Connecticut State Police Training Academy Recruit Training Program

Program Reviewed

Recruit Training Program

Credit Recommendation

  • Criminal Investigation: 3 credits, lower division level
  • Criminal Law: 3 credits, lower division level
  • Criminal Procedures and Processes: 3 credits, lower division level
  • Interpersonal Communication: 3 credits, lower division level
  • Introduction to Law Enforcement: 3 credits, lower division level
  • Law Enforcement Practicum: 6 credits, lower division level
  • Medical Response Technician: 2 credits, lower division level
  • Physical Training and Wellness: 3 credits, lower division level
  • Police Patrol Procedure: 3 credits, lower division level
  • Technical Writing: 3 credits, lower division level

Effective Dates

May 2004 through September 2020

Source of Records

Recruit Training Coordinator; Connecticut State Police Academy; 285 Preston Avenue; Meriden, CT 06450-4875

About the Reviewed Program

The Connecticut State Police Academy is a six month residential program that is followed by a Field Training Officer Program in which trainees participate for a minimum of 30 to a maximum of 50 working days. The Academy program provides training involving formal and field instruction in a wide variety of basic police science courses including such subjects as: motor vehicle law; laws, techniques, and mechanics of arrest; criminal law; search and seizure; detention and transportation of accused; rules of evidence; interviewing and interrogation principles and techniques; communications; traffic control and techniques of patrol; use and care of firearms and equipment; court organization and courtroom procedure including testifying; modern investigative methods and techniques including fingerprinting, ballistics, photography, handwriting and related scientific elements.

How to Apply for the Credit


Criminal Investigation: 3 credits, lower division level
This course is designed to make the student aware of the fundamentals of criminal investigation. The student will learn correct procedures and conduct at the crime scene, how to preserve evidence, and chain of custody. Emphasis is on the responsibility of the first responder. Additionally, students will review documentation, preparation, and testimony in court.

Criminal Law I: 3 credits, lower division level
This course involves comprehensive study of sources, distinctions, and limitations relating to criminal law; the development of criminal law in the United States; the principles of criminal liability; various crimes and their elements; and the criteria considered in determining capacity and defenses. Connecticut Penal Code is used to relate Model Penal Code and Common Law materials specifically to Connecticut. Case studies and briefs are used to emphasize the acts, the mental state, and the attendant circumstances that are necessary ingredients in proving crimes.

Criminal Procedures and Processes: 3 credits, lower division level
This course explores the historical background, kinds of evidence, and the development of the rules of evidence. Considered are the hearsay rule and its major exceptions, burden of proof, judicial notice, and presumptions. Students examine the roles of the judge, jury, and prosecuting attorney. Other areas of study will include the grand jury, prosecution by indictment as well as other court procedures.

Interpersonal Communication for Law Enforcement:3 credits, lower division level
This course provides education in language and meaning influenced by law enforcement situations, including issues of verbal and nonverbal communication and "perception versus reality". Students explore cultural awareness issues in interpersonal communication as influenced by race, gender, age and other factors. Videos, role plays, and classroom exercises are employed. Exercises include written assignments and peer-critiqued classroom presentations that are evaluated by the course instructor. Other topics include communication in supervisor-subordinate relations, interviewing techniques, conflict management, problem-oriented policing, victim/witness advocacy, crowd control, civil complaints, and communication in child abuse and domestic violence situations.

Introduction to Law Enforcement: 3 credits, lower division level
This course examines the history of law enforcement, the work of police officers, and how police organizations operate. The topics of discretion, police sub-culture, corruption and the use of force will also be examined. The course will look at law enforcement as a career with various local, state and federal law enforcement agencies.

Law Enforcement Practicum: 6 credits, lower division level
The practicum provides the opportunity to put learned theory into practical application. Assignments are individualized and may vary. Basic law enforcement and criminal investigation form a principal part of the work of the agency in which field work experience is undertaken.

Medical Response Technician: 2 credits, lower division level
The course has been designed to provide basic emergency care knowledge and skills to the student who will provide the first emergency care. The objective of the first person on the emergency scene will be to recognize the needs of the victim and deliver quality care to the patient, minimizing discomfort and preventing further complications. The course consists of 26 chapters (lessons) and four appendices (optional chapters) involving a minimum of 60 hours of classroom and practical training. The course emphasizes patient assessment and patient care procedures at the First Responder level. Patient assessment is introduced early and is reinforced with each new skill learned. Skills practice sessions are scheduled throughout the program to provide an opportunity for students to apply the new skills they learn and to reinforce previous skills.

Physical Training and Wellness: 3 credits, lower division level
The physical fitness and wellness program has been developed to physically prepare recruits for the rigorous duties of law enforcement. The program has been designed to establish a fitness baseline for each recruit and identify strengths and weaknesses by charting a recruit's progress towards a high level of overall fitness. Recruits are introduced to coronary risk factors, goal setting, flexibility, cardiovascular endurance, resistance training and nutrition. Through classroom lecture along with active participation in the physical training sessions, each recruit be trained to be "fit for life". The culmination of this training provides the recruit with the skills and confidence to successfully perform his/her duties with a high degree of efficiency on regular basis and the knowledge on how to properly manage the physical fitness and wellness aspects of their daily life.