BUPD Training & Education

The Butler University Police Department is a fully State Certified Police Department. As such, every officer is required to meet state standards of training each year in order to keep their certification active. Below are some of the state statutes regulating training as well as some of the mandated subjects. Training subjects can change yearly to meet current demands or trends.

This document contains a listing of recent training.

Annual In-service Training Requirement  IC 5-2-1-9(g)
Presently 24 hours annually—must include 2 hours in Firearms, 2 hours in Physical Tactics/Use of Force and 2 hours in Police Vehicle Operation.


Law enforcement officers. Requires the Indiana law enforcement training board to establish mandatory training in de-escalation as part of the use-of-force curriculum, and requires de-escalation training to be provided as a part of: (1) pre-basic training; (2) mandatory in-service training; and (3) the executive training program.

2021 Subjects covered through States mandates:

  • Mental Illness, Addiction & Disabilities IC 5-2-1-9(g)
  • Autism, Alzheimer’s, Dementia, Endangered IC 5-2-1-9(g)
    Adults & High Risk Missing Persons (including those under 21 years of age)
  • Human Trafficking (8 areas) and IC 5-2-1-9(g) & IC 5-2-1-9(a)(10)

Under state/county/local continuing education laws:

  • Domestic, Child Abuses, SIDS, CPR, Heimlich Maneuver, and others
    State: IC 5-2-8-5(e)(1-17)
    County: IC 5-2-8-1(h)(1-19)
    Local: IC 5-2-8-2(f)(1-18)

Departments should be prepared to show that officers are competent in these areas although these do not necessarily require annual training.


  • NIMS (DHS, required for DHS grants)
  • Blood borne Pathogens (EPA, 29 CFR 1910.1030
  • Hazardous Materials (EPA & OSHA, 29 CFR 1910.120
  • Familiarization with Reflective Clothing Rule (DOT 23, CFR 634)

The above is a list of trainings that are completed by every sworn police officer. Specialized trainings applicable to specific positions, i.e.: Clery, Investigations, Dispatch, RAD, are in addition to the trainings listed.