About the Training Division

The central purpose and role of the Nevada Department of Public Safety, Training Division is to develop, deliver, and facilitate training that promotes professionalism and competency within the ranks of the Nevada Department of Public Safety, thereby enhancing the individual, and their collective ability to provide service to the citizens of the State of Nevada. These divisions consist of Highway Patrol, Parole and Probation, Investigations, Capitol Police, and Fire Marshal.

The Department’s and the Training Division’s obligation is to invest in our people, and education is an investment that reaps benefits for the Department and Nevada citizens alike. An educated workforce can last decades as employees develop the policies and strategies that shape public service; more importantly, they lead organizations serving as mentors and role models to others, passing on what they have learned. Based on this premise, there are two primary aspects of training provided by the Nevada Department of Public Safety Training Division –

1) Basic Law Enforcement Training for newly hired cadets
2) Continuing Education and Career Development for both civilian and sworn personnel

The Training Division strives to provide the highest quality of initial law enforcement training for newly hired officers. This can take up to 18 weeks to complete. Following the initial training, the Training Division also facilitates and assists with the Division “specific” training, which can last up to an additional 8 weeks. The Training Division facilities are located in Carson City and Las Vegas, Nevada. These two facilities are utilized for Basic Category 1 Peace Officer Academies, as well as classroom facilities for recruitment, continuing education, conferences, and training from outside instructors in the Law Enforcement field.


The Training Division is also responsible for the continuing education of tenured officers by assisting with the instruction, coordination and facilitation of the Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) mandated annual training for each sworn officer in the state. This training includes Firearms, Defensive Tactics, Impact Weapons, Use of Force and other high liability areas, as well as classroom and academic subjects. The Division tracks and documents these yearly training requirements by maintaining a central records section for all Department officers to ensure compliance with POST requirements. The Training Division also offers a multitude of courses for Department civilian employees to enhance their skills, and provide career development and continuing education.