Law and Public Safety

Law and Public Safety

What is Continuing Education, and how does it work?

Continuing Education is the Missouri POST program for certifying training received after basic training. By state law, all police officers in the state of Missouri must successfully complete forty-eight hours of certified continuing education courses every three year reporting period in order to remain certified as peace officers. This training must include:

  • Four hours minimum of course work in each of these three areas: legal studies, interpersonal perspectives, and technical studies.

  • Four hours of firearms skill development training.

The additional thirty-two hours may come from any combination of hours from the four areas.

Every peace or reserve officer with the authority to enforce motor vehicle or traffic laws must obtain one hour of training in racial profiling each calendar year. This would be credited as one of the required 48-hours of training each year for a total of three hours in a given reporting period.

For further information on POST Continuing Education requirements, including information on training requirements, licensure issues, reporting periods, and information for out-of-work and out-of-state officers, access the Continuing Education page of the DPS POST web site directly by clicking here.

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