The Nebraska State Patrol Training Academy (NSPTA) is co-located with the Nebraska Law Enforcement Training Center (NLETC) in Grand Island, Nebraska. The co-location of the agencies in October 2000 upgraded the facilities for virtually every officer completing law enforcement certification in the state of Nebraska. The NSPTA operates separately from the NLETC.
The NSPTA includes dormitory facilities to house up to 208 officers, state of the art classrooms, a defensive tactics room, weight room, training tank, gymnasium, defensive tactics, two ranges, inspection bay, training room for commercial inspections, police service dog training grounds/boarding area, vehicle operations course and cafeteria.
The Nebraska State Patrol Training Academy (NSPTA) is under the Command of Captain Buck Duis. Captain Duis and his staff are responsible for all training including recruit, specialized, and in-service for sworn and non-sworn employees of the Nebraska State Patrol.
Captain Duis joined the Patrol in 1988. He has experience in Traffic Services, Investigative Services as well as the Police Service Dog Division. He was Commander of the PSD Division for three years prior to his promotion to Director of Training. He is a former Defensive Tactics Instructor, Firearms Instructor and PSD Handler. He is a former S.W.A.T. Operator and served as Assistant Team Leader and Team Leader for the Troop C S.W.A.T. Team He is certified as a Local Instructor for Leadership in Police Organizations (LPO) through the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP). He is also one of four Police Service Dog Teaching Judges in the United States holding that title under the International Congress of Police Service Dogs.
The State Patrol style of instruction balances a paramilitary environment with an academic environment. The curriculum includes instruction in officer survival, investigation, patrolling, legal, administrative, tactical, human understanding, traffic (motor vehicle laws), and carrier enforcement.
The NSPTA Staff is well versed in educational theories such as state to state training and adult learning guidelines. The recruits undergo nearly one thousand hours of instruction during camp. The challenge is to ensure they are absorbing and retaining information. In accordance with the adult learning theory, classes run into the evening rather than starting too early in the morning and much of the instruction involves hands-on scenario-based training. State-to-state training means the staff tries to present the instruction in the same conditions and environments the recruits will actually experience on the street.
Ongoing training is also a critical component for a Nebraska State Patrol trooper. To assure officers stay current and proficient, In-Service training is conducted annually or biannually several key areas.
The NSPTA provides a fantastic venue for additional training for Nebraska State Patrol staff and personnel from outside law enforcement agencies. In addition to the training that is specifically designed for troopers, staff & other agency personnel receive specialized training in several key areas of instruction.