How does an agency register in-service training courses with MCOLES?

Law enforcement agencies or in-service training providers who offer training courses to Michigan law enforcement officers must register courses with the MCOLES so agencies can use funds distributed under Public Act 302. Agencies have the option to publish their training courses on the MCOLES Web site or register training for their departments only. Further information on becoming an authorized in-service training provider on the MCOLES Network is available on this Web site at the MCOLES home page under "How does my agency become an authorized MCOLES Network user?"

Course Registration is mandatory for funding eligibility through the Michigan Justice Training Fund (Public Act 302).  This means that monies obtained through the Law Enforcement Distribution or through Public Act 302 grants may not be used to pay for unregistered training. Registration of a course does not imply endorsement of the training materials or vendor by the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards. 

The course registration process involves logging into the MCOLES Information and Tracking Network (MITN) and providing the below basic course and contact information:

  • Course Title 
  • Course Description 
  • Instruction Hours 
  • Course Outline:  This should be a topical outline, listing the major points to be addressed in the training course. The items should also reflect the amount of time that will be spent on each area. View this Sample Course Outline for more examples 
  • Objectives & Goals: Training objectives should be written as measurable, observable, and limited in time. The objectives should be presented as an action statement, such as "At the completion of training, the trainee will be able to... "Use this Sample Course Objectives outline for more examples.
  • Completion Requirements 
  • Contact Information 
  • Instructor Information and Qualifications 
  • Dates & Locations 

Use of Force, Firearms, and RADAR courses require the below additional documentation:

Use of Force Courses: 

For those courses where students will engage in hands-on defensive tactics, subject control, ground fighting, or other training where physical contact will occur, additional requirements include a documented review by competent authority of the medical, legal, and tactical soundness of each technique to be taught. The medical review shall include the potential for injury to the officer and subject if the technique is performed correctly as well as incorrectly. Use of force instruction should utilize Michigan's subject control continuum or one that is legally and tactically comparable.

Firearms Courses: 

Where firearms or other deadly force training is to be presented, additional requirements include providing the students with safety guidelines, a review of the legal use of deadly force, and a decision-making component (e.g., shoot/don't shoot scenarios). These three requirements shall be reflected in the course outline.

RADAR Operator Courses: 

With changes to the RADAR curriculum and tests, the instructors shall have attended one of the Michigan Speed Measurement Task Force 2001 Instructor Updates. This shall be documented on the instructor resumes. Submissions for these courses shall include the course outline and objectives provided at the Instructor Update.

Course Registration Extension: 

An MCOLES course registration is valid for one year from the registration date. An extension of course registration may be requested if there have been no changes in course content, instructors, and hours from the original application. Otherwise, a new registration must be submitted. A maximum of two one-year extensions may be granted, after which a new registration must be submitted.

P.A. 302 Law Enforcement Distribution: 

The MCOLES course registration process is directly related to the use of LED funds. Training that is approved for use of LED funds must be MCOLES registered; likewise, training which has been registered may not be automatically approved for use of 302 funds (such as out-of-state vendors). For more information on use of LED funds, see Law Enforcement Distribution Information.

Secial Use Requests:

An approved Special Use Request is required prior to your agency purchasing equipment for in-service training if the price exceeds $5,000.00 or is greater than 10% of an agency's annual distribution, or if your agency wishes to send a law enforcement officer for out-of-state training.

Questions regarding In-Service Training registration should be directed to Patrick Hutting at 517-636-7868 or huttingp@michigan.gov.