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Law Enforcement Training Institute

John Worden, director

photo: Law Enforcement Training Institute

Participants go through target practice at the Police Academy conducted by the Law Enforcement Training Institute.

The Law Enforcement Training Institute (LETI) develops and provides state-of-the-art training and education programs to law enforcement practitioners, civilian professionals and laypersons. For 64 years, the institute's faculty and affiliated professionals have provided basic pre-service and specialty in-service instruction to both law enforcement academy students and veteran officers who serve in local, state and national public safety. During 2012, LETI served 793 students from 65 Missouri counties and the City of St. Louis, as well as 263 students from 32 other states.

LETI offers three Class A-certified, 600-hour basic training academy classes that exceed Missouri's minimum requirements for peace officer certification. Program delivery is modeled after police department structure. Academy participants are assigned a squad, squad leader and chain of command. Each lesson is taught by an expert who has spent his or her career performing in the field. The entire institute is dedicated to developing excellent, well-rounded officers as leaders in their respective areas.

On average, 90 to 95 percent of academy graduates who are actively seeking a law enforcement career are hired within six months after completing the program. For the 15th straight year, graduates of LETI's Basic Recruit Academy ranked within the top three basic training academy classes on the Peace Officer Standards and Training state licensing examination for certified Missouri peace officers.

In 2012, LETI graduated 100 new recruits from the basic training academy. In addition, the institute provided continuing education courses for 689 law enforcement professionals through more than 41 public safety professional education programs including firearms instruction, drug enforcement, controlling domestic violence and combating racial profiling.

The institute continues to increase the proficiency and prevalence of animal welfare professionals nationwide through its National Animal Cruelty Investigations program, which offers a combination of specialized veterinary and law enforcement training. More than 1,000 agencies in the U.S. and Canada have sent members to attend the program since 1990. In 2012, the faculty held 17 animal cruelty investigation schools and workshops in eight states, attended by 267 federal, state and local animal cruelty officers, humane society investigators, police officers and sheriffs' deputies, attorneys, shelter managers, volunteers, administrators, state and local abuse investigators, and pet enthusiasts.

During 2012, LETI began a program for civilians on personal safety, workplace violence and citizen response to armed subjects. More than 50 citizens received training.