New Hampshire Police Standards and Training Council (PSTC) is located adjacent to NHTI - Concord's Community College at 17 Institute Drive in Concord, NH. The building was opened on October 25, 1983, and has had several additions since that time. The facility is a total of 77,000 square feet on 20.87 acres of land, and can accommodate over 100 people for overnight stay. Prior to the opening of the Academy, training was provided at Pease Air Base and other locations as space became available.
Every State Trooper, Conservation Officer, Liquor Investigator, Gaming Investigator, State Corrections Officer, Probation and Parole Officer, University Police Officer, Marine Patrol Officer, Sheriff or Deputy, City or Municipal Police Officer, full or part-time, in the State of New Hampshire receives their primary training and much of their in-service training through Police Standards and Training.
At the present time, the academy is only open to those who have been hired to work as law enforcement officers or state corrections personnel in the State of New Hampshire. There are no tuition students.
Each Police Academy graduate has completed intensive on-site training intended to give them the core knowledge necessary to work as a police officer. The police academy is 16 weeks long and requires the recruits to live on-site, except for weekends. The Academy is paramilitary in nature, and requires military discipline (marching, saluting, etc.) The day begins at 5:30 am, with an exercise program to strengthen the body and improve endurance, in the multi-functional Tactical Center. Recruits may also run indoors on the 1/10-mile track on-site. After breakfast and lunch, they receive classroom training in laws, ethics, report writing, human relations, and many other topics. The recruit's day ends with "lights out" at 9:30 pm, after a short study period.
Recruits receive both classroom and practical firearms training in the Academy's state-of-the-art indoor firing range. They also receive practical and scenario-based training on everything from traffic stops and defensive tactics to building searches. Motor vehicle stops can even be simulated inside the facility, in the Tactical Center, which contains a realistic street scene, and can hold several vehicles, while removing all of the exhaust fumes with a state-of-the-art ventilation system. The grounds also include a self-contained "track" for the practical driving exercises. The Academy also has two "skid cars" which can simulate less-than-ideal driving conditions, including glare ice, even on ordinary pavement.
Information on qualifications standards may be found on the FAQs page.
PSTC also conducts academies for part-time law enforcement officers. The lecture portion of these classes are held two nights during the work week with practical application classes on Saturdays. The current length of the part-time officer academy is 200 hrs.
The Corrections Academy is a 9 weeks non-residential (commuter school) and is conducted at the same facility.
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New Hampshire Police Standards and Training Council
17 Institute Drive | Concord, NH 03301