FAQ
In-Service Training
I took an MCOLES registered course, but the training does not appear on my training records. Why not?

The process depends on the training provider to report training attendance to MCOLES. Occasionally, an instructor may not submit the required information in a timely manner. Check with the training provider to ensure that the information has been submitted to the MCOLES Network.

How do we get our new department program registered with MCOLES?

You must first become an eligible user on the MCOLES Information and Tracking Network (MITN) by submitting the appropriate documentation.  Law enforcement agencies that have already executed a User Agency Agreement PDF icon can request that their agency also be designated as an in-service training provider by completing a User Agency Addendum PDF icon. If the agency wants to designate a person who currently is an Operator, the agency head can designate this information on the Addendum. Newly designated Operators will need to fill out an Operator Agreement PDF icon. 

New vendors seeking privileges as an In-service Training Provider must submit both the User Agency Agreement PDF icon and Operator Agreement PDF icon to gain access to the Network. All Agreements and Addendums can be submitted to the MCOLES Licensing Services Section by faxing to 517-316-0824. In-service training providers and operators that have executed the appropriate security agreements will then receive a mailing with information on how to log into the Network.

Must our department teach only MCOLES registered courses?

No, but training that is not registered will not appear on an officer's training record at MCOLES and will be ineligible for use of P.A. 302 LED funds.

Where can I find more information on In-Service Training Classes?

Pursuant to the 1989 amendment of Act No. 302 of 1982, the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards maintains a registry of criminal justice in-service training programs offered in Michigan.  The Registry is a compilation of in-service training programs offered by colleges, universities, state and local governmental agencies, and private training providers. The Commission encourages active participation in using this resource for training Michigan's law enforcement officers and other criminal justice entities. The Commission is pleased to provide this registry of criminal justice in-service training courses.

Information on  how to become an authorized criminal justice training provider  through the MCOLES Network and register in-service training courses with the Commission, can be found on this Web site.

Please verify with the appropriate training provider that courses have been submitted and approved through the MCOLES Network before using Justice Training Funds to pay for the course. All dates are subject to change by the training provider.

How does MCOLES course registration affect our P.A. 302 training funds?

The training course registration process is directly related to the P.A. 302 law enforcement distribution (LED).  A training program must be registered to be eligible for use of LED funds; likewise, a course may be registered with MCOLES, but not necessarily approved for use of LED funds (such as an out-of-state vendor).

Why should I register my training course with MCOLES?

MCOLES maintains training records for all participating Michigan licensed law enforcement officers. The registration process facilitates the reporting of attended in-service training to MCOLES, so that the training can be posted to the officers' records. Also, law enforcement agencies may not use LED funds to pay for attendance at a course unless it has first been registered through the MCOLES Network.

What if we get sued? How does MCOLES registration (or lack of it) affect a lawsuit against our officers or our department?

In the event of a lawsuit, officer training records will be provided under subpoena.