The St. Louis County and Municipal Police Academy offers POST Continuing Law Enforcement Education (CLEE) credit for the Police Legal Sciences Legal Update training program. Legal Update provides online, legal, technical, and interpersonal skills lessons.
PLS state-specific legal training is written by attorneys and is based on actual court cases selected from recent decisions from the Missouri Supreme Court, the Missouri Court of Appeals, the United States Supreme Court, and the federal Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. Most lessons include an in-depth analysis of five target cases as well as questions and answers based on illustrative example cases. The lessons place the lesson taker in the position of the officer at the scene and examine how the court reviewed the officer’s actions.
PLS interpersonal and technical skills lessons provide in-depth guidance on issues such as racial profiling/bias-based policing, mental illness, human trafficking, sexual assault investigations, and other current issues in law enforcement.
PLS currently offers a 12-hour lesson package. Starting in 2017, PLS will offer 18, 12, and 8-hour lesson packages. The 18-hour lesson package will offer at least 2 hours of training on each of the following subjects: officer well-being, fair and impartial policing practices, handling persons with mental health and cognitive impairment issues, and tactical training including de-escalation and crisis management. The 18-hour package will also satisfy the racial profiling training requirement.
A situation-based test is administered at the end of lesson, which officers must pass to receive credit. The officer learns immediately if he/she passed. CMPA generates POST certificates and sends those to agencies after the end of each reporting period. Participating agencies will also receive annual reports of all CMPA training activity, which will include any completed PLS CLEE.
More information is available from Police Legal Sciences, Inc. at
Information regarding CMPA Continuing Education records or the POST certificates should be addressed to the CMPA. E-mail to the Continuing Education Coordinator