Police officer training is ongoing throughout the year. Officers are mandated by state statute to complete the basic police academy program. Additionally, all recruits must complete 80 hours of instruction within the core training portion of the field training program prior to carrying a weapon or making an arrest.
The Ball State Police Department uses a field training program based on the most frequent activities performed by police officers. Additionally, selected Ball State officers serve as guest instructors at the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy and the North Central Indiana Law Enforcement Training Council.