Traffic Stops 1.0

Traffic Stops 1.0 

Why do some officers stop a vehicle, write the driver a citation, and then have the driver thank them, or even send a commendation letter to their department? Conversely, why do other officers conduct traffic stops and almost everyone they stop complains about them? It is probably dependent upon the manner in which the traffic stop is conducted, and the level of professionalism that is demonstrated. If you are not practiced in the art of a traffic stop, the communication dynamics that ensure a successful outcome, or the need to establish consistency in how you conduct traffic stops, then this is the course for you. The purpose of this course is to assist officers in understanding the need for consistency in their approach to traffic stops, and the personal dynamics involved in making traffic stops. This course provides approach tactics, communication dynamics, and a seven step process for handling almost every traffic stop.


Hours: 1.00


Certificates provided by accrediting body (3 Match)

Indiana Law Enforcement Academy


This activity is approved for 1.00 contact hours.

Oklahoma Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training


This class has been accredited by the Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training for 1.00 hours of mandatory continuing education credit. Regarding any law enforcement concepts, practices, methods, techniques, products, or devices as might be taught, promoted, or otherwise espoused in outside schools or seminars, there is no intent, expressed or implied, that ‘accreditation’ indicates or in any way conveys ‘CLEET approval’ of such concepts, practices, methods, techniques, products, or devices, unless such approval is explicitly stated by CLEET.

Minnesota Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training


Relias Learning is a continuing education sponsor as approved by the Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training. This course Traffic Stops 1.0, 10397-0193 has been approved by the POST Board for continuing education credit. Peace officers who successfully complete this course will receive 1.00 hours of continuing education.

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Course Details

Course Code: REL-PS-0-TRST
Hours: 1
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 4/30/2022
Learning Objectives:
Cite the goals of a traffic stop.
List the steps in a traffic stop.
Discuss important considerations in the Pre-Stop and Stop Phases.
Develop a friendly, businesslike closing comment appropriate for the Closing Phase.

Section 1: Introduction A. About This Course B. Learning Objectives Section 2: Introduction to Traffic Stops A. Introduction to Traffic Stops B. An Interesting Fact C. Introduction to Traffic Stops Section 3: The Pre-Stop Phase A. The Pre-Stop B. An Interesting Fact C. The Pre-Stop Phase D. Section 4: The Stop Phase E. The Stop Phase F. An Interesting Fact G. The Stop Phase Section 5: The Contact Phase A. The Contact Phase B. The Contact Phase C. An Interesting Fact D. The Contact Phase Section 6: The Closing Phase A. The Closing Phase B. The Closing Phase C. An Interesting Fact D. The Closing Phase Section 7: Conclusion A. Summary B. References C. Congratulations

Instructor: David Lee Salmon II, BS
David Lee Salmon has a BS in Criminal Justice from San Houston State University, Texas. David's background includes being a Law Enforcement and Jail Risk Manager, as well as having served in the U.S. Army Military Intelligence. He currently is the OSS Academy Training Coordinator, based in Texas, providing Law Enforcement and Corrections staff with online training. David also serves as the Vice-President of the OSS Law Enforcement Advisors, which provides risk management services, expert witness services, training programs, and law enforcement management tools. Disclosure: David Lee Salmon II, BS has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: Entry level Law Enforcement.
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Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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