Speed Measurement Basic Operator Re-Certification Training [2023]

Course Preview

Course Author(s)

Central Shenandoah Criminal Justice Training Academy Staff - Virginia

Course Summary

Speed measurement uses scientifically proven calculations to determine the speed that an object is moving. In law enforcement, this is typically done with radio detection and ranging (RADAR) waves and lasers.

This course will cover the different RADAR bands, X, K, and Ka and teaches the history and scientific principles behind RADAR waves, the factors that determine the accuracy of RADAR speed detections, and the use, calibration, and tracking history of the RADAR unit.

Light detection and ranging (LIDAR), unlike RADAR, also measures distance, which is necessary for the device to calculate speed. LIDAR also operates at the speed of light, which is 186,000 miles per second. In this section on LIDAR, you will learn about the history of lasers, their composite design, and the science behind using lasers to detect vehicle speeds.

Course Syllabus

  • Module 1 - Speed Measurement Recertification for Instructors

    • Speed Measurement Basic Recertification
    • Speed Measurement - Continued
    • RADAR Decision-Making Factors
    • Interference, Effects and Testing
    • Courtroom Testimony
    • History of the Laser
    • How LIDAR Works
    • LIDAR Operational Considerations
    • Operation-Site Selection
    • Preparing for Court and Eye Safety
    • Module Assessment