Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Want Changes to Law Enforcement? Tell the Governor in a public meeting on 9/17 in Jefferson City or 9/24 in St. Louis

Contact:          Mike O’Connell, (573) 751-4819

Sept. 8, 2015

Missouri POST Commission announces details on next two public meetings to gather suggestions on changes to law enforcement officer training standards

JEFFERSON CITY – The Department of Public Safety today announced details of the next two Missouri Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Commission public meetings in Jefferson City and the St. Louis area to gather suggestions for changes to law enforcement officer training requirements. Please note the date of the St. Louis meeting has been rescheduled from the original date announced on Aug. 26.

Jefferson City Meeting, 1:45 p.m. Sept. 17
Lincoln University
Scruggs Student Center – 2nd Floor Ballroom
820 Chestnut Street
Jefferson City, MO 65101

St. Louis Meeting, 1 p.m. Sept. 24*
St. Louis Community College – Florissant Valley Campus
Student Center – Multipurpose Room
3400 Pershall Road
Ferguson, MO 63135
*Rescheduled from original date

The first POST Commission public meeting was held at Ozarks Technical Community College in Springfield on Sept. 1. Fifteen speakers addressed the representatives of the POST Commission and the Department of Public Safety.

The POST Commission met in Jefferson City on Aug. 21 and voted to hold the public meetings in response to Gov. Jay Nixon’s Aug. 6 directive to the commission and the Department of Public Safety to update and enhance law enforcement training standards in Missouri. The Governor’s directive included holding public meetings around the state to gather input from Missourians, including law enforcement agencies, advocacy groups and other stakeholders.

The Governor has directed the POST Commission and DPS to put forward by Dec. 1 new rules to improve access to effective and ongoing training in the key areas of tactical training, fair and impartial policing, and the health and well-being of officers. 
Additional public hearings will be held in Sikeston, Sept. 29; Kansas City, Oct. 7; and Kirksville, Oct. 14. Meeting locations and times will be released as arrangements are finalized. 

Written comments from the public can be emailed to POST@dps.mo.gov through Oct. 15.

Established by state statute, the POST Commission is responsible for the curriculum for law enforcement officer basic training and continuing education in Missouri. More information about the commission and Missouri’s Peace Officer Standards and Training Program is available here


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