New training requirements coming for MO police officers

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MISSOURI — Police officers in Missouri will have new requirements to stay certified in the state.

The Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission is adding coursework focused on de-escalation and recognizing implicit bias.

Law enforcement officers must have 24 hours of training a year to maintain certification. The POST Commission is also developing a proposal for training on the history of policing and minority community relations.

The new course requirements will take effect in 2022.

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