For 13 consecutive years, the Law Enforcement Training Institute’s graduates scored among the state’s top three basic training academies on the Peace Officer Standards and Training licensing examination. Eighty-four recruits graduated from three academy classes hosted in FY 2009.
Law Enforcement Training Institute
Source: MU Extension Annual Report, FY 2009
Teaching those who protect and serve all Missourians is the primary goal of the Law Enforcement Training Institute, which in its 61st year served more than 800 students — from 68 Missouri counties, as well as 32 other states and Washington, D.C. Faculty, attorneys and other state-certified professionals provide basic pre-service and specialty in-service instruction, and recruits and veteran officers who graduate from the institute’s programs go on to serve public safety agencies at the local, state and national levels, with many becoming certified to train others in their agencies.
In FY 2009, the institute hosted three basic academy classes that graduated 84 recruits. To keep up with demands and trends in public safety, the institute finished developing several training modules and began offering new continuing education courses on topics that include drug identification for school resource officers, administrative and regulatory updates for professionals, writing skills for supervisors, racial profiling for instructors and online national cruelty investigations schools for animal welfare officers.
MU Extension’s Law Enforcement Training Institute provides the academic foundation and basic skills training required of today’s fully prepared law enforcement professional. Above, officers practice restraining techniques during training at the Columbia Army Reserve Center in February 2009.
Offering the first and largest of only two face-to-face animal cruelty programs of their kind in the country, the institute held 12 National Cruelty Investigation Schools in eight states during FY 2009, with a total of 240 students participating. With high-profile cases and national coverage of animal abuse and neglect becoming more prevalent in the mainstream media, public awareness of such welfare issues is growing quickly. Record enrollments in the schools reflect the increased demand from animal welfare professionals and activists, police officers, court personnel and citizens for these programs.
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