of Lt. Mike McMerty, the Training Section has the primary task of coordinating training for the Department personnel. The Section is responsible for developing and conducting a comprehensive training program to meet the needs of the Department. In addition, the Section arranges for attendance of Department members at training courses conducted outside the Bismarck area. The training program includes basic recruit training, advanced and specialized in-service training, refresher courses, weapon proficiency, weapon certification, physical fitness training and testing and other subject areas designed to broaden the knowledge and capabilities of Department personnel.
In addition to the training function, the Section conducts planning, research and analysis on the effectiveness of equipment, policing methods, techniques and general operating methods and procedures.