Governor Nixon announces changes to law enforcement training
KANSAS CITY - Gov. Jay Nixon ordered the Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Commission and the Missouri Department of Public Safety Thursday to update and enhance law enforcement training standards in Missouri.
Nixon requested the POST Commission and Department of Public Safety to implement new rules regarding access to effective and ongoing education in the areas of tactical training, fair and impartial policing, and the health and well-being of officers. He asked for the new rules to be put in place by Dec. 1.
Nixon also made five new appointments to the POST Commission. Regulations require the commission to consist of three police chiefs, three sheriffs, one person representing a state law enforcement agency, two people who are peace officers at or below the rank of sergeant and employed by a political subdivision, one person who is a CEO of a certified training academy and a person from the public.
The appointees are:
- Rev. Emanuel Cleaver III, who was appointed as the public member of the commission. Cleaver was the pastor at St. James United Methodist Church in Kansas City and served other Kansas City congregations since 1999
- Paul F. Williams, who served as chief of the Springfield Police Department since 2010. Williams oversaw more than 410 personnel in the department, including 331 sworn officers. He previously was a major with the Tulsa Police Department in Oklahoma and was with that agency for almost 30 years
- Charles "Drew" Juden III, who was the director of the Sikeston Department of Public Safety. Juden was with the department since 1978. He served on the board of directors for the SEMO Major Case Squad and the SEMO Drug Task Force;
- Edward Clark, who was a detective with the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department. He was with the department since 1993. Before joining the police department, he served in the United States Marine Corps
- Jeffery Hughley, who was a supervisor for the street crimes unit and gang squad with the Kansas City Police Department. He previously was a supervisor with the undercover squad and the metro patrol division. Hughley was with the department since 2005.
If approved by the Senate, the appointees will join the current member of the POST Commission.
The POST Commission established standards for peace officer basic training, officers' continuing education, law enforcement instructors, and law enforcement training academies.
The POST Commission will hold public hearings around the state to gather input from Missourians while developing the new standards. Some of the public hearings will include law enforcement agencies, advocacy groups and other stakeholders.