Michigan Speed Measurement Operator

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Lance R. Cook, Specialist Lieutenant, Michigan State Police. Spl/Lt. Cook has served over 30 years in law enforcement, 25 with the Michigan State Police. Most of his career has been with Traffic Services, and he is a recognized expert in Michigan traffic law, traffic engineering, and traffic crash reconstruction. He has been a speed measurement instructor since 1996.

Effective: January 2010 Speed Measurement Operators must:

  • Be licensed as a law enforcement officer in Michigan.
  • Satisfactorily complete a 24-hour speed measurement class, including testing and practical exercises.
  • Maintain 100 hours of speed measurement enforcement per year.
  • Recertify as an operator once every five years through updates, testing, or demonstrated proficiency.

Upon completion of this course, the participant will be able to:

  • Participate in a classroom facilitated discussion regarding the importance of speed measurement enforcement
  • Identify the common features of a radar speed measurement device
  • Describe the scientific principles of radar speed measurement
  • Properly prepare for speed measurement enforcement
  • Operate a radar speed measurement device
  • Describe the scientific principles of lidar speed measurement
  • Operate a Lidar speed measurement device
  • Demonstrate an understanding of speed measurement legal considerations
  • Prepare for court hearings
  • Demonstrate an understanding of speed measurement enforcement by satisfactorily completing a written examination
  • Demonstrate the ability to operate a radar and lidar device accurately under controlled field conditions

The Oakland Police Academy will provide all necessary instruction to certify officers per the MCOLES standard.

Radar Recertification: A recertification class which runs concurrent with this class will be held on
Day 2 at a cost of $120.00 (NOTE: MCOLES requires recertification if police officers fail to document 100-hours with the radar annually following initial certification.)

The Lidar Operator: class runs concurrent with the Speed Measurement class on day three. This course will bring a current RADAR operator up to the new SPEED MEASUREMENT OPERATOR standard. NOTE: Attendees MUST be radar certified with each agency providing one laser device for every four officers in attendance.

Required Equipment: Each officer or group of four officers will be required to provide a police vehicle and a radar unit on days ONE and TWO. Each agency must also provide one laser device for every four officers in attendance on day THREE.

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