Mid-Missouri law enforcement reacts to POST training requirements

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COLUMBIA - The Missouri Peace Officer Standards and Training Commission (POST) approved new measures increasing the number of required training hours for police officers.

POST increased the required officer training hours from 48 hours over three years to 24 hours per year statewide.  

Detective Tom O'Sullivan with the Boone County Sheriff's Department said all training is good.

"I don't think this training will have a significant effect on us.  Our department does a lot of our own in-house training above what POST requires." O'Sullivan said. 

O'Sullivan said the new training requirement won't have a substantial effect the Boone County Sheriff's Department's finances or manpower.  

The training requirements focus on officers recognizing bias and dealing with people who have mental illnesses.

O'Sullivan said the Boone County Sheriff's Department officers already receive training on these subject matters, but find it important to uphold their professional manor in continuing their education.  

Captain Doug Shoemaker of the Jefferson City Police Department echoed O'Sullivan's reaction.

"We have our officers go through more training than required by POST now, but training is always important in law enforcement."  Shoemaker said.

Shoemaker's only concern is money.

I think the only thing we need to figure out is how to fund the training.  This is a mandated requirement, but as far as I know we aren't getting money from the state." Shoemaker said.