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